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Zach’s Mail Stack 11/5

What a time to be alive. College football is at its best in November, I still got a week’s worth of my son’s Halloween candy and Florida’s football team and recruiting class are both ranked No. 10. OK, so the first two were bound to happen, but I’m still dumbfounded by the Gators and the year they’re having. It’s fun to be living Gainesville right now, and despite Saturday’s noon game, it should be an exciting weekend with homecoming and… Read More »

Florida’s newest commit shuts down his recruitment

One commitment Florida fans don’t have to worry about is Antonneous Clayton. Some of UF’s 2016 class members, while strong in their pledges, still plan to take official visits to other schools. Clayton will not be one of them. The consensus four-star defensive end and top-100 overall prospect tweeted Wednesday that he’s shutting down his recruiting process despite having 38 other offers. Clayton attended the Florida-Georgia game this past weekend and visited UF for the Tennessee game earlier this season.… Read More »

Saban offers UF commit from Alabama

A Florida commitment has yet to help Lamical Perine earn a fourth star, but his latest offer might. The Theodore, Alabama, running back committed to UF back in May after receving an offer from Gators coach Jim McElwain and his staff. Now McElwain’s former boss, Nick Saban, has followed suit. Alabama’s coach offered Perine personally on Tuesday. “I spoke with coach Saban,” Perine said. “He told me they’re going to be a little short on running backs next year and they want… Read More »

Notebook: Eason follows Nussmeier

Twitter was abuzz Monday night over Jacob Eason. The Georgia quarterback commit followed Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on Twitter two days after UF’s 27-3 win over UGA. Eason, a five-star recruit, told 247Sports the Gators have reached out to him and said he followed Nussmeier so they could communicate. UF is still looking to land another quarterback for its 2016 class in addition to Kyle Trask. That second signal caller will likely be a flip for the Gators, and… Read More »

Zach’s Mail Stack 10/30

The Mail Stack comes to you a day late after spending my Thursday night covering Eastside against Gainesville, my alma mater. It wasn’t much of a game between the rivals, as GHS shutout the Rams, 41-0. I’m sure you Florida fans are hoping for a similar result in Jacksonville. I don’t expect the Gators to embarrass Georgia like they did last year, but I do expect them to beat UGA. That will basically clinch the SEC East for UF, which… Read More »

McElwain now a known commodity on recruiting trail

Jim McElwain no longer needs a name tag when he’s visiting the high schools of football recruits. The Florida coach and his staff hit the road early last week and attended several games Friday. It was McElwain’s first experience out recruiting since the end of the 2015 cycle when he took over the UF program. At the time, McElwain wasn’t a big-name coach despite his track record and hadn’t recruited the state of Florida since 2011. With his team off… Read More »

UF staff set to watch several recruits in action

Florida coach Jim McElwain and his assistants are back on the road. The UF staff hit the recruiting trail Monday and Tuesday, courtesy of the bye week. After a couple days of practice, McElwain & Co. will attend several games Friday night. McElwain will see five-star wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa Catholic) and his brother, Gators cornerback commit Jayvaughn Myers (Dade City Pasco). During the day, McElwain will go to Tampa Jefferson and Tampa Bay Tech, home of UF 2017… Read More »

Zach’s Mail Stack 10/22

You know it’s a bye week when you write three separate stories on walk-on kicker tryouts. Florida looks to have found its man in Dallas Stubbs, a GHS alum who walked on at UF in 2013. Though he fulfills the need at kicker for this season, this week should serve as more ammunition for the Gators to use with Eddy Pineiro. The fact that they had to hold a midseason audition for a kicker just tells you how bad it… Read More »

Five-star LB licking chops to play at UF

When you’re the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, playing time is a priority as you look at colleges. For five-star recruit Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Florida’s numbers at his position has him licking his chops. “I am, I really am,” he said. “I just like to hear coach say it, coach (Geoff) Collins. He just tells me, ‘Look at the depth chart and make your decision.’ And I have been looking at it. They signed one linebacker in the last two… Read More »

Fulton high on Florida

Jim McElwain and his staff continue to grow UF’s recruiting footprint. McElwain’s first priority was locking up in-state talent, and the Gators are gradually getting there and have made huge strides in South Florida. After having zero 2014 signees from Georgia, McElwain and his assistants nabbed five Peach State prospects in the 2015 class. They’ve since landed commitments from Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. Now they’re looking to invade Louisiana. UF running backs Tim Skipper, born and raised in New Orleans,… Read More »