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Gardner, Joseph named top IMG performers

Florida had four verbal commitments compete in the IMG 7-on-7 national championship over the weekend. A pair of them were defensive players, and both were named top performers on their side of the ball by Rivals.com. The recruiting service chose cornerback Chauncey Gardner, a Rivals100 member, as the No. 1 defensive player in the tournament. Gardner announced Monday he will in the Under Armour All-America Game. Rivals: “Gardner had two interceptions and was his normal, active self. Gardner has an… Read More »

Boudreaux, Becker list Gators among favorites

Two recruits out of the Orlando area listed Florida in their group of top schools Wednesday. Four-star offensive guard Parker Boudreaux (6-4, 287) named UF as one of his five finalists, along with Clemson, Georgia Southern, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Three-star defensive back Carlos Becker (6-2, 185) has the Gators in his top 10 with Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Both recruits visited Florida and coach Jim McElwain in the spring.… Read More »

High-profile Texas teammates visit UF

Despite Florida’s struggles the past couple of years, the Gators have still been able to successfully recruit the Sunshine State. However, when UF or any school can recruit on a national level, it shows the football program is thriving. Florida coach Jim McElwain has yet to coach a game in Gainesville, but he and his staff are already attracting elite prospects from across the country. Two of them, Houston (Texas) Westfield teammates Dillon Sterling-Cole and Tyrie Cleveland, visited UF for… Read More »

FBS commissioners shelve early signing period

After two days of debating over an early signing period, FBS commissions voted Wednesday not to have one this recruiting cycle. According to reports, the decision was tabled for one year and the Collegiate Commissioners Association will reconsider the early signing period proposal at the 2016 meetings in Asheville, N.C. The proposal, if passed on a two-year trial basis, would have instituted a 72-hour signing period for high school recruits this December, in conjunction with the junior college signing date (Dec. 16).… Read More »

Victor, Ridley postpone decisions

Florida likely had big news coming on the recruiting trail later this month. Now, UF and colleges from around the nation will have wait. Four-star wide receivers Binjimen Victor (6-4, 173) and Cavin Ridley (6-2, 195), who planned to make their verbal commitments on June 22, have decided to push back their announcements. The standouts from South Florida were expected to choose the Gators. Victor visited Gainesville during the spring and Ridley camped at UF last week. Both named Florida… Read More »

Notebook: Hammond shining on camp circuit

Josh Hammond is turning heads on the summer camp circuit thus far. Last Friday, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder competed in Florida’s 7-on-7 tournament with his Hallandale teammates and turned in the best performance of the three UF wide receiver commits on hand. New #Gators WR commit Josh Hammond at #UF's 7v7 camp. pic.twitter.com/Z2Rz2e5diI — Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) June 5, 2015 #Gators WR commit Josh Hammond with a TD catch at #UF 7v7 camp. https://t.co/TTc3U2A0tx — Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) June 5, 2015… Read More »

Joseph works out with Shannon

Gators linebacker commit Vosean Joseph visited Florida Tuesday with a few of his teammates from Miami Norland. The ESPN300 member attended one of UF’s spring practices in March, but he was no spectator on this week’s visit. Joseph participated in Tuesday’s summer camp session and worked out with Florida linebackers coach Randy Shannon, his primary recruiter. “I got to work with coach Shannon and that made my day,” he said. “He’s a great coach. He taught a lot of new things,… Read More »

Pair of DT prospects praise Rumph

The Gators are still looking to add some defensive tackles to their 2016 class, and two of the nation’s top prospects at the position visited UF in recent days. U.S. Army All-American Antwuan Jackson (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) camped at UF on Monday, and consensus top-250 recruit Darius Whitfield (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s) made it to campus Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Jackson chose to work out despite competing in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge over the weekend. “I just came to get better at… Read More »

UF visit reaffirms Perine’s decision

Running back Lamical Perine, a longtime Florida fan, committed to the Gators late last month. However, he had yet to meet or speak with UF coach Jim McElwain or visit the school since the new staff took over. Although Perine had no doubts about his pledge, Saturday’s visit to Gainesville did nothing but reaffirm the decision. He and his family spent time with McElwain running backs Tim Skipper during the trip. “It’s just amazing being out here, I love it,” he… Read More »

Wells excited about WR class

Rick Wells was one of three UF wide receiver commits at Florida’s 7-on-7 camp this past Friday. He faced fellow future Gators Josh Hammond and Isaiah Johnson in the tournament, and WR target Cavin Ridley also competed against him. Wells is excited about Florida’s receiver class for 2016. “Everyone of them can make plays,” he said of Hammond, Johnson and Ridley. “It’s a good class and all of us can make big plays down the field. It’s a big class,… Read More »