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LIVE BLOG: Florida 2017 National Signing Day

4:25 p.m.: The addition of Adarius Lemons is official. The Clearwater running back gives the Gators their second RB commitment of the 2017 class, and likely moves Florida’s 2017 class into the top 10 rankings. From Clearwater High School, I am excited to welcome Adarius Lemons to the @GatorsFB family! #Swamp17 #GoGators pic.twitter.com/PBbi69j80y — Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) February 1, 2017 Been through trials and tribulations my future is destined.🙏 pic.twitter.com/zYczboZTJM — adarius zabri lemons (@adariuslemons) February 1, 2017   3:40 p.m.:… Read More »

Gators land 4* DT Elijah Conliffe

Florida’s 2017 class continues to grow heading into National Signing Day. Four-star defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe (Hampton, Va.) announced his verbal commitment to the Gators during a ceremony at his school. #ChompChomp!!!!!!! #Swamp17 — Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) January 31, 2017 The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder took an official visit to Florida on Jan. 20, giving coach Jim McElwain and his staff an opportunity to leave a lasting impression. With more than 25 scholarship offers, Conliffe had narrowed his decision to the Gators… Read More »

Final prediction: Florida’s 2017 class finishes with 22

The wait is finally over. National Signing Day is tomorrow, and the Gators currently have 17 commitments in the 2017 class as of 12 p.m. Tuesday. With that number certain to rise in the next 24 hours, here’s my opinion of how Florida’s 2017 class will finish. QB 3* Jake Allen – St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) RB 4* Malik Davis – Jesuit (Tampa, Fl.) 4* Adarius Lemons – Clearwater (Clearwater, Fl.) WR 4* DaQuon Green – Tampa Tech… Read More »

Report: Gators won’t sign 4* WR James Robinson

The Florida Gators will not be sending James Robinson a letter of intent on National Signing Day. According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Gators coach Jim McElwain informed Robinson he will not receive a National Letter of Intent. The decision follows Robinson’s publicized run-in with the law during his official visit to Ohio State. I will not be signing on NSD! — JAMES ROBINSON IV 4⃣ (@_StunnaJayy_) January 31, 2017 Recruiting is opened 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 — JAMES ROBINSON IV 4⃣ (@_StunnaJayy_)… Read More »

Official visit to UF impresses 6-foot-7 DE Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald

Standing at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, defensive end Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald has the frame of a five-star prospect. But with just three days to go until National Signing Day, Abadi-Fitzgerald holds just a handful of scholarship offers. Yet one of those offers is from the Gators. Coach Jim McElwain was in Lakeland on Tuesday to meet Abadi-Fitzgerald, and Florida’s head coach quickly offered him a scholarship in the 2017 class. However, with 72 hours until National Signing Day, the offer alone wasn’t… Read More »

Florida flips 3* safety Donovan Stiner from Houston

The final weekend before National Signing Day turned out to be Florida’s most significant period of the 2017 class. The Gators landed a verbal commitment from three-star safety Donovan Stiner, the third prospect to commit to Florida’s 2017 class in the past 24 hours. 🐊 pic.twitter.com/Jb00b5OZ9t — DONO▼AN (@dstiner3) January 30, 2017 The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder out of Bellaire, Texas, spent the weekend in Gainesville on an official visit, giving coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff an opportunity to flip… Read More »

Gators land second commitment of the night in 4* DB Brad Stewart

Florida’s 2017 class picked up its second commitment of the night Saturday with the addition of Brad Stewart. The four-star cornerback out of McDonagh High in New Orleans gave the Gators his verbal commitment while on an official visit to the University of Florida. Gotors take care of gators… Truly a blessing to be apart of the family🐊 #BDN pic.twitter.com/xgTsOkuv27 — 🎗 (@B_Stew5) January 29, 2017 “Truly a blessing to be a part of the family,” Stewart wrote on his… Read More »

3* LB Nick Smith commits to Florida

Florida’s 2017 class received a verbal commitment Saturday from a three-star linebacker out of Orlando. Nick Smith (Dr. Phillips High) announced on his Twitter account he was committing to the Gators over Michigan State. Sorry For The Wait™ 😈💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/J4iQXQIWW1 — Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) January 28, 2017 The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder took an official visit to Gainesville this past weekend after decommitting from N.C. State on Jan. 15. “It was fun,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays of his visit… Read More »

Florida hosting 13 official visitors with Signing Day approaching

The final weekend before National Signing Day is poised to be a big one for the Gators.   Update: The Gators are hosting three-star linebacker Lacedrick Brunson (Miami, Fl.). Brunson holds scholarship offers from just Arkansas and Florida Atlantic, and the Florida visit is his lone official visit. The original article appears below: Four-star running back Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, Fl.) has had an up and down recruitment by the Gators, but his future has started to clear up. Lemons will… Read More »

Florida coaching staff goes in-home with LaBryan Ray

With the final weekend before National Signing Day in sight, Florida’s coaching staff has been on the road visiting prospects in the 2017 class. Coach Jim McElwain and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are in Madison, Alabama for an in-home visit with four-star defensive end LaBryan Ray. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect will announce his decision Wednesday and the Gators remain in the running for his signature. Gators running backs coach Tim Skipper is in Tampa visiting four-star running back Malik… Read More »