Florida recruiting update

Chris Rainey is one of six Lakeland High players in the 2007 Gators recruiting class. Four are already enrolled at UF.

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Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 9:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 9:51 a.m.
  • FLORIDA: Several members of the Gators 2007 recruiting class were scheduled to enroll early and actually begin classes on Monday, the morning of the national championship game.
    Imagine that, you take your first classes at Florida in the morning, and in the evening your future teammates go out and win the title. That's a pretty big day.
    Lakeland High twins James and Maurkice Pouncey, both three-star offensive linemen, were among those expected to begin their Gators careers.
    "The big difference in moving from high school to college is going against the better speed," James Pouncey said. "The big deal for us is being able to go through spring practice and get used to the speed of the game."
    With Florida returning four of five starters along the offensive line, the Pounceys will have their work cut out for them to climb up the depth chart.
    "I want to get my shot at starting or working my way into a position," James Pouncey said. "If I'm not going to play, I'll redshirt. If all goes well I expect to be first or second on the depth chart."
    Six Dreadnaughts have committed to Florida; four were slated to start classes on Monday and participate in spring practice. The others are four-star cornerback Ahmad Black and three-star wide receiver Paul Wilson. The Gators picked up their 20th commitment when Orlando Edgewater safety Lorenzo Edwards announced his intention during the U.S. Army All-American game.
    Edwards is 6-2, 220 pounds, which would make him the biggest safety on the UF roster. If Reggie Nelson goes pro early (as expected), the four-star prospect could compete for a starting spot.
  • FLORIDA STATE: The hope in Tallahassee is that the buzz over the hiring of new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher away from LSU will pay big dividends come Signing Day.
    And it very well could. Fisher is a proven commodity in producing great offenses and developing players, and he is an excellent recruiter.
    Fisher is expected to arrive in Tallahassee by this weekend, the first big visit weekend before Signing Day.
    Four-star offensive tackle Antwane Greenlee, a soft verbal commitment to Georgia, is one player who sounds excited about Fisher coming aboard for the Garnet and Gold.
    "Florida State always has one of the best defenses in the country, and now that they have added this new offensive coordinator things have begun to fall into place for them," said Greenlee, a 6-6, 302-pounder out of Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway. Five-star athlete Chad Jones, who said he goes way back with Fisher, also believes the Seminoles got the right guy for the job. Jones is scheduled to visit this weekend.
    "It was just nice to hear that they hired another coach that I have a good relationship with," said Jones, who prepped at Baton Rouge Southern Lab. "I have been talking to Jimbo since I was in the ninth grade. We don't even talk about football most of the time, we just talk about anything. "
  • MIAMI: The Hurricanes have only 12 commitments for the 2007 class, and it appears as though Randy Shannon and the staff he's cobbling together are still trying to identify their targets.
    Any number of prospects have said recently that the UM coaches have requested tape or made contact, but none has an offer yet to show for it.
    "Any time there is a coaching change the recruiting strategy changes as well," said JC Shurburtt, Rivals.com's Southeast recruiting analyst. "That includes players targeted and offered. Miami certainly needed a change in this regard as there were several question marks during the latter years of the Coker era."
    Shurburtt doesn't believe 'Canes fans should be overly concerned. He believes Shannon and his new staff will deliver an excellent class.
    Chambers says he got a Hurricane offer in the spring and that what he's looking at is "the depth chart No. 1 and how school life is."
    Player spotlight: Tim Lamb, Tallahassee Lincoln Blessed with a great frame for an inside defensive lineman, the 6-foot, 315-pound Lamb racked up scholarship offers quickly. Alabama, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska and NC State were just a few that he grabbed before committing to Auburn. Before going down with an ankle sprain early in the year, Lamb tallied 25 tackles, five for loss, and a sack in just three games. As a junior, he had 60 total tackles and five sacks. His total tackle mark was a school record. His coach calls him a "special player" who can shut down inside runs with his "power off the ball."
    - John Talman Who am I? I was a second-team all-state player as an option quarterback at Miami Beach High School. ... After a junior college stint I played cornerback for two seasons at Miami. ... I had six interceptions in my Hurricanes career and was a pretty fair punt returner. ... I was a first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 1998, with whom I won a Super Bowl. ... Who am I?
    Last week's answer: Larry Little.
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