Who is left on the Gators' board?
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:03 p.m.
With a little more than a week until National Signing Day (Feb. 2), the buzz around Gainesville is whether new coach Will Muschamp will fill out Florida's 2011 recruiting class.
Left with the unfair task of picking up where one of the best recruiters in the country (Urban Meyer) left off a little more than a month ago, Muschamp has proven that he and his new staff aren't afraid to get out and meet people. They've taken every opportunity to visit or call recruits. Muschamp and Co. have spent most of their time patrolling the Southeast, but have been out West, into the Midwest and have seen some time in the Northeast.
Florida has just one commitment and has lost three in that time, but there's no denying the immense effort Florida's new staff is making on the recruiting trail.
With 15 commitments, seven of whom have already enrolled on campus, Florida will look to fill 10 more spots in this class. The way things have shaken up over the last couple of weeks, it will be hard for Florida to get to that number. But that won't mean the class can't be a good first haul for Muschamp.
There is quality out there, and Florida is still in the hunt for a lot of top prospects.
Jacoby Brissett, 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer — He finally got a real offer from Florida, and new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is recruiting very hard. He unofficially visited last weekend and is interested in playing hoops in college. Florida needs another quarterback alongside Jeff Driskel, and Brissett (an All-American) is no slouch. He could decide after signing day.
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Sammy Watkins, 6-1, 180, South Fort Myers — His half-brother, Jaylen, is a cornerback at Florida, but Sammy remains solidly committed to Clemson. He told reporters he could still visit Florida, so the Gators aren't completely out of it.
Junior Pomee, 6-3, 215, Moreno Valley, Calif., Rancho Verde — Pomee could play receiver and tight end, and Florida's coaches recently flew out to see him. Florida doesn't have the momentum it had with him when Meyer was around, but retaining tight ends coach Brian White will help tremendously.
Jacob Fisher, 6-7, 273, Traverse City, Mich., West — He recently decommitted from Michigan and will officially visit Florida this weekend. Florida needs another lineman and Fisher would be a perfect fit.
Xzavier Ward, 6-7, 255, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County — Before Chase Hounshell decommitted from Florida, Ward said he was informed that the Gators were full at tackle. He hasn't mentioned Florida since, but there is an opening now.
Anthony Chickillo, 6-3, 226, Tampa Alonso — Chickillo remains committed to Miami and is starting to like what new coach Al Golden has to offer. Florida appears to be right behind the 'Canes, but it will be hard to pluck this legacy away from "The U."
Curt Maggitt, 6-3, 210, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer — Florida was all over him with the previous staff, and that hasn't changed with Muschamp. From all accounts, Florida feels like the leader, but Wisconsin and Tennessee aren't out of it, especial the Badgers.
Jermauria Rasco, 6-3, 227, Shreveport, La., Evangel Christian — He only got on Florida's board because of Muschamp, who recruited him while he was at Texas. Now Rasco is set to visit Florida on Jan. 28. His coach seems to think the Gators are in great position, but pulling him away from LSU will be quite the task.
Tevin Westbrook, 6-5, 260, Coconut Creek North Broward — Westbrook is the new guy on the board and will visit on the 28th. North Carolina, UConn, Purdue and South Florida are all in the running, but the Gators get the enviable last visit.
Tim Jernigan, 6-2, 275, Lake City Columbia — He's the big fish for Florida in this class, and he finally got to sit down with Muschamp Thursday. Florida has always been there for him, but he seems to have a bit more trust in Florida State, where he will visit this weekend. The full-court press is on by Florida's coaches to land the backyard prospect.
Delvon Simmons, 6-5, 265, McKeesport, Pa. — He still hasn't decided if he'll visit Florida or USC, but he's certainly interested in the Gators. If he gets on campus, Florida's chances will increase significantly, and this is an area of need for the Gators.
Johnathan Jenkins, 6-4, 340, Perkinston, Miss., Gulf Coast C.C. — Heading to the JuCo ranks hasn't exactly worked out for Florida recently, but Jenkins has unreal size and looks great on tape. He'll visit on the 28th. Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma State and Auburn are all in it for him.
Elkino Watson, 6-2, 275, Miami Booker T. Washington — He had a blast on his visit earlier this month and has two former teammates — Lynden Trail and Quinton Dunbar — already in Gainesville. There are linemen who might be ahead of him on Florida's board, but Watson would be a solid pickup for Muschamp.
Curtis Grant, 6-3, 222, Richmond, Va., Hermitage — He's arguably the top linebacker in the country and has had Florida near the top for some time. Ohio State figures to be the Gators' main competition, but he thoroughly enjoyed his recent trip to Gainesville.
Stephone Anthony, 6-3, 220, Wadesboro, N.C., Anson — Though Florida was his leader early, Anthony has backed off that and now Clemson appears to be up there. It didn't help Florida that Anthony's close friend, former UF verbal Jeoffery Pagan, just committed to Clemson. However, Florida's coaches saw Anthony earlier this week.
A.J. Johnson, 6-3, 226, Gainesville, Ga. — He remains committed to Tennessee, but he's always liked the Gators, who are recruiting him as a defensive end. He looked great at Friday Night Lights and if he officially visits Florida, that will make at least four visits in a year.
Denzel Perryman, 5-11, 217, Coral Gables — He reportedly had a very good time on his visit to Florida last week and has Florida and Miami as finalists. Getting him literally right out of UM's backyard will be tough for Florida, but the Gators will be in it until the very end.
Tony Steward, 6-2, 225, St. Augustine Pedro Menendez — FSU and Clemson are the favorites, but he hasn't counted Florida out. The only way Florida has a real shot is if he gets on campus to visit.
Kent Turene, 6-3, 230, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson — He might be committed to USC, but he's taking his visits. He has one left and either Florida or LSU could get it.
Marcus Roberson, 6-1, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas — He might have committed to Texas Tech, but he's visiting Florida this weekend. Florida has always been near the top for him and his mind could change if he and his mother have great time in Gainesville. He's also a big fan of Muschamp.
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, 6-2, 190, Orlando Dr. Phillips — He's committed to Alabama and having his best friend, Dee Hart, committing there didn't help other schools. He hasn't scheduled a visit to Florida, but there's still time.
Marqise Lee, 6-1, 187, Gardena, Calif., Serra — It always seemed like a long shot that he'd leave the West Coast, but Florida's coaches visited him earlier this week. However, Oregon, USC and Cal seem to be ahead of the rest.
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