Already on campus: 6 Gators


Latroy Pittman, left, gives his best Gator chomp while getting his picture taken for the school yearbook with fellow football player Sean Price, right. The two were handed their honorary game jerseys to commemorate them being selected for the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game in October 25. Pittman is already enrolled at UF.

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Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:35 a.m.

These six players from the 2012 Florida recruiting class are enrolled, working out and will participate in spring practice.

A closer look:

Willie Bailey

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-2

Weight: 175

High School: Hallendale

Ranking: No. 38 cornerback on Rivals, No. 33 safety on Scout

How he fits in: Bailey is the type of corner that Muschamp likes. He is taller than most of defensive backs on the roster and can win jumpball battles with receivers. He could play multiple positions in the secondary.

Chances of playing early: He still needs to add weight and work on his cover skills. If there isn't a need for him on special teams, he will redshirt.

Latroy Pittman

Position: WR

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

High School: North Marion

Ranking: No. 32 wide receiver on Rivals; No. 47 wide receiver on Scout

How he fits in: Pittman was the first commitment of the 2012 class, and he could be one of the first to see the field. His hands and playmaking ability are in high demand at Florida, and he also has the size to be a serviceable blocker. The Under Armour All-American was a standout in all the combines he participated in and should be a great asset to Pease once he learns the playbook.

Chances of playing early: With only seven scholarship receivers on the roster, Pittman is already second team by default. Being an early enrollee will help him work his way up the depth chart.

D.J. Humphries

Position: OT

Height: 6-6

Weight: 275

High School: Mallard Creek

Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle on Rivals; No. 3 offensive tackle on Scout

How he fits in: Humphries is the nation's No. 2 overall prospect according to Rivals.com, and for good reason. He has great feet and flexibility for a big man and can both pass and run block. Florida has a roster full of athletic lineman that were recruited for the spread system, but Humphries is perfect for a pro-style offense because he can consistently move the pile and protect the quarterback's blindside.

Chances of playing early: The only knock on Humphries is his weight. But he is already enrolled and will participate in spring and summer workouts, so putting on more pounds won't be an issue for him. He's just too explosive off the ball to not play as a freshman.

Jessamen Dunker

Position: OG

Height: 6-6

Weight: 315

High School: Boynton Beach

Ranking: No. 5 offensive guard on Rivals; No. 12 offensive tackle on Scout

How he fits in: Dunker is another huge addition to the offensive line. He already has the size and strength to hold his own against defensive linemen in the SEC. He will come to UF as a guard, where he excelled at in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Chances of playing early: Dunker enrolled early and getting that head start is a big plus for him. If he can grasp the offense and its blocking schemes, he could get into the rotation.

Damien Jacobs

Position: DT

Height: 6-4

Weight: 290

High School: H. L. Bourgeois

Ranking: No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle on Rivals; NR on Scout

How he fits in: Florida needs to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks next year, and Jacobs can fill the void. He has a quick first step and is very good at jumping the snap count. If he improves his technique and learns some more moves from defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young, he could be a good one for the Gators.

Chances of playing early: Jacobs signed in December and will compete this spring for the starting job vacated by Jaye Howard.

Antonio Morrison

Position: LB

Height: 6-3

Weight: 220

High School: Bolingbrook

Ranking: No. 10 inside linebacker on Rivals; No. 20 inside linebacker on Scout

How he fits in: With a bench press of 335 pounds and a squat of 630, Morrison is a monster in the weight room. The early enrollee is already one the strongest players on the team and carries it over to the football field with some big-time hits. In addition to his strength, Morrison's size was a big selling point for Muschamp. He is two inches taller than both of Florida's middle linebackers.

Chances of playing early: Morrison won't jump Jon Bostic and Michael Taylor on the depth chart, but he will surely be a special teams player next season.

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