Florida football's Class of 2013


Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Alex Anzalone

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 220 pounds

High School: Wyomissing, Pa.

Ranking: No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 28 overall recruit on Rivals; No. 11 athlete and No. 97 overall recruit on ESPN

How he fits in: Although Anzalone played both sides of the ball in high school and is considered an athlete by ESPN, he will be a linebacker for the Gators. The coaches told him he will get reps at all three positions, but he's projected play inside because of his size and football IQ.

Chances of playing early: With the loss of Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins, Anzalone has a golden opportunity if he can master the playbook as well as he does his textbooks (4.8 GPA). He's already enrolled on campus and will participate in spring practice, so that should help his cause. Anzalone's ranking on Rivals.com is higher than all of Florida's returning linebackers when they were coming out of high school.




Alvin Bailey

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 175 pounds

High School: Seffner Armwood

Ranking: No. 8 athlete and No. 77 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 7 receiver and No. 63 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: Bailey is a shifty runner who can make plays in the slot and return kicks and punts. He was also a quarterback in high school, and the UF coaches plan on having him take over the wildcat quarterback role after Trey Burton graduates next season.

Chances of playing early: It will take Bailey some time to get settled in as a receiver because he has played so little of the position. But as he showed in the Under Armour All-America Game, he's a weapon on special teams and will get an opportunity in the return game.

Jay-nard Bostwick

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 291 pounds

High School: Port St. Lucie/St. Lucie West Centennial

Ranking: No. 27 defensive tackle and No. 286 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 25 defensive tackle on Rivals

How he fits in: Bostwick was once considered a strongside defensive end, but his body has grown so much over the past year that now he's strictly an inside player. Fortunately for him and Florida, he has not lost any of his quickness and will be an athletic tackle for the Gators.

Chances of playing early: Defensive linemen have the hardest time contributing as freshmen, and with UF returning three tackles and bringing in a pair of JUCO recruits, Bostwick will probably have to wait a year before his number is called.

Caleb Brantley

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 295 pounds

High School: Crescent City

Ranking: No. 6 defensive tackle and No. 42 overall recruit by ESPN; No. 9 defensive tackle and No. 132 overall recruit by Rivals

How he fits in: Brantley has a quick first step and certainly shows flashes of greatness despite being somewhat raw as a pass rusher. He's a disruptive run-stopper who wraps up well and draws a lot of double teams.

Chances of playing early: Brantley reminds most of Dominique Easley, and he will need to develop and mature both on and off the field much like Easley. If Brantley is attentive to detail in fall camp and learns how to keep his composure, he will contribute in some capacity next season.

Trenton Brown

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 345 pounds

JUCO: Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military

Ranking: No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 51 overall JUCO recruit on Rivals; No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 34 overall JUCO recruit on ESPN

How he fits in: Brown carries his weight well. He can play tackle on either side of the line and is athletic enough to handle the SEC speed rushers off the edge.

Chances of playing early: He was scheduled to enroll early, but came up short on credits, so that hurt his chances a little bit. But if Brown reports to campus in shape this summer, he should at least find his way into Florida's jumbo package simply because of his size.

Darious Cummings

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 305 pounds

JUCO: Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.

Ranking: No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 7 overall JUCO recruit on Rivals; No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 30 overall JUCO recruit on ESPN

How he fits in: The former Florida State lineman was highly rated coming out of high school and that didn't change in junior college. After battling injuries and changing positions at FSU, Cummings has found his calling at defensive tackle and is now heavy enough to match up with guards and centers.

Chances of playing early: Cummings is an early enrollee and has Division-I experience, so expect him to be in the rotation right away. With starters Sharrif Floyd and Omar Hunter gone, Cummings will compete for one of the starting spots inside.

Jarrad Davis

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 225 pounds

High School: Kingsland, Ga./Camden County

Ranking: No. 30 outside linebacker on Rivals; No. 47 outside linebacker on ESPN

How he fits in: Davis avoids the media and hasn't received much publicity, but he played for one of the top high school football programs in the state of Georgia and recorded 114 tackles as a senior. He was named to the Florida Times-Union Super 24, so he's got some skill.

Chances of playing early: Davis is the only linebacker commit who didn't enroll early. Unless he blows the coaches away in fall camp or Florida has some injuries at the position, he will likely redshirt next year.

Cameron Dillard

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 280 pounds

High School: Canton, Mich.

Ranking: No. 20 offensive guard on ESPN; No. 23 offensive guard on Rivals

How he fits in: Dillard was a right guard in high school and started at that spot in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Dec. 30, but he was recruited to play center for Florida. He is described by scouts as a strong interior lineman who specializes in run blocking.

Chances of playing early: Jonotthan Harrison is a redshirt senior this coming season, so Dillard will redshirt and learn from him as he works toward securing the starting job for 2014.

Ahmad Fulwood

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 200 pounds

High School: Jacksonville Bishop Kenny

Ranking: No. 14 receiver and No. 110 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 16 receiver and No. 136 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: Fulwood is the type of receiving threat that's been missing from Florida's offense. The Gators haven't signed a wideout as tall and highly rated in more than a decade. Fulwood is not particularly fast or explosive, but he possesses a feel for coverage schemes and knows how to get open. Once he gets behind the secondary and builds up speed, he can take it to the house with ease.

Chances of playing early: He needs to get stronger in the weight room and could use some refining with his route running and technique. But Fulwood will be the tallest receiver on Florida's roster next season and his height advantage alone should equate to early playing time.

Vernon Hargreaves III

Position: Cornerback

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 181 pounds

High School: Tampa Wharton

Ranking: No. 1 cornerback and No. 3 overall recruit by ESPN; No. 1 cornerback and No. 2 overall recruit by Rivals

How he fits in: Other than his size, which isn't bad by any means, Hargreaves has everything you want in a corner. He runs a legit 4.4, is physical enough to press and play in the box, and has some of the best cover skills you'll see at the high school level. He often recognizes routes before the quarterback does and is always right there to make a play. Hargreaves is a coach's son and his knowledge of the game is advanced beyond his years.

Chances of playing early: Florida's history of starting true freshman cornerbacks will likely continue with Hargreaves in 2013. Even though UF is stacked in the secondary, he has too much skill to sit on the bench. He will also contribute on special teams as a gunner and blocking field goals and punts.

Marcell Harris

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 220 pounds

High School: Orlando Dr. Phillips

Ranking: No. 7 safety and No. 68 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 8 safety and No. 67 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: Harris was born and raised in Gainesville and his father, Mike, played for the Gators in the '90s. Most assume he's a strong safety because of his muscular build, but Harris was actually recruited by UF to play the free safety spot like his dad. He can play either position, though.

Chances of playing early: Florida has to find two new starting safeties in the fall, and Harris believes he can be one of them. Even if he doesn't start, he will play somewhere in the secondary and on special teams as a freshman.

Marqui Hawkins

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 179 pounds

High School: Columbus, Ga./Carver

Ranking: No. 25 receiver and No. 196 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 50 receiver on Rivals

How he fits in: Hawkins is an excellent overall athlete who brings size and speed to a position of need. He could play defensive back, but the Gators consider him an excellent prospect with a big upside.

Chances of playing early: With so few scholarship wide receivers on the roster, Hawkins will be among the young receivers who get a close look from the coaching staff during preseason camp in August. Given his athletic ability, he could have an immediate impact on special teams.

Joey Ivie

Position: Defensive line

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 269 pounds

High School: Dade City Pasco

Ranking: No. 14 strongside defensive end and No. 198 overall recruit on Rivals; No. 42 defensive tackle on ESPN

How he fits in: Ivie has a high motor and great change-of-direction to chase down ball-carriers. He also has the toughness to take on blockers and can push the line backward — even when double teamed — with his strength. Florida recruited Ivie as a strongside defensive end, but he will also shift inside in some third-down situations. He could grow into a tackle given his size and interior skills.

Chances of playing early: Ivie is a redshirt candidate. He still needs to work on his technique and pad level as well as figure out his future position. He's currently a tweener and must put on more pounds and mass in the offseason. If Ivie reaches his ideal weight and finds a role, he could see some snaps in 2013.

Octavius Jackson

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 275 pounds

High School: Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County

Ranking: No. 30 offensive guard on ESPN; No. 66 offensive tackle on Rivals

How he fits in: Signing offensive linemen was a priority, and Jackson is a prospect who is athletic enough to play every position along the offensive front. He's a competitive player who plays with relentless effort. He'll get his first look at offensive guard.

Chances of playing early: With so few scholarship offensive linemen on the roster, Jackson will have a chance to catch the attention of the coaches early. He has the size and athletic ability to compete, and his versatility could help him see the field early.

Roderick Johnson

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 320 pounds

High School: Delray Beach American Heritage

Ranking: No. 16 offensive tackle on ESPN; No. 30 offensive tackle on Rivals

How he fits in: Johnson didn't have every SEC school knocking on his door, but Florida was high on him early and kept recruiting him even after he decommitted. The Under Armour All-American will be a tackle for the Gators.

Chances of playing early: Although Johnson has what Florida's wants from a size standout, he isn't as talented as some of the returning players at his position or Nebraska transfer Tyler Moore. Because of that depth, it may take Johnson a couple of years to get significant playing time.

Adam Lane

Position: Running back

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 205 pounds

High School: Winter Haven

Ranking: No. 15 running back and No. 173 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 29 running back on Rivals

How he fits in: Lane has been described as a “bowling-ball” runner who reminds many scouts of Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens. Although his height could hurt Lane in pass protection, it helps him in the hole and he takes advantage. It's hard for defenders to locate him behind the line of scrimmage, and he's patient enough to let his blocks develop. Once they do, Lane shoots through creases and has breakaway speed.

Chances of playing early: At any other school, Lane would likely receive carries right away. But UF now has a stable of backs, and he will be the fourth running back on the depth chart when he reports in the summer. There's a chance he could redshirt next season.

Daniel McMillian

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 220 pounds

High School: Jacksonville First Coast

Ranking: No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 31 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 5 inside linebacker and No. 123 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: McMillian has a mean streak at the linebacker position and can lay somebody out with his vicious hits. The Army All-American is not afraid to throw his body into a tackle, which is what Muschamp wants out of his linebackers.

Chances of playing early: McMillian could have an impact similar to that of Antonio Morrison's in 2012. Like Morrison, McMillian could be ready to play by the middle of his freshman year, and he's talented enough to push for one of the open jobs.

Tyler Moore

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 312 pounds

JUCO: St. Petersburg C.C.

Ranking: N/A

How he fits in: Moore is an early enrollee and will start out at tackle, but he's willing to and capable of sliding inside to one of the guard positions. He transferred from Nebraska in September and has three years of eligibility remaining. Moore played nine games for the Cornhuskers in 2011 and started four at right tackle, becoming only the 10th lineman in school history to start as a true freshman.

Chances of playing early: According to Rivals.com, Moore was the top offensive lineman in the state of Florida coming out of high school and made an immediate impact at Nebraska. He should do the same with the Gators, given their needs along the line.

Keanu Neal

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 204 pounds

High School: Bushnell South Sumter

Ranking: No. 6 safety and No. 65 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 7 safety and No. 64 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: Neal is absolutely jacked and was described as a “freakazoid” by UF running backs coach Brian White. He's a linebacker in a safety's body, but his explosiveness and breaking ability allows him to defend the pass well. The Under Armour All-American is a hard-hitter who can flatten ball carriers in the box or in the secondary.

Chances of playing early: Neal is physically ready for the college level and could be a force once he gets some experience and learns the playbook. He takes bad angles at times and plays a bit stiff, but his footwork and athleticism should improve with coaching and Florida's strength and conditioning program.

Jarran Reed

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 305 pounds

JUCO: Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.

Ranking: No. 13 defensive tackle and No. 68 overall JUCO recruit on Rivals; No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 89 overall JUCO recruit on ESPN

How he fits in: Reed is the third defensive tackle UF has landed from EMCC in the last two years and some believe he's the best of the bunch. He has three years of eligibility remaining, and that makes him even more of an asset.

Chances of playing early: Reed is expected be the fourth or fifth tackle on Florida's depth chart next season, so he will definitely be in the mix for playing time as the Gators regularly rotate six players throughout the course of game.

Antonio Riles

Position: Defensive line

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 265 pounds

High School: Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer

Ranking: No. 27 defensive end on ESPN; No. 23 defensive end on Rivals

How he fits in: The Gators had a real need at end, and Riles is a prospect the Gators targeted early — and landed early. He gave his commitment to UF at Friday Night Lights this past summer and then saw several schools, including Georgia, try to get in on him late. He's a strong, athletic end who could grow into a tackle.

Chances of playing early: With the Gators' lack of proven depth at defensive end, Riles will have a chance to show the coaches what he's got during camp in August. But he may need a redshirt year to further develop physically before he's ready to compete in the SEC.

Demarcus Robinson

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 195 pounds

High School: Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County

Ranking: No. 7 receiver and No. 53 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 5 receiver and No. 52 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: An early enrollee (and former Clemson commitment), Robinson is a big, fast target who has excellent hands and has shown an ability to make plays down the field. He has the size UF has lacked at WR in recent seasons.

Chances of playing early: Robinson is considered the top wide receiver prospect in the class, and he's already on campus and is expected to compete for significant playing time this spring. There is a good chance he'll work his way into the playing rotation in the fall.

Matt Rolin

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 205 pounds

High School: Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods

Ranking: No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 80 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 22 outside linebacker on Rivals

How he fits in: With the early departure of Jelani Jenkins to the NFL, outside linebacker was considered a huge need, and Rolin is one of the nation's top prospects. A former South Carolina commitment, Rolin is an intense competitor who has the speed to make plays from sideline to sideline.

Chances of playing early: Although he's an early enrollee, Rolin is still recovering from ACL surgery and will not participate in spring drills. He has said he hopes to recover in time for the start of camp in August. If he does, he'll have a chance to compete for playing time.

Jordan Sherit

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 243 pounds

High School: Tampa Hillsborough

Ranking: No. 9 weakside defensive end and No. 224 overall recruit on Rivals; No. 26 defensive end on ESPN

How he fits in: The Army All-American will play the Buck position in Florida's defense. He's incredibly fast off the edge and is athletic enough to defend passes. Sherit may even catch a few passes for the Gators, as he could also play some tight end if needed.

Chances of playing early: Sherit tore his ACL in October, but expects to return to the field at some point as a freshman. Whether or not he's healthy enough to play remains to be seen.

Max Staver

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 235 pounds

High School: Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy

Ranking: No. 19 quarterback and No. 264 overall recruit by ESPN

How he fits in: Staver is a three-star prospect, but the Gators had a chance to see him in camp this past summer and the coaches like his arm, size and potential. He's an accurate passer and fairly athletic for his size, although he is not in Jeff Driskel's class as a runner.

Chances of playing early: Despite the fact the Gators have only three other scholarship quarterbacks, the plan is for Staver to redshirt this season, which will give him a chance to learn the offense and develop under Brent Pease.

Kelvin Taylor

Position: Running back

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 205 pounds

High School: Belle Glade Glades Day

Ranking: No. 1 running back and No. 8 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 6 running back and No. 38 overall recruit on Rivals

How he fits in: Taylor is the total package at the running back position. It all starts with his footwork. His combination of jump-cuts and juke moves are incredibly advanced for someone his age and show a striking resemblance to his father, former NFL and UF running back Fred Taylor.

Chances of playing early: Florida returns running backs Mack Brown and Matt Jones, but Taylor will touch the ball next season and may even pass both of them on the depth chart when all is said and done.

Chris Thompson

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 167 pounds

High School: Gainesville

Ranking: No. 98 receiver on ESPN; No. 93 receiver on Rivals

How he fits in: His best physical attribute is undoubtedly his wheels. Thompson ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash at an FAU camp this past summer. He is also a track star at GHS and can reach top-end speed in a hurry. Thompson has above-average height for someone so fast and those extra inches allow him to be a vertical threat.

Chances of playing early: Thompson is home-run threat when he sees green grass, but he needs to be more consistent catching the ball and could use a few more juke moves in his repertoire for the short passes he receives. He will likely redshirt in 2013 as he improves his game and bulks up.

Johnny Townsend

Position: Punter

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 200 pounds

High School: Orlando Boone

Ranking: No. 1 punter by ESPN. No. 14 kicker by Rivals.

How he fits in: With standout punter Kyle Christy heading into his junior season, the Gators figured it was time to start looking for a future replacement, and they think they found him in Townsend, the top punter in the state who backed out of an oral commitment to Ohio State to sign with UF the day after signing day.

Chances of playing early: Unless Christy gets injured, Townsend will redshirt this fall, then have four years of eligibility starting with the 2014 season. He'll have two years to work with, and behind, one of the nation's best punters.

Nick Washington

Position: Defensive back

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 170 pounds

High School: Jacksonville Trinity Christian

Ranking: No. 11 safety and No. 154 overall recruit by ESPN; No. 14 safety and No. 164 overall recruit by Rivals

How he fits in: Washington is a ball hawk in the secondary who can play either safety or cornerback. He has the athleticism to cover man-to-man and is physical enough to press at the line of scrimmage. But his acceleration, anticipation and ability to break on the ball make him perfect for zone schemes, which is why he's projected as a safety at the next level. Washington is also a two-sport athlete and will play baseball at Florida.

Chances of playing early: He could have a harder time cracking the rotation than the other safety signees, but he will compete for one of the backup spots and also get some action on special teams.

Trevon Young

Position: Offensive line/tight end

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 270 pounds

High School: Bradenton Braden River

Rankings: This three-star prospect was not ranked by ESPN or Rivals.

How he fits in: Despite having played only two years of football, Young's soft hands and overall athletic ability caught the attention of the UF coaches, who think this high school basketball star has a chance to grow into a very good offensive tackle. An athletic big man, Young has scored more than 1,500 points for the Braden River hoops team.

Chances of playing early: Young will redshirt his freshman season. He's very raw, needs coaching and will use the redshirt year to get bigger and stronger in the weight room.

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