Freshmen arriving on UF campus this week
Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:12 p.m.
After bringing in eight early enrollees in January and two more signees last month, Florida will welcome the remaining 19 members from its 2013 football recruiting class to campus this week.
As a whole, the group was a consensus top-10 class and ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN. With 14 former Gators from last year's team now in the NFL, including eight who were selected in April's draft, many freshmen have a chance to contribute in the fall.
“I don't think we'll have a problem replacing those players,” said Under Armour All-American defensive tackle Caleb Brantley. “Everybody we have coming in is willing to work and learn, so we can be just as good or better.”
The best of the bunch is five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. He received several awards and accolades in 2012, including National High School Defensive Player of the Year, and will compete for a starting job this season.
He's joined in the secondary by safeties Keanu Neal and Nick Washington, who will be a two-sport athlete at UF after turning down an MLB contract in early June.
Strengthening Florida's front seven will be linebacker Jarrad Davis and defensive linemen Brantley, Jay-nard Bostwick, Antonio Riles and Jordan Sherit, who is fully recovered from his surgery on the torn ACL he suffered last October.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Gators add linemen Cameron Dillard, Octavius Jackson, Roderick Johnson and Trevon Young. All four are expected to redshirt along with quarterback Max Staver and punter Johnny Townsend.
Adam Lane, a short but strong running back with great speed, will be a nice addition to Florida's already impressive backfield.
At receiver, Alvin Bailey and Ahmad Fulwood could see early playing time while Marqui Hawkins and Chris Thompson may get some action on special teams.
Thompson, a football and track standout at Gainesville High, believes the incoming class can build off last year's 11-2 record and Sugar Bowl berth.
“A lot of freshmen need to step up this season and all of us are trying do big things,” Thompson said. “I think we can help the team keep winning games and bring it back to the national championship level.”
Florida's 2013 recruiting class (in alphabetical order)
Name, Position, School, Height, Weight
*Alex Anzalone, LB, Wyomissing (Pa.), 6-3, 233
Alvin Bailey, WR, Seffner Armwood, 5-11, 175
Jay-nard Bostwick, DT, Port St. Lucie West Centennial, 6-4, 300
Caleb Brantley, DT, Crescent City, 6-3, 310
*Trenton Brown, OL, Milledgeville Georgia Military, 6-8, 350
*Darious Cummings, DT, Scooba East Mississippi CC, 6-3, 305
Jarrad Davis, LB, Camden County, Kingsland, Ga., 6-3, 215
Cameron Dillard, OL, Canton (Mich.), 6-3, 290
Ahmad Fulwood, WR, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, 6-4, 189
Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Tampa Wharton, 5-11, 185
*Marcell Harris, DB, Orlando Dr. Phillips, 6-1, 209
Marqui Hawkins, WR, Columbus (Ga.) Carver, 6-2, 190
*Joey Ivie, DT, Dade City Pasco, 6-4, 270
Octavius Jackson, OL, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, 6-4, 304
Roderick Johnson, OL, Delray Beach American Heritage, 6-6, 315
Adam Lane, RB, Winter Haven, 5-8, 216
*Daniel McMillian, LB, Jacksonville First Coast, 6-3, 220
*Tyler Moore, OL, St. Petersburg College, 6-6, 305
Keanu Neal, DB, Bushnell South Sumter, 6-1, 203
Antonio Riles, DE, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer, 6-4, 267
*Demarcus Robinson, WR, Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County, 6-2, 200
*Matt Rolin, LB, Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods, 6-4, 209
Jordan Sherit, DE, Tampa Hillsborough, 6-5, 234
Max Staver, QB, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, 6-6, 238
*Kelvin Taylor, RB, Belle Glade Glades Day, 5-11, 216
Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando Boone, 6-2, 200
Chris Thompson, WR, Gainesville, 6-0, 170
Nick Washington, DB, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 6-0, 183
Trevon Young, OL, Bradenton Braden River 6-5, 270
* — already enrolled