UF 2014 recruiting class player bios
Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:35 p.m.
Taven Bryan Position: Defensive end Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 257 pounds High School: Casper (Wyo.) Ranking: No. 32 defensive end on ESPN; No. 35 strongside defensive end on Rivals. How he fits in: The two-way lineman will begin his college career at defensive end. He's a jumbo athlete and impressed the UF coaches at summer camp. Offensive tackle could be in his future if his body bulks up, and he's willing to play either position. Chances of playing early: Bryan probably needs at least a year to figure out where he's best suited to play. Coming from Wyoming, he will also have to adjust to the speed of the game and level of competition in the SEC. Khairi Clark Position: Defensive tackle Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 325 pounds High School: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Ranking: No. 16 defensive tackle and No. 211 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 21 defensive tackle on Rivals. How he fits in: The Gators would like to continue incorporating 3-4 schemes into their defense, and Clark will eventually help them in that endeavor. As a nose tackle, he will be able to clog up the line of scrimmage and demand double teams with his girth and power. Chances of playing early: If he gets on the field as a freshman, expect it to be in limited action. Like most players of his size, Clark will have to build up the stamina required to be an every-down lineman. His technique could also use some improvement. Duke Dawson Position: Cornerback Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 191 pounds High School: Cross City Dixie County Ranking: No. 16 cornerback and No. 207 overall recruit on ESPN; No. 9 cornerback and No. 148 overall recruit on Rivals. How he fits in: Dawson is a versatile defensive back who could line up at corner, nickel, dime and even safety. He has excellent cover skills and proved himself at various camps and combines. Former UF and NFL cornerback Keiwan Ratliff personally trained Dawson. Chances of playing early: Florida lost three of its top four defensive backs, so the Semper Fidelis All-American should play in some capacity. How much will depend on his performance in spring practice. Travaris Dorsey Position: Offensive guard Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 314 pounds High School: Jacksonville Raines Ranking: No. 26 offensive guard on ESPN; No. 30 offensive guard on Rivals. How he fits in: The Gators have a shortage of natural guards on their roster, and Dorsey is the type of lineman they're looking for. He won MVP at the Rivals Camp in Orlando and has the girth and toughness to one day go toe-to-toe with SEC defensive tackles. Chances of playing early: Dorsey missed all of his junior season with a broken leg, so he's lacking some experience and, like most freshman linemen, will need to develop. He will be a redshirt candidate. DeAndre Goolsby Position: Tight end Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 221 pounds High School: Derby (Kan.) Ranking: No. 9 tight end on ESPN; No. 16 tight end on Rivals. How he fits in: Goolsby may not be as fast as former UF tight end Jordan Reed, but they share many of the same abilities. Goolsby runs crisp routes and could be a matchup problem against opposing linebackers. Chances of playing early: Florida needs someone to step up at the position, and Goolsby has an opportunity to do that as an early enrollee. Although Goolsby has to get better as blocker, he may be thrust into action out of necessity. Will Grier Position: Quarterback Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 186 pounds High school: Davidson (N.C.) Day Ranking: No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 44 overall prospect on ESPN; No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 46 overall prospect on Rivals How he fits in: Grier is an accurate, record-setting signal-caller who could breathe life into Florida's passing game. The Parade Magazine Player of the Year can make all the throws and also do damage on the ground, and is someone Kurt Roper can build his offense around. Chances of playing early: The initial plan was for Grier to redshirt so he could put on some pounds, but that may not be an option for him now with the transfers of Tyler Murphy and Max Staver. Grier is more suited for Roper's scheme than Skyler Mornhinweg, and that will help him in winning the backup job. Kavaris Harkless Position: Offensive tackle Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 266 pounds High School: Jacksonville Trinity Christian Ranking: No. 21 offensive tackle by ESPN; No. 70 offensive tackle by Rivals How he fits in: Harkless is an athletic lineman who can block well in the run game and shows great footwork in pass protection. With his agility and quickness, he appears to be an ideal offensive tackle for a spread system. Chances of playing early: Harkless looks like a basketball player when you see him in person, and he will require at least a year to gain some weight and get stronger. Once that happens, he's going to contend for a starting job. Treon Harris Position: Quarterback Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 180 pounds High School: Miami Booker T. Washington Ranking: No. 7 dual-threat quarterback and No. 163 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 69 overall prospect by Rivals. How he fits in: Harris throws the ball well but isn't as polished as Grier. However, he's more of an improviser and can be deadly on the run. He makes up for his small stature with his athleticism and field vision. Chances of playing early: Harris will have a better chance than Grier at getting some action because of his skill set. Roper could create specific packages for him to take advantage of his dual-threat ability. Thomas Holley Position: Defensive tackle Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 303 pounds High School: Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln Ranking: No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 51 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 56 overall prospect by Rivals. How he fits in: Holley has only played football for two years, but his potential is through the roof. He was one of the best defensive tackles during the week of Under Armour practices. Holley is hard to block and has a motor on him. Chances of playing early: The Gators have a void at the position with the departure of Dominique Easley, but they still have a couple upperclassmen and three freshmen who redshirted last season. If Holley is going to play, he'll have to move up the depth chart. J.C. Jackson Position: Athlete Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 180 pounds High School: Immokalee Ranking: No. 11 athlete and No. 79 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 21 cornerback and No. 243 overall prospect by Rivals How he fits in: Jackson is one of the top receivers in the state of Florida, but the Gators are recruiting him as a cornerback. He chose to play on the defensive side of the ball during Under Armour week and performed well in the secondary. Chances of playing early: Jackson hasn't played a lot of corner and will need reps at the position before he's ready to be put out there on an island. His best chance at early playing time may be on offense. Nolan Kelleher Position: Offensive guard Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 316 pounds High School: Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Wando Ranking: No. 20 offensive guard by ESPN; No. 27 offensive tackle by Rivals How he fits in: Kelleher could be a sleeper in this class. He already has the measurables you look for in a guard and won't need as much time as others to develop physically. That being said, he moves extremely well for someone his size. Chances of playing early: Most offensive linemen redshirt in their first year, including early enrollees such as Kelleher. But he might have the best shot out of all the OL prep signees to get some action as a freshman. C'yontai Lewis Position: Tight end Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 211 pounds High School: Alabaster (Ala.) Kingwood Christian Ranking: No. 15 tight end by ESPN How he fits in: Lewis is basically a tall receiver who has a ton of jumping ability and the frame to put on more than 30 pounds. He takes long strides on the run and has the potential to become a threat for Florida in the passing game. Chances of playing early: Lewis will redshirt in 2014 as he tries to bulk up and learn the playbook. He could emerge as weapon in his second or third year. Andrew Mike Position: Offensive tackle Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 270 pounds High School: Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino Ranking: No. 32 offensive tackle by ESPN; No. 60 offensive tackle by Rivals How he fits in: A late addition to Florida's class, Mike is a tall, lean lineman who still needs to fill out. He displays good hips and flexibility out of his stance and shows a bit of a mean streak on his film. Chances of playing early: Mike has the makings of sound, blue-collar offensive tackle, but his physicality and upper-body strength will have to develop more before he can carry out his assignments. Deiondre Porter Position: Athlete Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 170 pounds High School: Tampa Jefferson Ranking: No. 53 athlete by 247Sports How he fits in: Porter doesn't have a set position that he will play at UF. The Gators will try him out at quarterback, receiver and defensive back. Last week he won the 2013 Guy Toph award, given each year since 1939 to Hillsborough County's top football player. Chances of playing early: It will depend on where he ends up after going through training camp in the fall. The offensive side of the ball looks to be his easiest path to playing time. Brandon Powell Position: Running back Height: 5-foot-8 Weight: 167 pounds High School: Deerfield Beach Ranking: No. 34 athlete and No. 267 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 8 all-purpose back and No. 200 overall prospect by Rivals. How he fits in: Powell is another player who Roper will be happy to have available. He's a change-of-pace back and more of a home-run threat than any running back on Florida's roster. He could also provide production in the return game. Chances of playing early: His size suggests he'll need a year to get bigger, but the Gators need a different element in their run game and he brings it. Being an early enrollee will help him find some sort of role in the offense. Justus Reed Position: Defensive end Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 215 pounds High School: Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County Ranking: No. 25 defensive end and No. 285 overall prospect by ESPN. How he fits in: Reed is another player who came to UF camp and earned his offer after an impressive showing. He can play both defensive end and linebacker, which is why the Gators are recruiting for their Buck position. Chances of playing early: The Gators have a few players ahead of Reed at his spot, so a redshirt is expected for him next season. He also needs to gain weight if he's going to hold his own against SEC linemen. Drew Sarvary Position: Offensive guard Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 309 pounds Junior College: Tyler (Texas) JC Ranking: No. 16 offensive tackle on ESPN; No. 30 offensive tackle on Rivals. How he fits in: When Ian Silberman unexpectedly transferred after the season, Florida needed to sign a lineman who had experience and could match up against SEC pass rushers. Sarvary fits that bill, having spent one season at FAMU and another at the JUCO level. Chances of playing early: As an early enrollee, he should be able to step right into the rotation come fall. During his freshman year with FAMU, he started on the road against Oklahoma. David Sharpe Position: Offensive tackle Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 318 pounds High School: Jacksonville Fletcher Ranking: No. 2 offensive tackle and No. 20 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 25 offensive tackle by Rivals How he fits in: Sharpe was the top offensive tackles on Florida's board, and the Gators were able to hold off Georgia and other suitors for him. The U.S. Army All-American has a huge wingspan and unlimited upside. Chances of playing early: Sharpe needs to improve in pass protection and with his technique, but the coaches have told him he will be in the rotation at offensive tackle. His progression will dictate the amount of playing time he receives. Ryan Sousa Position: Wide receiver Height: 6-foot-0 Weight: 177 pounds High School: Orlando Lake Nona Ranking: No. 47 wide receiver by ESPN; No. 64 wide receiver by Rivals. How he fits in: Sousa was a standout at one of Florida's summer camp sessions, and Joker Phillips fell in love with him. He is a possession receiver who could be a reliable target on third down and in the red zone. Chances of playing early: Sousa is capable of playing as a freshman, but don't expect much from him. The Gators have a lot of numbers at the receiver position and won't be counting on any true freshmen. Moral Stephens Position: Tight end Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 230 pounds High School: Perry Taylor County Ranking: No. 27 wide receiver and No. 201 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 27 wide receiver and No. 199 overall prospect by Rivals How he fits in: Despite being listed as receiver prospect, the Gators are recruiting him as a flex tight end. Stephens worked out at UF summer camp and won several jump-ball battles in one-on-one drills. He gained more than 20 pounds since then Chances of playing early: Stephens has little experience at the position, so he'll have to get used to playing near the line of scrimmage and learning how to block. But he has the frame to get it done. Jalen Tabor Position: Cornerback Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 188 pounds High School: Washington, D.C., Friendship Collegiate Ranking: No. 4 cornerback and No. 11 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 3 cornerback and No. 10 overall prospect by Rivals. How he fits in: Next season you might look in Florida's secondary, see a defensive back wearing No. 5 and not even notice Marcus Roberson is gone. Tabor is one of the top corners in the country and has the height and length Will Muschamp likes at the position. Chances of playing early: Tabor would have contended for a starting job as a summer enrollee. The fact he's already on campus makes it even more likely he'll be lined up opposite Vernon Hargreaves III at some point next season. Gerald Willis III Position: Defensive end Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 275 pounds High School: New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr Ranking: No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 42 overall prospect by ESPN; No. 6 strongside defensive end and No. 83 overall prospect by Rivals. How he fits in: Willis is a versatile lineman with a thick build and the ability to play outside or inside for Florida. He's explosive off the ball and generates a lot of pressure and penetration with his pass-rushing skills. Chances of playing early: The Under Armour All-American will start out as a strongside defensive end, where he'll see snaps playing behind UF junior Jonathan Bullard. If Bullard leaves early, Wills could take over as a true sophomore. Quincy Wilson Position: Cornerback Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 196 pounds High School: Fort Lauderdale University School Ranking: No. 15 safety and No. 292 overall recruit by ESPN; No. 14 cornerback and No. 172 overall recruit by Rivals. How he fits in: Wilson could play anywhere in the secondary, and many scouts feel he's a future safety. But the Gators recruited him as a cornerback, where he prefers to play, and like his ball skills and physicality in coverage. Chances of playing early: Wilson may not start as a freshman, but he could find himself in the mix at defensive back with Florida sometimes putting six on the field at once. He might also contribute on special teams. C.J. Worton Position: Wide receiver Height: 6-foot Weight: 170 pounds High School: Homestead South Dade Ranking: No. 77 wide receiver by ESPN; No. 70 wide receiver by Rivals How he fits in: The Gators like Worton in the slot, where they will look to use his precise route running and elusiveness to cause mismatches. He doesn't have top-end speed, but he gets north and south in a hurry after catching the ball. Chances of playing early: Florida already has a couple receivers in the slot, so it could be tough for Worton. If he makes an impact, it may come toward the end of the season or when games have been decided in the second half.