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Only a couple questions this week. Strange, it’s only a couple days after one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the summer for Florida. But hey it’s summer, someone’s got to head to the beach while they still can. On to the questions!

What chance does Florida have with the top 2 prospects in the country Seantrel Henderson and Lache Seastrunk? Both have Florida listed as a school of interest, but do the Gators really have a chance?
How big is Mack Brown’s commitment for Florida’s class this year? And do you feel like it’s a solid commitment?

— gator4life94

I have to say, gator4life94 is my biggest fan. He keeps me employed with his questions every week. Big ups my friend.

So, as far as your first question is concerned, I was never really high on the possibility of either joining the Gators’ class. Even though each are at positions Florida is (or were) looking to fill.

I’ll start with Henderson. He’s by far the best lineman in the country and you’d think every staff in the country would be hot for his services. When I first talked to Henderson during the spring, he flat out told me that while he was interested in Florida overall, he hadn’t had contact with the staff in more than a year. A year? As in, he was a sophomore the last time he spoke with anyone from the staff. Weird, but maybe the staff hadn’t put much into him because it figured it didn’t have much of a shot at landing Henderson. Then things got a little interesting. He named his top three and Florida was a part of it. Then he said he’d be visiting Florida along with Florida State and USC in the fall. Then, he mentioned the possibility of heading to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights. Henderson didn’t make it in for Friday Night Lights, but there’s still a chance he could visit this fall.

I still don’t think there’s much of a possibility he becomes a Gator. Things could change if he gets on campus, but from people I’ve talked to and talking to him, Florida could be on the outside looking in.

On to one of the the most exciting players in the country. Seastrunk would be perfect for Florida’s offense. His film is by far the best in the country. I guess that’s why he’s ranked as the top running back in the country. But I just don’t see it working out for Florida. He said at one point he’d like to visit for FNL but never made it and never really mentioned the Gators much after saying he might show. Besides, the addition of Mack Brown pretty much fills that need at running back.

I really see two schools out in front for Seastrunk: LSU and Auburn. He just visited LSU and from all reports, he loved it. He’s been to Auburn. Caused a stir with some remarks toward Alabama coach Nick Saban and loved the idea of playing in Auburn’s offense. He’s also mentioned being in an offense that featured another running back like Auburn’s a few years ago with Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams. Of course, watch out for Texas since he is a Texas kid.

Bottom line, both have mentioned Florida but are long shots.

I’ll make it short with Mack Brown. Had to make some space with only a couple questions. But Brown is HUGE for the Gators because Urban Meyer has finally gotten the running back he wanted in a class. He’s a strong, powerful, fast runner. He makes good cuts but could improve them. He still has a season left of high school ball, so there’s no telling how much he’ll improve. I think he’s pretty solid, but Georgia wants him badly and it’s still early. He’s also expected to take a couple visits this fall.

Are Chaz Green and Christian Green related? What is the chance they will be teammates at Florida?
— Eugene

No, Chaz and Christian aren’t related, but they might as well be. Both are taking recruiting about the same way. Both like Florida and have been on campus plenty of times in the last year. At this point, I would say the Gators have a better shot at landing Chaz. He came away from FNL with Florida on top and was very close to committing. He is, however, being smart and taking some visits before deciding. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went against that plan and pledged.

Christian has Florida in his top three along with FSU and Georgia. He’s being recruited more as an athlete (receiver) than a quarterback, but he’s the type of guy that could play in a “Wildcat” formation as a quarterback. He’s the type of athlete Florida wants in its offense. His cousin played at Georgia and he’s developed a nice relationship with the coaches there. I give Florida the edge, but Georgia is a factor.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Hey – Ed, can you get the inside scoop on what happened with James Louis? Also, can you provide some commentary on us not accepting kids who want to commit that had an offer (like Louis, Easley and Ambles apparently). I think the whole thing is BS and poor form. Although I know this is big business and that it’s a tough process to manage. But still BS.

  2. Will Trey Burton be the only QB that the Gators sign in this class? Obviously we have Johnny Brantley waiting in the wings and Jordan Reed and while this is perceived to be a weak QB class i think there could be some sleepers such as Clint Trickett.

    Also what do you think about Delvin Jones and were will he play if he commits to UF?

  3. Ed,

    Me and my fellow fanatics love your style and inside looks. Please keep it up!

    What is the feedback from recruits on how and how hard our coaches recruit compared to brand x and y?

    Also, what is the specific scopp on our new QB coach and future QB recruiting?

    thanks.