Muschamp’s staff handles out-of-state evaluations first

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UF assistant coaches Dan Quinn, Travaris Robinson and D.J. Durkin (GatorCountry)

While Florida coach Will Muschamp has been visiting the fan base at Gator Gatherings, his coaching staff has traveled across the country to evaluate out-of-state prospects on the recruiting board.

UF is now a quarter of the way through its Evaluation Period, a 47-day window (April 15-May 31) for assistant coaches to conduct two evaluations (one athletic, one academic) on prospective student athletes. For more info on the Evaluation Period, click HERE.

As of Thursday, Florida has evaluated 31 prospects from the 2013 class:

* — indicates UF offer
*QB Cooper Bateman, 6-3, 195, Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood
QB Connor Mitch, 6-3, 210, Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield
QB Heys McMath, 6-4, 190, Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest School
QB Kohl Stewart, 6-3, 185, Houston, Texas/St. Pius X (Texas A&M commit)
*QB Cody Thomas, 6-5, 220, Colleyville, Texas/Heritage
*RB Alvin Kamara, 5-10, 190, Norcross, Ga./Norcross
RB T.J. Logan, 5-9, 175, Greensboro, N.C./Northern Guilford
*WR Carlos Burse, 6-3, 205, Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta
WR Johnathan Howard, 6-4, 181, Rochelle, Ga./Wilcox County
*WR Francis Owusu, 6-3, 195, Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian
*WR Demarcus Robinson, 6-2, 200, Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County
*WR Demorea Stringfellow, 6-2, 185, Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde
*TE Josh McNeil, 6-5, 235, Durham, N.C./Hillside
*OL David Dawson, 6-5, 305, Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech (Michigan commit)
*OL Cameron Dillard, 6-3, 285, Canton, Mich./Canton (Florida commit)
*OL Ethan Pocic, 6-7, 285, Lemont, Ill./Lemont
*OL/DT Poet Thomas, 6-6, 295, Beverly Hills, Mich./Country Day
*DT Montravius Adams, 6-3, 290, Vienna, Ga./Dooly County
*DT Greg Gilmore, 6-4, 275, Hope Mills, N.C./South View
*DT Michael Hill, 6-3, 315, Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton
*DT Darius Latham, 6-5, 275, Indianapolis, Ind./North Central
*DT Jaylen Miller, 6-3, 265, Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
*DE Jonathan Allen, 6-3, 225, Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge
*DE Elijah Daniel, 6-4, 253, Avon, Ind./Avon
DE Dane Rogers, 6-3, 235, Shelby, N.C./Crest
*DE Ebenezer Ogundeko, 6-4, 235, Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
*DE Carl Lawson, 6-3, 245, Alpharetta, Ga./Milton (Auburn commit)
*LB Matt Rolin, 6-3, 210, Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods
*CB Tre Bell, 5-11, 170, Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep (Florida commit)
*CB Brendan Langley, 6-1, 185, Marietta, Ga./Kell
*S Priest Willis, 6-2, 200, Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza

The five quarterbacks seen thus far are all guys UF would take as the signal-caller in this class, with Cooper Bateman being priority No. 1. The Gators also just offered Rivals100 member Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), the nation’s No. 4 quarterback, and were quickly inserted into his top six (Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA and Washington) on April 19.

Alvin Kamara is one of the candidates to be Florida’s third running back in 2013. Alabama, Georgia and USC are also in the mix for the ESPN150 member.

Other than Johnathan Howard, the receivers evaluated hold offers and have UF among their favorites. Carlos Burse and Demarcus Robinson are the ones to keep an eye on. The Gators lead for Burse and are believed to be in the drivers seat for Robinson, who will be in Gainesville for summer camp in June and Friday Night Lights in July. The biggest competition for Florida is Notre Dame and Georgia.

Linebackers coach D.J. Durkin, Rivals’ recruiter of the year in 2012, is trying to work his North Carolina magic once again with Josh McNeil. Durkin saw the coveted tight end on April 19, and they made plans for him to visit UF in June. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee are some other schools he’s visiting before making a decision later in the month.

Of the linemen visited up north, Ethan Pocic is the one Florida wants the most. Rivals.com ranks him as the nation’s No. 27 overall prospect and third-best offensive tackle, and the Gators are in his top 10 along with Auburn, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and Wisconsin. David Dawson is scheduled to visit Gainesville in June, and the Wolverine commit is good friends with fellow Michigan prospect and UF verbal Cameron Dillard.

The coaches checked in on five defensive tackles with offers, but the names that jump out are Montravius Adams and Greg Gilmore. Adams is the top-rated tackle on Rivals and says Florida is the best school he’s visited, but Clemson and Georgia are way out in front for him. The Gators are in much better shape with Gilmore. Florida is currently trailing his leader LSU, but the four-star DT has never taken a trip to Gainesville. Once he does next month, UF could compete with the Tigers for the top spot. On Tuesday, the Army All-American wrote on his twitter account that he will be ready to commit after two or three more visits.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Durkin watched Rivals100 DE Jonathan Allen Wednesday. He lists Alabama and Florida as his co-leaders. Defensive line coach Bryant Young saw top remaining Buck prospect Elijah Daniel, who will visit UF in May. Ebenezer Ogundeko was offered on April 19 following a visit from Quinn and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson.

Linebacker LB Matt Rolin was offered Wednesday, and the Gators immediately jumped Florida State and Georgia to grab the No. 2 spot behind South Carolina.

Robinson’s first stop for the secondary was to see Priest Willis on April 16, and he has since gone by the schools of UF commit Tre Bell and Brendon Langley, who has a top two of Georgia and Alabama. The Gators offered cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) Wednesday.

The assistant coaches will begin evaluating the Sunshine State next week, and I’ll provide another update at the halfway point of the Evaluation Period.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Our guys are wonderfully busy, extensive outreach at hand. Given we’ll maybe have two drafted, only 14 seniors in 2012, it’s an indication that ‘Champ did a great job coaxing seven wins out of our 2011 team. You can’t help but be impressed with Will, the outstanding and solid rebuilding underway and his rapid move of UF back to the top level of recruiting interest among the nation’s best.

  2. Great info Zach, keep up the good work!!! I agree also with Gatormac. Muschamp is building a program to be competitive for years to come. We will be able to reload year in and year out with top tier talent. Go Gators!!!!

  3. Zach, Two points I would like to make. 1) You are doing a fantastic job – always look forward to reading your insight into the recruiting process, and 2) also agree that Muschamp is rebuilding the team well with a clear direction of where he wants to take it. He make UF relevant again on the national stage. Thanks again!

  4. Love the fact our coaches are looking nationally for talent but shouldn’t we try and lock down our own state? I think USC (Southern Cal) uses their same approach, national then local, but are we to that point yet? Keep up the good work reporting guys.