Gators didn’t bring in many big names for the Hawaii game except for a few a guys already
in the bag, but here’s a look at the notable names
seen in the South End Zone stands.
Gary Brown (Committed 6-foot-3,
275-pound defensive lineman from Quincy, Fla., West Gadsden) – Still
has good size and had to be impressed by the play of the defensive line.
Jon Halapio – (Committed) 6-foot-4,
302-pound offensive lineman from St. Petersburg, Fla., Catholic – Has
very impressive size. Was big (in a good way) at FNL and still looks to
be in good shape for the o-line.
Greg Reid – (Committed) 5-foot-9,
175-pound cornerback/running back from Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes – He looks
about the size I expected him to be. He’s still a bit small, but once
these kids get into their college workouts they just blow up.
Trey Burton – (Committed 2010)
6-foot-3, 203-pound quarterback from Venice, Fla., Venice – Still
has a bit of a smaller frame, but has two season left to
grow and hit the weight room.
Ian Silberman – (Committed 2010) 6-foot-5, 257-pound offensive lineman from Fleming Island, Fla.,
Fleming Island – First off, he’s a beast. He was a beast athletically
at Friday Night Lights when I saw him and he’s a beast physically.
He’s only going to get bigger.
Antoin Scriven – 6-foot-1, 196-pound
running back from Inverness, Fla., Citrus – Not the biggest name
on the recruiting board. I haven’t seen his video or seen him play
in person, so as far as skill goes I’m not in the loop. He lists
an offer from Western Michigan. He did have pretty good size from what
Duran Lowe – (Wake Forest commitment)
5-foot-11, 214-pound safety from Plant City, Fla., Plant City – He
said that he is a soft verbal to Wake and looked like he was having
a good time at the game. He’s got a pretty broad frame. From what
I’ve seen of him he’s got some pretty good game speed and is a definitely
a head hunter. Not sure if UF will offer. He’ll have to really impress
in his senior year. He’s rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Jared Wheeler – 6-foot-5, 310-pound
offensive lineman from Plantation, Fla., American Heritage – The
Gators appeared to be high on Wheeler in the spring and over the summer, but
with the commits UF got since then at the position they have backed
off of him. He is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com.
Here are some of the stats I came across
over the weekend from current Gator verbals:
Mike Gillislee – (Deland,
Fla., Deland, running back) – 10 carries 136 yards and two touchdowns. He put Deland
on the board first with a 16-yard touchdown run. Deland beat Leesburg
Greg Reid – (Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, cornerback/running back) – Had three rushing touchdowns including a
32-yarder and also returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown.
Lowndes defeated Woodland 63-0.
Desmond Parks – (Greer,
S.C., Greer, tight end) – One catch for 17 yards. Greer quarterbacks combined
to complete only 3-of-5 passes in the game. Greer beat Woodruff
Nu’Keese Richardson – (Pahokee, Fla., Pahokee, wide receiver/quarterback) – Richardson threw for 137 yards and a touchdown
and an interception and also ran for 138 and two scores. Olive Branch
came from behind to defeat Pahokee 48-47 in the Miami Sports Kickoff
Halapio takes in first Gator game, solidifies commitment
St. Pete Catholic offensive lineman has been to UF’s campus many times,
but the Gators’ opener against Hawaii was the first Gator game he’s
who is Tongan, said he enjoyed seeing some of his neighboring Samoan
brothers when the Warriors came onto the field, but he was more pleased
with the outcome of the game.
was (exciting to see them), but it was even more exciting to see them
lose that bad,” he said.
coming off a heartbreaking 16-13 exhibition loss Friday night to Keswick
Christian, Halapio said he arrived at the game tired and sore. But once
the Gators ran out of the tunnel and onto the field, he said he lost
that Florida entrance, I wasn’t even tired anymore,” he said. “That
place was really, really loud and I just wanted to go on the field (and
said he will be back in Gainesville for the Miami game Saturday and
plans to take an official visit to UF after the football season so that
he can stay longer and visit with the coaches more.
was planning to take a couple visits to other schools but now has decided
110 percent sure that (UF) is where I wanna go and I’m not taking
anymore visits,” he said.
Bostic still getting used to linebacker
Wellington, Fla., Palm Beach Central linebacker Jon Bostic at Friday
Night Lights, he looked like one of the more physical linebackers, but
his footwork and technique was a bit off. Then you find out that this
6-foot-1, 225-pounder has actually played more safety and corner than
Bostic’s preseason game against Spanish River, he said he still hasn’t
completely mastered the position.
more comfortable than I was,” he said. “(I am) learning
the defense, learning the reads.”
Bostic is confident that with
the full season still ahead of him, he’ll get to the point where
everything at linebacker becomes second nature. When asked about the
chances that he could move back to safety at the next level, he just
doubt they would let me,” he said. “Only one of the college said
I could play safety for them and that was LSU. But most colleges say
that if I’m already to 225, 230 right now – not even on the college
workout plan – as soon as you get there you’ll be a good 240, 250.
They really doubt you’ll be playing safety.”
said it wouldn’t matter if he was moved back to the secondary in college
because he feels more comfortable playing cornerback or safety.
far as recruiting, Bostic said he hasn’t focused too much on it
since school started and has yet to put any schools in order.
unofficial visits are as follows: Florida-Tennessee game, Florida-LSU
game, LSU-Georgia game and Auburn-Tennessee (which will most likely
be an official visit). He plans to only take official visits to out-of-state
has no timetable on a commitment, but look for it to be late season.
Boyd persevering, despite offensive woes
though Gastonia, N.C., Ashbrook receiver Jheranie Boyd has registered
11 catches for 179 yards and the school’s only two touchdowns through
two games, he’s not getting the ball enough.
is trying to adapt to the spread offense implemented this season and
so far the Green Wave has been outscored 69-16 and is 0-2.
this offense, (defenders) can’t really lock down on me – put two
defenders on me,” he said. “We can move me in motion and stuff like
that, but I really don’t know what we’re doing (wrong).
don’t want to sound like I’m the only one that should be getting
the ball because we have a ton of athletes; we’re just not doing anything
with them. And we’re not looking bad because we’re playing hard.”
said he compares his offense to those of Florida, Auburn and Missouri,
which is why those schools join North Carolina and Clemson in his top five.
the moment, Boyd says Florida is his top school with Clemson second. But
he’s kind of wavering on the Tigers because he’s unsure of the future
of the program.
don’t even know about Clemson,” he said. “I’m still debating
because they say that (coach Tommy) Bowden’s been there for about
nine years now and he’s getting all that talent, and let’s say I
decide to go to Clemson and they don’t win the ACC championship this
year, lose the bowl game and he gets fired and that whole coaching staff
leaves and they bring in a new coaching staff. There could be a totally
said he plans to take an unofficial visit to the Florida-Miami game
Saturday and is looking to take an official visit to Florida after his season
is over. He wants to take officials to each of his top five schools.
planned to make his verbal commitment to a school on Oct. 10, but if
he’s not ready he says will do it on his Senior Night on Nov. 7.
Miami Palmetto running back Jamaal
Berry ended the UF-Ohio state battle by verbally committing to the Buckeyes
over the weekend. – Rontavious Wooten, of Belle Glade, Fla., Glades
Central, verbally committed to LSU over Georgia Friday. – San Diego,
Scripps Ranch quarterback Tate Forcier pulled the trigger on Michigan
during his visit this weekend. – Memphis, Tenn., Harding Academy receiver
Marlon Brown is down to six schools and is planning officials to Ohio
State, Florida, Southern Cal., Tennessee and Georgia.