It’s been an interesting couple of days for Florida. A 2010 commit who graduated a year early decided to enroll at UF now. Riley Cooper decided to come back and play football in his final year. And all before fall practice starts Thursday. Naturally, fans are wondering about the Stephen Alli situation and how the receiving unit will look in the next couple of years. All that and much more. On to the questions!
How does (Stephen) Alli coming in early change things for next years WR class? Do we add another position, add a different WR, or take one less recruit?
The addition of Alli to the 2009 class now gives Florida two new freshman receivers and a total of 11 scholarship receivers (not counting a couple of walk-ons). Florida has signed just one receiver thus far for 2010 (Solomon Patton). After this season, the Gators stand to lose three senior receivers, which would give them at the most eight on the roster. Just one, Justin Williams, would be a senior. With that, I still think Florida takes a couple more receivers in this class. Guys like Chris Dunkley, Ivan McCartney, Kadron Boone, Kenny Stills, Quinton Dunbar and Darius Millines are all still on the board. I could still see Florida taking two or three more in this class.
A couple of top 2011 receivers have already said that Florida is at or near of the top of their lists, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Florida take a couple of guys next year as well. It all depends on attrition after this season and how many they sign in this class.
As for what Alli’s scholly means to the roster? He’ll affect the 85 on the roster now. It also means that Florida has just 16 commitments for 2010. The staff is probably looking to sign 25 this year, so it’s kind of like losing a commitment. Florida now has nine slots open. If I were Urban Meyer, I would use that “extra” scholarship to try and attract a guy that I figured I didn’t have a good shot at but is one of the top guys in the country. Why not? What would it really hurt? It also gives you a backup plan in case one of the big stars doesn’t work out for the class. Maybe if Ronald Powell decides on USC, Florida can go hard after one of the fastest rising prospects in the country — Portland, Ore., David Douglas defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa.
I have heard recently that both Ronald Powell and Jeff Luc have UF at the top of their lists, but which has the best chance of becoming a Gator? And do you see both ending up in Florida’s class come National Signing Day?
First off, I think both have a great chance of being in this class. Both have been on campus plenty of times in the last few months and both have developed great relationships with Florida’s coaches.
But if I had to say which one had the best chance of making it to Gainesville, I’d have to go with Luc. The funny thing is that Luc talks the least about recruiting, and Powell has been quite vocal lately. But Luc has an incredibly strong bond with defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (no pun intended) and he’s from the state of Florida. It’s much easier for Florida’s staff to nab a guy who’s a four-hour drive away than a guy who’s roughly 2,400 miles away. Plus, Powell could easily head to USC if he wanted. Florida might be competing with eight other schools for Luc, but with Powell the Gators are trying to pluck a kid out of USC’s backyard. Never easy.
However, I’m going to go with my earlier prediction and say that I expect to see both in this class at the end of the year. Luc as an early entry and Powell as the headliner.
What’s the deal with Jamius Gunsby? Is he a sleeper and does he fit into Florida’s scheme of things? Have they offered him yet?
The deal is that he’s a tremendous athlete, but might not be viewed as a complete quarterback prospect. I saw him in June and he was physically gifted, but had a few mechanical issues. The only other position I really see him at is tight end, and I honestly don’t see Florida taking another tight end. He could play safety, I guess, but why would Florida just pick him up for it?
He reportedly does have an offer, but I think it’s one of those “non-committable” offers. He could be a last resort at best, but I don’t see him making it to Gainesville to play ball.
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 where will he play if he commits to UF?
If Jesse Scroggins were still looking around and visited UF again, I’d say maybe Burton would not be the only QB in the class. But Scroggins is out of the picture. There are no other quarterbacks with offers and unless something drastically changes in the next few months, no one else will get an offer. I had a little faith in Trickett getting an offer, but he didn’t. Stephen Morris felt some confidence in getting an offer and didn’t. Now he’s a Miami Hurricane. Again, unless someone comes out of nowhere and blows people away or Brantley decides he’d rather be a doctor or something, Florida’s not going after any other quarterbacks.
As for Delvin Jones, I think he’s a solid athlete who could either be an extremely athletic defensive end or linebacker. I talked to him a while ago and he said he’s got some interest in Florida but nothing to get overly excited about. Last time he listed a top four, he didn’t have the Gators in there. If he decides to take all five visits, he could make it to Gainesville, but I don’t think there’s been much conversation between the two parties for a while.