Early look at 2011


Now that the 2010 recruiting season is over, it’s time to look into the future and view some of the top prospects that will be on Florida’s board this year. Florida did a great job of securing a strong defensive team for years to come — especially up front — and helped add some depth at wide receiver and tight end in its last class. Urban Meyer finally got that big running back he wanted with the signing of Mack Brown. However, quarterback is still an issue for the Gators, and naturally the staff will be looking to build on an offensive line that will lose at least four players next year.

Florida will definitely be going after a top-notch quarterback, some offensive linemen and maybe another running back if Chris Rainey (NFL) or Jeff Demps (track) decide to move on. The defensive interior could get a couple of extra bodies and linebacker could use a couple as well. A big, physical receiver would be nice. Also, Florida will lose punter Chas Henry, so with a smaller class expected, there shouldn’t be a problem saving a scholarship for a punter. The thing is that this class doesn’t have many major needs, which is a good thing for the Gators.

Here’s a look at some 2011 prospects Florida is looking at.

Oh, and don’t forget that Florida already has commitments from athletes A.C. Leonard (Jacksonville Ribault) and De’Ante “Pop” Saunders (Deland).

Jeff Driskel — Oviedo, Fla., 6-foot-3, 225 pounds
Christian LeMay — Matthews, N.C., Butler 6-2, 200
Teddy Bridgewater — Miami Northwestern, 6-3, 180
C.J. Uzomah — Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett, 6-5, 210
Tyrone Johnson — Plainfield, N.J., 6-2, 170
Braxton Miller — Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne, 6-3, 199
Justin Worley — Rock Hill, S.C., Northwestern, 6-4, 197

Running back
Mike Bellamy — Punta Gorda, Fla., Charlotte, 5-10, 170
Isaiah Crowell — Columbus, Ga., Carver, 6-0, 204
Quan Bray — Hogansville, Ga., Callaway, 5-10, 175
Savon Huggins — Jersey City, N.J., St. Peters Prepatory School,  5-11, 183
Shon Carson — Lake City, S.C., 5-9, 195
Herschel Sims — Abilene, Texas, 5-9, 190

Wide receiver
Kelvin Benjamin — Belle Glade, Fla., Glades Central, 6-6, 210
George Farmer — Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra, 6-2, 197
Sammy Watkins — Fort Myers South Fort Myers, 6-1, 180
Kasen Williams — Issaquah,  Wash., Skyline, 6-2, 195
Charone Peake — Spartanburg, S.C., Dorman, 6-3, 170
Javares McRoy — Lakeland, Fla., Senior, 5-7, 155
Nickolas Brassell — Batesville, Miss., South Panola, 6-2, 175

Tight end
Nick O’Leary — West Palm Beach, Fla., Dwyer, 6-4, 215
Jay Rome — Valdosta, Ga., 6-5, 237
Brandon Fulse — Fort Meade, Fla., 6-4, 247 (also defensive end)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins — Gig Harbor, Wash., 6-7, 245
Eric MacLain — Fayetteville, N.C., Jack Britt, 6-5, 250

Offensive line
Landon Turner — Harrisonburg, Va., 6-5, 305
Bobby Hart — Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-5, 270
Max Lang — Orlando, Fla., Boone, 6-5, 270
Brandon Shell — Goose Creek, S.C., 6-7, 310
Tommy Jordan — Ridgefield, Conn., 6-5, 280
Christian Westerman — Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton, 6-5, 295
Sedrick Flowers — Galena Park, Texas, North Shore Senior, 6-2, 275

Defensive end
Ray Drew — Thomasville, Ga., Thomas County Central, 6-5, 226
Brandon Fulse — Fort Meade, Fla., 6-4, 247 (also tight end)
Sterling Bailey — Gainesville, Ga., East Hall, 6-4, 230
Aaron Lynch — Cape Coral, Fla., Island Coast, 6-5, 235
Norkethius Otis — Gastonia, N.C., Ashbrook, 6-3, 195
Curt Maggitt — West Palm Beach, Fla., Dwyer, 6-3, 195
Greg Townsend — Beverly Hills, Calif., 6-4, 240
Jeoffrey Pagan — Asheville, N.C., 6-4, 235
Stephon Tuitt — Monroe, Ga., 6-5, 25

Defensive tackle
Timmy Jernigan — Lake City, Fla., Columbia, 6-2, 275
Lonnie Gosha — Lake Butler, Fla., Union County, 6-3, 245
Chris Jones — Jacksonville, Fla., William M. Raines, 6-5, 260
Brandon Clemons — Milford, Pa., Delaware Valley, 6-4, 250

A.J. Johnson — Gainesville, Ga., 6-3, 227
Lawrence Thomas — Detroit, Mich., Rennaissance, 6-4, 230
Jason Gibson — Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra, 6-2, 210
James Vaughters — Tucker, Ga., 6-2, 237
Denzel Perryman — Coral Gables, Fla., Senior, 5-11, 200
Amarlo Herrera — College Park, Ga., North Clayton, 6-2, 215
Tony Steward — St. Augustine, Fla., Pedro Menendez, 6-2, 225
Shannon Brown — Adel, Ga., Cook County, 6-2, 237

Defensive back
Tyler Hunter — Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, 6-0, 198
Nick Waisome — Groveland, Fla., South Lake, 5-10 165
Erique Florence — Valley, Ala., 6-3, 185
Quandre Diggs — Angleton, Texas, 5-9, 190
Makinton Dorleant — Naples, Fla., Lely, 5-11, 170
Jabriel Washington — Jackson, Tenn., Trinity Christian Academy, 5-11, 165
Karlos Williams — Davenport, Fla., Ridge Community, 6-1, 205
Ferod Holliman — Miami Southridge, 6-0, 185
Wayne Lyons — Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dillard, 5-11, 180
Damian Swann — Atlanta Grady, 6-1, 170

Special teams
Chase Meyers — Punta Gorda, Fla., Charlotte, 6-5, 175

James Wilder Jr. — Tampa, Fla., Plant, 6-2, 219
Devon Blackmon — Fontana, Calif., Summit 6-0, 175
Hasean Clinton-Dix — Orlando, Fla., Dr. Phillips 6-3, 210
Damian Swann — Atlanta Grady 6-0, 175


  1. Great work as usual, Ed! That is an excellent list including jernigan, Bridgewater, and James wilder jr., who i hear has absolutely freaky numbers! My question to you is that from the list you have assembled, who do you feel coach Meyer & company really, really want..for example, we knew he really wanted percy! Thannk you Ed, and Go Gators!

    Class of 2002

  2. Ed,
    Thanks for the 2011 watch list, Jerrigan really looks good for us. I would think that the priorities for 2011 would be Quarterback, Running Back, Offensive Line, and Linebacker. Would you agree? In that regard, how would you assess our chances in those areas at this time.
    Las Vegas John

  3. We will be losing about 4 seniors along the OL and about 6 seniors along the DL so there will still be a need there. Plenty of room for Tim Jernigan to get in the rotation despite this years haul. You can bet that Urban will be very involved in his recruitiment, along with a top QB. Check it out, there are alot more seniors in this class that will need to be replaced than you would think, although this class will be smaller than last years for sure. Also need a big time punter to replace Chaz.

  4. Here is a greatest hits of players I’d recruit for next year.

    QB Braxton Miller, Christian LeMay
    RB Isaiah Crowell
    WR Kelvin Benjamin, George Farmer, Sammy Watkins
    TE Jay Rome
    OT Sedrick Flowers, Landon Turner, Antonio Richardson, Bobby Hart
    OC David Andrews, AC Patterson
    DT Tim Jernigan, Brandon Clemons
    DE James Wilder, Greg Townsend, Brandon Fulse, Nathan Hughes
    OLB Trey DePriest, Jason Gibson, AJ Johnson
    ILB Lawrence Thomas, James Vaughters, Shannon Brown, Denzel Perryman
    CB Erique Florence, Quandre Diggs, Nick Waisome, Justin Coleman
    S Gerod Holliman, Karlos Williams, Damian Swann
    P Chase Meyers

  5. I assume at least two top notch QB’s must be priority 1, so who are the top two or three guys here, and any idea what our chances are with them?

    Also, how many signees would you expect for the 2011 class?

    Keep up the great work, we appreciate your insight!

  6. Chas Henry. Chas Henry. Chas Henry. Chas Henry. I think I got it for the upcoming season 🙂 Sheesh I was looking right at the roster and for some reason I wrote his name. I don’t think I’ve uttered the words “Eric” and “Wilbur” together since he left. Make no mistake. I know exactly who Chas Henry is. Brain took a sentence off I guess.

  7. I’m still scratching my head re: the assertion that Mack Brown is somehow a big power back. According to Scout.com, he weighed 178 at their ’09 combine and ran a 4.5 40 (not 190/4.38 that he reports).

    Anyway, with all the continuing talk about Rainey, Demps and Moody FINALLY becoming the power back he’s supposed to be, why no mention of Mike Gillislee? Talk about a kid who did the most with his chances this season! Granted, it was in mop-up duty, but he gets my vote for the RB who deserves many more touches in ’11.

  8. Again only one running back tips the scales at slightly over 200 pounds. Don’t any of those linebackers or defensive ends also play running back in high school. Again, just recruiting lightweight scatbacks is going to come back and bite the Gators, especially without Tebow’s 240 pounds. Just watch what Jalston Fowler (240) pounds is going to do for ALABAMA!!

    See that 250 pound Oregon tailback take 5 defensive players with him into the endzone in the college all-star senior game?

    I agree with Robert…I’m still scratching my head why a quality program like Florida has such a profound aversion to having even ONE Layy Csonka, Mike Alstot, Jerome Bettis, Jalston Fowler, Ingram type of back. We’ll hear a big “Oh My!” when Florida’s running game evaporates against a real power team!!! Florida does not have, and will not ever have a POWER running back, just a bunch of scatbacks!!

  9. Paul- Wilder is a powerback and the coaching staff better tell that kid he can fly the team plane if he wants to much less play tailback, to get him to come here. Driskell is a kid that we will have to fight Auburn tooth and nail to get as they got in on him early. From what I’m hearing Lemay is the QB the coaches covet most.

  10. Thoughtful insight from Paule/ALABAMA. It’s obvious that UF would never consider a Csonka-sized back- there are so many of them to choose from. I’ve heard the held a series of meetings in which they decided to play poorly in the SECC to allow star recruits to sign elsewhere.

  11. Re Big Tailbacks

    Good gosh, even Fun ‘N Gun Steve Spurrier had a 240 pound tailback that he was running down Floirda’s throat this year.
    I really believe that as the Spread evolves power will come into play. Billy Latsko was moved to RUNNING/CATCHING fullback from linebacker in Coach Meyer’s first year. His 230 pound frame paid off. The tight end, not originally part of the spread, was a big addition with shovel passes in a triple option (also this option was not part of the original spread).
    Just seems that if you spread out defenses power up the middle would be a great option for the spread. This was what Tebow did with his 240 pounds.

    Love the Gators…just believe that power does not always have to be a “I” formation only quality and that a Triple Option Veer Spread would be a good addition to the offensive toolbox.

    Anyway Coach Meyer has my always vote as Gator leader. Can’t wait till next year!