Breaking down the Rivals100, part II


This is the next installment of my look at the first Rivals100 list of the year. Florida had two of its four 2011 verbals make the first 50 and gets one more in before the rankings are over with. Like the first part, Florida is involved with many of the prospects on this part of the list.

Here’s the rest of the best.

56. Braxton Miller (6-2, 185) QB (Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne) — By the time this reaches your eyes he could already be committed to Ohio State. He’s one of the top quarterback prospects in the country and he would command the spread offense. There has always been interest between Miller and UF, but he could be set on following in Terrelle Pryor’s footsteps.

57. Savon Huggins (6-0, 190) RB (Jersey City, N.J., St. Peter’s Prep) — He’s met with Florida coaches and he’s planning to visit UF in August. The interest from both sides has picked up considerably since the spring, and things could only get better for Florida once he gets on campus. Tons of schools are after him at this point. His offer list is pretty ridiculous.

65. Christian LeMay (6-2, 200) QB (Matthews, N.C., Butler) Georgia verbal — Sure, he’s committed to Georgia and was never really a huge fan of Florida’s offense, but he has Florida ties, and when it comes to recruiting anything can happen. He’s probably done with recruiting, but are these kids ever really done?

67. Kelvin Benjamin (6-6, 210) WR (Belle Glade Glades Central) — Anyone following Florida recruiting knows about Benjamin. He’s a freak of a receiver and he’s a hot commodity coming out of south Florida. However, he comes with baggage. He’ll miss his final two games of the season because he’ll exceed the state’s age limit of 19 years, nine months and his work ethic on the field has been called into question. Still, schools love his talent. Florida, Florida State and Miami seem to the be the frontrunners.

70. Bobby Hart (6-4, 283) OL (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) — He was once thought to be a Gator lock, but because the coaches didn’t extend an offer until only recently, he’s lost some love for Florida. Unless the coaches can get back into his good graces, he might be one Florida misses on at a key position. FSU is at the top of his list, right now.

73. Tyler Moore (6-6, 290) OL (Clearwater Countryside) Nebraska verbal — With his close proximity to Florida and because he plays at a position of need, the Gators aren’t completely out of it. Although, he’s pretty solid with Nebraska and could enroll early. I just don’t think recruiting is ever really over until the letter is signed, so don’t be surprised if offensive coordinator Steve Addazio tries to reach out to Moore before it’s all said and done.

74. Brandon Shell (6-7, 290) OL (Charleston, S.C., Goose Creek) — At one point last year, Florida was in his top three. That changed this spring, but Florida is still on his list. The Gators might not be as high as they once were, but they are still in the picture. Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Miami and South Carolina are all heavily involved.

82. Sterling Bailey (6-5, 260) DE (Gainesville, Ga., East Hall) Georgia verbal — Florida was in it to some extent before he committed to Georgia. Coaches have a way of staying in contact with committed players.

85. Wayne Lyons (6-0, 190) DB (Ft. Lauderdale Dillard) — Florida was his favorite school for the longest time, but it took a while for him to get an offer from the Gators. That definitely hurt him and he’s starting to get interested in other schools. Fortunately for Florida, receivers coach Zach Azzanni is recruiting him and he’s been a monster since joining Florida’s staff. Most major football programs are recruiting him.

87. Marqise Lee (6-1, 187) ATH (Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra) — He’s another versatile athlete that Florida is making a run at. Lee could play either defensive back or receiver in college, and while he’s in USC territory, he’ll be courted by most major schools all across the country. He could also play basketball at the next level.

88. Andrew Buie (5-9, 188) RB (Jacksonville Trinity Christian) — Buie could end up being one of the top all-purpose running backs in the country because of his athleticism. He’s on Florida’s radar and Florida is a school he’s definitely interested in, but he has yet to get an offer. If he does, his recruitment could really get exciting. He rushed for 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior. Tennessee and Louisville are schools coming hard at him now.

89. A.C. Leonard (6-2, 232) TE (Jacksonville University Christian School) Florida verbal — Leonard looked like an absolute beast when I saw him this spring. He proved he’s every bit the beast when he dominated the Badger Sport Elite 7 on 7 tournament in Tampa. He’ll head to Florida as a tight end, but he could play at defensive end as well.

91. Charone Peake (6-3, 185) WR (Roebuck, S.C., Dorman) — He’s quite the receiver and could play in any type of offense. Florida is currently in his top three with Georgia and Clemson. Florida will be a long battle with these two schools this year.

97. Giorgio Newberry (6-6, 255) DE (Fort Pierce Fort Pierce Central) — Florida’s coaches went to check him out a couple times this spring. FSU appears to hold the advantage at this point and it might be hard to knock the Seminoles out of the top spot. He’s got a laundry list of offers, so it’s definitely not over for anyone.


  1. I’m reading some disturbing trends here with alot of these guys like “he used to have Florida at the top but now he’s favoring…” Are we getting on these guys late this year?? Maybe too late as I see other schools in our region with many more commitments and inroads to these players? I know Florida can be selective but some of these players are well rated and are at need positions.

  2. June is too early to get excited either way on these kids. I think the key to this class is the Wilder kid from Tampa Plant. If we get him to commit early he could be a draw from others wanting to get on the band wagon. I also wouldn’t leave out his QB who played in Aaron Murray’s absence in 08 to keep Plant in the title chase and then played as a starter to win it all again last year. The kid only does one thing and that is win + I think he might be the son of a former Gator.

  3. whats the latest on neptune beach lineman derek thorpe and rb mitchell hester. seen them play a few times, very good players. hester is like brandon james very fast. i know uf is looking at thorpe, not sure about hester.

  4. Not worried.

    This is the top 100. You get 5 or 6 of these guys you’ve had a good year. You get a dozen it’s a huge, #1 type class. But even if you get a dozen, that means there’s 88 of them you didn’t sign.
    Meyer is going to bring in the best recruits for UF. That’s without question. And frankly I wonder if guys who are going to get their feelings hurt because UF doesn’t offer until they are done with their evaluation period are the right guys for UF, regardless of how fast they run or how high they jump.
    I’m just not big on kids who expect you to kiss their, um, ring.

  5. I notice on the recruiting sites that Clowney appears as if he doesn’t even have an offer from UF. Makes me wonder if there is a concern about something, or if we are just taking our time. No matter really, I know we’ll get who, and what we need before it is all done.