Junior Day is here


Well, now that Florida’s first Junior Day of the year is here, we can finally put the 2011 recruiting class to bed.

I think I just heard a collective sigh of relief from Gator Nation.

Junior Day is all about schmoozing and getting to show some of the top seniors-to-be a good time on campus. It’s like a mega unofficial visit. Florida’s coaches might not get a ton of personal time with certain prospects, but there will be as much communication as possible between the staff and the top guys on Florida’s board for 2012.

A lot of talent will be on hand this weekend, and with a huge basketball game Saturday (Florida hosts Tennessee and coach Bruce Pearl!) it should be quite the atmosphere for a lot of these kids.

This list could change, but here are some of the juniors who are expected to be in Gainesville Saturday.

WR Latroy Pittman (Citra Marion County)
OT/DT Omari Phillips (Venice)

Recruits of interest
QB Tyler Cameron (Jupiter)
QB Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga., Wayne County)
QB Gray Crow (Clearwater Countryside)
RB Matt Jones (Seffner Armwood)
RB DiAndre Atwater (Suwannee, Ga., Peachtree Ridge)
RB Jamie Gilmore (Citra Marion County)
WR Chris Black (Jacksonville First Coast)
WR Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach Ely) LSU commit
WR Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington Palm Beach Central)
WR James Brooks (Ocala Forest)
TE Kent Taylor (Land O’Lakes)
TE Sean Price (Citra Marion County)
OL Evan Goodman (Lakeland)
OL Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach)
DE Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
DE Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga., Pierce County)
DE Dante Fowler (St. Petersburg Lakewood) Florida State commit
DT Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga., Jenkins)
CB Brian Poole (Bradenton Southeast)
CB Chris Bivins (Gainesville)
S Marcus Maye (Melbourne Holy Trinity)
ATH Travis Blanks (Tallahassee North Florida Christian)


  1. We should be able to attract the best OL and DL players around. They will most likely see early playing time, and be coached by some of the best in the game. That goes for LB’s as well. Go get ’em Will!!! GO GATORS!!!

  2. The NCAA will need to tread very lightly, J.D. Try to envision college football without the NCAA even around. It will likely happen, even sooner than you might think. Prediction: The “haves” in college football, i.e., the SEC, Big 10/12, Pac 12, will organize themselves into 4 mega conferences with 16 teams each. They will reject the NCAA, run their own national championship, and rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. You heard it here first!

  3. TN GATOR, I agree about the DT and OL class next year. We’ll probably bring in around 3 DT’s and probably 5 OL. I also expect there to be some more very good WR’s in next season’s class too. The scary thing about next year’s class is that we will have around 6 extra ships to offer, and we won’t have to over-sign and probably lose a few players like FSU or Bama did to get the top classes this year.

  4. Great insight Ed. I have always wondered when and how is it decided when and whom to follow in terms of recruits of interest. If these guys are juniors when did they show up as potential stars/ Their sophomore or even freshman seasons?
    And who is the master tracker…recruiting services. coaches, media specialists? No matter, it is fun and keepos football alive after football season, thnak goodness! Can we get some stats on these guys such as height, weight, positions played, and what makes them good prospects. Keep up your `recruiting info leadership…love it!!

  5. Ed,

    You and Pat should do an investigative report on Aaron Lynch’s recruitment. There is an article on ESPN’s Notre Dame affiliate that FSU coaches were manipulating Aaron Lynch telling him that he was not intelligent enough to cut it at Notre Dame. This kind of tactic could destroy a young man’s confidence. If true, the coach should be fired. What is worse than a teacher damaging a kid’s confidence for whatever gain FSU was offering to steer him to FSU? The article discusses how the coach went against his mom’s instructions by taking him out of class to talk with FSU coaches.

    You guys should go down to Cape Coral High School and investigate this. It could be an explosive story and actually help clean up college football if it is true. Link is premium but I’m sure the Sun can pay for a 1 month subscription so that you can read the article.