UF works on junior standout OL


Florida’s first Junior Day brought a ton of top talent to Gainesville.

The new staff in charge got into full courting mode as they carted around prospect after prospect.

One of the big guys (and I do mean big) who got some of that royal treatment was Boynton Beach offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder toured Florida’s campus alongside new coach Will Muschamp and wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill. Dunker said he got to learn more about Florida’s school and football history and later went to the Florida-Tennessee basketball game, where he hung out with freshman Trey Burton.

“It was great,” Dunker said of Florida’s Junior Day. “I really enjoyed myself. Excellent experience.

“They explained to me how they really need me.”

And need him they do.

Florida grabbed two offensive linemen in its 2011 recruiting class, but wanted at least one more big body on that line. Dunker could be that body in the future and he said looking at the Gators’ depth chart, it is very attractive to him.

Though Florida’s depth is a major plus for Dunker, he said it’s way too early to start talking favorites. Right now, Dunker plans to visit “a lot” of schools this spring. So many that he’s unsure of all of this travel dates. Dunker also plans to wait and weigh out all of his options during the recruiting process.

Tons of schools will be coming after him, and Dunker should have plenty of options in the coming months. For now, the Gators made a very good first impression.

“It’s just a great program,” he said. “The academics are great and the school’s football is legendary. I also love how the community supports them.”


  1. good! local talent is were its at!!! i want the best players in the state, rather than the best in the country. a few guys from somewere eles is cool, but, no one has more raw talent than the state of FLORIDA. and since we are THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, i expect more homegrown talnet than urban recruited. good job coaches, go get em’! GO GATORS

  2. Tomk,

    Anyone criticizing Urban’s recruiting needs to wake up. He got the best talent in state(Tebow, Pounceys, Jenkins, Black, Elam, Demps…), and nationally(Spikes, Floyd, Powell, Hernandez, Dunlap, Newton, Hayden…). To win a national title you have to be able to do both. Meyer and Saban understand that.

    Urban had the best class 2 or 3 times over the past 6 years and he would have done it again this year if he had stuck around.

  3. JD, you beat me to the punch! Tom, obviously, you have had your head up muffler! How someone can make such a comment is hilarious and makes one suspicious of a Seminole fan lurking in our midst. One thing that Urban can not be fairly criticized for is recruiting! Like JD wrote, Meyer brought in talent that was superior to any UF has ever had. We may have had some Asst Coaches that didn’t know how to develop them or coach that talent. Urban Meyer did a lot for UF, so, why criticize him, period? What good will it do, other than show how ungrateful some fans can be! His coaching days, ay UF are over. Now, is the time to thank him for all the championships and for all he has done for the program!

  4. Matt Jones was a HUGE catch yesterday! That big RB we have been waiting for, and perfect for a pro style offense. I hope there are plenty of BIG O-lineman and D-lineman to sign up to play for the Gators next. Not to mention some big names at LB would be just fantastic

  5. Ed,

    Great job as always. Can you update on Basketball recruiting? Billy D obviously losing all three guys from his front line, so has to have at least three scholarships to give. So far, have only heard about Beal. Any update on who his leading prospects are for the other two slots?