Whew, so much to catch you up on today in the frenetic world of Gator recruiting.
Firstly, the Rivals 250 was unveiled at noon. Unlike yesterday’s Rivals 100, which featured just one Florida verbal commitment, this list is teeming with Gator pledges. Texas leads the way with 12 verbals on the Rivals 250, followed by Florida and Florida State with seven each.
The Gator verbals are: 49. Jessamen Dunker, OT; 122. Mike Davis, RB; 157. Matt Jones, RB; 197. Colin Thompson, TE; 218. Jeremi Powell, LB; 225. Dante Phillips, DT; and 240. Latroy Pittman, WR.
Some prominent UF targets on the list include: 126. Raphael Kirby, LB; 128. Marcus Maye, S; 150. D’Vario Montgomery, WR; 160. Cyler Miles, QB; 164. Malcolm Lewis, WR; 177. Adam Bisnowaty, OL; 181. Kyle Kelley, DE; 190. Sean Price, TE; 192. Jarontay Jones, DE; 199. Patrick Miller, OT; 232. Dillon Lee, LB; 245. Marvin Bracy, WR; and 247. Deaysean Rippy, LB.
While the list is exhaustive, Gator fans should remember it’s just the collective opinions of one scouting service AND it’s early. Rivals will re-rank its top 250 throughout the fall.
I can already hear the chatter about Seffner, Fla., Armwood running back Matt Jones, who could be the state’s best running back. He’s a battering ram, not a gazelle, which might explain where he landed. Still, he’s rated the 16th best back in the nation by Rivals. Florida fans should also feel good about the high ranking of Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson RB Mike Davis (12th best RB overall), who has risen steadily this spring as he backs up his claim to be the best running back in Georgia.
Speaking of Georgia, the state is packed with talent again this year, and Florida is on the prowl. Perhaps UF coach Will Muschamp has dusted off his Rolodex from his years in the Peach State, or maybe Gator coaches are just going where the talent commands. Whatever the case, Rivals analyst Keith Niebuhr recently reported that Florida has made 20 offers to Georgia prospects in the class of 2012.
A Pennsylvania Gator
Last week, I wrote all about Warminster, Pa., tight end Colin Thompson, who made his verbal commitment to Florida on Thursday. I thought you all might enjoy watching the video of his announcement. In it, you can see what a nice, thoughtful and excited young man he is as he dons his Gator hat, does a quick chomp and talks all about his decision.
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