UPDATE: Mallard Creek OT D.J. Humphries picks Florida over Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina. And First Coast WR Chris Black picks Alabama over FSU.
Today is a big day in recruiting as two key five-star prospects are set to announce. One is of major interest to Gator fans, the other once was.
At 7 p.m. tonight offensive tackle D.J. Humphries is set to decide between Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Auburn. Humphries, who stands 6-foot-5, and 265 pounds, has played OT for Charlotte, N.C., Mallard Creek for the past two seasons without giving up a sack.
Needless to say, he is as important a recruit to the offensive tackle-starved Gators as anyone out there.
Florida looks to be in great shape for Humphries’ commitment, as he has publicly leaned toward UF for months and has a close relationship with former Gator offensive tackle Mo Collins, who played for six seasons in the NFL before settling back in his native North Carolina and working as a trainer and for a recruiting service called CSA PrepStar.
The other five-star prospect set to announce is Jacksonville, Fla., First Coast wide receiver Chris Black, a 5-11, 165-pound speed merchant who is the top 2012 player at his position in the state.
Why is Black relevant to Gator fans? Because he grew up among their ranks.
Black has more than 40 offers, and when it came time to narrow the field, the UF coaching staff worked very hard throughout the spring to make up ground, as First Coast has become something of an FSU pipeline in recent years.
A couple of months ago, Black listed Florida along with Florida State and Alabama as his top three. But those sentiments withered in recent weeks, as Black has focused soley on FSU and the Tide.
Black will pick one of those schools today at 4:3o p.m. ET on ESPNU.
This n’ that
◙ Rivals.com recently released its updated team rankings. Here is the latest top 10: 1. Texas; 2. Michigan; 3. Florida State; 4. Florida; 5. Oklahoma; 6. LSU; 7. Auburn; 8. Alabama; 9. Clemson; 10. South Carolina.
◙ This week, CBS Sports/MaxPreps’ recruiting guru Tom Lemming released his top 25 running backs of the Class of 2012. Florida commit Mike Davis, of Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson, came in at No. 10. On Lemming’s list of the top 25 “big” running backs, Florida commit Matt Jones, a 6-3, 215-pounder out of Seffner, Fla., Armwood, was ranked No. 2. Strange that Jones, who was rated the 23rd best player in the nation by Lemming back in April, didn’t make the top 25 tailbacks in the nation.
◙ In late July, Lemming’s latest team rankings consisted of this top 10: 1. Michigan; 2. Texas; 3. Miami; 4. Texas A&M; 5. Florida State; 6. Florida; 7. Auburn; 8. LSU; 9. Alabama; 10. Virginia Tech.
Friday Night Lights look-back
With a team of six reporters and four photo/videographers, Gatorsports.com had Friday Night Lights blanketed. In addition to the blogs here, we published 18 stories, three videos and a photo gallery.
To save you time, I’ve consolidated everything into quick links right here …