Florida coaches evaluate Sunshine State

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After traveling strictly out-of-state for the first quarter of the Evaluation Period, Florida’s staff spent the last two weeks predominantly in the Sunshine State.
Since the beginning of May, Will Muschamp’s assistant coaches have evaluated 34-known prospects from the 2013 class — and 29 are from the state of Florida. With spring football practices starting this month, they couldn’t have asked for a better time to check out their commitments and targets.

Below is a map of the in-state recruiting responsibilities for the UF staff, which was created by InsideTheGators.com (Florida’s website on the Rivals network).

 

Here are the prospects UF has seen since our last look at the Evaluation Period.

* — indicates UF offer

*QB Ryan Buchanan, 6-3, 210, Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep
*RB Adam Lane, 5-8, 216, Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven (Florida commit)
*RB Ryan Green, 5-10, 187, St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic
RB Tramaine Batten, 5-10, 190, Dunedin, Fla./Dunedin
RB Tim Longmire, 5-10, 185, Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
*WR Reggie Davis, 6-0, 162,  Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
*WR Travis Johnson, 6-3, 231, Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
*WR Levonte Whitfield, 5-9, 168, Orlando, Fla./Jones
*WR Taj Williams, 6-4, 166, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
WR Zach Benjamin, 6-4, 187, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
TE Jordan Davis, 6-4, 225, Thomson, Ga./Thomson
*OL Trenton Brown, 6-8, 350, Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military
*OL Rod Johnson, 6-6, Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage (Florida commit)
*OL Brandon Kublanow, 6-3, 290, Marietta, Ga./Walton
*OL Laremy Tunsil, 6-6, 295, Lake City, Fla./Columbia
OL Ira Denson, 6-3, 316, Madison, Fla./Madison
*DE Joey Ivie, 6-4, 270, Dade City, Fla./Pasco
*DE Antonio Riles, 6-4, 262, Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer
*DE Jordan Sherit, 6-3, 245, Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
*DE Demarcus Walker, 6-4, 276, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood
DE Brad Smith, 6-4, 205, Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
DE Brandon Crawford, 6-3, 228, Madison, Fla./Madison
*LB James Hearns, 6-3, 230,Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln (Florida commit)
*LB Dillan Lawson, 6-4. 215, Crestview, Fla./Crestview (Florida commit)
*LB Daniel McMillian, 6-3, 220, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast (Florida commit)
*LB Quinton Powell, 6-2, 200, Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland (Florida commit)
*CB Adrian Baker, 6-1, 168, Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna
*CB Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-11, 185, Tampa, Fla./Wharton
CB D.J. Killings, 5-11, 182, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
CB Shedrick Williams, 5-11, 175, Madison, Fla./Madison
*S Keanu Neal, 6-1, 200, Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter (Florida commit)
*S Nick Washington, 6-0, 180, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian (Florida commit)
*S Marcell Harris, 6-1, 213, Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
ATH Khalid Thomas, 5-10, 175, Tallahassee, Fla./Godby

NOTES:

* Offensive coordinator Brent Pease offered quarterback Ryan Buchanan after observing him throw on May 8. He will visit UF sometime this summer. Schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State have also offered the three-star prospect.

* Running back Ryan Green has visited Gainesville several times, but at this point the Gators appear to be a distant third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. UF running backs coach Brian White watched the Rivals100 member practice on May 4.

* Four-star defensive end DeMarcus Walker released his top eight Monday and the Gators made the cut along with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee and USC. Walker said he will make summer trips to UF, FSU and Clemson and officially visit the five remaining schools.

* After an academic evaluation by UF linebackers coach D.J. Durkin and defensive line coach Bryant Young on May 4, Florida linebacker commit James Hearns said he will be able to enroll early.

* Four-star linebacker Mike Mitchell was offered by Florida on May 10. He checks in at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.

* Cornerback Adrian Baker, who was seen by UF receivers coach Aubrey Hill on May 5, is scheduled to make a commitment this month between Florida, Florida State and LSU.

* Rivals100 safety Marcell Harris plans to announce a top list of schools in June and make a decision in August. The Gators will be among his finalists and are currently the favorite to land his commitment. UF cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson visited Harris, Rivals’ No. 5 safety in the nation, on May 9.

Here are the known-prospects Florida evaluated from the 2014 class:

QB Tyler Harris, 6-3, 205, Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County
QB Chivarsky Corbett, 6-5, 190, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
*WR Johnnie Dixon, 6-0, 175, West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer
WR Adly Enoicy, 6-5, 200, Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic
WR Moral Stephens, 6-3, 205, Perry, Fla./Taylor County
TE/OL Reilly Gibbons, 6-6, 247, St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic
*OL K.C. McDermott, 6-6, 285, Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central
*OL Donell Stanley, 6-3, 311, Latta, S.C./Latta
OL Corey Martinez, 6-4, 290, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
*DT Khairi Clark, 6-3, 311, Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna
LB Vincent Jackson, 6-2, 230, Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
LB Delvin Purifoy, 6-2, 228, Pensacola, Fla./Catholic (cousin of Florida sophomore cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy)
S Deion Singleton, 6-2, 165, Tallahassee, Fla./Godby

NOTES:

* Dixon, Clark, Dixon, McDermott and Stanley were all offered by UF following their evaluations. The Gators also offered 2014 Bolingbrook, Ill., cornerback Parrker Westphal, a former teammate of Florida freshman linebacker Antonio Morrison.

* The coaches evaluated 2015 Jacksonville First Coast linebacker Sherrod Williams and 2015 Orlando Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick (who holds a UF offer).

9 COMMENTS

  1. Zack, great reporting! I am impressed with the coaching staff’s early engagement with these underclassmen. UF always needs to own the state of Florida first and foremost. I was surprised coach Robinson has both Orlando and Miami as his recruiting territory. That is a tall order. Like never before, UF has a distinct advantage over UM (stadium, fans, league, revenue, academics, facilities, etc.) Go Gators!

  2. Great work as usual Zach. Keep the info coming. Does anyone know if Leon McQuay plays offense RB or receiver. Would he be the son of the great X-Ray McQuay that played with U of Tampa late 60’s/early 70’s, I think? What a great back he was!