The weekend you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and it’s gonna be a doozy.
The UF coaches will have some of their top targets visiting and they have an opportunity to make a statement Saturday night. Gator fans shouldn’t hold their breath on five-stars Laremy Tunsil and Montravius Adams, but if UF upsets LSU and those two witness that atmosphere and locker room celebration, it could definitely leave a lasting impression on them.
One prospect who won’t make it in is Clemson defensive end commit Elijah Daniel. He was scheduled to officially visit for LSU, but the coaches decided they wanted him to take it during a less hectic weekend and he wasn’t able to come down on his own dime. Expect him to be in Gainesville later this fall — and likely for the next four years if things continue the way they are now.
On to the questions!
What former player or combination of players most reminds you of Adam Lane? Also, what role in the offense do you seem him playing? I am interested to know what kind of year he is having rushing after last year’s injury? — Timothy K, Mike
Personally, Lane reminds me a lot of Ray Rice because of his unique combination of size, strength and speed. Lane is incredible in the weight room (410-pound bench press) for someone so short, but he’ll also be the fastest player in Florida’s backfield next season and that could lead to some early snaps. With big backs like Mack Brown, Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor on the roster, Lane will provide a change of pace in the ground game.
Here’s what Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell had to say about Lane in the spring.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how Adam Lane pans out. He’s listed at 5-foot-8, but he’s put together. Could we be dealing with a Ray Rice? We don’t know. Ray Rice wasn’t a heavily recruited guy. He was labeled too short and a step too slow. He turned out to be pretty good. So you don’t know what you have with guys like that. Lane is a bowling ball of a runner, which could give SEC schools absolute fits.”
As for how he’s doing this season since his return from a broken leg, Lane has 583 yards rushing and five touchdowns through four games. He’s sat in the second half of most games thus far.
It sounds like Henry is the ideal downhill runner that Muschamp has been wanting. Any reason why we chose to bring in Adam Lane instead? I know Lane is also a fantastic back, but is Henry more of Muschamp’s style? I know Henry has said he’s a Gator fan, but did we not have a shot with him? — Dolphe
I was told awhile back about what happened with running back Derrick Henry and why Florida didn’t go after him. I wasn’t planning to bring it up, but since so many people have asked and the story is already out there, what the heck.
During an unofficial visit last year, Henry came to Gainesville with a terrible attitude and disrespected several of the staff members. I’m not sure on the specifics of what he said and did, but I know it was bad enough for UF to basically show him the door.
And as talented as Henry is, he wasn’t worth the headache because Florida already has a back like him in Jones. Moreover, Lane and Taylor were the top two targets on the running back board to begin with.
Do you see the potential for any players to pull the trigger this weekend? If so, who? — Austin, Phillip, Ryan, Sam
I actually don’t anticipate anyone committing, but as I said, the Gators can put themselves in a good position with several prospects. The success from this weekend will be evident later on this year as most of Saturday’s attendees aren’t planning to make their decisions for awhile.
If I had to guess somebody, Marcell Harris would be pick because he said his commitment could come whenever. But he’s still scheduled to take an official to FSU and I think he will wait until after that visit to make a decision.
What is the news on WR Marquez North? Is he leaning toward us? What is our position with him? — Eddie, Kyle
Perfect time to answer this question, as 247Sports caught up with North for a video interview on Thursday that you can watch HERE. North named Tennessee his leader with North Carolina and Clemson tied for second place. Georgia, Florida and Ohio State are his other finalists and will receive officials from him.
His visit for the LSU game is huge, and with it being unofficial, he’ll be able to return in the future. This weekend will be his first time in Gainesville and it’s going to determine Florida’s chances moving forward.
If we don’t get another defensive tackle, will we lack depth next year? What DT’s are Florida recruiting the hardest right now? — T.J., Robert
I answered a similar question in last week’s Mail Stack, but Florida should be fine without another DT in 2013 because defensive end commits Joey Ivie and Antonio Riles can play inside as well. The top targets still being pursued at the position are Greg Gilmore, Montravius Adams, Jaynard Bostwick and former FSU player Darius Cummings, who is now at East Mississippi Community College (same school as Damien Jacobs).
Gilmore is the only one taking a serious look at UF right now. The interest of the other three can’t be truly gauged until they visit.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!