Recruiting News & Notes

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The past few weeks have been relatively quiet for UF coach Will Muschamp on the recruiting trail, but things are starting to pick up again.

The Gators saw one of their top target’s on Sunday and will host two official visitors for the Jacksonville State game. Here’s some news and notes from this past weekend and the one coming up.

* Florida’s chances with receivers Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Country) look very slim now. North named Tennessee and North Carolina his co-leaders Friday, while Robinson reaffirmed his commitment to Clemson on his official visit and says his recruitment is over with.

* On a positive note, former Auburn receiver signee JaQuay Williams tweeted this on Friday: “UGA Texas A&M Florida Oklahoma State USC.” It’s not clear whether this is his Top 5 and/or the schools he will officially visit, but the Gators are in the mix. Williams currently attends Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.

* On Sunday, Muschamp and offensive line coach Tim Davis went and watched JUCO offensive tackle Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College), who is still heavily leaning toward the Gators and makes his decision in late November. His team won 43-25 over Lackawanna C.C. (Scanton, Pa.), which features offensive guard Jermaine Eluemunor. Florida State recently offered Eluemunor and the UF coaches may soon  follow suit.

* Florida five-star cornerback commit Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) was named a finalist for the National High School Player of the Year Award on Monday. The winner will be announced on Feb. 9 in Columbus, Ohio. In case you missed my profile on Hargreaves last week, you can read it HERE.

* Four-star defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) and JUCO defensive tackle Darius Cummings (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.) are officially visiting this weekend. UF has been Ogundeko’s leader since the summer and he could very well commit in Gainesville. Cummings is an Ole Miss verbal, but he’s originally from Titusville and signed with FSU out of high school. His former teammate is Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs.

* Cummings’ current teammate, Jarran Reed, was offered by the Gators on Sunday night. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle decommitted from North Carolina the following day and plans to take an official to UF in January. Ole Miss is another school to watch with him.

* Auburn linebacker commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), who attended the South Carolina game, will officially visit Florida on Dec. 14. He will also take trips to Ohio State (Nov. 24) and USC (Jan. 18).

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  1. Do you have any idea why it is that Muschamp is having such a difficult time bringing in top recruits at the WR position? I would think that with the obvious lack of talent on field this year WR’s would be lining up to play for Florida because it would be easier to earn playing time next season.

  2. Not yet E. We need a lot of work on the trail to close out strong. Get Meyer out our back yard and off our commits. Jimbo and Champ going head to head over a lot of these guys. I don’t think it will be long before the FSU flavor of the year with ESPN is over. Then recruits will see FSU for what it always was, second fiddle to UF in a bad conference. ESPN helped FSU out these last couple of recruiting cycles with hype coverage. Its no wonder FSU is doing better with players that were committed or favoring UF before jumping ship over the hype of a coach who hadn’t done anything in the 5 + years he had been there as a coordinator. Lets not get crazy yet. Visibly going after OL help is encouraging though. Still want Ira Denson. We would have had him if not for the silent commit that wasn’t a commit.

  3. Zach,

    Post all the tweets you want! If people don’t have the sense to know that kids change their minds, then they shouldn’t be following recruiting. It’s just another piece of information that tells us where a kid may or may not be leaning or just what’s going on with him. Great job, as usual! Thanks!

  4. Good work Zach! Hopefully some good news and recruiting momentum is heading our way. I am wondering, are we planning to bring in a WRs guru to develop these guys? Or do we buy into the notion that this is a personnel issue? There are plenty of former NFL WRs who could/would come in and make an immediate impact. The passive mentality/culture at the position needs to change. Our guys are playing hard but unfortunately they are not ALPHAS and will instinctively follow (vs. lead)…give them someone to follows, someone who they will respect and aspire to be like. I hate seeing us missing out on top WR recruits and/or failing to develop the ones we do get, year after year. BTW, I see we had 85 come in and speak to the team. Good move…better if someone of his stature were on the staff.

  5. Zach,
    What does the depth look like for DT next year. I am beginning to worry. Surely, Shariff will leave. Mann is transferring. This seems to be such a key position in college football today, especially in the SEC

  6. It’s interesting we’re considered by some to be thin at DT, yet Muschamp didn’t try and keep Mann from leaving. That tells me there’s an issue and Muschamp didn’t think Mann was the right man for the future. He’ll find us someone who can be developed for the future rather than for right now. We have to trust the coach. Otherwise, we should pay him off and ship him out….

  7. BSJGator
    Its not that Mann wasn’t a good player. He was not developing with the group. Trouble focusing in on the task all the time and taking care of school. On top of that we needed the room anyway for one of the late commits we are going to take. Likely a JUCO guy at this point.

  8. Daniel- Welcome to the 21st Century. Facebook, Twitter, texting and whatever else is how kids communicate now and furthermore how coaches talk with them.

    Nice job Zach. Hope we can pull a few more playmakers over the next few months.

  9. Hopefully Brissett will have a career day passing and introduce new confidence to our team as a whole but specifically our WRs. It would sure help our offensive recruiting. On another note, isn’t it ironic how a great season (win wise) is coming to an end and despite many improvements like take-aways on defense, we’re very close to where we started: very talented yet struggling at the OL, run game, WRs, passing, pass rush, and penalties…and potentially still undecided at QB! Say it ain’t so Joe!

  10. I completely agree with TigerCatZeroZero, both of your post were fantastic. We really do need to look at a WR’s coach, the kids we have are obviously talented. We need to coach them up, I think we will see some immediate results next year if we get someone to come in and “just” work with those guys.
    I also agree that we NEED to wake our OFFENSE up, at some point we went to the “dead zone” What happened?? Go GATORS!!!! Pick it up this weekend and lets finish out the year VERY VERY STRONG, we have the talent on that side of the ball. OUR DEFENSE IS LIGHTS OUT, and take a back seat to no one. Come on OFFENSE get it going this weekend!!!

  11. To all who wonder why we cant get a great WR committ…just look at our passing. You can say we dont have the WRs, but we dont even try to pass the ball. What WR would want to come to UF and block all game? We need to pass more! This running the ball 100 times a game is getting old fast!

  12. We have 4 WR verbals and they are all very good, a couple even elite. This myth that we can sign one is stupid. How many do you want in one class?….. OL was and still is the biggest area in need of an upgrade, that where our focus should be…. with DL right behind that.

  13. completely agree with scooterp. it starts in the trenches. look at AJ Mcarron. all this heisman hype and he finally plays 2 good defenses that got pressure and he stinks up the place. i think our passing game will flourish with the upgraded set of lineman we have coming in. i honestly think gillislee would have reached his preseason goals with a good oline.
    btw when is Marcell harris’s new commitment date?

  14. We have good wr’s on board,Fulwood and Bailey should be solid,anyone who hasnt watched Thompson will be surprised with how good he really is.What is this four Offensive scheme changes in four years it’s no wonder the O has struggled.