Contact period: Week 1 recap


The first half of the contact period is in the books, and Florida staff saw several notable recruits over the past week.

None were more important than running back commit Dalvin Cook, who has signed financial aid agreements with UF, FSU and UM. He planned to make a final decision this weekend but has pushed it back to the Under Armour All-America Game.

Following his team’s playoff victory Saturday, Cook told the Miami Herald he hasn’t decommitted because “Florida is still in my heart right now. I’m still a Gator and that’s my school.”

The UF coaches also visited the following commits — quarterback Will Grier, athlete J.C. Jackson, receiver Ermon Lane, tight end DeAndre Goolsby, offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher, defensive tackle Khairi Clark and cornerbacks Duke Dawson, Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson.

Here are some targets who were seen by the staff:

RB Darrel Williams, 6-0, 218, Marrero, La./John Ehret
WR Johnnie Dixon, 5-11, 197, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer
WR Javon Harrison, 6-2, 190, Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen (Virginia Tech commit)
WR Eric Lauderdale, 6-1, 195, Mission Viejo, Calif./Saddleback C.C.
WR Tyre McCants, 5-11, 199, Niceville, Fla./Niceville
WR Travis Rudolph, 6-1, 188, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
WR Artavis Scott, 5-11, 180, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake (Clemson commit)
OL Jordan Sims, 6-4, 348, Homewood, Ala./Homewood
OL Sebastian Tretola, 6-5, 315, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.
DE Lorenzo Carter, 6-5, 234, Norcross, Ga./Norcross
DL Malik McDowell, 6-6, 292, Southfield, Mich./Southfield
DL Gerald Willis III, 6-3, 275, New Orleans, La./Edna Karr
LB Nyles Morgan, 6-2, 225, Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee
LB Dwight Williams, 6-1, 212, Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
DB Jamal Adams, 6-0, 204, Lewisville, Texas/Hebron
ATH Adoree’ Jackson, 5-10, 182, Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
2015 QB Christian Alexander, 6-3, 205, Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian
2015 RB Jacques Patrick, 6-2, 225, Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
2015 RB T.J. Simmons, 6-0, 195, Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian
2015 WR George Campbell, 6-4, 185, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake (Michigan commit)
2015 OL Martez Ivey, 6-6, 271, Apopka, Fla./Apopka
2015 DE Cece Jefferson, 6-3, 260, Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County
2015 CB Tyrek Cole, 5-11, 170, Miramar, Fla./Miramar
2015 CB Ronnie Harrison, 6-2, 192, Tallahasee, Fla./Florida (North Carolina commit)


  1. About to take a another hit,when it rains it pours.Coach DJ Durkin top of the list for the Bowling Green job.He always said he would jump if the right spot open up,well there you go.This is the real reason our program is where it’s at,we can never keep coaches here someone always ways plucking our feathers.Watch T-Rob become a hot name next year,he’ll be the next 1 to leave,this is really costing us.No matter what system you have when you have a high coaches turnover the way we do its going be hard to keep your program consistent.

  2. I feel your pain. Gators go 4-8 and still losing coaches to other schools. Auburn likely won’t lose any. And if that wasn’t enough I pull for one of the worst NFL teams (Falcons) and Boise State is looking to pluck their OC.

  3. We need to go get Ed Orgeron. Say what you will about him, but that guy can flat out recruit. I’m not sure where he would fit in, but we need to find a spot for him. Someone is going to pick him up, why not us?

  4. TJ,
    Not having a bowl DOES NOT help us in recruiting. You are still limited by the number of visits and no exposure on television or local areas. Not only that, but you lose 14 critical days of practice, essentially another Spring Practice period, that most coaches use to develop young players and refine their schemes.

    No Bowl = Disaster in Coaches POV

  5. I know this is a recruiting site, but I would really like to know what the deal was or is with the supposedly very talented, Demarcus Robinson, who was a high priority recruit for the Gators last year. He was “all that” during preseason practice and then just became a non factor on a team without top quality wide receivers. He probably wishes he had not flipped from Clemson, and I would expect Muschamp to announce Robinson’s transfer wishes soon.

  6. Great news about Dalvin! I always knew that in his heart he was all Florida but it’s just that the outside noise and pressure is starting to get to him. Even his grandmother has weighed in stating that it’s his decision. I sincerely think he sticks. As for Demarcus I also think he stays especially since he will have a new OC plus Driskel 2.0 back. Lets hope that Jeff will work on his reads this offseason as well as his toughness a la Connor Shaw. Can’t stand that dude playing against UF but you gotta admire how tough he is. He’s got that ‘it’ that Jeff doesn’t have yet, that ‘want to’. Anyway I remain confident that Dalvin remains & UF closes strong. GO GATORS!!!!

  7. According to his grandmother UM was at his house 3x’s last week & is due back AGAIN this week!! MY goodness!! I’d get tired of them too if I was him!! Coach Muschamp is due in Thursday after all of the riff raff leaves. Hopefully to keep him in tow before his big announcement. Go Tigers & GO GATORS!!!!

  8. I would be visiting all of the recruits up north, especially where there is a foot of snow and it is in the ‘teens or 20’s. Show them pictures of us here in Florida basking on the beaches and our 70-80 degree weather, then ask them where they would like to spend their college time. Oh, and add in a couple of pictures of our co-eds, and there you have it.

  9. The deal with Demarcus,this is nothing new has always been a troubled you man.Quit his high school team several times.Heavy smoker family has plenty of money so he don’t believe in playing by the rules.His talent level is off the chart,kids a baller,been watching him since midddle school.Gators always been his 1st love.Only reason Clemson was a major player was that Peach Co. High,where he’s from same school that produce Gators great Jaques Green.If Demarcus would’ve sign with Clemson the coach for Peach Co. would’ve took a job on the Clemson staff,that’s the reason Clemson was a major player,he never liked them.Mother & coach made the Clemson decision.But if this kid can get his head on str8 everyone see this kid is the real deal.

  10. There were many problems with our offensive philosophy; the damage it has done to our offensive playmakers’ confidence (all of our WR along with TEs Taylor and Thompson) is CRITICAL. Their lack of opportunities never allows for acclimation to the game. Yeah they look great in Spring practice – because they expect/get the ball…unfortunately not so much on Saturdays. I am sure they were all PROMISED a much bigger role during recruitment, consequently there are trust issues. The right OC/offensive philosophy will alleviate this and make the WR/TE position at UF relevant again. Hopefully Robinson takes the clean slate that’s about to be offered, trust his new OC and makes the most of his opportunity at UF. Go Gators!

  11. Silly to think that any offensive player would want to come play for Muschamp. It is not the OC’s fault we suck. I predict Champ won’t make it through next year as coach. Seems like a good guy, just not the right guy for UF. Recruits are going to see the same writing on the wall.

  12. @ Davido: I think that all depends on the choice for OC or “Offensive Head Coach” – because that’s what he has to be. If we get the right guy, we are VERY successful and Muschamp keeps his learner’s permit. Nevertheless, despite being disappointed, recruits and everyone else knows UF will get the right coaches in here if Muschamp and his OC hire fails. So, I agree he won’t make the season if he doesn’t make the right hire. I would have hired Bobby Petrino and Tim Tebow and put them out on the recuiting trail together to provide some SUDDEN IMPACT. BTW, very happy to hear that Dion Cain finally got his UF offer. Go Gators!

  13. This list is par for the course….no actually sub par…..6 wide receivers and only 2 offensive lineman…..BACKWARDS !!! When are they going to realize our problem is NO SEC Quality offensive linemen?? When are they going to sign some 5 star or 4 star top 20 linemen??? If not….next year ..more of the same as this year.

  14. GatorZip74

    Judging by what I just read of tj on another article you might not want to educate him on anything. He will go in to a series of page long responses with no logic or substance behind them and that just makes us Gators look like OSU or Bama fans.

  15. Conjurer….

    Not so sure about that…..Auburn’s OL sucked last year and are world beaters this year. It is all about the coaching and schemes. Obviously, Pease and Davis were on different pages and it showed big time. Time for a new start and a positive attitude. GO GATORS.

  16. The offense has to be better next year (new oc, qb healthy, more running backs, o-line, more receivers in the mix) but not too sure about the defense possibly loosing 3 starters to an early exit.
    We don’t seem to be able to recruit 4 and 5* o-lineman which is a huge concern right now.

  17. Snowprint I think an L to the Vols would start the spiral. Conjurer99 our coaches have begun turning every stone in search of good OL. A few new names have popped up, some jucos and I am sure they are revisiting some guys that may have expressed little to no interest previously. Even with NO CHANGES to the coaching staff we are a drastically better team in ’14 but “better” should not be the goal…at this point we should have built undeniable force that strikes fear in them all. Let’s stay positive and see where it will be interesting! Congrats to VH3! Go Gators!

  18. @TCZZ, Great post. We really should be the talk of the SEC, and we are but in a “NEGATIVE” way. Not that anybody in this league fear us, in fact they looked forward to getting their shot at us and racking up a victory. The O-line thing just amazes me that we can get some of the “top performing” O-lineman. or were we not coaching them to the point of great performances? For “GG” I’m not worried about the Defense, even ith the lost of three starter. Those guys (Defense) just got worn down in the end, concentration was lost and they just ran out of gas. We have a great defensive group and ONCE they get some help, then the rest of the league will start to take notice again of THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. GO GATORS!!!!

  19. Yes last i looked 4 OL. 3 three stars and 1 four star who is the highest rated of the 4 at 24th in the nation. We need better than 3 star linemen. We need top 10 or 15 rankings….3 stars is not SEC quality.

  20. Come on conjurer. Muschamp had the veto power and demanded the power running plays but other than that it was pease calling plays… as for olinemen stars dont always matter, its about development and the players want too. We should be getting another ol recruit tomorrow in sharpe, but we’ll have to wait and see. I think a fresh oc and ol coach amd muschamp probably giving more slack to oc will go a long way. Muschamps says he will do whatever it takes to win so we will see.

  21. Zach, please explain why over the past few years we are getting so many transfers. I know it is the norm these days, but it seems that Florida is getting a lot more than most. Guys at Bama and LSU stay and end of playing a lot in Jr and Sr years and our guys come and go seemingly too much…

  22. Mike Hoskins, Just my opinion but, I think these players are or were fill ins when Champ couldn’t get the guys that were better and or they didn’t develop the skills to hit the field. Even “GOOOD” players out of high school NEED to be COACHED UP. One of those things didn’t happen and the kids figure there is not much of a future for them in this league and they move on to get some playing time on the field. NOW, don’t get me wrong, these kids may make a BIG splash someplace else(and I hope they do) but the situation here and now are not in their favor. THANKS and GOOD LUCK to all of them from the GATOR NATION. GO GATORS!!!!

  23. good post creek gator. We have not signed a top15 or 5 star offensive line man in a while I don’t believe and though stars don’t mean anything for sure…..3 three stars and a 4 star is still not SEC quality. The new tackle is 15th rated so that is a step in the right direction. We need at least 3 more in the top 15. Of the top 15 tackles #’s 1, 2, 5, 5 Juco, and 8 are all so far going to Bama. Why can’t we get recruits like that?