2015 position breakdowns: OL

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This is the fifth in a 10-part series looking at the positional needs and early targets for Florida football in the 2015 recruiting class.

The Gators currently have 19 scholarships available excluding walk-ons. With potential juniors leaving early and inevitable attrition, UF will likely sign 28-30 prospects next year.

Here’s a breakdown of the offensive line position:

Martez Ivey is ranked a top-10 overall prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Returning players: Travaris Dorsey, Cameron Dillard, D.J. Humphries, Kavaris Harkless, Roderick Johnson, Nolan Kelleher, Andrew Mike, Tyler Moore, Drew Sarvary, David Sharpe, Trip Thurman
Verbal commits: Tyler Jordan
Top targets: Zack Bailey, Abdul Bello, George Brown, Jake Fruhmorgen, Martez Ivey, Christian Pellage, Isaiah Prince, William Sweet
Others offered: Chuma Edoga, Marquel Harrell, Kaleb Kim, Richie Petitbon, Drew Richmond, Brandon Sandifer, Bailey Sharp, Tyree St. Louis, Nick Wilson
The skinny: Seniors Trenton Brown, Max Garcia and Chaz Green depart after this season, and Humphries will be a candidate to leave early if he has a good junior year. The Gators should sign around four or five lineman in their 2015 class and have Jordan committed to play the center position. UF has handed out more than two dozens offers and will target other recruits moving forward, but here are some early names to keep an eye on.

Apopka’s Ivey is the No. 1 priority for offensive tackle, and currently Florida’s to lose. UF is at or near the top of leaderboards for Bello (Montverde Acadmey), Fruhmorgen (Tampa Plant), Pellage (Brooksville Nature Coast) and Sweet (Jacksonville First Coast). All of them have visited Gainesville recently. The Gators are also in contention for out-of-state prospects Bailey, Brown and Prince, who has named Florida his favorite.

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Previous position breakdowns:
Quarterback
Running back
Wide receiver
Tight end

Stay tuned next week for the defensive side of the ball.

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  1. It looks like UF is a lock to get the fullback and tackle from Apopka. Let’s hope Ivey is better than Humphries. He still has a couple of years to go so he can turn it around, but he has not looked like the can’t miss prospect when he signed. Of course that’s with him being thrown into the fire too early in the first place. Most all offensive linemen need to redshirt their first year and then get a little experience their second. Only in their third year should an offensive lineman be expected to contribute. Of course, at Uf the line has been so bad that kind of schedule is a luxury that isn’t afforded. UF had better be much better on the field next year or even guys that are considered slam dunks to go to UF will look elsewhere.