Florida certainly dropped the ball at Alabama over the weekend, and that loss will have an impact in recruiting.
How much? That’s to be determined.
In speaking with several people involved with recruiting over the past few days, including a couple prospects, the general feeling is that UF didn’t live up to expectations.
The Gators were in it until the end of the third quarter, but they way the lost — worst defensive showing in school history, inability to move the ball offensively, poor quarterback play — did not sit well with most recruits. I’ll have a story later tonight on the fallout from the game.
No big-name prospects have or will drop Florida from consideration based on one loss, but UF has to respond and win some SEC games to gain back momentum. Some prospects also want to see Treon Harris and a few other freshmen get a shot next month.
The LSU matchup on Oct. 11 is going to be HUGE for recruiting, granted the Gators take care of business at Tennessee the week before. If they don’t, the promising outlook for this class will be in jeopardy.
On to the questions!
Is Adonis Thomas still solid to the Gators? — Johnoy, Ken, @mevansfl
Thomas, one of Florida’s top commits, caused a stir Saturday when he sent out a series of tweets suggesting that he could be rethinking his pledge to UF.
“Can’t even lie Bama looked real good,” Thomas wrote on his Twitter page. “Decisions to be made.”
Thomas spurned the Tide for the Gators on Aug. 1 despite giving Alabama the last visit before his decision. His coach, Todd Wofford, told The Sun in June that Thomas wasn’t concerned about Muschamp’s future because he values the school he’ll attend more than the football program he’ll play for.
“It’s about the college,” Wofford said. “It doesn’t matter what the record is or who the coach is.”
However, Thomas still plans to officially visit Alabama and other schools in addition to UF. The Gators should remain in good shape with Thomas if Wofford’s comments hold true, but it’s always a concern when members of your class want to take trips.
Florida’s other LB commit, Jerome Baker, is attending Ohio State’s game this weekend and plans to return there for an official visit later this year. At this time, those two appear to be the only recruits UF has to worry about.
You did a make up of the class last week. If the coaches get their wishes, what players would make up the missing pieces of the class you gave? — @DustinUselton
Here’s the possible class makeup I wrote for those who missed it: 1 QB, 1 RB, 4 WR, 2 TE, 6 OL, 5 DL, 4 LB, 2 DB.
If the coaches had their pick of remaining targets, I think they would want to land running back Ray-Ray McCloud III, receivers Antonio Callaway/Ryan Davis and Deon Cain/George Campbell, Devonaire Clarington or Daniel Imatorbhebhe at tight end, offensive linemen Martez Ivey and Jalen Merrick, defensive linemen Byron Cowart, CeCe Jefferson, Daylon Mack and Kendrick Norton, linebackers Jeff Holland and Roquan Smith, and defensive backs Jeremy McDuffie and Jaquan Johnson.
Do we have an impact wide receiver coming? — @lesley_andrew
I believe the Gators do in Derrick Dillon.
He put on a show at Florida’s summer camp and has accounted for 768 total yards and nine touchdowns through three games this season.
Dillon also has one of the best junior highlight tapes of any receiver in the class of 2015.
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That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below.