Thanks to my 1-year-old, 70-pound boxer, who apparently thinks anything (including laptop screens) is fair game to pounce on, the Mail Stack comes to you late.
On the bright side, my new computer is a little bit faster and my mock class is a little more accurate. 😉
Fans have been happy to see some commitments finally happening, but many aren’t overly excited about the additions themselves. Some of that, understandably, stems from them being three-star prospects, but some recruiting analysts as well as myself feel the four commits UF has gained in the past week are all sleepers who have the potential to be productive players in college.
The Gators still need to land a few big names come signing day, but it’s important to fill out the second half of the class with recruits who — while they may not be highly ranked — look great on film and/or have notable offers. Florida appears to be doing that thus far.
This will be the final Mail Stack until August, but I’ll have loads of signing day coverage next week and a 2016 position breakdown the following week. For those who don’t already, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter for NSD updates.
On to the questions!
Of the Big 3 who do you think we reel in? — @RCraft612
I think offensive tackle Martez Ivey is the only five-star prospect Florida lands. For some recruits who grew up rooting a team, the fan side of them often becomes insignificant once their recruiting process takes place.
For others, nothing can outdo an offer from their dream school.
Ivey has a chance to be close to home and get early playing time at the school he’s a die-hard fan of, and based on his actions and comments throughout his recruitment, I believe it’s an opportunity he can’t pass up. Mike Summers staying on staff only adds to Florida’s advantage.
But for defensive ends Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson, their relationship with the old coaches at UF was the No. 1 factor that could make or break the Gators. It appears the departures of Will Muschamp and the entire defensive staff, specifically Brad Lawing, is something Florida may have a hard time overcoming with Cowart and Jefferson.
Cowart’s affinity with Auburn is all about Muschamp and it looks like he’s going to follow his favorite coach. Auburn also made a push for Jefferson, but his relationship with Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss DL Chris Kiffin is just as strong as the one he has with Muschamp and Lawing. That was clear with last weekend’s trip to Oxford on his own dime.
Given the recent signs that suggest Cowart and Jefferson could be headed elsewhere, if Jim McElwain & Co. can find a way to pull one or both of them, it will be one of the best recruiting jobs ever seen at UF considering the circumstances. Of the two prospects, chances seem better with Cowart.
Do you think we get both Jordan’s (at RB)? If so what does that mean for Kelvin Taylor and Adam Lane? — @TyrellBoyd2
I’m fairly confident the Gators will get Jordan Cronkrite, who officially visited last weekend. Cronkrite in my opinion has wanted to come to UF since September.
If you’ll remember he decommitted from Miami on the way to the Florida-Kentucky game, but the previous staff wasn’t ready to accept his potential pledge and didn’t recruit him much after that point.
But McElwain wasted no time reaching out to Cronkrite and running backs coach Tim Skipper has been applying pressure for more than a month. I expect it to pay off for them on signing day.
Jordan Scarlett decommitted from the Hurricanes on Sunday morning, which really came as no surprise. During his UF visit last weekend he told several people he wasn’t going to Miami, according to sources. Now the question is whether it will be Florida or Florida State.
I put in a Crystal Ball prediction for Scarlett to UF in late December and felt it would happen for most of January. But with running back Johnny Frasier leaving FSU’s class and Scarlett visiting the ’Noles this weekend, I have doubts.
The fact that Scarlett announced his decommitment from Miami while in Tallahassee could be a telling sign. Then again, the FSU visit could have served as confirmation that Gainesville is the place for him. We’ll find out Monday when he announces his final decision.
I do know that Cronkrite and Scarlett have no problem playing together in college. The U.S. Army All-Americans were committed to Miami at the same time and hung out with each other all last weekend at Florida.
If the Gators land one or both backs, it shouldn’t affect Taylor or Lane all that much. Taylor is likely the starter next season and Lane will have a much larger role in the offense. What Cronkrite and/or Scarlett will do is give UF more talent to hand the ball off to and provide some valuable depth.
Final percentage predictions for commits and flips. — @ryanponczek, @DerekBrian27
Florida’s board consists of more names than the ones below, but these are the main recruits the Gators appear to have targeted.
QB Deondre Francois — 50% (FSU commit)
QB Lamar Jackson — 60% (Louisville commit)
RB Jordan Cronkrite — 75%
RB Jaason Lewis — 15% (Arizona State commit)
RB Jordan Scarlett — 50%
WR Antonio Callaway — 65%
WR Ryan Davis — 70%
OG Quarvez Boulware — 30% (Maryland commit)
OT Nick Buchanan — 35% (Cal commit)
OT Martez Ivey — 80%
OT Tyree St. Louis — 50% (Miami commit)
TE G.G. Robinson — 40% (Louisville commit)
DE Luke Ancrum — 90%
DE Keivonnis Davis — 65% (Oregon State commit)
DE Byron Cowart — 50%
DE CeCe Jefferson — 40%
LB Jeff Holland — 15%
LB Adonis Thomas — 30% (Alabama commit)
CB Montrell Custis — 40%
CB Rashad Fenton — 25%
CB Chris Williamson — 60%
Mock class — @DevinLamarr, @lwilley11, bamagator
The Gators currently have 12 commits as of Saturday night. I think they lose Derrick Dillon to LSU and add the eight recruits in my mock class to reach 19.
UF has 28 scholarships available and the ability to sign 27 recruits (early enrollees Kalif Jackson and Daniel Imatorbhebhe count toward the 2014 numbers and a class size can’t be more than 25 per year).
In addition to the 19 recruits I list below, I expect the Gators to land another linebacker, a surprise or two (maybe the LB) and at least one recruit who is 50-50 between Florida and another school.
When all is said and done, I see UF signing 21-22 recruits Wednesday.
QB Lamar Jackson
RB Jordan Cronkrite
WR Antonio Callaway
WR Ryan Davis
WR Kalif Jackson
TE Camrin Knight
TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe
OL Richerd Desir-Jones
OL Mike Horton
OL Martez Ivey
OL Fred Johnson
OL Tyler Jordan
OL Brandon Sandifer
DT Andrew Ivie
DL Jabari Zuniga
DE Luke Ancrum
DE Keivonnis Davis
LB Rayshad Jackson
CB Chris Williamson