UF hands out two notable offers


Florida’s coaching staff is already at work for the 2016 class.

The Gators have extended scholarship offers to several rising seniors since signing day last week, but UF recruiting fans might want to get familiar with two recruits who were offered Thursday.

Hallandale wide receiver Josh Hammond and Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes cornerback Levonta Taylor are the latest 2016 prospects to get offers from Florida.

Hammond is the younger brother of former Gators wide receiver Frankie Hammond, now with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is unrated by most recruiting services but now holds 20 offers, including LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Rivals ranks Taylor as the nation’s top cornerback and No. 8 overall prospect. He’s also rated a five-star recruit by Scout and ranked 20th nationally by ESPN.

With the strong possibility of Vernon Hargreaves III turning pro after next season, the Gators will need to sign an elite corner and the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Taylor certainly fits the bill.


  1. Everybody offers everyone. Offers are pretty meaningless. Uf needs to secure a commitment, that means something. The most important one is from a quarterback or two. Quarterbacks get locked up early, and UF missed out last year after failing to keep Jones last year after McElwain was hired. Who knows if Grier or Harris are any good. The time is now because many of the top quarterbacks in 2016 are already committed. UF also needs linebackers because they struck out spectacularly the past two years. I hear talk about McGriff, if he qualifies, being used on offense, but I think he needs to become a linebacker since UF has some serious issues there. The highly touted guys from a couple of years ago, Anzalone, Rolin, and McMillian, have done nothing and the top returner, Morrison, may not even be able to play. We still don’t have a clue how serious the injury is that he suffered in the bowl game. Maybe UF can get a safety to slide down and play linebacker, but something needs to be done. It’s not like linebacker has been a position of strength recently. The main thing is that UF needs to get a quarterback soon. Miami, FSU, and Georgia have all got top guys already for 2016, and LSU has swooped in and got one of the state’s top prospects already. UF needs to get on the ball or they’ll continue to keep falling behind.

  2. OMG I was hoping for just one day with out the doom and gloom trio. You are right, offers are like A*SES. Everyone has one. So are flips and commitments this early out. Chill my Troll friend all is well in Gator Land.

  3. Signing Day is just under a year away, so we should start to panic. I mean once someone is verbally committed they can’t change their mind. This coaching staff that has been in place several weeks and has been focusing on getting recruits for 2015, has had plenty of time to recruit for 2016. Oh and thank you for once again telling us about the situation at linebacker. I am sure UF fans had no idea about that or had forgotten since your last post telling us about UF’s linebacker situation.

    If UM struggles again this year, Golden will probably be out of a job. That will put UM in the same situation UF was in this year.

  4. great to see we are active in recruiting…still plenty of time to build relationships and trust with these players…all we have to do is start winning and recruits will be piling in..great job coach mac..GO GATORS!!!

  5. We all know that UF is the Number 1 school to go to in Florida, and will be the Number 1 school to go to in the SEC again. The other schools (and I use that term loosely to describe the idiot factory in Tallahassee) in Florida can only fall in behind UF, taking their rightful place at the back of the line.

    As recruits begin the stampede to come to UF, other coaches will look like bobble head dolls as their heads swivel watching recruits running past them on their way to sign Letters of Intent to go to UF.

  6. To GR8R_G8R

    How can we have fun if not for making the trolls stew a little bit. And besides they do not have a web page that they can go to so we have to let them on ours if for no other reason than just plain pity. One day their school will grow in to the technological age and actually have a troll blog all of their own.
    Until then we will let our little brothers play with ours.

  7. Oh, poor aux, you must be feeling so small and ignorant after we rocked on nsd. The Seminoles have clearly peaked and are their way down while the future is looking bright in Gainesville. Yes, you guys play in the acc so should be able to win enough to stay in the top 10 while we have to fight our way through the mighty sec. But to troll about offers made to next year’s class is sad even by your standards. You had your fun trolling about fsu and our horrible early recruiting class, but now that fsu got exposed by Oregon and we killed it on nsd, you should spend more time worrying about your noles than us. Every post from you and the rest of the trolls only confirms our thoughts that we are about to be nationally relevant and a team to be feared once again, if you truly aren’t worried about us then why would you spend all your time trying to undermine us? We aren’t even in your conference and you are still petrified!! Shouldn’t you be spending your time worrying about duke or Virginia?

  8. There is a legacy quarterback in the state, Rex Culpepper, a pro-style quarterback. McElwain says he will run a pro-style offense, yet I don’t see where UF has offered him. Also UF just offered a linebacker out of Miami Norland that is committed to FSU. I bring this up because it makes me wonder if the new coaching staff knows what they are doing. UF took a linebacker out of Miami Norland this year, Rayshard Jackson, that no one else wanted, yet they didn’t see a teammate of his and offer him until after FSU scoops him up? Linebacker is a critical need, yet UF is once again behind the eight ball on a prospect. It does make a difference to recruits who is the first school to offer them, and UF should have evaluated this guy while they were taking his teammate. I’m sure many of you will brush this off, like any other facts that detract from the preconceived idea that UF is the best at everything, but this is just another example of why UF is behind it’s rivals.