Zach’s Mail Stack 11/5


What a time to be alive.

College football is at its best in November, I still got a week’s worth of my son’s Halloween candy and Florida’s football team and recruiting class are both ranked No. 10.

OK, so the first two were bound to happen, but I’m still dumbfounded by the Gators and the year they’re having.

It’s fun to be living Gainesville right now, and despite Saturday’s noon game, it should be an exciting weekend with homecoming and the division title on the line.

I expect an impressive group of recruits to be on hand, and like Florida fans, they’re probably anxious to see if the Gators are wearing new helmets after Jim McElwain’s cryptic tweet.

On to the questions!

How does QB Jacob Eason (or potentially Feleipe Franks/Dwayne Haskins/Jack Allison) affect Florida commit Jake Allen in 2017? Who’s better anyways? — @CoBeingCo

UF will need to flip one of those quarterback first, which won’t be a cake walk.

You’d think Allison or Haskins would the easiest because the schools they’re committed to fired their coaches. However, Haskins still appears solid to Maryland and the Gators have yet to offer Allison, though that may change soon if they don’t start gaining traction with their other targets.

I think Florida’s best chance is with Franks given his proximity to Gainesville and familiarity with UF. If Mark Richt leaves Georgia, the Gators might be the team to beat for Eason due to his long-standing relationship with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who recruited the five-star recruit heavily when he was at Michigan.

As for Allen, it’s tough to predict how Florida landing one of those quarterbacks would affect him. He would tell you he’s solid to UF regardless of who comes in, and he means that.

But if Eason or Franks ends up playing in some capacity next season and light it up, does that give Allen some second thoughts? He doesn’t seem like someone who’s afraid to compete, but the Gators could be stacked at QB for a few years if they sign two in this cycle.

Eason is probably the most talented of the aforementioned quarterbacks, but they’re all top-100, top-200 recruits depending on what site you look on. However, Allen’s skill set is similar to Eason’s and I think their style of play is what Nussmeier and McElwain ideally want at the position.

Allen, by the way, is out for the rest of this season with a stress fracture in his lower back. In six games played, he threw for 1,120 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 62 percent pass completion rate.

With the offer for Lamical Perine from the Crimson Tide, any chance they offer our other commits from Alabama? — @Josh_Point_Ooh

First of all, I’m surprised Perine’s “Bama bump” hasn’t kicked in already. He’s been coveting that fourth-star all year, and usually an offer from Alabama will do it.

Perine is the only Florida commit from Alabama who has an offer from the Tide. Linebacker Jeremiah Moon and safety Jeawon Taylor both have offers from Auburn but not Alabama.

The Tide may extend one to Taylor to improve their chances with his close friend, five-star linebacker Mack Wilson, who currently lists the Gators as his leader.

But Nick Saban’s interest in UF commits isn’t limited to Alabama prospects. The Tide offered Jayvaughn Myers last week and will host another Gators cornerback pledge, Chauncey Gardner, on an official visit this weekend. Then Alabama will bring in Florida JUCO commit Mark Thompson on a visit next month.

It can be a concern when you’re commits are visiting elsewhere, and I’m sure McElwain & Co. won’t be at ease until after signing day. But any time a school such as Alabama is trying raid your class, that’s a credit to your recruiting efforts.

While we’re on that subject, for everyone that asked (again), the kicker UF wants in this class is Alabama JUCO commit Eddy Pineiro. I’d imagine now more than ever.

I really like the Gators’ chances because he’s a Florida native and the job is his for the taking. He attended the Ole Miss game and still plans to return to UF for an official visit.

How many WR can we take this cycle. Who do predict makes it in? — @double0ED, @TheoProphete, @micahdr91 

I’ve always thought Florida would take at least five, possibly six wide receivers, and that’s still the case.

What has changed, however, is the WR board. UF is now a legitimate threat to land Tre Nixon and Auburn commit Eli Stove, who will visit Florida this weekend.

Nixon and Stove weren’t even mentioning the Gators just a couple months ago. It’s amazing what winning can do.

Up until recently I felt Florida would close out its WR class with Sam Bruce, Nate Craig-Myers and Freddie Swain, who has since committed to UF.

But with the new possibilities of Nixon and Stove along with Florida’s continued pursuit of Binjimen Victor, there’s no telling who the final five or six receivers for the Gators could be and if any current commits might bolt.

At this time, Craig-Myers is the wideout I feel most confident about UF landing. After him, the WR class could fill up on a first come, first serve basis.

How’s it looking for the big guy who decommitted from UCLA and is interested in an official visit to UF? — @timmyolson

That’d be Oluwole Betiku. I know, good luck trying to pronounce his name.

He’s a consensus top-40 overall recruit who backed off his pledge to UCLA on Oct. 23, a week after his official visit to Texas A&M.

Betiku was offered by the Gators in late May and plans to officially visit Florida for the FSU game. He took an official to Florida State last month and will take a trip to Notre Dame next weekend.

But right now the Aggies and Southern Cal are his presumed favorites. UF needs to make a big impression when Betiku comes to Gainesville. A win over the Seminoles wouldn’t hurt, either.

That’s all for this week! Be sure to leave your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below.