The mailbag is back for its second edition, and it now has a name – Graham’s Mail Haul.
Thank you all for your suggestions – I truly didn’t expect to receive the amount of responses I did. A big shout-out to @Dreddacus for being the lone wolf who suggested the name Mail Haul.
The dead period ended Jan. 14, and Florida’s coaches hit the road to visit coveted prospects. Then over the weekend, the Gators hosted eight players for official visits.
Things will only get more hectic over the next two weeks as National Signing Day approaches on Feb. 3. We have just 11 days until the final no-contact period, meaning the next week and a half will be critical to the completion of UF’s 2016 class.
So without further ado, your questions!
It seems like Gators are losing momentum with WR targets. What are chances of still nabbing 1 or 2 of the big WR targets? NCM? – @BransonSmith
Unfortunately for the Gators, five-star wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers recently told SEC Country his top four schools were Auburn, North Carolina, Florida State and Ole Miss. This comes despite four Florida coaches visiting him last Thursday. The Tampa Catholic product visited Florida repeatedly throughout last season, and his half-brother Jayvaughn Myers had been committed to UF since Aug. 2015.
Although my sense is that they’re in no way a package deal, the Myers family has been high on Auburn for several months – Jayvaughn gave the Tigers his lone official visit over the weekend and he had previously been recruited to UF by former defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan.
In short, I don’t think UF lands Craig-Myers or fellow big name receivers Sam Bruce and Eli Stove, but I believe the Gators have a more-than-solid shot at swaying four-star wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland to spurn Houston and sign with UF.
If the Gators aren’t able to add another WR to this class, what grade would you give the current committed wide receiver unit? – @CamTheManFrye
The Gators haven’t had a freshman wide receiver excel like Antonio Callaway did last season since Percy Harvin won SEC College Freshman of the Year despite an injury riddled season. That fact alone should make UF appealing to wide receiver recruits, but where it stands the Gators have commitments from four receivers: Josh Hammond, Dre Massey, Freddie Swain and Rick Wells.
Hammond and Wells are a pair of four-star in-state deep threats who are extremely familiar with the Florida program. Hammond’s older brother Frankie, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, played for the Gators from 2008-12 and Wells has been committed to the Gators since Jan. 26, 2015. Hammond, Massey and Swain have already enrolled at UF and Wells will give the program his final official visit Jan. 29.
Verbal commit Aaron Robinson, who received a visit Monday from Florida wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon, could possibly play wide receiver at UF although he has been listed as a cornerback throughout his recruitment. If the Gators can sign Wells, Robinson and either Tre Nixon, Sam Bruce, Tyrie Cleveland or Eli Stove, I would give this class a solid “A”. Otherwise, I would give it a “B” rating.
With National Signing Day close, what can the coaches do to keep the class intact? – @DWayneGreen3
Keep visiting committed recruits. It’s very important for coaches to continually let committed players know they’re still a priority. Combine the competitiveness of the sport and recruiting with the weight these decisions have on people’s lives and it becomes natural for everyone to second-guess and rethink their decisions. It’s the role of UF’s coaches to not only recruit uncommitted players and players committed elsewhere, but to also ensure the players that have already given UF a verbal that they’re still wanted in Gainesville.
Haven’t heard much about Tre Nixon. Have the Gators cooled on him or vice versa? – @ChaseDaniels88
Four-star Viera wide receiver Tre’ Nixon has an astounding 41 scholarship offers from across the country, making him one of the more highly coveted deep threats in the 2016 class. Although Signing Day is two weeks away, Nixon has refused to name a final list despite previously announcing Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Penn State and Texas A&M as his final five.
My take is the Gators haven’t cooled on him and Nixon hasn’t cooled on Florida – he’s taking his time to make the right decision while UF’s coaches continue to keep up with him. I’d expect him to narrow things down in the next week.
With Pineiro and the QBs on campus, what remains the biggest position of need with Signing Day approaching? – @Kevintsolove
In my opinion, it has to be the linebacker position. UF has added three-star Farmington (Mich.) linebacker David Reese as a midyear enrollee and the Gators have verbal commitments from fellow three-stars Jeremiah Moon and Vosean Joseph. I think it’s a possibility Joseph flips to Alabama, where he visited last weekend.
The Gators will be disappointed if they lose Joseph or Moon, although that will be forgotten if Florida is able to sign five-star linebacker Lyndell ‘Mack’ Wilson. Look for UF to also push hard for four-star inside linebackers Jaquan Yulee and Elysee Mbem-Bosse.