Well, it’s finally here — National Signing Day is just a few hours away and the Gators are looking to finish with a top-10 recruiting class.
It’s certainly been eventful up until this point. Coach Jim McElwain and his staff have already added 12 midyear enrollees and a transfer quarterback to the SEC East champion Gators.
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Are we in true danger of losing Shavar Manuel? What about Jeawon Taylor? – @kevintsolove
Yes and possibly.
Manuel took an official visit to Florida State last weekend and I’ve heard it’s down to the two in-state rivals. I think he remains extremely high on Florida, but the visit with the Seminoles certainly gave him something to think about.He has a good relationship with defensive line coach Chris Rumph and I think he’ll end up signing with the Gators tomorrow.
On the other hand, I’m not sure if Taylor enjoyed his Jan. 15 official visit to Georgia so much that he would flip from Florida. He’s been committed to the Gators since Aug. 2015, and took his official visit last weekend, so I would be shocked if he signed elsewhere.
But who knows when you’re trying to sign a defensive back without a position coach.
Will there be any surprises on Signing Day, either good or bad? – @DWayneGreen3
I think the best surprises the Gators could have are keeping Manuel and signing either or both of Tyrie Cleveland and Kristian Fulton.
I think if UF comes away with at least 2 of those three while holding on to the majority of its previously committed players, then you have to consider that an extremely successful signing day. A bad surprise is if anybody jumps ship at the last minute.
Do you think we have a pretty good chance of flipping Cleveland? – @UFadventuretime
At this point, I think UF will end up signing Cleveland. I’ve heard he’s higher on the Gators than he is on TCU and Arkansas, and it will ultimately come down to how comfortable he is leaving Houston.
I would give Florida more than a fair shot at signing him tomorrow. But things can always change at the last minute.
If you had to guess one surprise Gator fans will see this week what will it be? –@WoodyBass
Staff change(s). Even though I haven’t a clue who it will be, I think Florida will hire a defensive backs coach this week. I would actually be surprised if they didn’t already have a tentative agreement with someone in place.