The guys who held off enrollment until after high school graduation are now on campus and going through orientation early this week. Those 12 will begin classes at UF next Monday with the start of the Summer B semester. (A basketball sidenote here: All-America guard Bradley Beal posted on Twitter that he was given his UF dorm assignment Tuesday morning, so he’s all set to go as a Gator as well).
Here’s a brief look at the 12 “late” enrollees (all who have apparently qualified academically) and how they might have an impact in the fall:
*Jacoby Brissett: This talented QB was the last member of the signing class to come on board. He’ll start out at the bottom of the depth chart — but it’s not that deep (John Brantley, Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy).
*Jabari Gorman: The Gators are looking for help at safety, and this highly rated prospect will have a chance to possibly work his way into the playing rotation in August.
*Chris Johnson: He’ll try to jump into the mix at safety or cornerback, where the Gators must replace All-SEC performer Janoris Jenkins.
*Tommy Jordan: The Gators lack depth on the offensive line, but Jordan likely will need to redshirt to gain needed bulk and strength.
*Hunter Joyer: The No. 1 fullback in the nation will have a chance to make a contribution at a position of need — and a position of considerable importance in Charlie Weis’ offense.
*Louchiez Purifoy:He’s probably the fastest member of the class, and he’ll get an early look at cornerback.
*Marcus Roberson: Some say he’s the best overall prospect in this class. He could push for playing time early at cornerback.
*Valdez Showers: The high school player of the year in Michigan is expected to start out at cornerback, where the Gators lack proven depth. He’s talented enough to play several positions.
*Graham Stewart: Many are assuming that Stewart might need a year to adjust to the fast and physical SEC, but with the lack of depth at linebacker, he might have a chance to get right in the mix.
*Ja’Juan Story: The Gators came out of the spring still looking for playmakers at wide receiver, and Story is a highly rated prospect with excellent size and speed.
*Trip Thurman: He’s in the same situation as fellow offensive lineman Tommy Jordan. He needs to get bigger and stronger.
*Tevin Westbrook: With the lack of depth at defensive end, Westbrook could get into the mix early, although most believe he needs a redshirt year to develop physically.