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Davis impressed by DBU and Florida Gators offer

The Florida Gators coaching staff has been busy both on the field and off the field this week as the offers have been going out in bunches this week.

On Wednesday, Gators defensive backs coach Corey Bell offered 2019 defensive back Jaden Davis (5-11, 165, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) after seeing him at his school.

“Coach Bell offered me,” Davis said. “He was not able to talk to me because I’m a 2019 guy but I was relayed the message by Coach [Roger] Harriott] today after he left the school.”

This is the 17th offer for Davis but the defensive back admits that...

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Two gymnasts join Florida Gators gymnastics team in 2018

Special on Florida Gators gymnastics team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Two gymnasts - Jazmyn Foberg and Nicole Webb - will join the University of Florida team for the 2018 season, Florida Head Coach Jenny Rowland announced today.

Foberg is an International Elite competitor and twice was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. She trained alongside 2016 U.S. Olympian Laurie Hernandez at MG Elite. An ankle injury slowed Foberg in 2016, but she was part of the first U.S. Senior training camp in 2017.

Webb trains at the same gym that produced Gator All-American Rachel Slocum. She took third on...

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Ojulari excited to receive a UF offer: Florida Gators recruiting

There are well over 100 offers out for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 but as the coaches visit schools this spring that number will increase some as more prospects are evaluated.

On Monday, defensive end Azeez Ojulari (6-4, 224, Marietta, GA. High) was a prospect that received an offer from defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

“Coach Rumph,” Ojulari said of which coach offered him. “They said that they really liked my film and how I play the game. They said they need to get me on campus soon.”

Ojulari has double-digit offers already but he admits that receiving an...

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Sandidge has “really high” interest in the Florida Gators

On Saturday, the Florida Gators hosted a rare visitor these days as most prospects are done with visits until after the spring is over with but it was a big visit for Florida.

Defensive tackle Rick Sandidge (6-5, 273, Concord, NC. High) was on campus this weekend with his family and it was a good time for his family.

“The visit was pretty good, I liked it a lot,” Sandidge said of Saturday’s visit. “Well not good, it was actually great. I had a great time seeing the campus. They were talking to me about the weight room and how they were getting that built up just for the football...

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Previewing the NFL Draft for Florida Gators’ players: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview the NFL for the Florida Gators prospect this coming week.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about all the Gators prospects and who could be the first off the board for Florida this year.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest in recruiting, plus the latest with Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:         What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, a little bit of a break for us, but we’re back and it’s officially draft week. About...

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Florida sits on top for Tillman after offered: Florida Gators recruiting

Last week was a big week for the Florida Gators recruiting classes as the coaches were able to get out on the road and see prospects during the evaluation period.

While out on the road the Gators offered 2019 safety Marcus Tillman Jr. (6-3, 203, Orlando, FL. Jones) after receivers coach Kerry Dixon visited his school.

“Coach Dixon,” Tillman said of the coach who offered him. “He talked to my coach and said that they liked my film and I was good at making open space tackles. He said that I’m quick and he loves my athleticism. That I’m also a big safety at 6’3, 203.”

This...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball team’s 4-0 week

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished another perfect 4-0 week.. In this recap we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators started the week off by defeating UCF at home and then finished the week by sweeping Ole Miss. The Gators allowed just one run in four games this week.

Florida is now 44-3 on the year and will not play a midweek game before heading to Tennessee this weekend.

Results

Florida defeated UCF 9-1- winning pitcher Aleshia...

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Florida Gators softball sweeps away Ole Miss

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 1-ranked Florida shut out No. 18 Ole Miss for the third consecutive game in a 5-0 decision to complete the series sweep at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. It’s the first time the Gators have shut out the Rebels in a three game series since the 2009 season.

Florida (44-3, 18-2 SEC) returned with sophomore Kelly Barnhill (20-0) in the circle in the final game and she hurled five innings before being relieved by junior standout Aleshia Ocasio for the final two innings of play. Barnhill...

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Behind Gourley’s shutout, Florida Gators softball wins again

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior pitcher Delanie Gourley hurled a two-hit shutout to help propel the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators to a 3-0 victory over No. 18 Ole Miss (31-14, 6-10 SEC) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The win clinched the program’s 11th-straight SEC series victory.

The Gators wore accents of yellow in their uniform in support of those battling with pediatric cancer.

Gourley was strong in the circle for the duration of the contest, as she didn’t allow a base runner until the third inning on a strikeout wild pitch to...

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Florida Gators lacrosse clinches a share of the Big East

Special report on Florida Gators lacrosse

Philadelphia - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (14-2, 8-0) defeated the Temple Owls (13-3, 6-2) on Saturday, 15-5. The loss was Temple's first home loss of the season.

With the win over the Owls, Florida has won at least a share of the BIG EAST regular season title for the third year in a row. The Gators will face Georgetown on April 29 for the outright conference championship, as well as the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.

The Gators suffocated Temple on the defensive end of the field, limiting the Owls to just 12 shot...

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Florida Gators softball series preview for Ole Miss series

The No. 1 ranked Florida Gators softball team went 3-1 last week and knocked off Central Florida on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 41-3 record into a big SEC weekend series against no. 20 ranked Ole Miss starting on Friday.

This weekend the Gators will look to extend their SEC lead that is just one game over Texas A&M right now.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 8 teams ranked in the top 25 with Arkansas just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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Florida Gators softball run rules UCF at home

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball team dispatched in-state foe UCF 9-1 in six innings at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators tallied four doubles in the effort, which ties the season-high for the third time this year.

Junior Aleshia Ocasio anchored the Gators from the circle to earn her eighth win of the season. Ocasio threw just 60 pitches, struck out five and faced 18 batters en route to the victory.

For the 10th time this season, the Gators (41-3) racked up 10-plus hits against an opponent. The...

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Amari Burney focused on two schools heading into his decision

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier much like the rest of the Florida Gators coaching staff hit the road on Tuesday for the first time this spring and he was in the Clearwater area visiting players.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) was one of the guys that got a visit from Nussmeier on Tuesday.

“Coach Nussmeier came by to see me,” Burney said. “It went good, he can’t talk to me but he talked to my coach. He was telling my coach that I’m a big factor for them and they need me.”

Burney felt a lot pride on Tuesday in knowing that the Gators...

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Seider recruiting an Alabama RB commit hard for the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators picked up a running back last Thursday but they still have several big options on the board to fill the second spot in the class.

One of those options is Alabama running back Dameon Pierce (5-11, 205, Bainbridge, GA. High) who says running backs coach JaJuan Seider is recruiting him hard.

“Yeah, we’re still having communication with each other, talking every day,” Pierce said of Florida. “We’re still building that relationship with each other. Hands down Coach Seider is the one I talk to the most.”

Seider is a name mentioned by almost every recruit on...

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Florida Gators women’s basketball completes coaching staff

Special report on the Florida Gators women's basketball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Kelly Rae Finley, Laura Harper and John McCray have joined the Gator program as assistant coaches, new University of Florida head coach Cameron Newbauer announced today.

Additionally, Scott Schmelzer will be Florida's video coordinator, Serena Wilson continues her role as the director of basketball operations and Lani McQuade remains as the Executive Assistant and ever-present sunshine for the group.

"First and foremost, we want to have the right people around our players, the right people around our...

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Campbell calls Gators coaches “the coolest Florida Gators recruiting

Tuesday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting efforts as the coaching staff went out on the road for the first time for the evaluation period.

One of the first visits made on Tuesday was to see offensive lineman John Campbell (6-5, 284, Orlando, FL. Dr. Phillips) and he received a visit from two Gators coaches.

Offensive line coach Brad Davis was one of those seeing Campbell and it was his first trip as a Gators coach on the road.

“Coach [Kerry] Dixon and Coach Davis was both there,” Campbell said of the Gators visiting him. “It went great with them, they told my coach...

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Fields intrigued by the Florida Gators need for a QB

The quarterback position is the most important player on the field and most of the time is the alpha male in the recruiting class and the Florida Gators are looking for their guy in 2018.

The coaching staff has several options on the board including Penn State quarterback commit Justin Fields (6-3, 221, Kennesaw, GA. Harrison) who has picked up several big offers lately including ones from Florida and Florida State.

“It’s definitely humbling getting offers from both of those prestigious schools,” Field said of his latest offers from Florida and FSU. “They’ve been pretty big...

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Recruiting territories for the Florida Gators coaching staff

The evaluation period is officially open for schools so they can now send coaches out to evaluate prospects at their schools. Coaches are able to visit each school twice during the evaluation period that runs through May 31st.

This is a big time for all coaches including the Florida Gators who have three new coaches on staff that will get on the road for the first as Gators.

With three new coaches, head coach Jim McElwain and director of player personnel Drew Hughes had to redesign the recruiting areas for each coach.

GatorCountry.com takes a look at the areas that each coach will...

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Jeffries calls his Florida Gators offer “a great deal”

It’s a holiday weekend but that didn’t stop the Florida Gators from hosting a pair of visitors on campus on Saturday afternoon.

One of those visitors was defensive tackle Darnell Jeffries (6-4, 271, Covington, GA. Newton) who enjoyed his first visit to Gainesville.

“It was a really nice visit,” Jeffries said of Saturday’s visit. “It’s a beautiful campus and everyone was glad to see me there. The visit was really about meeting with the defensive coaches and watching film. They were letting me know where I fit in the overall defensive plan.”

While on the visit defensive...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball series against Kentucky

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the week with a 3-1 record. In this recap we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators started the week off by defeating top ranked Florida State and then finished the week in Lexington, Kentucky. The Gators went 2-1 in the series and lost for just the third time this year.

Florida is now 40-3 on the year and head home for the next four games including a weekend SEC series.

Results

Florida defeated #1 FSU...

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Florida Gators softball wins behind Barnhill’s no-hitter

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill (18-0) fueled the Florida softball team to its sixth-straight conference series win with her second career no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over No. 21 Kentucky at John Cropp Field. Barnhill struck out 15 Wildcats for the second time this series and issued one walk to Sarah Rainwater in the sixth.

This is first individual no-hitter of the season and second overall as Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio combined for one against South Carolina March 19. Gourley also...

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Florida Gators lacrosse cruises past Butler

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

Indianapolis, Ind. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (13-2, 7-0) won a 22-2 decision over the Butler Bulldogs (1-14, 0-7) on Saturday afternoon, in the first meeting between the two schools.

Florida dominated Butler in all facets of the game: Outshooting the Bulldogs 43-12, winning a 19-7 edge in the draw circle, and forcing 18 turnovers. The 22 goals scored by the Gators tied a season-high, and the 20-goal victory was the largest margin of the season.

14 different Gators scored a goal, led by a trio of hat tricks...

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Ezzard looking forward to visiting UF: Florida Gators recruiting

STOCKBRIDGE, GA.- The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 has already landed two receivers for the class but that isn’t the stopping the coaching staff from looking for more playmakers for the class.

On Wednesday, GatorCountry.com visited with one of the Gators big receiver targets that’s left on the board and he’s a big physical player that has offers from just about everyone in the country.

That prospect is receiver Marquez Ezzard (6-2, 213, Stockbridge, GA. High) who has seen his recruitment blow up over the last few months.

“A few schools have been recruiting me...

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Clement commits to the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its sixth member on Thursday when the coaching staff added a big time running back.

Running back Iverson Clement (6-0, 190, Mount Holly, NJ. Rancocas Valley) announced his commitment to Florida on Thursday.

"I'm blessed to be in this situation but with that being said, I'm 100 percent committed to the University of Florida," Clement tweeted

Clement is the first running back to commit to the class as Gators running backs coach JaJuan Seider is looking to take two backs this year.

The New Jersey native visited Florida this spring...

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Williams likes the Florida Gators coaching staff

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA.- The Florida Gators are looking for that alpha male to lead the 2018 class and that person is often the quarterback, which the Gators are still looking for in this year’s class.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and head coach Jim McElwain have offered several quarterbacks so far but most of them are committed to other schools which means the Gators are going for the flip and they have a chance with a few of those guys.

One of those guys that Florida is after is Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams (6-3, 205, Lawrenceville, GA. Central Gwinnett) who took a...

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Kvistad pushes Florida Gators softball past FSU

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown was truly a showdown as No. 3 Florida walked-off to defeat No. 1 Florida State. Kayli Kvistad drove home Justine McLean for the most important and only run of the contest. The top of the seventh started with McLean as she reached  with a one-handed bunt single, her first of the year, to start the inning and two batters later was plated via Kvistad’s RBI single to right field.

The Gators (38-2) answered the bell against another Top 25 opponent,...

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Martin looking hard at two schools: Florida Gators recruiting

DECATUR, AL.- The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 has picked up steam over the last few weeks and they did that by getting a lot of prospects on campus this spring.

On Tuesday, GatorCountry visited with one of those prospects that visited Florida this spring in running back Asa Martin (5-11, 195, Decatur, Al. Austin) who recapped his trip to Gainesville.

“The visit, it was pretty amazing. I loved everything about it,” Martin said of his visit to Florida last month. “The campus, the facilities, all that, the coaches, the players, I got to hang out with them...

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Q&A with Florida Gators RB target Asa Martin

DECATUR, AL.- While GatorCountry was in Decatur, Alabama talking with Florida Gators running back target Asa Martin (5-11, 195, Decatur, AL. Austin), we took your questions and let the running back answer them.

Several GatorCountry members had good questions for Martin and he answers them below in our exclusive question and answer.

AS: What is the funniest recruiting pitch you’ve heard from a college coach?

Martin: “Funniest was probably a coach saying ‘I’m not gonna let this other coach out-recruit me’. That’s probably...

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Banks not receiving pressure to join Florida Gators program

Defensive back Sevyn Banks (6-1, 180, Orlando, FL. Jones) visited the Florida Gators on Friday for the spring game and he accomplished two things at once while visiting.

Banks is the younger brother of current Gators safety Marcell Harris but he’s also a big time prospect so he was able to visit a potential school for a visit, plus see his family.

This was the third visit to Florida this spring, but Banks was able to see a few different things on Friday.

"It was a good visit, I saw a lot of different faces,” Banks said of his visit to Florida on Friday. “I had seen the same...

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Recapping the Florida Gators spring game: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators spring game that took place on Friday night in the Swamp.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what they liked in the game, plus what they were able learn about the position battles during the games.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest recruiting news as the Gators picked up four commits over the weekend, plus talk about the diamond sports.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, the...

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