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Florida Gators a “perfect fit” for Upshaw

The Florida Gators picked up a new commit on Saturday when defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River) committed while on campus.

Upshaw picked up a Gators offer a few weeks ago and said he knew he wanted to commit because of several reasons.

“It was just a perfect fit for me,” Upshaw said on why he decided to commit on Saturday. “I like the coaching staff, the school is close to my house, has my major, great academics and they play in the SEC, so it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The defensive end told head coach Jim McElwain about his...

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Upshaw commits to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators received some good news for the second straight weekend when the coaching staff picked up another 2018 commitment.

Defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River) announced his commitment to Florida on Saturday while visiting the Gators for camp.

"I will be committing to the University of Florida," Upshaw said. " #ChompChomp

Upshaw picked up his offer from the Gators this spring after defensive line coach Chris Rumph visited him for a practice.

“Coach Rumph has been telling me that he just wanted to see me in-person,” Upshaw said of his...

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Gerald knows of playing time at UF: Florida Gators recruiting

One of the biggest positions of needs for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is finding a pass rushing defensive end.

On Monday the Gators went out and offered one of the top JUCO’s in 2018 when they offered defensive end Dorian Gerald (6-3, 225, Santa Clarita, CA. College of the Canyons) after a phone call with Florida.

“Coach [Drew] Hughes asked me to call him and then he offered when I called,” Gerald said of who offered him from Florida. “I was in class when he first DM’ed me and told me to give him a call. Me and Coach [Chris] Rumph have been in contact for a...

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An interested Fitzpatrick picks up Florida Gators offer

The tight end position is one of the positions that has struggled the most for the Florida Gators the last few years and that has led the staff to look for several prospects in this year’s class.

With one already committed, the Gators offered tight end John Fitzpatrick (6-6, 230, Atlanta, GA. Marist School) after visiting his school on Thursday.

“They offered me as a tight end today [Thursday],” Fitzpatrick said of Florida. “Coach [Greg] Nord came by my school and then later I talked to Coach [Chris] Rumph and he explained that they were really excited about me and wanted to...

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Briggs knows he’s a top guy for the Florida Gators recruiting class

If there’s one position that the Florida Gators recruiting class is lacking targets at it’s at the defensive line position, where the target number is a little smaller than other positions.

Last week, offensive line coach Brad Davis increased that number by one when he offered defensive lineman Dennis Briggs (6-4, 252, Kissimmee, FL. Gateway) after watching him in person.

“Coach Davis offered me last week,” Briggs said. “He didn’t speak with me when he offered, he actually spoke to my head coach. My head coach told me that they wanted to offer me and that I was high on their...

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Florida Gators’ staff staying in constant contact with Stills

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff has been very successful on the recruiting trail since arriving in Gainesville but there’s still a few holes on the roster that they’re trying to fill.

One of those is at defensive tackle and the Gators are recruiting Dante Stills (6-4, 265, Fairmont, WV. High) for that position in 2018.

“I’m hearing from them a lot,” Stills said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to them everyday and I usually talk to either Coach [JaJuan] Seider or to Coach [Chris] Rumph.”

Running backs coach JaJaun Seider is one of those...

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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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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.

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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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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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Rumph a personal favorite for Lamar and his family: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 had several big targets on campus two weeks ago when Florida hosted a junior day for spring practice.

A lot of the guys on campus were instate prospects and that included defensive end Malcolm Lamar (6-5, 250, Seffner, FL. Armwood) who got to see a lot of things during the visit.

“It was great,” Lamar said. ”I talked to Coach Mac, that’s always great then we walked around the facilities. My mom and my sister walked around the academic center and the dorms but I wasn’t able to see all of that because I got there a little late. We also...

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Jachai Polite Could be Florida Gators Next Great Lineman

Could sophomore Jachai Polite be the next great Florida Gators defensive tackle?

Yes. That’s it. Thanks for reading!

No, but seriously, he could.

The sophomore defensive tackle from Daytona Beach, Fla. came to the University of Florida has an unheralded, or rather under-reported on, recruit. A three-star out of Mainland High School, Polite committed in November of his senior year over schools like Southern California, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. He was expected to potentially contribute in a few years, but not earlier. He was expected to be a quicker than normal defensive tackle,...

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Gators think Antonneous Clayton is ready to “turn some heads”

Every morning that Antonneous Clayton wakes up he’s thinking about what has to be done that day. There are weights, class, film and practice and, of course, he has to eat.

Clayton arrived at Florida a heralded five-start prospect but at 215 pounds he wasn’t anywhere near where he needed to be to play defensive line in the Southeastern Conference.

“I wasn’t that SEC body that I wanted to have,” he said Monday. “I was highly ranked but when I got here those stars didn’t mean nothing. I still had a huge learning curve.”

Clayton was a star lineman for Dooley County High...

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Waggoner picks up a spring break offer: Florida Gators recruiting

A lot of schools around the country are on spring break, which gives more prospects on the Florida Gators recruiting board the chance to see the Gators go through spring practice.

On Saturday, defensive end John Waggoner (6-5, 230, West Des Moines, IA. Dowling Catholic) took advantage of that and visited the Gators.

“It was good,” Waggoner said. “We first toured all of the facilities and looked at the academic center which is really nice. Then we went to watch practice, which was very competitive. After that, I spoke with Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain and that...

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UF helps itself with Sherwood on Thursday: Florida Gators recruiting

On Thursday, a big target for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 visited campus to see the Gators spring practice.

Safety Jamien Sherwood (6-2, 195, Jensen Beach, FL. High) visited Florida with his coach and got to see a lot of what Florida has to offer.

“It was great, I enjoyed every part of it,” Sherwood said. “When I first got there we went inside the stadium and then met Coach JaJuan [Seider], Coach Kerry [Dixon], Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain. Then they took us on a tour and we saw the facilities, the classrooms, and the tutoring...

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Dean has a special connection to the Florida Gators

Two weekends ago Gainesville was filled with several prospects from the state of Georgia who visited the Florida Gators on their way to a 7-on-7 tournament in Orlando.

Safety Trey Dean (6-2, 180, Hampton, GA. Dutchtown) was one of those guys in town and he had a chance to catch up with everyone.

“It went good,” Dean said of his visit to Florida two weeks ago. “I was able to meet the new defensive backs coach and was able to talk with the other coaches. We got to see the campus and the facilities they’re building. I like what they’re trying to do.”

This was the first time...

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Taylor has a “successful” visit to the Florida Gators

Several 7-on-7 teams stopped by Gainesville on Friday to let their players visit and meet with the Florida Gators coaching staff on their way to Orlando for a big tournament.

One of those teams was a team out of Tennessee, which meant Tennessee athlete commit Alontae Taylor (6-0, 182, Manchester, TN. Coffee County Central) got to visit Florida.

“It went great, real great time,” Taylor said of his visit to Florida. “We got to meet all of the coaches, tour the facilities and try on the jerseys. After that, we got to talk to all of the coaches.”

This was the first time for Taylor...

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Elijah Conliffe: Florida Gators Class of 2017 signee

Elijah Conliffe

School:  Hampton

Hometown: Hampton, VA.

Height: 6-4

Weight: 305

Position: defensive tackle

Rivals Ranking: 4-star

Recruited by:  Chris Rumph

Notable: Conliffe didn’t have a lot of offers heading into his junior year but after gaining weight he quickly picked up double digit offers. Conliffe is now considered one of the top defensive tackles in the...

Zach Carter: Florida Gators Class of 2017 signee

Zach Carter

School: Hillsborough Hometown: Tampa, FL Height: 6’4 Weight:237 Position: Defensive End Rivals Ranking: 4-Star Recruited by: Chris Rumph Notable: Carter has been one of the Gators longest and most vocal commits of the 2017. As a member of Swamp 17, Carter brings to the table an edge rushing ability that may put him in position for early playing time for the Gators. Carter recorded 9.5 sacks his senior year and averaged over seven sacks a game in his career at Hillsborough High School. Quotable: “I am shutting it down,” said...

Daquon Green: Florida Gators Class of 2017 signee

Daquon Green

School: Tampa Bay Tech Hometown: Tampa, FL Height: 6’1 Weight: 192 Position: Wide Receiver Rivals Ranking: 4-star Recruited by: Chris Rumph, Kerry Dixon Notable: The Gator’s historic run of landing big time players from Tampa continued when Daquon Green committed. Green has been solid to Florida ever since he committed on July 24th, 2015. Green really shined in a 7 on 7 tournament in Gainesville in front of the Gator coaches. Green had over 2,200 yards receiving in his senior season and was the only Gator commit at the Under Armour...

Kyree Campbell: Florida Gators Class of 2017 signee

Kyree Campbell

School: Wyoming Seminary Prep School Hometown: Woodbridge, VA Height: 6’5 Weight: 295 Position: Defensive Tackle Rivals Ranking: 4-star Recruited by: Chris Rumph Notable: Campbell is an early enrollee for the University of Florida and looks to make an early impact on the field at defensive tackle. Campbell was the 13th commitment to the 2017 class and his decision came by way of a prep school in Wyoming. In high school, Campbell dominated in the state of Virginia. Quotable: ““Florida is just a great school. I’ve never been...

Conliffe commits to the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class picked up its fourth commitment in the last four days on Tuesday afternoon.

Defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe (6-4, 305, Hampton, VA. High) committed to Florida over Tennessee, Penn State and Louisville at his school this afternoon.

"Swamp17," Conliffe said.

Conliffe officially visited the Gators two weekends ago with his mother and following that visit Florida has seemed like the pick.

Since this was the only visit to Florida, the Gators had to work fast on Conliffe and his mom and the coaches’ staff answered all of his mom’s...

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Wyatt down to three, decision coming soon- Florida Gators recruiting

Defensive tackles have been a main focus for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017 as the Gators need to add depth at the position.

Over the weekend the Gators hosted Georgia defensive tackle commit Devonte Wyatt (6-4, 300, Decatur, GA. Towers) on a visit and his coach who spoke about the defensive tackles visit to Gainesville joined him and his family.

"He [Wyatt] had a good visit with Florida," Coach Montgomery said. "The parents really liked it so it just made things that much more interesting. He is probably a lot more confused to have such great options before him. He isn't...

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Gaddy’s have a decision to make: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class currently has one defensive tackle in it but the coaching staff is hoping to add more before signing day on Wednesday.

This weekend the Gators coaching staff hosted Maryland defensive tackle commits Breyon (6-5, 335, Virginia Beach, VA. Bishop Sullivan Catholic) and Brandon Gaddy (6-5, 289) on an official visit that they called a good one.

“I liked meeting the players and seeing how they reacted to new people coming in,” Breyon Gaddy said. “Just being part of their family was special.”

Twin brother Brandon Gaddy had the same feelings about...

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Florida Gators improve chances with Ray after visit

The Florida Gators hosted a dozen official visitors this weekend for the last official visit weekend of the 2017 cycle.

One of those official visitors was defensive end LaBryan Ray (6-4, 260, Madison, AL. James Clemens) who says the visit was a successful one.

“The visit was great,” Ray said of his official visit. “Me and my family had a great time. I’m not going to lie; I enjoyed myself down there this weekend. We all enjoyed it down there.”

Ray was joined in town by many family members and the defensive end says the family liked the visit as well.

“It was good because...

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Conliffe and his mother like the Florida Gators recruiting pitch

The biggest need in the Florida Gators recruiting class down the stretch is defensive tackles and the Gators have several targets remaining on the board at the position.

One of those targets is defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe (6-4, 305, Hampton, VA. High) who took his official visit to Florida this weekend.

“It was good, it was a really good time,” Conliffe said of his Florida visit. “I got to hang around some of the players, some of the coaches and see all of the facilities. I had the chance to talk with all of the coaches.”

While on the official visit, Conliffe was hosted...

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Florida Gators pull even with Maryland for the Gaddy twins

The Florida Gators have had four coaches in the Virginia area this week recruiting several different prospects and that included head coach Jim McElwain who was in town on Wednesday.

One of the stops that McElwain made was to see Maryland defensive tackle Breyon Gaddy (6-5, 335, Virginia Beach, VA. Bishop Sullivan) and his twin Brandon Gaddy at their school.

“Coach [Chris] Rumph, Coach [Torrian] Gray and the head coach all came by,” Breyon Gaddy said. “They just came by my school because my mom just had surgery so she doesn’t really want people over right now. It went good though...

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Spence gets and likes the full Florida Gators recruiting pitch

The Florida Gators recruiting visitors list was loaded with star power this weekend but only one of the seven visitors was lineman.

That lineman was Maryland defensive tackle commit Cam Spence (6-3, 315, Washington D.C, St. John’s College) who enjoyed seeing everything the Gators had to offer including his future major.

“The visit was good, I enjoyed it and my parents enjoyed it a lot,” Spence said of his official visit to Florida. “I really liked the academic side of it, the football side is great. The academic side of it had the sports broadcasting which I want to major in and...

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Sorrells gets emotional as a Florida Gators commit

The Florida Gators recruiting class picked up a commitment on Saturday morning and it came from a 2019 prospect that camped for his offer.

2019 defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells (6-3, 240, Largo, FL High) arrived in Gainesville for camp without an offer, but that changed when head coach Jim McElwain gave him good news.

“I was on campus for camp on Friday and later that night Coach McElwain offered me,” Sorrells said on when he picked up his offer. “Before the camp he basically was just letting me know that he was glad to see me and basically that he wanted to see me compete. After...

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