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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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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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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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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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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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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Could sophomore Jachai Polite be the next great Florida Gators defensive tackle?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hometown: Hampton, VA.
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 CarterSchool: 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 GreenSchool: 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 CampbellSchool: 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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Last weekend the Florida Gators had a big piece of its 2017 recruiting class on campus for the first time, despite him already committing.
A smiling Jim McElwain met defensive tackle Jordon Scott (6-1, 345, Largo, FL Pinellas Park) and his family when they visited on Saturday.
“It was one of the best days of my life,” Scott said of the Florida visit. “It was an amazing time and I was one of the first people and athletes to be able to go in the new academic center. When I talked to Coach Mac he acted like he knew more than just as a football player, and when I first got there Coach...
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Hailing from the same high school as Gator signee, Lamical Perine, 2018 defensive tackle Timaje Porter was turning heads at the first camp the Florida Gators hosted this summer on Friday night.
Porter was measured by the Gator staff at six feet two inches tall and tipped the scales at 330 pounds. A miniature Vince Wilfork, if you will.
Porter dashed through the four-cone drill and dominated opposing offensive lineman on the hot Friday summer night in Gainesville during the camps offensive line/defensive drills.
After camp closed,...
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The Florida Gators picked up its seventh commitment of the class of 2017 on Thursday afternoon when JUCO defensive tackle Javier Edwards (6-3, 350, Brenham, TX Blinn College) announced his commitment to Florida.
Edwards, who didn’t pick up his offer from defensive line coach Chris Rumph until Thursday, committed to Florida on the spot and made head coach Jim McElwain a happy man.
“Coach Rumph actually offered me earlier today [Thursday],” Edwards said. “He asked me if I was ready to be a Gator and if I was willing to play. Just stuff like that and I told him yes and that’s when...
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The Florida Gators will get their summer camp circuit underway on Friday night when they host a 7-on-7 tournament in Gainesville. In addition to the 7-on-7 tournament the Gators will host a offensive line/defensive line camp on Friday night.
Last year the 7-on-7 tournament produced two commits and the Gators also had several of its commits on campus where the Florida coaching staff was able to evaluate them in person.
This year’s Friday night event is packed with a lot of good high school football teams from Florida and one from Georgia that will be competing in Gainesville. ...
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Last week the Florida Gators picked up a big defensive tackle when Jordon Scott committed to Florida, but the Gators are in the hunt for more bodies at the position.
One of the top targets at the position is defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell (6-3, 325, Augusta, GA Laney), who had two Gators assistant coaches come by his school this spring.
“Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Geoff] Collins both came by school twice this spring together,” Truesdell said. “It actually went real good, I ended up talking to them a lot through Twitter and everything. It really means a lot, it shows that...
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The Florida Gators picked up commitment number six on Wednesday night and it was a big one, both literally and figuratively.
Defensive tackle Jordon Scott (6-1, 345, Largo, FL Pinellas Park) committed to Florida on Wednesday night after talking to defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Scott fills a huge need in the recruiting class, as the Gators are in need of defensive tackles in the class of 2017 having not signing one in the class of 2016.
“This morning I had a talk with my coach and this whole time I knew Florida was for me, but I just had...
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