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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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A happy Scott family visits the Florida Gators

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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Porter impresses the Florida Gators coaching staff

Story written by Austin Reier

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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Florida Gators add another big defensive tackle in 2017

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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Previewing the Florida Gators 7-on-7 tournament

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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Florida Gators check the key boxes for Truesdell

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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Scott feeling like a Florida Gator

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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Rumph and Scott discuss LeBron James: Florida Gators recruiting

One of the biggest needs for the Florida Gators recruiting in 2017 is at defensive tackle, as the Gators didn’t one land in the class of 2016.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph has been working hard on instate defensive tackle Jordon Scott (6-1, 345, Largo, FL Pinellas Park) since Scott was offered last week.

On Monday their conversations didn’t have anything to do with spring football or the coaches coming by, but more on what’s happening on the hardwood.

“Coach Rumph and Coach Nuss [Doug Nussmeier] both came by for my spring game last week,” Scott said. “I talk to Coach...

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Recruiting: Gators pushing hard for 5-star Ohio State commit Shaun Wade

Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators waves to the crowd after the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators waves to the crowd after the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

We’re right in the middle of the offseason, but recruiting never stops.

Here’s some of the latest recruiting news involving the Gators:

* Although 2017 Jacksonville-Trinity Christian cornerback Shaun Wade is verbally committed to Ohio State, the Gators have not given up on the five-star prospect. New Florida defensive backs coach Torrian Gray is still in Wade’s ear. “He tells me that he wants me real bad,” Wade said to Gator Country. Wade said “Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, and a few other schools” are still in the mix.

* 2017 Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas QB Jake Allen, who is committed to Florida, hinted that the Gators have some recruiting surprises up there sleeves. “I think it’s coming together,” Allen said to 247Sports of the Gators’ 2017 class. “I think there are some things under cover that people don’t know about that coach Mac is cooking. But things are going great right now.” When pressed for details on what’s cooking, Allen didn’t give many. “Just a couple guys that are thinking,” he said.

* 2017 four-star Hun School (N.J.) DT Fred Hansard (6-3, 324) is being recruited hard by the Gators. “I talk to Florida almost every day,” Hansard said to Gator Country. “I would say I speak to every coach on the staff some. Me and Coach Mac text each other every other day, so I would say they are recruiting me hard.” The Gators need to sign a defensive tackle this recruiting cycle, as they didn’t sign one in 2016. “I talk to (defensive line coach Chris Rumph) a lot over the phone,” Hansard said to Gator Country. “He says that they need defensive linemen bad and that I would be a huge get for them. He says that he wants me pretty bad this year and that if I work hard there’s no doubt that I would play early at Florida.” Hansard hasn’t named a leader yet, but said Florida is “in a great place for me right now.”

* Gators defensive backs coach Torrian Gray attended Trinity Christian’s spring game last week to watch Ohio State CB commit Shaun Wade, 2018 CB Tyreke Johnson and 2018 S Chamarri Conner, according to SEC Country.

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Recruiting mailbag and Florida Gators diamond podcast

This GatorCountry podcast has a lot different things to offer Florida Gators fans as we take you recruiting questions, plus talk Florida diamond sports on this edition.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the Gators recruiting class, while answering your questions about certain positions and when the next commit will happen.

Andrew and Nick also talk about how the Gators softball team did in the Gainesville Regional, plus how the baseball team finished last weekend heading into the SEC tournament.

TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey,...

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Gators coaches checking out in-state spring games

Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (UAA Communications photo by Jay Metz)

Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (UAA Communications photo by Jay Metz)

A handful of Florida coaches were checking out some of the Gators’ top in-state targets Thursday night.

UF offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II were in Tampa for Florida commit Daquon Green (Tampa Bay Tech) and a pair of 2018 teammates from Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.), wide receiver Warren Thompson and running back Brian Snead.

Running backs coach Tim Skipper and secondary coach Torrian Gray attended Jacksonville Trinity Christian’s spring game to watch Ohio State cornerback commit Shaun Wade, 2018 cornerback Tyreke Johnson and 2018 safety Chamarri Conner, who earned an offer from Michigan on Tuesday.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph went to see defensive end Zachary Carter of Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Carter told SEC Country two weeks ago the Gators will be tough to beat. Earlier Thursday, Rumph was in Largo to visit Pinellas Park defensive tackle Jordon Scott.

Offensive line coach Mike Summers paid a visit Thursday to Pensacola offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, an Alabama commit.

UF in good shape with Hansard: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s no secret that the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017 needs to have multiple defensive tackles in it as the Gators are low on numbers at the position.

One of the top targets in the class at defensive tackle is Fred Hansard (6-3, 324, Princeton, NJ Hun School) and he received a visit from defensive line coach Chris Rumph and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray last week at his school.

“Coach Rumph and Coach Gray came by school on Thursday,” Hansard said. “I couldn’t really talk to them but it was good to see Coach Gray and Coach Rumph come by school to see...

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Vilain has high interest in UF: Florida Gators recruiting

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray has been one of the top coaches for the Florida Gators recruiting efforts since he arrived in February and he’s back in his old stomping grounds recruiting this week.

On Wednesday Gray visited defensive end Luiji Vilain (6-4, 240, Alexandria, VA Episcopal) with defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

“Coach Gray and Coach Rumph came by school yesterday [Wednesday],” Vilain said. “I couldn’t talk to them because of some kind of rule, but they went and talked to my coaches about me and stuff like that.”

While Vilain and Gray didn’t get to talk...

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Florida Gators DE target Carter is split between two schools

The first two weeks of the spring evaluation period the Florida Gators coaching staff spent most of its time focusing on the state of Florida and seeing as many high schools as they could.

During that time defensive line coach Chris Rumph paid a visit to see defensive end Zach Carter (6-4, 237, Tampa, FL Hillsborough) and he brought along defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to impress the defensive end.

“Coach Rumph visited two weeks ago at my school for my practice,” Carter said. “It went really well and he brought Coach Collins with him. I really felt like a priority since the...

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Florida one of many after Farrell: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s no secret that the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2017 must have several defensive tackle prospects in it to help feel a void on the roster that gets worse after this year.

Last Wednesday running backs coach Tim Skipper took a step in trying to fill that void when he visited defensive tackle Neil Farrell (6-4, 285, Mobile, AL Murphy) at his school.

“Coach Skipper came by my school on Wednesday,” Farrell said. “He couldn’t talk to me but he just wanted to see me in-person and then I called him that night. He’s a good coach and I liked him.”

Farrell is one of the...

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