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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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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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Florida Gators could benefit from SEC rule change

The head coach of the Florida Gators football team is under a microscope. Jim McElwain knew that to be the case when he accepted the head-coaching job, he probably didn’t know, however, how deficient his roster of players would be in terms of depth.

In their first spring camp McElwain and his staff had to piece together an offensive line with barely enough scholarship offensive linemen to even have one full unit. McElwain turned then to the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule to help fill a need. The Gators also brought in Austin Appleby during McElwain’s second season, another graduate...

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Jim Mcelwain addresses potential SEC graduate transfer rule change

On Monday Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey met with reporters in Birmingham Alabama. On the agenda was discussing the SEC’s graduate transfer rule, one that could greatly impact the Florida Gators this fall.

The SEC holds itself to a different standard than NCAA regulations. The league mandates that any graduate transfer hit certain benchmarks once they arrive at a new school that show the student-athlete is working towards the graduate degree that allowed them another immediate year of eligibility at another school. If a school has a player that fails to meet those...

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Florida Gators baseball: “It was good to see a smile on his face again”

The Florida Gators baseball season is past the halfway point. It may seem like it’s flown by but for a struggling hitter watching fly balls turn into cans of corn, ground balls turn into double plays and his draft stock plummet like the Dow Jones in 2008, it can seem like purgatory.

JJ Schwarz entered what was surely to be his final season in Gainesville ready to make a splash. Everybody remembers the freshman that hit .332 with an incredible 18 home runs. Schwarz helped lead that Gators team to the College World Series that year and his “ceiling” seemed far to0 high to be seen or...

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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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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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Caleb Brantley charged with battery after altercation in Gainesville

Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been charged with a misdemeanor battery charge after an altercation that occurred on April 13.

Alachua County Court records originally show that Brantley and the alleged victim were in a verbal altercation due to “crude comments” Brantley allegedly made. The report states that the alleged victim shoved Brantley and he responded by “striking the victim in the face knocking her unconscious.”

Brantley’s initial claim was that he was struck in the face first and responded in self-defense. The report has two eyewitnesses...

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Florida Gators take series in grand fashion

It was déjà vu all over again on Saturday afternoon.

The Gators loaded the bases with nobody out on Friday night but couldn’t push a run across the plate. Trailing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon the Gators loaded the bases with no outs again. Florida had managed just one run, on a ground ball double play, with bases loaded and no outs in the second inning on Saturday as well.

JJ Schwarz walked up to the plate. The Gators were hitting just 2-21 (.095) and one RBI with runners in scoring position. Schwarz was just 2-8 on the weekend himself.

“We’ve been struggling with the bases...

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Gamecocks even series with 4-2 win over Florida Gators

Carlos Cortes uncorked a Brady Singer 94-mph fastball high towards the foul pole in right field. Cortes celebrated with a bat flip as the first base umpire singled a home run, but Kevin O’Sullivan was already off of his perch on the top step of the dugout to contest the call.

Cortes’ home run carried over the foul pole in right field and the two-run blast stood after an instant replay check. It was the first home run Singer had given up in his career (108.1 innings) and led the way to a 4-2 South Carolina win Friday night, evening the series.

“They called it fair so it’s fair,”...

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Alex Faedo’s dominance leads Florida Gators past South Carolina

Major League scouts are easy to pick out at ballparks. A baseball cap, lightweight golf polo and a jacket thrown over the top of their bag, which holds a radar gun, stop watch, IPad and notebooks. They were especially easy to spot on Thursday night as more than 20 gathered for what promised to be a premium pitching matchup between Florida’s Alex Faedo and South Carolina’s Clarke Schmidt.

The two juniors, both projected to be early selections in the 2017 MLB Draft, didn’t disappoint the scouts that came to see them, matching zeros for most of the night, but it was Faedo that outlasted...

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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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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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Devin Robinson declares for NBA Draft

Devin Robinson announced his decision to forgo his senior season with the Florida Gators basketball team via a message posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts Friday.

Thank you Gator Nation for all of your support! I will forever and always be a Gator! 🐊 pic.twitter.com/Kc6FNDXiAo

— Devin Robinson (@drobbb3) April 14, 2017
"This decision was not easy for me; in fact, it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever faced," Robinson wrote. "I will be leaving a...

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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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Florida Gators comeback to beat Vanderbilt with five-run ninth

The No. 12 Florida Gators looked snakebitten on Thursday night in Nashville. The Gators committed three errors, spotting Vanderbilt early runs, Alex Faedo wasn’t sharp and they stranded 13 base runners. Dalton Guthrie, representing the tying run in the eight inning was tagged out at home after a passed ball in the eighth inning took a fortunate bounce for Vanderbilt, allowing Jason delay to get the ball and beat Guthrie back to the plate.

It looked like it wouldn’t be their night until a five-run, five hit ninth inning explosion that pushed Florida (23-11, 7-6 SEC) past Vanderbilt...

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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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Florida Gators quarterback to have surgery

Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus, sources told Gator Country.

Trask is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after surgery, but should be back in time for the start of fall camp. Trask injured the knee late in spring camp, approximately two weeks ago, and played the Orange and Blue Debut last Friday with the injured knee.

Trask has been battling fellow redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks for the starting quarterback job. The two split reps throughout spring camp before Franks started to receive more of the first team...

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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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Florida Gators sweep season series over FSU

A six-run fourth inning propelled the No. 12 Florida Gators past the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. The Gators swept the three-game season series over FSU with a 10-7 win.

Florida got off to a shaky start. FSU shortstop Taylor Walls led the game off with a solo home run to right field, the first leadoff home run for a Seminole players since 2012. Freshman starter Tyler Dyson walked the next batter before recording two outs but gave up the second run of the game when Drew Mendoza doubled home Tyler Daughtry, who walked earlier.

After going down in order on...

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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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Miller report: Hope springs eternal for Florida Gators

Spring practice is over and the long summer wait for football begins. As great as it is to get a glimpse of the future in the spring game, it also heralds the end of football for months. The Gator Nation anxiously awaited this year’s Orange and Blue Debut mostly to see how the young quarterbacks have developed. We last saw Felipe Franks and Kyle Trask in action a year ago in the 2016 spring game.

I think it was clear that Felipe Franks is in the lead at this point in the quarterback battle. That was obvious when Franks got the luxury of playing with the number one offense. He made the...

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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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Johnson likes the Florida Gators’ DB success

Trinity Christian in Jacksonville seems to have a big named prospect year after year and the same is true this year.

Cornerback Tyreke Johnson (6-1, 191, Jacksonville, FL. Trinity Christian) is that guy this year and on Friday he visited the Florida Gators for the spring game.

“I loved it. I loved what I saw from their defense,” Johnson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “It seems like they want the long corners inside the dude’s face and to challenge the receivers at the line is something very exciting, and I also like how the defense was flying around, hitting people. I...

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Florida Gators defense continues to reload

After losing eight defensive starters from the 2016 team, the Florida Gators defense was expected to take a step back this year. The spring game gave a reason for optimism that it won’t be too big of a step.

There may not be as many established names on defense going into the season, but the Gators are looking to change that. Several guys made their names known on Friday night.

While Florida is known for hanging its hat on defensive backs, the linebackers and defensive linemen were the ones who stood out.

Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone have moved on and sophomore standout David...

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