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Opinion: Jim McElwain Corralling Recruiting Hegemony

Have the Florida Gators ever had a better pre-season recruiting week(end) that was as good as this past Friday Night Lights?

In short answer, no.

And, equally, if not more important, Jim McElwain had his best recruiting weekend in his career and, coupled with his National Signing Day finish, is starting to stake his claim in SEC and National recruiting hegemony.

For the past three years, Jim McElwain and his staff have been criticized (mostly unfairly) for being weak on the recruiting trail. Their respective class rankings of 22nd (2015), 12th (2016) and 9th (2017) are below the...

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Chase felt the Florida Gators was the right decision

The Florida Gators continued their big momentum on Sunday when receiver Ja’Marr Chase (6-1, 195, Metairie, LA. Archbishop Rummel) committed to Florida.

Chase was on campus over the weekend and participated in Friday Night Lights in Gainesville and he says the feel he got there made him decide to commit.

“I feel like that was the right decision for me,” Chase said on why he committed. “I felt comfortable with that decision and just felt like Florida was home.”

Linebackers coach Tim Skipper was the main recruiter for Chase and the receiver gives a lot of credit to him for...

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Spivey Senses: Florida Gators insider recruiting report

GatorCountry brings you another edition of  Spivey Senses as we give you the Florida Gators insider recruiting report after quarterback Matt Corral committed to Florida.

Andrew Spivey brings you the behind the scenes notes on how Florida got Corral, plus who could be next to commit to Florida.

This edition is jammed pack as Jim McElwain finally has his quarterback and prospects are now looking hard at Florida.

Here's what you can find in this edition.

How was Florida able to land Matt Corral?
What went into Ja'Marr Chase committing to Florida?
Who could be the next guy to...

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Pierce loves the passion of Florida Gators coaching staff

The Florida Gators are searching for a second running back to join commit Iverson Clement in the 2018 class. Right now, Dameon Pierce (5-11, 205, Bainbridge, Ga., Bainbridge) is priority number one.

“They say I’m perfect,” said Pierce. “I’m the guy they want.”

The No. 9 running back in the nation visited Florida for the second time this weekend for Friday Night Lights, and while he didn’t compete in the camp, he got just what he wanted out of his visit—more time with running backs coach JuJuan Seider.

“It wasn’t different at all,” he said. “You know, same old...

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Florida Gators recruiting podcast recapping FNL and more

GatorCountry.com brings you a new podcast as we recap the biggest Florida Gators recruiting event of the summer as the Swamp hosted Friday Night Lights on Friday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the big commitment from quarterback Matt Corral, plus the momentum that comes along with him committing.

Andrew and Nick also break down how big of an event FNL was for the Gators and how the Gators have changed the event of the last few days.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, I thought it was...

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Chase joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

The recruiting momentum after FNL continues as 2018 wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has committed to the Florida Gators. The commitment comes after spending the weekend in Gainesville for FNL. The commitment from Chase adds another offensive weapon to the Gators 2018 class.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La, was down to Florida, LSU, and TCU. The experience at FNL and the commitment of Matt Corral look to have been the deciding factors.

Chase told GatorCountry.com on Friday that he was liking Florida a lot so he wanted the opportunity to...

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Florida Gators recruiting class reacts to Corral news

The Florida Gators coaching staff, fan base and really pretty much in the Gator Nation was excited and well pumped up on Saturday night after a great recruiting weekend.

Well that and the news that big time quarterback Matt Corral had committed to Florida during his three-day visit to Gainesville.

GatorCountry.com ran a Twitter reaction on Saturday night but now we talked to several current Gators commits in the 2018 and 2019 class to get their reaction on the big news.

The reaction is overwhelming positive as you would expect as the class finally has their signal...

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Matt Corral picks the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have their quarterback for the 2018 recruiting class. Five star quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach Poly, CA) committed to Florida a day after visiting campus for Friday Night Lights.

This is just the beginning...#AllBite18 pic.twitter.com/g9VnM3fQ46

— M A T T Y I C E™ (@corral_matt) July 22, 2017

Corral was previously committed to Southern Cal. He pulled the trigger for the...

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Spivey Senses: Florida Gators recruiting notes post FNL

GatorCountry was live at Friday Night Lights for the biggest Florida Gators recruiting event of the year and a lot of big time players attended the event.

The Gators had two big time quarterbacks on campus for the event and one of those guys competed at the event.

GatorCountry brings you a new edition of our Spivey Senses insider report as we bring you the latest buzz surrounding the 2018 class.

Here's some things you will learn in this article

-How the quarterback is shaking out for the Gators right now.

-Which running back really stood out during the Friday Night Lights...

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Justin Fields works out and updates recruitment at Friday Night Lights

Justin Fields tweeted he was in Gainesville and the buzz started growing. A crowd started to gather around the northwest corner of the Florida Gators indoor practice facility on Friday Night as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback made his entrance to Friday Night Lights.

Fields owns offers from just about every Division I program in the country and his reputation precedes him. He didn’t need to work out, but the five-star quarterback from Kennesaw, Georgia couldn’t imagine coming and just watching from the sideline.

“It’s just the competitive nature in me. I just like to compete. I...

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Lang joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its third commitment of the week on Friday when tight end Dante Lang (6-5, 220, Boca Raton, FL. High) committed to the Gators.

The tight end impressed coaches this spring when he made the move from defensive end to tight end and performed well.

Lang also worked out in front of the Gators coaching staff on Friday night and the staff seen enough that they were ready to take a pledge from the tight end.

This spring, Lang picked up an offer from Florida after running backs coach JaJuan Seider watched him in practice.

“They said...

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Pitts joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its second commitment of the week on Thursday when tight end Kyle Pitts (6-5, 235, Warminster, PA. Archbishop Wood) announced his decision to Florida.

I am officially committed to... pic.twitter.com/9QuZkRc23I

— K Y L E P I T T S ™ (@ghost_boi4) July 20, 2017
The tight end performed strongly out in the Opening but before he went to Oregon, he visited Gainesville with his mom.

Pitts wanted to meet the coaching staff...

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BREAKING: Marcell Harris to miss 2017 season with torn Achilles

The Florida Gators will be without their leading tackler from a year ago when they kickoff the 2017 season.

Redshirt senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the 2017 season after tearing his Achilles tendon. Harris suffered the injury in a team running session on Wednesday.

"As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with," Jim McElwain said in a release. "Here is a kid who has made great personal growth during his time here and has really matured both on and off the field. It is tough to see a player invest so much in himself and his teammates and have this happen, but I...

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Four Obscure Areas the Florida Gators Need Improvement

Over the past five years (oh yeah, I celebrated my five year Gator Country anniversary on July 12), I have tried to explore every statistical avenue when it came to the Florida Gators football team. I have looked at positives and negatives, individual and team, and team and opponent – all to varying angles.

However, rarely have we explored the “obscure”. Now, what is considered obscure? I’ve classified them as things that you may overlook when looking up statistics online and in reality play a much bigger role than you may imagine. Or, in one case, just a really, really weird case...

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Florida Gators recruiting visitors list for FNL

The Florida Gators will host their biggest recruiting weekend of the year starting on Thursday in Gainesville. On Thursday the Gators will host an underclassmen camp and that will be followed on Friday-by-Friday Night Lights in the Swamp.

While these camps are going, the Gators will also host a quarterback camp where several big quarterback coaches from around the country will attend to host the camp.

The Gators are expected to host several big time prospects on campus throughout the weekend and GatorCountry will preview the visitors list here.

 

Big quarterback...

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Florida Gators recruiting camps preview and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we break down what happened at SEC Media Days last week, plus much more.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain had to say, plus we break down Friday Night Lights and the big week of recruiting camps this week.

Andrew and Nick break down which prospects are visiting Florida this week and who to watch for.

Also we break down the Florida Gators baseball season and which players are returning to school and who went pro.

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

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Dunlap joins Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its eighth commitment of the class on Tuesday afternoon.

Offensive lineman Curtis Dunlap (6-4, 368, Bradenton, FL. IMG) committed to Florida over Oklahoma, Georgia, Miami among others.

Dunlap had a great showing out in Oregon at the Nike Opening Regional event earlier this month and that performance alone got many coaches calling the offensive lineman.

The Jacksonville native grew up rooting for the Florida Gators and called his Florida offer a dream offer when he picked it up in January of 2016.

“Growing up in Florida, the...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Linebacker

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In mid-July, there are a lot more questions than answers about how any team’s season will shake out. In this series, Gator Country will highlight the biggest questions for every Florida Gators position group and the affects the answers will have on this season.

For the second half of this series, we switch gears towards defense. The stamp of Florida football. Or so it has been for a while now, but could that change this season? It’s still up in the air. After losing seven starters to the NFL, there are so many...

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Brown planning to visit the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are preparing for their biggest recruiting event of the summer on Friday when they host Friday Night Lights in the Swamp.

One of the visitors expected on Friday is West Virginia running back commit Leddie Brown (6-0, 210, Smyrna, DE. High) who says he was asked to come by a coach.

“I’m visiting for Friday Night Lights with my mom and my sister,” Brown said of his visit to Florida. “Coach JaJuan [Seider] asked me to come down and visit them for the camp.”

Brown committed to West Virginia back in April but he says that running backs coach JaJuan Seider has...

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Florida Gators picked second but 10 guys make All-SEC teams

The annual SEC preseason picks and awards were announced on Friday after the media voted during SEC Media Days this past week.

The Florida Gators were picked to finish second to Georgia in the SEC but it was a close race. The Gators received 1,526 votes to the Bulldogs 1,572 votes. Florida however only received three votes to win the SEC championship, while Alabama was picked to win the championship with 217 votes.

Despite not picked to win the conference; Florida totaled 10 players on the preseason All-SEC team that was also announced on Friday.

Florida had two members make the first...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Defensive Line

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In early July, there are a lot more questions than answers about how any team’s season will shake out. In this series, Gator Country will highlight the biggest questions for every Florida Gators position group and the affects the answers will have on this season.

So far, we’ve covered every offensive position group. For the next segments, we switch gears towards defense. The stamp of Florida football. Or so it has been for a while now, but could that change this season? It’s still up in the air. After losing...

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Florida Gators recruiting mailbag July 13th edition

The Florida Gators coaching staff has been on vacation the last few weeks but things are about to become busy again and the staff will be returning to Gainesville this week.

We’re just a week away from Friday Night Lights, the Gators biggest recruiting event and prospects will begin visiting campus again this weekend.

Gator Country’s members have a lot of questions about how the 2018 class will shake out and who are the top prospects that are visiting this month.

We answer your questions in this week’s Florida Gators recruiting mailbag.

Well let’s dive right in to this...

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Florida Gators, LSU Tigers give their takes on homecoming game scheduling

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain returned to Gainesville after a vacation to his home state of Montana to find out a rather controversial scheduling decision had been made by his superiors while he was gone. Last Thursday, Florida announced its 2017 homecoming opponent would be LSU on October 7, rather than the typical Missouri or Vanderbilt matchup it has stuck to over the last four years.

“That’s something, maybe you guys don’t understand, maybe it’s because I’m not Coach [Nick] Saban at Alabama, I don’t get those decisions,” said McElwain. “That’s something the...

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New energy in the Florida Gators offensive line room

HOOVER,Ala- There is a lot of optimism about the Florida Gators offense heading into the upcoming season. After several years of the offense being a weakness many believe that the Gators have the experiences and pieces to put things together. The Florida offensive line is a big factor in all of the positive expectations.

Those positive expectations come after the Gators had to replace offensive line coach Mike Summers who left to take the Louisville job this winter but they replaced him with someone that McElwain called a home run hire.

That home run hire was Brad Davis who comes in with...

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Statuses of Antonio Callaway and James Robinson remain unclear

HOOVER, Ala.- Receiver is a position that some are calling a strength for the Florida Gators heading into the season, but two key player's statuses remain in question.

Receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession on May 13th and his status for the opening game against Michigan has been a topic of discussion.

Callaway hasn’t publically violated any team rules so a suspension isn’t mandatory but Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain didn’t want to commit one way or another on his status.

“So far, he’s been doing things that have been set forth for him,”...

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Greg Sankey SEC Media Day press conference notebook

HOOVER, ALABAMA- SEC commissioner Greg Sankey took to the podium on Monday afternoon to kick of the 2017 edition of SEC Media Days. Sankey like always addressed the state of the SEC, plus went into detail on some changes and recapped the past year.

GatorCountry is live in Hoover and brings you a recap of what Sankey had to say on Monday afternoon in this notebook.

 

On December 9th the SEC will turn 85 years old as a conference. The conference was created in 1932 in downtown Knoxville.
The SEC won national championships in six different sports and had two playing in the...

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Where to Improve the Florida Gators Offense

The Florida Gators’ offense over the last seven years has been offensive.

We know that and we don’t need to rehash it.

Florida is now in their third year of Jim McElwain’s and Doug Nussmeier’s offense and while it has shown flashes of what could be, it has never been consistent. Whether injuries (or drug usage), player personnel, or overall uncreative play-calling have hindered their ability to put up points and yardage, Florida fans (and coaches, players, and recruits) are clamoring for this year to be the year for offensive improvement.

While a lot folks look at total...

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Miller has high interest in the Florida Gators

One of the biggest needs for the Florida Gators in 2018 is a defensive lineman and several of those big targets are out of state targets.

Defensive lineman Coynis Miller (6-2, 300, Birmingham, AL. Jackson-Olin) is one of those big targets and he says he talks to the Gators staff a lot.

“I talk with them just about everyday,” Miller said on how much he talks with Florida. “I talk to either Coach [Chris] Rumph or Coach [JaJuan] Seider the most. But I also talk to other coaches some.”

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph has made it a point to explain to Miller how big of a need he...

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Miller has high interest in the Florida Gators

One of the biggest needs for the Florida Gators in 2018 is a defensive lineman and several of those big targets are out of state targets.

Defensive lineman Coynis Miller (6-2, 300, Birmingham, AL. Jackson-Olin) is one of those big targets and he says he talks to the Gators staff a lot.

“I talk with them just about everyday,” Miller said on how much he talks with Florida. “I talk to either Coach [Chris] Rumph or Coach [JaJuan] Seider the most. But I also talk to other coaches some.”

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph has made it a point to explain to Miller how big of a need he...

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Florida Gators name LSU as 2017 Homecoming opponent

The Florida Gators rivalry with the LSU Tigers reached new heights in 2016 but Jim McElwain decided to turn it up to eleven in 2017.

On Thursday the Gators announced that LSU would be its homecoming opponent, something Tigers’ fans and players surely won’t like.

There has been bad blood between the interdivisional rivals for some time but the back-and-forth over a postponed game last year due to the threat of Hurricane Matthews cranked up the tension.

Florida was reluctant to move the game away from Gainesville early on in the week as projections for the Hurricane were far from...

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