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An excited Tillman always wanted to join the Florida Gators

Last week the Florida Gators picked up another 2019 commitment after one of Jim McElwain’s football camps.

2019 athlete Marcus Tillman (6-0, 195, Orlando, FL. Jones) decided to commit to Florida after a meeting with the head man himself.

“Coach McElwain was telling me what I wanted to hear and Florida is my dream school,” Tillman said on why he committed. “I’ve always wanted to go there so I just decide to commit.”

Tillman was in McElwain’s office when he told the Gators about his decision to commit and the news was well received.

“He was real happy and he give me a...

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Three Florida Gators named Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans

With the college football season just over two months away Athlon Sports released its annual list of preseason All-Americans.

Three Florida Gators were named to the second and third teams. Duke Dawson was named a second team All-American at cornerback and Eddy Pineiro was named the second team kicker. Punter Johnny Townsend was selected on the third team.

Dawson returns in 2017 for his senior season. He has played in 37 games during his career at Florida with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss,...

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Mukuamu high on the Florida Gators after his visit

It has already been a busy summer for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they’ve hosted a lot of prospects on campus for camps and unofficial visits.

Last Thursday the Gators hosted safety Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 187, Boosier City, LA. Parkway) and he received an offer while on campus after he spoke with the coaching staff.

“Coach [Randy] Shannon the defensive coordinator did while I was visiting,” Mukuamu said. “He told me that he loves the way I play and that he loves my size, ability and the kind of person I am.”

Mukuamu has double digit offers already but he admits that...

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Camrin Knight to transfer away from Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are welcoming in the 2017 recruiting class this week and saying goodbye to one as well.

Former tight end turned linebacker Camrin Knight will transfer away from the Florida Gators after two seasons of little action in Orange and Blue, Gator Country has confirmed a report from Thomas Goldkamp.

Knight appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2015 and four games as a sophomore in 2016. He did not record any statistics and was normally deployed as a blocking tight end on the line of scrimmage. Knight was asked to move from tight end to linebacker this past spring...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Quarterback

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In mid-late June, 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.

The first segments of this series will take a look at Florida’s offense, starting with a few of the many questions at the quarterback position.

The Gators have been searching for answers on offense since the departure of Tim Tebow in 2009,...

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Ladson still high on his Florida Gators commitment

The Florida Gators have had several big name prospects on campus this summer and that has included several of their current commitments.

One of those commitments that visited Florida was 2019 receiver Frank Ladson (6-4, 170, Miami, FL. South Dade) who had a laid back visit to Gainesville.

“It was great, I felt good being back,” Ladson said of his Florida visit. “I just talk to the coaches and chilled out and watched the camp.”

While on campus Ladson got to talk to his area recruiter, defensive backs Corey Bell and that have developed a solid relationship with each...

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Jim McElwain, Mike White given contract extensions

Coming off back-to-back SEC East Championships Jim McElwain was given a contract extension through January 2023. The one-year extension brings his average annual salary over the six-year contract up to $4.486 million (from $4.1645) annually. McElwain is 19-8 (13-3 SEC) in two seasons at Florida.

Head basketball coach Mike White was also given a one-year contract extension through 2023. White, who is 48-24 (23-13 SEC) and just led the Gators to the Elite Eight, had his total contract reach $16,275,000 over six years, giving him an average annual salary of $2,712,500.

“Both Coach Mac and...

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Stevenson solid with his commitment to the Florida Gators

Last Saturday the Florida Gators hosted two of its 2019 commitments on campus that had the chance to watch the summer camp.

One of those on campus was 2019 athlete commit Tyrique Stevenson (6-1, 180, Homestead, FL. South Dade) and he got the chance to see everything Florida had to offer on Saturday.

“It was a great visit. I really like it up there,” Stevenson said of his recent visit to Florida. “We walked around the camp and met the coaches. We walked around buildings and checked those out and just walked around campus. I got to see campus.”

While on campus Stevenson had the...

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Three Unexpected Florida Gators That Must Make an Impact

We are only 81 days from the start of the Florida Gators football season and there are still a plethora of unknowns – a season that starts against an opponent where you need to have answers rather than questions.

The Gators still have questions at quarterback, tight end, defensive tackle, linebacker, defensive back, and kick/punt returner. While some of those positions have favorites and expected starters, there are still filler names in many of those spots and there are a few unexpected players that need step up and help fill those holes.

Jeremiah Moon – LB: Fans,...

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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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Williams joins the Florida Gators class again

The Florida Gators started the week off on a high note as the coaching staff picked up another commitment on Monday morning.

Safety Deontai Williams (6-0, 185, Jones JUCO) committed to Florida on Monday morning after visiting the Gators over the weekend.

Williams was a former commit to Florida out of Jacksonville Trinity Christian but was unable to qualify so enrolled at Jones County JUCO last year. The safety was unable to play last year due to an ACL injury but his knee has checked out with all of the coaching staff’s.

The safety had a busy spring as he picked up offers from the...

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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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Zaire, Florida Gators recruiting and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the newest Florida Gators quarterback, Malik Zaire who's planning to transfer to Florida this summer.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the move for Zaire, plus talk about the big weekend for the Gators recruiting classes last week, plus talk Justin Fields decommitment from Penn State.

Andrew and Nick also break down the diamond sports and what the baseball team has to face this weekend in the Super Regionals this weekend.

TRANSCRIPT:

Zaire Talk

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Nester has high interest in the Florida Gators

Last weekend was the first camp session for the Florida Gators this summer and that included several big underclassmen working out for the staff.

One of those underclassmen working out for Florida is 2019 offensive lineman Doug Nester (6-5, 295, Huntington, WV. Spring Valley) who got to tour the campus before improving his game with the staff on Friday night.

“It was really good, the coaching was great,” Nester said of Florida’s camp last Friday. “The drills went good and helped me out. I felt like I got a little bit better today because they were telling me things to work...

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Two in-state schools leading the way for Miller Lewis

Along with the 7-on-7 tournament and mini camps taking place this weekend, Florida also hosted offensive and defensive lineman for a camp on Friday.

Class of 2020 offensive tackle Miller Lewis (6-3, 298, Ocala, FL Vanguard) made the short trip to Gainesville for his second visit with the Gators.

“It was an amazing feeling, because I’ve already been up here one time,” said Lewis. “It was just a real pleasure to be back here again and put on the blue and orange.”

During the camp, Lewis got the chance to work out and get some coaching from offensive line coach Brad Davis and...

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Coker the newest member of the Florida Gators recruiting class

It has been a busy past few for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 and on Monday they added yet another member to the class.

2019 offensive lineman Andrew Coker (6-7, 335, Katy, TX. Taylor) announced his commitment to Florida after spending the weekend in Gainesville and he explained why he decided to announce on Monday.

“Mainly, I really like the Gators in general,” Coker said on why he committed on Monday. “ I was just waiting for my dad to get back from his vacation to have him be there with me, so that

Coker committed to both head coach Jim McElwain and offensive...

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Barnes likes the family atmosphere of the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators coaching staff hosted several targets over the weekend including one of the top offensive linemen in the country.

Offensive lineman William Barnes (6-4, 312, Apopka, FL. High) was on campus on Saturday where he wanted to watch a few of the Gators coaches in action.

“It went really great,” Barnes said. “I got to talk to the coaches a little bit. I got to hang out with them a lot. I came out here to watch the defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive line coach Brad Davis coach a little bit.”

After watching Davis coach, Barnes had the chance to speak with...

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Florida Gators showing Simpson more love than ever before

It’s a busy recruiting weekend for Florida Gators football as it hosts its first 7-on-7 tournament of the summer. Top 2019 corner back Jaylin Simpson (5-11, 165, Saint Simons Island, GA. Frederica Academy) competed in the tournament with his team and visited with Florida coaches on Friday.

“It’s been very good,” Simpson said of his visit. “I had a great time playing in The Swamp. It’s a good experience. Everything’s been so good so far. I like it.”

Simpson said he got a chance to talk to several coaches during his visit, but the message that stood out to him the most was...

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Florida Gators moving up for Sheffield

The Florida Gators hosted 2019 athlete Jashawn Sheffield (6-1, 178, Saint Simons Island, GA) along with his team out of Frederica Academy in its 7-on-7 tournament Friday.

The 4-star athlete, who has held an offer from Florida since January of 2016, got the chance to make more of a connection with Jim McElwain and the other coaches during his visit.

“Good, great,” Sheffield said of his time in Gainesville. “I mean, I got to talk to Coach Mac one on one. He wanted me to bring my mom next time I come and then we’ll sit down and have some more one on one time. He’s telling me to...

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REPORT: Zaire to transfer to the Florida Gators

Malik Zaire is trading in his Fighting Irish gold for Florida Gators Orange and Blue, according to Bruce Feldman.

Spoke to Malik Zaire. He told me he expects to head to #UF on Wednesday & said he's very excited about the opportunity to play in the SEC.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 4, 2017
Zaire is currently serving as a counselor at the Elite 11 but will head to Gainesville this week. The University of Florida officially begins their...

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Russell likes Florida Gators despite Miami commitment

The Florida Gators coaching staff hosted several guys on campus on Friday including a few guys committed to other schools and other instate rivals.

One of those prospects was Miami defensive back commit Randy Russell (5-11, 180, Miami, FL. Carol City) who enjoyed his visit on Friday night.

“This is a home, it’s great to know that they want me to come here,” Russell said of Florida. “It’s a great feeling to have.”

Russell liked Florida a lot before he committed to Miami this winter and he says that Florida is still a school he likes a lot.

“Florida is a prestigious...

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SEC changes graduate transfer policy

The Florida Gators received good news on Friday  when the SEC President’s voted to change the league’s policy on graduate transfers.

The league met this week in Destin to discuss many topics during its annual spring meetings, with head football coaches meeting with Commissioner Greg Sankey on Tuesday and the Presidents of the Universities meeting with him Friday.

Previously the league penalized schools that accept graduate transfers and then had those graduate students fail to meet academic requirements during their time on campus. The previous rule was a three-year ban on accepting...

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The family feel led Burney to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators started their summer off on a high note when they picked up a big commitment on Thursday morning.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) announced his commitment to Florida on Thursday at his school when he picked the Gators over Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Burney spoke to GatorCountry.com about why he picked the Gators over the Buckeyes and Hokies.

“The family feeling, my parents have a great relationship with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier and Coach Mac,” Burney said on why he committed to Florida. “I have a great relationship with them...

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SEC spring meetings and Florida Gators diamond sports: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we discuss the Florida Gators diamond sports as the baseball team was selected as a national seed on Monday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down the SEC spring meetings that are taking place in Destin this week and the big topic is the graduation transfer rule. Andrew and Nick discuss that and Malik Zaire possibly choosing Florida if the rule is changed.

Andrew and Nick finish the podcast by talking recruiting and the Gators softball team in the Women's College World Series starting on Thursday...

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Florida Gators get two dates with CBS

The Florida Gators 2017 football schedule had some light shed on it as CBS announced it would be broadcasting two Gator games this coming fall.

Tuesday CBS announced that they would be broadcasting the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville for the 15th consecutive year in the 3:30 p.m. slot. The last time the game was not broadcast on CBS was in 2002 (ESPN). The Gators will also host Tennessee on September 16, 2017 with a national audience on CBS at 3:30 p.m. CBS. Florida and Tennessee have played 19 of their last 21 meetings on the network.

The Florida-Tennessee matchup will be the SEC...

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Will Florida Gators get good news from SEC this week?

The SEC Spring Meetings begin today in Destin, Florida. That means the most powerful conference in the land will descend upon the white sand beaches and postcard sunsets of Florida’s panhandle to talk big business.

The Florida Gators, in particular, have a lot of business to handle this year. Last year the talk was all about satellite camps, were they good, should the SEC keep them, how can they police them? Satellite camps won’t be on the docket this year but the Gators will be looking for a vote to change a rule that could very well help them this coming fall.

Will the SEC...

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Whittemore the newest 2019 Florida Gators recruiting commit

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 got its sixth member on Sunday when a local prospect committed to Florida.

2019 defensive back Trent Whittemore (6-3, 190, Gainesville, FL. Buchholz) announced his commitment on Twitter just days after getting his Gators offer.

“I got the offer early in the week,” Whittemore said. “I didn’t want to be rash but after praying and thinking all this week, I’m confident that I want to be a Gator.”

Whittemore’s decision to stay home and play for his mom’s [Missy Aggertt] former school who was a former Gators volleyball player was...

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Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines kickoff time

The Florida Gators long awaited blockbuster 2017 season opener against the Michigan Wolverines on September 2 finally has an official kickoff time.

ESPN announced on Thursday that the AdvoCare Classic between the Gators and Wolverines will kickoff their seasons at 3:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will air live nationally on ABC. The Florida-Michigan game will precede a matchup between Florida State and Alabama (in Atlanta) at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Florida and Michigan...

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Jibunor has a lot of interest in the Florida Gators

Monday was a busy day for the Florida Gators coaching staff as several 2018 offers were sent out as the staff closes out the evaluation period this week.

Linebackers coach Tim Skipper was one of the coaches who offered a prospect when he offered linebacker Richard Jibunor (6-3, 206, Athens, GA. Christian) after visiting his school.

“It was Coach Skipper, the linebackers coach,” Jibunor said of the coach who offered him. “He just said he likes the way I move and how fast I am and he likes my size. He’s just watched my film and he just loves me a lot and saw me today he was very...

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Minnesota corner commit talks Florida Gators offer

It has been a very busy spring for the Florida Gators coaching staff that has included thousands of miles traveled and dozens offer handed out and that continued last week in Georgia.

Defensive backs coach Corey Bell was in Georgia last week and after watching Minnesota cornerback commit Terell Smith (6-0, 170, Snellville, GA. South Gwinnett) practice he delivered some good news to the corner a day later over the phone.

“Coach Corey Bell offered me over the phone,” Smith said. “He was just asking me what position do I prefer and asking me like just questions to get to know me a...

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