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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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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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“All love for the Florida Gators” for Copeland

Spring football is coming to end, which means the spring evaluation period for the Florida Gators coaching staff is close to being finished.

On Friday, the Gators had coaches watching several spring games including two of them who were watching receiver Jacob Copeland’s (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia) spring game.

Florida was joined in Pensacola by coaches from Alabama and Ole Miss and that was something Copeland noticed.

“It means a lot because all of the coaches stay on me and let me know they want me,” Copeland said of all the college coaches at his game. “All of those...

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Spivey Senses part 2, defensive notes: Florida Gators recruiting

GatorCountry brings you a new edition of Spivey Senses where we break down the news and notes from the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018.

GC will bring you a two part series and we started on offense on Wednesday so let's move to defense in this edition.

Here are some of the things that you will learn from this edition of Spivey Senses:

Where are things at the defensive line position?
Who are some of the guys that Florida is looking at for linebacker?
The biggest names to fill spots for DBU
That and much more

Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: May 18th edition

It’s a huge period of time for the Florida Gators recruiting staff and every coaching staff in America as the recruiting evaluation period is currently under way.

For the last few weeks through the end of May, the Gators coaches will be visiting prospects around the country and watching them practice.

Gator Country’s members have a lot of questions about how the 2018 class will shake out and who are the top prospects that the Gators are after right now. We answer your questions in this week’s Florida Gators recruiting mailbag.

Well let’s dive right in to this week’s...

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Gerald knows of playing time at UF: Florida Gators recruiting

One of the biggest positions of needs for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is finding a pass rushing defensive end.

On Monday the Gators went out and offered one of the top JUCO’s in 2018 when they offered defensive end Dorian Gerald (6-3, 225, Santa Clarita, CA. College of the Canyons) after a phone call with Florida.

“Coach [Drew] Hughes asked me to call him and then he offered when I called,” Gerald said of who offered him from Florida. “I was in class when he first DM’ed me and told me to give him a call. Me and Coach [Chris] Rumph have been in contact for a...

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Weston and Seider hitting it off early: Florida Gators

Several 2019 offers have been going out the last few weeks as the Florida Gators coaching staff travels across the country during the spring evaluation.

That continued last week when running backs coach JaJuan Seider was in South Florida and offered 2019 receiver Ja’markis Weston (6-3, 185, Clewiston, FL. High) after watching him.

“Coach Seider offered me,” Weston said of who offered him from Florida. “He came by my practice and he was watching me and then I called him afterwards and that was when he told me he was offering me as a receiver.”

When Seider and Weston spoke...

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Florida Gators offer means a lot to Wildgoose

The Florida Gators were very active on the recruiting trail last week and they offered several prospects including a 2018 prospect from South Florida.

Rutgers cornerback commit Rachad Wildgoose Jr. (5-11, 190, Miami, FL. Northwestern) picked up the offer from Gators defensive coordinator Randy Shannon last week.

“My head coach told me that Florida was there and that they were watching me,” Wildgoose said of the day he was offered. “Coach Shannon was out at my practice and then he told my head coach that he was offering me.”

Despite being a commit to Rutgers, Wildgoose admits...

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An interested Fitzpatrick picks up Florida Gators offer

The tight end position is one of the positions that has struggled the most for the Florida Gators the last few years and that has led the staff to look for several prospects in this year’s class.

With one already committed, the Gators offered tight end John Fitzpatrick (6-6, 230, Atlanta, GA. Marist School) after visiting his school on Thursday.

“They offered me as a tight end today [Thursday],” Fitzpatrick said of Florida. “Coach [Greg] Nord came by my school and then later I talked to Coach [Chris] Rumph and he explained that they were really excited about me and wanted to...

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Talking Florida Gators recruiting in hoops and football: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk Florida Gators recruiting for both basketball and football as the staffs are out evaluating players this spring.

Andrew Spivey and Zach Hughes first break down the recent offers from Gators basketball coach Mike White and how the 2018 class is shaping up so far.

Andrew closes out the podcast by breaking down each position for football and who they main targets are at each position as the Gators start to get visits set up for this summer.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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Pitts has high interest in the Florida Gators

Heading into the recruiting class of 2018, the biggest need for the Florida Gators was finding a tight end or two after they only signed one in 2017.

The Gators already have a commit at the position and last week running backs coach JaJuan Seider visited top target tight end Kyle Pitts (6-5, 235, Warminster, PA. Archbishop Wood) at his school.

“Coach Seider came by my school last week,” Pitts said. “I’ve been talking to him and I talk to Coach Nord too. It’s a really good relationship with them and I talk to the coaches almost everyday or every other day.”

After Seider...

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Briggs knows he’s a top guy for the Florida Gators recruiting class

If there’s one position that the Florida Gators recruiting class is lacking targets at it’s at the defensive line position, where the target number is a little smaller than other positions.

Last week, offensive line coach Brad Davis increased that number by one when he offered defensive lineman Dennis Briggs (6-4, 252, Kissimmee, FL. Gateway) after watching him in person.

“Coach Davis offered me last week,” Briggs said. “He didn’t speak with me when he offered, he actually spoke to my head coach. My head coach told me that they wanted to offer me and that I was high on their...

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An excited Lang picks up a Florida Gators offer

The Florida Gators have been giving out a lot of offers over the last few weeks but most them have been to underclassmen in the 2019 and 2020 classes.

However last week running backs coach JaJuan Seider offered tight end Dante Lang (6-5, 220, Boca Raton, FL. High) after he watched him practice.

“Coach Seider offered me,” Lang said of the Gators coach who offered him last week. “He watched my practice and then I called him and he told me about the offer. He said he knew I could play but he just had to me play a little.”

Lang has already picked up double-digit offers but he says...

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Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: May 2nd edition

It’s a huge period of time for the Florida Gators recruiting staff and every coaching staff in America as the recruiting evaluation period is currently under way.

For the last few weeks through the end of May, the Gators coaches will be visiting prospects around the country and watching them practice.

Gator Country’s members have a lot of questions about how the 2018 class will shake out and who are the top prospects that the Gators are after right now. We answer your questions in this week’s Florida Gators recruiting mailbag.

Well let’s dive right in to this week’s...

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Florida Gators’ staff staying in constant contact with Stills

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff has been very successful on the recruiting trail since arriving in Gainesville but there’s still a few holes on the roster that they’re trying to fill.

One of those is at defensive tackle and the Gators are recruiting Dante Stills (6-4, 265, Fairmont, WV. High) for that position in 2018.

“I’m hearing from them a lot,” Stills said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to them everyday and I usually talk to either Coach [JaJuan] Seider or to Coach [Chris] Rumph.”

Running backs coach JaJaun Seider is one of those...

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UF stands on top for Whittington: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 has started off really well good so far and there’s still a lot of time for the coaching staff to improve the class even more.

One of the targets the Gators are still after is 2019 receiver Jordan Whittington (6-1, 185, Cuero, TX. High) who has Florida very high on his list.

“Florida is my leader,” Whittington said. “The coaches, the campus, the offensive style and the amount of true freshman is why. I like the environment at Florida too. “

Not only is receivers coach Kerry Dixon the main recruiter for Whittington’s area but...

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Florida Gators basketball: Michael Devoe talks UF recruitment

2018 6’4 point guard Michael Devoe had a solid outing at EYBL session 1 in Hampton this past weekend. The Nike South Beach guard caught the eye of many coaches that were in attendance. His ability to run the offense in transition or in the half-court set was on display. Devoe averaged 15 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds in session 1 and looks to carry that momentum into Indianapolis for session 2 this weekend. Devoe caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about the EYBL and to give an update on his recruiting process.

Despite going 1-3 in Hampton, Devoe believes that his team has what...

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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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Sandidge has “really high” interest in the Florida Gators

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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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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Amari Burney focused on two schools heading into his decision

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier much like the rest of the Florida Gators coaching staff hit the road on Tuesday for the first time this spring and he was in the Clearwater area visiting players.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) was one of the guys that got a visit from Nussmeier on Tuesday.

“Coach Nussmeier came by to see me,” Burney said. “It went good, he can’t talk to me but he talked to my coach. He was telling my coach that I’m a big factor for them and they need me.”

Burney felt a lot pride on Tuesday in knowing that the Gators...

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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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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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