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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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Arkansas bounces Florida Gators from SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Ala. — On the third pitch of the game Eric Cole hit a hard chopper off of Brady Singer’s right throwing hand for a leadoff single. Seven pitches later Chad Spanberger launched a 2-2 fastball out of the Hoover Met and that was just the beginning of the worst loss the Gators (42-16) suffered all season. The Razorbacks (42-16) advanced to the SEC Tournament final with a 16-0 run rule win over Florida.

Singer walked the next batter after the home run and Kevin O’Sullivan went to the mound to check on his sophomore hurler.

“I asked him multiple times about (his hand),”...

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Gourley takes Florida Gators softball to a Game 3

Special report on the Florida Gators softball:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind an Amanda Lorenz two-run home run and a brilliant performance from Delanie Gourley in the circle, the No. 1-seeded University of Florida softball team evened its NCAA Super Regional series with Alabama on Friday with a 2-0 win at KSP Stadium.

UF (54-8) and UA (46-17) will meet on Saturday at 5 p.m. with a trip to the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on...

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Florida Gators score 11 runs in the eighth to beat Mississippi State

It took more than 40 minutes, six Mississippi State pitchers and the Florida Gators sent 16 batters to the plate but, when the dust settled, the Gators had an 11-3 lead in the top of the eighth after entering the frame with none.

Florida had just three hits and had only had two opportunities with a runner on second heading into the eighth inning, but the offensive explosion tied a record for most runs scored in a single inning in the SEC Tournament.

“It’s amazing. I love this team to death,” Jonathan India told Laura Rutledge after the game. “We have a lot of grit, a lot of heart...

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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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2019 target showing his worth during Adidas Gauntlet

Guard Josh Nickelberry is going to be one of the top prizes in the 2019 class. The sharpshooting guard will be attending Oak Hill Academy after a successful sophomore season at Trinity Christian Academy. When it comes to AAU ball, Nickelberry is having a huge spring for Game Elite 2019 in the Adidas Gauntlet. GatorCountry.com spoke with Nickelberry about his spring and a look at his recruiting process.

Nickelberry is an aggressive guard who can shoot the ball at a high level. He already has a reputation of being one of the top shooters in his class.

“I'm just an aggressive guard that...

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Florida Gators softball prepares for familiar foe in Alabama

It almost felt wrong to look at this season’s Florida Gators softball schedule and not see the Alabama Crimson Tide on it. Softball fans were deprived of one of the most iconic matchups not only in the SEC but in all of college softball.

“I think the one thing with the way the formula of the league schedule is it seems like every year you have someone you’re accustomed to playing every year, not on your schedule,” head coach Time Walton said of not playing Alabama in the regular season. “We’ve played them a bunch in the past few years. We’ve had some very meaningful...

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Florida Gators open SEC Tournament with win over Auburn

Six Florida Gators had struck out before JJ Schwarz lined a fastball into right field to start an eighth inning rally. A single and two walks later and the Gators pushed a run across the board when Christian Hicks’ bases loaded walk plated Schwarz to give Florida a 5-4 lead.

Michael Byrne came on in the ninth inning and closed the game out. The save was Byrne’s 14th of the season, a new Florida single season record.

The No. 1 seeded Gators received a first round bye in the SEC tournament and were presented with a trophy honoring their regular season co-SEC championship (split with...

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Price plans to visit Florida Gators basketball soon

Guard Marvin Price a 2019 prospect has had an impressive spring for the DC Blue Devils in the UAA circuit.  Price is already a highly coveted prospect who many schools are prioritizing early on. Price caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his recruiting process and the upcoming Florida visit he has scheduled.

Price plays a physical style of basketball. Being in attack mode is a normal thing for Price who always looks to be the aggressor.

“My playing is very physical,” Price said. “I have a high motor. I attack the basketball well and rebound good for my size. I need to...

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Florida Gators women’s tennis wins National Championship

Special report on Florida Gators women's tennis:

ATHENS, Ga. - In a match full of momentum swings, it was Gator freshman Ingrid Neel who shrugged off the pressure and rallied for a three-set victory that clinched Florida's 4-1 win against Stanford and secured the seventh NCAA Championship title in program history.

The Gators began the match at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex winning the doubles point and took early leads in singles action, capturing the first set on three courts.

Kourtney Keegan needed exactly one hour into singles play to give Florida a 2-0 lead as she posted a 6-0,...

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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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Wanted: Florida Gators Kick and Punt Returner

The Florida Gators are in desperate need of a kick and punt returner – so much so, that it may be one of their biggest question marks heading into the summer.

Under Jim McElwain and special teams coordinator Greg Nord, the Gators have struggled in the punt and kick return game. They have only returned one kick for a touchdown in the past two seasons, after having seven in the previous six seasons, and besides two touchdowns by Antonio Callaway on punt return in 2015, the Gators have little reason to be proud of the return game.

The Gators ranked 39th in kick return, lead mostly by...

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Saddiq Bey reacts to Florida Gators offer

Class of 2018 wing from DC Premier Saddiq Bey has been turning heads this spring. His versatility and toughness is what is making him a hot commodity so far through 2 UAA sessions. Coaches from all over the country are falling in love Bey’s game as well as his dedication in the classroom. Bey caught up with GatorCountry.com to discuss his recruiting process and his recent offer from Florida.

Bey is one of the more versatile players in the 2018 class who can score the ball in a variety of ways. Bey has a strong work ethic and is always looking to take his game to new heights.

“I would...

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2017 SEC baseball Tournament complete schedule

The Florida Gators earned the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament, which starts Tuesday, May 23. Earning the No. 1 seed comes along with a first round bye. Here is a complete schedule for the 2017 SEC Tournament.

The Gators' first game will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET vs. the winner of Game 3 (Ole Miss vs. Auburn)

TUESDAY (single elimination) (all times are eastern standard)
Game 1 | 10:30 a.m. | No. 11 South Carolina vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt | SEC Network |
Game 2 | 2:00 p.m. | No. 10 Missouri vs. No. 7 Texas A&M | SEC Network |
Game 3 | 5:30 p.m. | No. 9 Ole Miss vs. No. 8 Auburn |...

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Florida Gators place six on All-SEC baseball team

The No. 4 Co-SEC Champion Florida Gators baseball team had six players earn All-SEC Honors on Monday afternoon but was shutout of the First Team recognition entirely.

Pitchers Alex Faedo and JJ Schwarz, catcher JJ Schwarz and outfielder Nelson Maldonado all earned Second Team All-SEC honors. Infielders Deacon Liput and Dalton Guthrie were named to the All-SEC Defensive team.

Michael Byrne made his first appearance on an All-SEC team. After earning the closer role for the Gators in the beginning of the season Byrne went on to tie the school record for saves in a season (13). Byrne led the...

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Florida Gators basketball latest offer for Llewellyn

Team Loaded(VA) has been one of the hottest teams in the Adidas circuit, and a lot of that has to do with the strong play from point guard Jaelin Llewellyn. The Canadian point guard has been very efficient and has made a statement through 8 games in the Adidas Gauntlet. Llewellyn caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his spring and his reaction to his recent Florida offer.

Llewellyn prides himself on being a playmaker. Not only can he set up his teammates to score, but he has the ability to score at a high rate himself.

“I’m a point guard that loves to get teammates involved...

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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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Florida Gators sweep SEC All-Sports Media titles

Special report on the Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Five team titles led the University of Florida athletics program to a sweep of the 2016-17 GateHouse Media Southeastern Conference All-Sports titles.

[cid:image003.jpg@01D2D270.97879160]It is the 16th time the Gator program has taken each of the three titles - overall, men and women. UF is the only school to collect the three titles in a single season.

Tabulation for the SEC All-Sports standings finished after the conclusion of baseball play Saturday, the final sport to determine a league champion in the 2016-17 season. Florida...

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Florida Gators women’s tennis advances to the Final Four

Special report on the Florida Gators women's tennis team:

ATHENS, Ga. – Top-seeded Florida won the doubles point for the 25th time this season and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships Final Four for the 25th time in program history.

The Gators carried that momentum of winning the initial team point and knocked off ninth-seeded Oklahoma State, 4-1, in the NCAA Quarterfinals played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's match was the second time this season the two programs squared off, with Florida (27-3) capturing the 4-2 decision in Gainesville back on...

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Florida Gators softball advances to the Super Regionals

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the 10th time in program history after the team downed Oklahoma State 5-0 in game seven of the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

The Gators (53-7) were upended 1-0 in the first game of the day by the Cowgirls (38-25) but rebounded with resounding force in a winner take all contest.

Senior Delanie Gourley (20-4) received the nod to start in the circle for the final game and set the tone as she struck out the side on just 12...

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Florida Gators clinch share of SEC Championship

Trailing 2-0 on a brutally hot day in Gainesville, Nelson Maldonado’s three-run home run in the fourth inning propelled the No. 5 Florida Gators to a 6-4win over No. 6 Kentucky for a series win.

The win ensures that Florida (40-15/21-9 SEC) will be, at worst, a co-regular season SEC champion with LSU. The Tigers need to beat Mississippi State to tie Florida.

“I’ll watch (LSU-Mississippi State) but I’m going to kick back and relax,” Kevin O’Sullivan said with a chuckle. “It’s been a long year, a long year and today was hot. I’m gonna kick back, relax and enjoy the rest...

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Florida Gators flip the script, beat Kentucky 14-3

Mark Kolozsvary didn’t know it off the bat but he gave the ball a long look as he took off to first. Kentucky right fielder Tristan Pompey gave chase and leapt at the wall, hanging in the air for seconds before the ball glanced off his mitt and over the wall for a two-run home run. It gave the Florida Gators (39-15/20-9 SEC) a 2-0 lead on the way to a commanding 14-3 win to even the series a game apiece.

“I definitely didn’t thought that was a popup,” Kolozsvary said of the second inning home run. “I didn’t really think I got it all the way but then I looked up and the right...

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Kentucky draws even SEC with a big win over Florida Gators

After a slow start the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats poured in on the No. 5 Florida Gators, taking the opening game of final series of the season 12-4.

Kentucky ( 38-16/19-9 SEC) clawed out 20 hits, tied for the most against a SEC opponent this season (South Carolina) and second most on the season. The win tied the Cats and Gators (38-15/19-9 SEC) atop the SEC, joined with LSU, who beat Mississippi State 3-1.

Alex Faedo started off the game in complete control. He gave up two singles in the first but left unscathed. He gave up two more singles in the second but stranded both runners. Faedo...

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Jim McElwain won’t discuss Antonio Callaway’s playing status

Speaking with reporters in St. Petersburg Jim McElwain addressed the recent misdemeanor possession of marijuana citation his star receiver Antonio Callaway received last weekend.

“Obviously there was some news that came out today about Antonio, that, guys, I’m just really disappointed. I’m aware of it and everything, and we’ll handle it accordingly,” McElwain told reporters prior to meeting with a Gator Club. “I’m just really...

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Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession

Florida Gators junior receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana early Saturday morning.

Gainesville Police officers stopped a black Mercedes SUV for a seatbelt violation. Callaway was sitting in the back seat behind the driver. When the officer approached the vehicle he reported smelling the odor of marijuana. After asking Callaway to exit the vehicle officers found a bag of marijuana weighing approximately seven grams in Callaway’s front pocket. Another passenger, 40-year old Kendrick Lamount Williams was also found with marijuana on his person and both...

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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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Battery charges against Caleb Brantley dropped

A battery case against former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been dismissed.

On Wednesday the State Attorney’s office concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction”, according to a media release.

“Having reviewed the matter, including interviewing the alleged victim and multiple other witnesses, it is apparent that there is no reliable evidence upon which an arrest or prosecution would be warranted or legally justified, and the sworn complaint is therefore being dismissed,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a press...

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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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