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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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Clement sees special things ahead for Florida Gators

The Florida Gators had their big recruiting event on Friday night in the Swamp where a lot of players gathered to take part in Friday Night Lights.

Several current Gators commits were in town including running back commit Iverson Clement (5-11, 199, Mount Holly, NJ Rancocas Valley) who enjoyed the atmosphere in Gainesville.

“It feels amazing,” Clement said of being back at Florida. “Everybody is down here. We got Justin Fields, Matt Corral, Jacob Copeland; we had a lot of people. We all get together just chill, just talk and the biggest part of it all is just the relationship. A...

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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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Florida Gators recruiting: UF a “dream school” for Zipperer

Before Friday Night Lights takes place in the Swamp the Florida Gators hosted a “Sensational Sophomore night Thursday in the indoor practice facility. One of the big targets, literally and figuratively Thursday night was 2019 tight end recruit Keon Zipperer, who came in at 6-1, 235 pounds.

The Gators picked up a 2018 tight end commitment earlier on in the day Thursday, but the position is one that Florida knows it needs to continue loading up on and the Gators are very interested in Zipperer. The feeling is mutual.

“It’s my dream school,” he said of UF. “I gotta come to...

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Chris Williamson no longer with Florida Gators

Junior defensive back Chris Williamson is no longer with the Florida Gators football team and will transfer, multiple sources told Gator Country.

Williamson played in 14 games, making one start in 2017 (UMass), throughout his first two seasons in Gainesville. Most of Williamson’s time was spent playing on special teams. He had five tackles in two seasons.

Entering his third season, the Gainesville, Georgia native was facing stiff competition from a deep class of cornerbacks from the 2017 signing class. The Gators signed five defensive backs in 2017 and have three redshirt freshman,...

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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.

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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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Florida Gators basketball offers 2019 guard James

Every evaluation period presents the opportunity for recruits to have their breakout moments and to make noise on the recruiting front. 2019 6’6 guard Josiah James(Porter Gaud, SC) took advantage of that opportunity at the UAA Finals this past weekend. GatorCountry.com caught up with James to talk about his game and his recent offer from Florida.

James is a big guard who has elite court vision and a steady mid-range game. He is a pass first guard, but is more than capable to change the dynamic of a game with his ability to efficiently score the ball.

“I love playing fast and getting...

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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 basketball offers 2018 Aaron Nesmith

The UAA Finals this past weekend in Georgia showcased many talented athletes, and 2018 Aaron Nesmith of Team TMP and Porter Gaud School(SC) defiantly left his mark. Nesmith had several coaches from high majors following his games all weekend and a few of those coaches offered him. Among those coaches to offer him this weekend were Coach White and the Florida Gators. GatorCountry.com caught up with Nesmith to talk about his Florida offer.

Nesmith is a tough minded 6’5 guard who is an efficient shooter and has proven that he can finish at the rim.

“I am a big wing who can play at both...

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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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Home Sweet Home: Florida releases non-conference schedule

The Florida Gators basketball program has released its 2017-2018 non-conference schedule that features some exciting matchups. Something that catches the eye is the plethora of home games. After having to play non-conference home games at different venues last season due to renovations to the O’Connell Center, The Gators will get to enjoy playing in front of the Florida faithful.

Florida will open up the season at home against Big South opponent Gardner-Webb on

Nov 13th. The Gators then host North Florida on Nov 16th and New Hampshire on Nov 19th before heading to the PK80 invitational...

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Preseason disrespect continues to drive the Florida Gators

For the third year in a row, the Florida Gators find themselves in the same situation, sitting behind a division rival as the SEC preseason predictions are set to come out. The official results will not be released until SEC Media Days concludes on Friday, but most can take a pretty good guess at how things are going to shake out.

Georgia should take home the preseason SEC East title on Friday, but Florida plans on having something to say about that during the actual season, again.

“What do we think about it? We hear that every year,” said senior defensive back Marcell Harris....

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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 quarterback quartet conundrum

The Florida Gators' last truly successful quarterback is currently hitting baseballs in the New York Met’s organization and the search for the next one still continues.
Jim McElwain was brought to Florida, in large part, to fix a woeful offense that had had more success driving fans off than driving down the field. Entering year three McElwain has two quarterbacks he recruited competing for the starting job. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks came out ahead of Kyle Trask in the spring, but McElwain kept looking for more options.

“I’ve said it doesn’t matter the position you’re...

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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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Jim McElwain SEC Media Days notebook: Florida Gators

HOOVER, Ala.- Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain took to the podium on Tuesday to address the media at the annual SEC Media Days. McElwain addressed several topics while in Hoover and GatorCountry.com was live to bring you the news and notes from his press conferences.

The quarterback position was the main topic of conversation but McElwain wasn’t ready to appoint one guy the starter at this time.

GatorCountry will break down what McElwain had to say at his multiple media stops in this notebook.

 

The quarterback room is really good and where McElwain and his staff...

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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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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 are top-10 in revenue nationally

According to USA Today’s annual database, the Florida Gators athletic program made $141 million dollars, eighth best in the country. Florida trailed Texas A&M, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and LSU.

The Gators made, according to the database, $141,441,109 in the 2015-16 year, while spending just $121,307,116. The $20.1 million dollar surplus was second best in the SEC, trailing only Texas A&M ($57.2 million). The $20.1 million dollar surplus ranked third national.

The UAA recently approved a $128.2 million...

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