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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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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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.”
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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.
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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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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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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...
Read the rest here: Fields intrigued by the Florida Gators need for a QB
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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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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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its sixth member on Thursday when the coaching staff added a big time running back.
Running back Iverson Clement (6-0, 190, Mount Holly, NJ. Rancocas Valley) announced his commitment to Florida on Thursday.
"I'm blessed to be in this situation but with that being said, I'm 100 percent committed to the University of Florida," Clement tweeted
Clement is the first running back to commit to the class as Gators running backs coach JaJuan Seider is looking to take two backs this year.
The New Jersey native visited Florida this spring...
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DECATUR, AL.- The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 has picked up steam over the last few weeks and they did that by getting a lot of prospects on campus this spring.
On Tuesday, GatorCountry visited with one of those prospects that visited Florida this spring in running back Asa Martin (5-11, 195, Decatur, Al. Austin) who recapped his trip to Gainesville.
“The visit, it was pretty amazing. I loved everything about it,” Martin said of his visit to Florida last month. “The campus, the facilities, all that, the coaches, the players, I got to hang out with them...
Read the rest here: Martin looking hard at two schools: Florida Gators recruiting
DECATUR, AL.- While GatorCountry was in Decatur, Alabama talking with Florida Gators running back target Asa Martin (5-11, 195, Decatur, AL. Austin), we took your questions and let the running back answer them.
Several GatorCountry members had good questions for Martin and he answers them below in our exclusive question and answer.
AS: What is the funniest recruiting pitch you’ve heard from a college coach?
Martin: “Funniest was probably a coach saying ‘I’m not gonna let this other coach out-recruit me’. That’s probably...
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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 had three of its members on campus for the Orange and Blue game on Friday night in the Swamp.
Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) was one of the ones on campus and he’s looking forward to seeing a packed house this fall.
“It was amazing, a great atmosphere,” Smith said of Friday’s spring game. “I heard it wasn’t the best atmosphere, but I’m coming to the LSU game for sure.”
Smith committed to Florida two weeks ago and he said several things went into him making that commitment to the...
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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its fifth member of the class on Tuesday night when they received the second receiver of the class.
The fifth member of the class is receiver Corey Gammage (6-2, 188, Delray Beach, FL. Atlantic) who announced his commitment on Saturday afternoon
Gammage visited Gainesville on February 23rd where he got the chance to meet the new coaching staff including main recruiter JaJuan Seider.
While on campus for that visit Gammage explained why he liked Seider and what the message was from the Gators running backs coach.
Read the rest here: Gammage joins the Florida Gators recruiting class
Friday night was a huge night for the Florida Gators recruiting efforts and it showed with the number of visitors that packed South end zone of the Swamp.
One of those visitors was receiver Jacob Copeland (6-1, 182, Pensacola, FL. Escambia), who says this visit was just another good one to Gainesville.
“It’s always good to come down here to Florida,” Copeland said. “Coach Mac, as soon as I came up here he had me there with him, he had something going on, he stopped and came and talked to me. Me, him and Coach [Kerry] Dixon were chilling, you know, just like usual. I came up, it...
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The Florida Gators recruiting class picked up its fourth commitment of the weekend and second on Saturday for the class of 2019.
2019 receiver John Dunmore (6-3, 170, Fort Lauderdale, FL. American Heritage Delray) committed to the Gators on Saturday morning after meeting with head coach Jim McElwain.
“It just felt right,” Dunmore said. “After talking it over with my family, I would like to announce that I’ve officially committed to the University of Florida.”
After Friday night’s spring game, the 2019 receiver explained why Florida was the school he liked.
Read the rest here: “It just felt right” for Dunmore to join the Florida Gators recruiting class
Jordan Scarlett’s hair was shorter, his biceps didn’t bulge under his jersey but JaJuan Seider liked what he saw.
Scarlett was an eighth grader and Seider, a South Florida native, was back close to home recruiting for Marshall, where he served as the Herd’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
Seider moved on to West Virginia, but he continued recruiting Scarlett, who bounced his commitment from FAU to Miami and ultimately Florida. Seider never gave up, because, well, shooters shoot and Seider isn’t afraid to get a “no” as long as he went down trying.
Read the rest here: Jordan Scarlett taking on “alpha” role for Gators
JaJuan Seider walked off of the Florida practice field. Despite the near 90 degree heat the Florida Gators running backs coach has long sleeves under a windbreaker, but not a bead of sweat.
It’s been a whirlwind month for Seider. He was inducted in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame for his playing days at Glades Central High School. He also, finally, joined a university he had always dreamed of coaching at, yet, had turned down several times.
“Well I did get picked,” Seider said of the times Florida coaches Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain has come calling when they had coaching...
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Last weekend it was junior day for the Florida Gators and most prospects that visited were from in state, but one prospect traveled a long way to visit Gainesville.
That prospect was running back Leddie Brown (6-0, 210, Smyrna, DE. High) who made the long trek from Delaware down to Florida.
“It went great, I liked it,” Brown said. “I got to see the practices and see how everything works there. We toured the campus and got to see where the students live and stuff. And we got to see the dorms and stuff. I talked to most of the coaches too.”
During the multiple days on campus,...
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Tim Skipper probably knew the conversation was coming even before Jim McElwain asked to speak to him. He’s in tuned with how volatile the coaching circuit is and he undoubtedly had read or heard the reports that the Florida Gators were interested in bringing JaJuan Seider on to its staff.
When the time finally came to meet with McElwain and discuss moving from coaching running backs to coaching linebackers, it wasn’t much of a conversation.
“I’m happy to be a Gator,” Skipper said after practice on Wednesday. “I said that when I first came here. It doesn’t matter what I’m...
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The Florida Gators only signed one tight end in the 2017 class after Zech Byrd didn’t sign with the Gators on signing day.
That means the Gators are looking to add at least one in this year’s class and on Saturday tight end Jarrett Jackson (6-4, 257, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. High) visited Florida.
“The visit went well, just a couple of things that I’m waiting to find out about,” Jackson said of his Florida visit. “It went great overall but there’s still some question about where I’m going to play at in college. I got to learn a little bit about the school,...
Read the rest here: Jackson looking for answers from the Florida Gators
The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its third member of the class on Tuesday morning when it received a new commitment.
Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) gave the news that he was committing to Florida this morning.
“I want to announce that I’ll be spending the next four year at the University of Florida,” Smith said.
Smith visited the Gators two weekends ago and that was him and his family fell in love with Florida.
“This was my third time up here so I was letting my mom and granddad enjoy it,” he said. “They loved...
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On Friday the Florida Gators hosted two of the top running backs in the country on campus for visits and to watch practice.
Running back Jashaun Corbin (6-0, 191, Melbourne, FL. Holy Trinity Episcopal) was one of them and he really enjoyed his visit to Gainesville.
“I loved the visit,” Corbin said of his Florida visit. “I toured all the facilities and went to all of the academic buildings. I sat down with all of the coaches and went to the offensive meetings before I went to practice.”
This was the first time on campus for Corbin since he picked up his Gators offer and he...
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Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted several big targets for the class.
Running back Asa Martin (6-0, 193, Decatur, AL. Austin) was on campus and the visit lived up to his expectations he says.
“Overall, I loved it, it was everything I wanted it to be,” Martin said of how his Florida visit. “I loved it, we were there for most of Friday and all of Saturday. I got to hang out with the coaches, I talked to most all of them. I got to watch them workout and practice some. I hung out with some of the players and some of the...
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The Florida Gators had a rare Saturday practice this weekend and they had several prospects on campus to watch that practice.
Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) was one of those guys on campus and he got to see a lot of things on Saturday.
“It was pretty good, everything went smooth,” Smith said. “We got to tour the facilities, the academic places, talk to the coaches and watch spring practice. They were in full pads and we got to watch a couple of inside runs and a couple of one-on-ones.”
The Gators have hosted Smith before but this was the...
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The Florida Gators recruiting visitors list is starting to see more names on it with the Gators going through spring practice now.
On Tuesday the Gators hosted several instate prospects and one out of state prospect in offensive lineman Owen Condon (6-7, 300, Oklahoma City, OK. Bishop McGuiness) who got to see a lot of things on Tuesday.
“It was a really good visit, I was on campus for about six hours today,” Condon said of Tuesday’s visit. “I got to see everything that I needed to see and I got to speak with Coach [Brad] Davis for awhile. I got to watch practice and then we left...
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Tuesday was a busy day on the Florida Gators campus as the coaching staff hosted several prospects on campus and they were able to watch practice.
One of those guys was running back Lavonte Valentine (6-2, 190, Melbourne, FL. Melbourne Central Catholic) who got to see a lot on Tuesday.
“It was pretty good, I liked everything about it on both the football and track side,” Valentine said of Tuesday’s visit. “They showed me some of the academics too, it was pretty good. The first thing we did was talk to all of the coaches, and then we toured the Swamp. We got to see the new...
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The Florida Gators have done an excellent job of upgrading the receiver position since Jim McElwain arrived but they’re still looking for that tall and long receiver.
So far in the 2018 class, the Gators offered several guys that fit that bill including receiver Dominick Watt (6-1, 200, Hollywood, FL. McArthur) who says he speaks to Florida regularly.
“I’m still talking to Florida a lot,” Watt said. “I talk with Coach [Kerry] Dixon, Coach [Jim] McElwain, Coach [JaJuan] Seider and really everybody on the coaching staff. They all hit me up at different times.”
Watt picked up...
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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is looking to add two running backs and they’re also looking to add speed at the position and that was noticeable in the last two offers.
Two weeks ago the Gators offered speed back Lavonte Valentine and last week the staff offered running back Jashaun Corbin (6-0, 191, Melbourne, FL. Holy Trinity) who heard the news from receivers coach Kerry Dixon.
“Coach Dixon was the coach the one who told me about the offer,” Corbin said. “He’s been to my school before and we met in January so we’ve been keeping in touch. So him, Coach [JaJuan]...
Read the rest here: Corbin excited about his UF offer: Florida Gators recruiting
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and his staff have done a great job of restocking the receiver position since arriving in Gainesville, but the position still lacks height and depth.
McElwain and his staff are hitting the Class of 2018 hard to fill those needs and receiver Kevin Austin (6-3, 198, Pompano Beach, FL. North Broward Prep) is one of those names they’re targeting this year.
“I mainly talk to Coach [Kerry] Dixon and Coach JaJuan [Seider],” Austin said on which coaches he talks to from Florida. “We text back and forth about spring practices and when I can come up...
Read the rest here: Austin looking to visit the Florida Gators this month