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Contract details for Florida Gators assistant coaches

Contract details for the Gators three new coaches and Randy Shannon's promotion.

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Pierce loves the passion of Florida Gators coaching staff

The Florida Gators are searching for a second running back to join commit Iverson Clement in the 2018 class. Right now, Dameon Pierce (5-11, 205, Bainbridge, Ga., Bainbridge) is priority number one.

“They say I’m perfect,” said Pierce. “I’m the guy they want.”

The No. 9 running back in the nation visited Florida for the second time this weekend for Friday Night Lights, and while he didn’t compete in the camp, he got just what he wanted out of his visit—more time with running backs coach JuJuan Seider.

“It wasn’t different at all,” he said. “You know, same old...

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Lang had been ready to commit to the Florida Gators

Tight end Dante Lang (6-5, 220, Boca Raton, FL. High) committed to the Florida Gators on Friday before he worked out in front of the staff in the Swamp later that night.

One of the big reasons that Lang says he’s committed to Florida was the communication that the coaching staff had with him on a daily basis.

“Coach [Greg] Nord and Coach [JaJuan] Seider checking on me every day,” Lang said on why he committed on Friday. “Being a family, not even coaches. Florida was right for me.”

It wasn’t something that Lang didn’t out of nowhere as the tight end headed to Gainesville...

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Florida Gators sitting in second place for Brown

The Florida Gators welcomed top talent at every position for the annual Friday Night Lights camp this weekend. Among the top performers in the event was 2018 running back and West Virginia commit Leddie Brown (6-0, 210, Smyrna, Del., Smyrna).

Brown is the highest rated player in the state of Delaware and made his first trip to Florida on Friday after receiving an offer back in February.

“I liked the energy of the coaches and the tempo of the camp,” said Brown.

He has been committed to WVU since late April, but he admitted his visit to Florida was a little different, in a good way....

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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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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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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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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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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.”

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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.”

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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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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.”

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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.”

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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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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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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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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.

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Clement commits to the Florida Gators recruiting class

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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Martin looking hard at two schools: Florida Gators recruiting

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...

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Q&A with Florida Gators RB target Asa Martin

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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Smith motivated to catch Miami in recruiting: Florida Gators recruiting

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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Gammage joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

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.

“Coach Seider...

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UF felt like home for Copeland: Florida Gators recruiting

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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“It just felt right” for Dunmore to join the Florida Gators recruiting class

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.

"I've seen...

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Jordan Scarlett taking on “alpha” role for Gators

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.

“It's...

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JaJuan Seider hit the ground running with the Florida 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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Brown enjoys his first visit to the Florida Gators

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.”

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Florida Gators lucky to have versatile coach like Tim Skipper

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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