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Gators take the lead for Martin: Florida Gators recruiting

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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McElwain’s beard and personality impressed Smith on Saturday

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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Condon grew up a UF fan: Florida Gators recruiting

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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Florida Gators are “number one” for Valentine after his visit

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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Watt planning to see the Florida Gators this spring

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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Corbin excited about his UF offer: Florida Gators recruiting

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]...

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Austin looking to visit the Florida Gators this month

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...

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Valentine has a “oh wow” moment over Florida Gators offer

Despite starting spring practice last week, the Florida Gators have still been handing out a lot of offers in recruiting lately as they fill up their board for 2018 and 2019.

On Friday, running back Lavonte Valentine (6-2, 190, Melbourne, FL. Central Catholic) was on the receiving end of an offer from running backs coach JaJuan Seider.

“Coach Seider was the coach that offered me,” Valentine said. “He said he walked into the meeting room and all of the coaches were watching my film and they liked it. He had been telling me that they were going to offer me when I came up there but I...

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Ezzard has a strong relationship with Seider: Florida Gators recruiting

The last two Florida Gators recruiting classes have done a good job of rebuilding the receiver position at Florida but the process is continuing in 2018.

One of the top guys at the position is receiver Marquez Ezzard (6-1, 195, Stockbridge, GA. High) and he says he speaks with the Gators coaching a lot.

“I talk to Florida about three times every week,” Ezzard said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to really the whole coaching staff or at least most of them. I talk to Coach [JaJuan] Seider the most, though.”

Running backs coach JaJuan Seider has been selling Ezzard on the...

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An excited Smith names UF his leader: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting board for 2018 is starting to take shape as the coaching staff hands out more offers before spring practice starts.

On Monday the Gators offered safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) after he spoke to a Gators coach on the phone.

“Coach JaJuan Seider told me about the offer,” Smith said. “I called him on Monday night and he let me know about the offer. I’ve been waiting patiently for the offer and it was very exciting to get the offer. I’ve wanted an offer from Florida for a couple of years now.”

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Seider improves his chances with Martin: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 will likely feature two backs in it and the coaching staff has several big options on the board right now.

One of the latest additions to the board is running back Asa Martin (6-0, 193, Decatur, AL. Austin) who picked up an offer from Florida two weeks ago.

“Coach [JaJuan] Seider was the coach that offered me from Florida,” Martin said. “He was saying that he likes my game a lot. He was recruiting me at West Virginia and offered me there too so now that he’s at Florida he wanted to offer me. Now that he’s there we can maybe make...

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First impressions of the Florida Gators new coaches: podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the first impression the Florida Gators new coaches gave off during their first press conference as Gators.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about why those three coaches gave us positive impressions, plus what we're hearing on those guys.

Andrew and Nick also preview the opening of baseball season this weekend, plus preview the softball weekend for the Gators.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas,...

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McElwain found “right fit” for Florida Gators assistant coaches

In two seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators Jim McElwain has had to hire 14 coaches. Five of those hires came after a coach was either let go or they left for a job elsewhere. It’s something he’ll have to get used to at Florida, a place where assistant coaches can quickly climb the coaching ladder, catapulting themselves into raises or even head coaching positions — like Geoff Collins.

When Collins accepted the head-coaching job at Temple McElwain didn’t panic. He promoted Randy Shannon to defensive coordinator for the bowl game and began looking for replacements. A month...

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Russell has a reunion at UF: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 has plenty of options at defensive back as this year is a loaded year for the position both in state and in the southeast.

Last Saturday the Gators hosted one of those top defensive back targets when Randy Russell (5-11, 180, Opa Locka, FL. Carol City) visited Gainesville.

“The visit was awesome, it was a great visit,” Russell said of his Florida visit. “I got to meet with the coaches, talk with Coach McElwain and be around some of the guys. We got to go to the basketball game and see the academic center which was great.”

Unlike most...

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2018 Florida Gators recruiting update and more: Podcast

Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators big recruiting weekend last weekend, plus talk about the basketball team.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down how the new coaches are doing in recruiting, plus update you on how this staff is different from years past.

Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators softball season-opening tournament and talk about the upcoming baseball season for the Gators.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here again with Nicholas de...

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Florida Gators make a move for Curry after his visit

The Florida Gators signed two running backs in the class of 2017 but they’re looking to add two more in the class of 2018 as they continue to add talent on the offensive side of the ball.

On Saturday, the Gators hosted one of their top targets at running back when Chris Curry (5-11, 200, Lehigh Acres, FL. Senior) visited and he says he had a great time in Gainesville.

"It was mind-blowing. I had a great experience and a great time,” Curry said on the Florida visit. “I got to meet with all the coaches and even the head coach. Really everybody. I liked the new academic building they...

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Breaking down Florida Gators recent hires: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we break down the latest Florida Gators football hires that took place over the weekend.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre give you their thoughts on the coaching hires, plus what these guys bring to the table.

Andrew and Nick also break down the Florida Gators basketball team's recent success including a blowout win against Kentucky on Saturday.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, another weekend full of drama in...

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Jajuan Seider to join Florida Gators staff

National signing day is over but Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is still working.

McElwain will fill one of two coaching vacancies on his staff with former West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider. McElwain did not announce what position group that Seider would be coaching, just that he was being added to the staff as an assistant.

Seider, 38, is originally from Belle Glade, Florida but went to school and played quarterback at West Virginia before transferring to Florida A&M his senior year. Seider was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2000...

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