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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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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 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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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 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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Where to Improve the Florida Gators Offense

The Florida Gators’ offense over the last seven years has been offensive.

We know that and we don’t need to rehash it.

Florida is now in their third year of Jim McElwain’s and Doug Nussmeier’s offense and while it has shown flashes of what could be, it has never been consistent. Whether injuries (or drug usage), player personnel, or overall uncreative play-calling have hindered their ability to put up points and yardage, Florida fans (and coaches, players, and recruits) are clamoring for this year to be the year for offensive improvement.

While a lot folks look at total...

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Florida Gators name LSU as 2017 Homecoming opponent

The Florida Gators rivalry with the LSU Tigers reached new heights in 2016 but Jim McElwain decided to turn it up to eleven in 2017.

On Thursday the Gators announced that LSU would be its homecoming opponent, something Tigers’ fans and players surely won’t like.

There has been bad blood between the interdivisional rivals for some time but the back-and-forth over a postponed game last year due to the threat of Hurricane Matthews cranked up the tension.

Florida was reluctant to move the game away from Gainesville early on in the week as projections for the Hurricane were far from...

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Opinion: Why Justin Fields Should Take His Time

If you have spent any time on Twitter, Florida Gators message boards, or just living anywhere near a sports fan – then you will know that about six football programs are living on the edge of their seats hoping for a commitment from 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. Fields, Mr. All-Everything on the camp circuit, is considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State after backing off a seven-month commitment to Penn State.

After Fields de-committed from Penn State, he quickly visited Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, and Florida and fans expected a quick...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Tight End

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.

Last time, we looked at Florida’s looming questions at the wide receiver position. With quarterback, running back, offensive line and wide receiver already covered, tight ends are the final piece to fill in as we close out the offense.

Tight...

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Dawson, Harris, Ivey representing Florida Gators at SEC Media Days

With SEC Media Days just days away the SEC announced all 42 student-athletes that will join their 14 respective head coaches in Hoover, Alabama next week.

Jim McElwain picked three Florida Gators to accompany him and represent the University of Florida. Seniors Marcell Harris and Duke Dawson, as well as junior Martez Ivey.

This will be the first year since 2009 that the Gators aren’t featured on the first day (Monday) of the week. Florida will be up on Tuesday, along with Georgia, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Harris and Dawson both played some of their best football last season...

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Who will the Florida Gators take to SEC Media Days?

It’s hard to believe but SEC Media Days are just around the corner and the Florida Gators are less than 60 days away from taking on Michigan to kick off the 2017 football season.

It may just be “talking season” to Steve Spurrier but the week that the SEC schools descend upon Hoover, Alabama for Media Days is sort of the official, unofficial start of the college football season. Every word, glance, stare, answer or non-answer will be scrutinized and picked apart during the week. In recent years it’s even become a fashion show, and not just with the players, coaches, namely

Corral planning to visit the Florida Gators this summer

The Florida Gators recruiting class is solid but the one thing lacking so far is a quarterback commit for 2018.

For most of the spring the focus has been squarely on quarterback Justin Fields but there’s a new name floating around now.

Quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach, CA. Long Beach Poly) decommitted from USC in June and now says he talks to Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier a lot.

“I talk to Florida every day,” Corral said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to Coach Nussmeier either on the phone or texting every day. He talks to me about my day and...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Wide Receivers

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In late June, 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 touched on quarterback, running back and offensive line. We will now move into the pass catchers, starting with wide receiver.

Wide Receiver

The Gators are stacked at wide receiver this season, as it has become one...

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Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: June 26th edition

The Florida Gators recruiting/coaching staff is about to enter a dead period for the next few weeks for recruiting.

The break comes at the right time as the coaching staff has had a busy summer with hosting prospects and holding camps in Gainesville.

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 recruiting...

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Florida Gators improve chances with Briggs after visit

Wednesday was a busy day for the Florida Gators football staff as they hosted two big targets for the 2018 class on visits.

One of those was defensive lineman Dennis Briggs (6-4, 252, Kissimmee, FL. Gateway) who got to see a lot of things that he wanted to see.

“The visit was great, I liked the visit,” Briggs said of his visit to Florida on Wednesday. “It was great being back at Florida and great hearing from the coaches. It was great seeing everything. We took a tour to see everything and got to see the basketball arena.”

A few of the Gators coaches were on vacation on...

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An excited Tillman always wanted to join the Florida Gators

Last week the Florida Gators picked up another 2019 commitment after one of Jim McElwain’s football camps.

2019 athlete Marcus Tillman (6-0, 195, Orlando, FL. Jones) decided to commit to Florida after a meeting with the head man himself.

“Coach McElwain was telling me what I wanted to hear and Florida is my dream school,” Tillman said on why he committed. “I’ve always wanted to go there so I just decide to commit.”

Tillman was in McElwain’s office when he told the Gators about his decision to commit and the news was well received.

“He was real happy and he give me a...

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Three Florida Gators named Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans

With the college football season just over two months away Athlon Sports released its annual list of preseason All-Americans.

Three Florida Gators were named to the second and third teams. Duke Dawson was named a second team All-American at cornerback and Eddy Pineiro was named the second team kicker. Punter Johnny Townsend was selected on the third team.

Dawson returns in 2017 for his senior season. He has played in 37 games during his career at Florida with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss,...

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Mukuamu high on the Florida Gators after his visit

It has already been a busy summer for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they’ve hosted a lot of prospects on campus for camps and unofficial visits.

Last Thursday the Gators hosted safety Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 187, Boosier City, LA. Parkway) and he received an offer while on campus after he spoke with the coaching staff.

“Coach [Randy] Shannon the defensive coordinator did while I was visiting,” Mukuamu said. “He told me that he loves the way I play and that he loves my size, ability and the kind of person I am.”

Mukuamu has double digit offers already but he admits that...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Quarterback

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In mid-late June, 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.

The first segments of this series will take a look at Florida’s offense, starting with a few of the many questions at the quarterback position.

The Gators have been searching for answers on offense since the departure of Tim Tebow in 2009,...

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Jim McElwain, Mike White given contract extensions

Coming off back-to-back SEC East Championships Jim McElwain was given a contract extension through January 2023. The one-year extension brings his average annual salary over the six-year contract up to $4.486 million (from $4.1645) annually. McElwain is 19-8 (13-3 SEC) in two seasons at Florida.

Head basketball coach Mike White was also given a one-year contract extension through 2023. White, who is 48-24 (23-13 SEC) and just led the Gators to the Elite Eight, had his total contract reach $16,275,000 over six years, giving him an average annual salary of $2,712,500.

“Both Coach Mac and...

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