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Whittemore the newest 2019 Florida Gators recruiting commit

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 got its sixth member on Sunday when a local prospect committed to Florida.

2019 defensive back Trent Whittemore (6-3, 190, Gainesville, FL. Buchholz) announced his commitment on Twitter just days after getting his Gators offer.

“I got the offer early in the week,” Whittemore said. “I didn’t want to be rash but after praying and thinking all this week, I’m confident that I want to be a Gator.”

Whittemore’s decision to stay home and play for his mom’s [Missy Aggertt] former school who was a former Gators volleyball player was...

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Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines kickoff time

The Florida Gators long awaited blockbuster 2017 season opener against the Michigan Wolverines on September 2 finally has an official kickoff time.

ESPN announced on Thursday that the AdvoCare Classic between the Gators and Wolverines will kickoff their seasons at 3:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will air live nationally on ABC. The Florida-Michigan game will precede a matchup between Florida State and Alabama (in Atlanta) at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Florida and Michigan...

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Wanted: Florida Gators Kick and Punt Returner

The Florida Gators are in desperate need of a kick and punt returner – so much so, that it may be one of their biggest question marks heading into the summer.

Under Jim McElwain and special teams coordinator Greg Nord, the Gators have struggled in the punt and kick return game. They have only returned one kick for a touchdown in the past two seasons, after having seven in the previous six seasons, and besides two touchdowns by Antonio Callaway on punt return in 2015, the Gators have little reason to be proud of the return game.

The Gators ranked 39th in kick return, lead mostly by...

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Jim McElwain won’t discuss Antonio Callaway’s playing status

Speaking with reporters in St. Petersburg Jim McElwain addressed the recent misdemeanor possession of marijuana citation his star receiver Antonio Callaway received last weekend.

“Obviously there was some news that came out today about Antonio, that, guys, I’m just really disappointed. I’m aware of it and everything, and we’ll handle it accordingly,” McElwain told reporters prior to meeting with a Gator Club. “I’m just really...

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Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession

Florida Gators junior receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana early Saturday morning.

Gainesville Police officers stopped a black Mercedes SUV for a seatbelt violation. Callaway was sitting in the back seat behind the driver. When the officer approached the vehicle he reported smelling the odor of marijuana. After asking Callaway to exit the vehicle officers found a bag of marijuana weighing approximately seven grams in Callaway’s front pocket. Another passenger, 40-year old Kendrick Lamount Williams was also found with marijuana on his person and both...

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The Florida Gators Five-Headed Running Back

I might as well come out say it, Jim McElwain may have more top-to-bottom talent at running back than the Florida Gators have, potentially, had at the position in the last few decades.

Sure, the Gators have had first-team All-Americans and All-SEC selections and right now, they don’t have any of those accolades.

But, if you look at the skillsets of the running back quintet, you have a group that is strong, quick, agile, powerful, and different. Jordan Scarlett is your power back, Mark Thompson is your potential out of the backfield passing threat, Lamical Perine brings...

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Florida Gators athletics post high APR scores in academics

Special report on Florida Gators athletics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida athletics once again posted high marks across the board in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, announced Wednesday by the NCAA. Every Gator team scored above a 970 out of 1,000.

Last week, four Florida teams were celebrated as their APR scores were in the top 10 percent of their sport. Women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis all scored a perfect 1,000, while men’s basketball was also recognized with a 990 that rated among the top 10 percent.

“In athletics, we keep score, not just on the playing field...

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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.”

After Seider...

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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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UF stands on top for Whittington: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 has started off really well good so far and there’s still a lot of time for the coaching staff to improve the class even more.

One of the targets the Gators are still after is 2019 receiver Jordan Whittington (6-1, 185, Cuero, TX. High) who has Florida very high on his list.

“Florida is my leader,” Whittington said. “The coaches, the campus, the offensive style and the amount of true freshman is why. I like the environment at Florida too. “

Not only is receivers coach Kerry Dixon the main recruiter for Whittington’s area but...

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2017 NFL Draft: Caleb Brantley drafted by Browns

University of Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley became the seventh Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Cleveland Browns selected him 185th overall in the sixth round.

Brantley came to Florida as the ninth rated defensive tackle in the country out of Crescent City High School. He redshirted in 2013 before finally seeing action and playing in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman.

When Jim McElwain and the new coaching staff took over in 2015, Brantley assumed a starting role. With 29 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, Pro Football Focus named him to Second Team...

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2017 NFL Draft: Alex Anzalone drafted by Saints

University of Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone became the fifth Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the New Orleans Saints selected him 76th overall in the third  round.

Anzalone was one of the biggest question marks of Florida’s draft eligible players this year. He had already graduated and while his talent was undeniable, his college career was plagued with injuries. So, would he stay one more year to try to increase his draft stock or was that too much of a risk?
In the end, he made the decision to forgo his final season of eligibility rather than risk his future...

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2017 NFL Draft: Marcus Maye drafted by Jets

University of Florida safety Marcus Maye became the second Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the New York Jets selected him 39th overall in the second round.

The Melbourne, Fla., native had a lot of options coming out of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy as the fifth rated safety in the country, but he ended up at Florida in 2012. He redshirted in his first season with the Gators.

Maye was a key player on special teams throughout his career and he got in the action as a part of Florida’s strong secondary unit early, playing in all 12 games and getting two starts at...

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Florida Gators could benefit from SEC rule change

The head coach of the Florida Gators football team is under a microscope. Jim McElwain knew that to be the case when he accepted the head-coaching job, he probably didn’t know, however, how deficient his roster of players would be in terms of depth.

In their first spring camp McElwain and his staff had to piece together an offensive line with barely enough scholarship offensive linemen to even have one full unit. McElwain turned then to the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule to help fill a need. The Gators also brought in Austin Appleby during McElwain’s second season, another graduate...

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Florida sits on top for Tillman after offered: Florida Gators recruiting

Last week was a big week for the Florida Gators recruiting classes as the coaches were able to get out on the road and see prospects during the evaluation period.

While out on the road the Gators offered 2019 safety Marcus Tillman Jr. (6-3, 203, Orlando, FL. Jones) after receivers coach Kerry Dixon visited his school.

“Coach Dixon,” Tillman said of the coach who offered him. “He talked to my coach and said that they liked my film and I was good at making open space tackles. He said that I’m quick and he loves my athleticism. That I’m also a big safety at 6’3, 203.”

This...

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Amari Burney focused on two schools heading into his decision

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier much like the rest of the Florida Gators coaching staff hit the road on Tuesday for the first time this spring and he was in the Clearwater area visiting players.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) was one of the guys that got a visit from Nussmeier on Tuesday.

“Coach Nussmeier came by to see me,” Burney said. “It went good, he can’t talk to me but he talked to my coach. He was telling my coach that I’m a big factor for them and they need me.”

Burney felt a lot pride on Tuesday in knowing that the Gators...

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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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Jeffries calls his Florida Gators offer “a great deal”

It’s a holiday weekend but that didn’t stop the Florida Gators from hosting a pair of visitors on campus on Saturday afternoon.

One of those visitors was defensive tackle Darnell Jeffries (6-4, 271, Covington, GA. Newton) who enjoyed his first visit to Gainesville.

“It was a really nice visit,” Jeffries said of Saturday’s visit. “It’s a beautiful campus and everyone was glad to see me there. The visit was really about meeting with the defensive coaches and watching film. They were letting me know where I fit in the overall defensive plan.”

While on the visit defensive...

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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.

“A few schools have been recruiting me...

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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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Williams likes the Florida Gators coaching staff

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA.- The Florida Gators are looking for that alpha male to lead the 2018 class and that person is often the quarterback, which the Gators are still looking for in this year’s class.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and head coach Jim McElwain have offered several quarterbacks so far but most of them are committed to other schools which means the Gators are going for the flip and they have a chance with a few of those guys.

One of those guys that Florida is after is Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams (6-3, 205, Lawrenceville, GA. Central Gwinnett) who took a...

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Florida Gators quarterback to have surgery

Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus, sources told Gator Country.

Trask is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after surgery, but should be back in time for the start of fall camp. Trask injured the knee late in spring camp, approximately two weeks ago, and played the Orange and Blue Debut last Friday with the injured knee.

Trask has been battling fellow redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks for the starting quarterback job. The two split reps throughout spring camp before Franks started to receive more of the first team...

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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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Miller report: Hope springs eternal for Florida Gators

Spring practice is over and the long summer wait for football begins. As great as it is to get a glimpse of the future in the spring game, it also heralds the end of football for months. The Gator Nation anxiously awaited this year’s Orange and Blue Debut mostly to see how the young quarterbacks have developed. We last saw Felipe Franks and Kyle Trask in action a year ago in the 2016 spring game.

I think it was clear that Felipe Franks is in the lead at this point in the quarterback battle. That was obvious when Franks got the luxury of playing with the number one offense. He made the...

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Orange and Blue Debut Answers Few Questions

I will be honest I was at a country music concert (Drake White and Dave Kennedy) during the Florida Gators Orange and Blue Debut game on April 7th.

However, I did see the tweets and hot takes flying all over the Internet when I checked sparingly. Between the commentary on quarterback play, the fairness of the teams, the lack of much tempo and chemistry, and whether the offensive play actually improved at all – I was curious how the game actually went.

Thanks to advancements in television technology, I was able to watch the game the next day – and the game, well, it didn’t show much...

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Recapping the Florida Gators spring game: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators spring game that took place on Friday night in the Swamp.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what they liked in the game, plus what they were able learn about the position battles during the games.

Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest recruiting news as the Gators picked up four commits over the weekend, plus talk about the diamond sports.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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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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Johnson likes the Florida Gators’ DB success

Trinity Christian in Jacksonville seems to have a big named prospect year after year and the same is true this year.

Cornerback Tyreke Johnson (6-1, 191, Jacksonville, FL. Trinity Christian) is that guy this year and on Friday he visited the Florida Gators for the spring game.

“I loved it. I loved what I saw from their defense,” Johnson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “It seems like they want the long corners inside the dude’s face and to challenge the receivers at the line is something very exciting, and I also like how the defense was flying around, hitting people. I...

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A smiling Goss couldn’t wait to commit to Florida Gators

Tight end Jalen Goss (6-5, 250, Valdosta, GA. Lowndes) was the Florida Gators second commit on Friday night when he announced his commitment while on campus.

Goss who visited Florida two weeks ago and picked up an offer during that visit explained why he decided to commit on Friday.

“I was here earlier today [Friday] and I went on tour and I liked everything I seen and I’ve also wanted to come here since I was in middle school,” Goss said on why he committed to Florida. “That also had something to do with it, and it’s close to home.”

The tight end that committed to Florida...

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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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