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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.”

During the multiple days on campus,...

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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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Jackson looking for answers from the Florida Gators

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,...

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Stevenson has UF as his leader: Florida Gators recruiting

An interesting thing for the Florida Gators recruiting classes is that the 2019 class has the exact same amount of commits as the 2018 class does.

This speaks volumes to the way Jim McElwain and his staff have continued to recruit players earlier in the process.

On Saturday, the Gators hosted several 2019 prospects on campus including defensive back Tyrique Stevenson (6-0, 175, Homestead, FL. South Dade) who enjoyed his visit.

“It was a great visit, I loved it up there,” Stevenson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We visited the locker room, we went to practice and...

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Massey’s road to a speedy ACL recovery for Florida Gators

Nothing in life has ever come easy for Florida Gators wide receiver Dre Massey.

From moving around a lot as a child, to losing his father in a car accident at a young age, to paving his way out of Holmes Community College and finally landing at the University of Florida, all the obstacles Massey has faced in his life have given him the strength to endure whatever new challenges are thrown his way.

The most recent hurdle to add to his list came last fall, in the very first game of his Division I football career. His mother traveled all the way from Greenville, South Carolina, to see her...

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Jachai Polite Could be Florida Gators Next Great Lineman

Could sophomore Jachai Polite be the next great Florida Gators defensive tackle?

Yes. That’s it. Thanks for reading!

No, but seriously, he could.

The sophomore defensive tackle from Daytona Beach, Fla. came to the University of Florida has an unheralded, or rather under-reported on, recruit. A three-star out of Mainland High School, Polite committed in November of his senior year over schools like Southern California, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. He was expected to potentially contribute in a few years, but not earlier. He was expected to be a quicker than normal defensive tackle,...

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Jarrad Davis turns heads, solidifies draft status at pro day

Jarrad Davis knew that his ankle wasn’t ready to go but as a senior for the Florida Gators native of Kingsland Georgia, he couldn’t imagine not playing in his final Florida-Georgia game.

So he played.

Davis tallied seven tackles that Saturday but playing in that game, and the following week against Missouri took its toll.

“Playing that Georgia week, that was my week, I couldn’t miss that week,” he said following Florida’s pro day on Tuesday. “Then I felt like I set myself back a little bit doing that, coming back so fast.

Davis missed the next three games. He tried to...

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Burney experiences a different visit to the Florida Gators

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain talked about how big of a Saturday it was for the Gators to host so many prospects on campus at his Monday press conference. McElwain said the Gators even added in some stuff at practice for prospects to see and that included athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who got to see some of the new coaches for the first time.

“It went great, it was a different experience from the last few times I’ve been there,” Burney said of Saturday’s visit. “Finally getting to a practice, I had never been to one before. Just...

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A dream come true for DB Thomas: Florida Gators recruiting

Several prospects picked up offers for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 on Saturday during the Gators junior day and that included one instate prospects.

Defensive back Juanyeh Thomas (6-2, 182, Niceville, FL. High) was one of those guys and he liked watching the Gators practice.

“It was great, I loved the facilities and I love the coaches,” Thomas said of the visit to Florida on Saturday. “The best part of it all was practice. I love the field tempo of their practices. We got to do a lot, though; we toured the facilities, went on the game field and then watched...

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Gators think Antonneous Clayton is ready to “turn some heads”

Every morning that Antonneous Clayton wakes up he’s thinking about what has to be done that day. There are weights, class, film and practice and, of course, he has to eat.

Clayton arrived at Florida a heralded five-start prospect but at 215 pounds he wasn’t anywhere near where he needed to be to play defensive line in the Southeastern Conference.

“I wasn’t that SEC body that I wanted to have,” he said Monday. “I was highly ranked but when I got here those stars didn’t mean nothing. I still had a huge learning curve.”

Clayton was a star lineman for Dooley County High...

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Florida Gators Pro Day preview

The NFL will descend on Gainesville Tuesday for the Florida Gators Pro Day.

Florida, once again, is loaded with talent and representatives are expected to be in attendance from all 32 NFL organizations. The Gators had eight players invited to the NFL Combine last month, including five juniors that declared early for the draft.

“I’m really excited for our guys to go get in front of those scouts again for some of them and first time for others, and have an opportunity to put on a good show for that,” McElwain said. “There are going to be tons of people here, everything from NFL...

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Tyler Jordan answers the call from Jim McElwain

The Florida Gators offensive line has taken a lot of criticism the past several years. Two years ago the unit let up more sacks than any other offensive line in the SEC (45) but they bounced back in 2016 allowing just (28), cutting the average down by more than a full sack a game.

Part of the jump in production was the consistency created by returning offensive linemen and in 2016 the Gators will return every starting offensive lineman except left tackle David Sharpe.

Tyler Jordan has played in 25-of-27 games since he arrived on campus, including four starts as a freshman and 11 as a...

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Davis made Saturday’s visit a success for Barnes: Florida Gators

Offensive lineman William Barnes (6-4, 312, Apopka, FL. High) has been on the Florida Gators campus several times but Saturday’s visit was different.

On Saturday, Barnes got to watch new Gators offensive line coach in person and he says that his visit was a success to Gainesville.

“It was definitely a great visit, I enjoyed it a lot,” Barnes said of his visit to Florida. “Getting to watch Coach Brad Davis coach and getting to talk to Coach Mac is always great. It was just a good visit.”

Barnes was impressed by Davis’ coaching style and the way Florida practiced during...

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Gregory likes the Florida Gators coaches and atmosphere

Saturday was a very busy for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they held a spring practice and a junior day.

One of the prospects on campus for that junior day was receiver Demarcus Gregory (6-3, 196, Duncan, SC. Byrnes) who enjoyed his time on campus.

“It went good, I loved the campus, it was really nice,” Gregory said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “I was able to talk to the coaches. I talked to Coach [Kerry] Dixon and Coach [Jim] McElwain one-on-one. We also toured the campus.”

Gregory got the chance to watch Florida practice and he was able to evaluate how Dixon...

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Corbin “loved” his Florida Gators visit on Friday

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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Feleipe Franks has “come along way” since last O&B game

He’d be one of the first to admit it. When it was his time to get in and play during the 2016 Orange and Blue Debut his head was still spinning. The playbook, the new faces, everything about playing quarterback at this level was still overwhelming to Feleipe Franks.

It showed.

Franks, a highly sought after recruit, threw three interceptions before fining C’yontai Lewis for the game’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was a disastrous introduction to a fan base that was eagerly anticipating its first glimpse at their freshman quarterback.

“I think it was a case of...

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An offer from UF would be huge for Bonitto: Florida Gators recruiting

Last Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted double-digit prospects on campus for the class.

Defensive end/linebacker Nik Bonitto (6-2, 204, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) was one of those on campus and he got to speak to several coaches.

“It went well,” Bonitto said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “We toured the school and then got to watch practice. I got talk to all of the coaches like Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Jim] Mac and Coach [Tim] Skip.”

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon spoke with Bonitto on...

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What is the Florida Gators quarterback battle like?

Steve Spurrier is in the Florida Gators football offices. He has his own office at the end of the hall in the communications wing and occasionally meets with the football coaches to talk ball, watch film and stay around the team. He isn’t, however, making decisions about personnel; so don’t expect to see Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier playing on the quarterback carousel that Spurrier set up with Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson in 1997.

For the first time since they’ve been together in Gainesville Nussmeier and McElwain will have a quarterback under center that they recruited to run...

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Florida Gators impressed Gouraige and his mother on Saturday

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Florida Gators on the recruiting front as several big instate targets were on campus watching the Gators practice on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge Christian School) was one of those guys on campus and it was a successful visit for the lineman.

“I loved it, it was a great experience,” Gouraige said of his Florida visit. “Talking to Coach [Brad] Davis and Coach Mac made it a great time. We got to sit down with all of the coaches, talk to the players, watch film and then we went to the...

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Manuel likes the Orange and Blue after Florida Gators visit

The Florida Gators have had a lot of prospects on campus for spring practice over the last two weeks and several of those guys have been underclassmen players.

One of those underclassmen was 2020 receiver Leonard Manuel (6-4, 205, Ocala, FL. Vanguard) who visited campus last week.

“It went good,” Manuel said. “We got to watch the practice and after the practice, we got to meet the head coach. After that, they toured us around the field and we got to try on the jerseys.”

While on campus the receiver got to talk to several coaches including his area recruiter Greg Nord who had a...

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Florida Gators early enrollees earning early praise

Enrolling at college early is a sacrifice but it’s a move that is already paying dividends for several new Florida Gators.

They should be enjoying the last few months of high school, getting ready for prom and hanging out with their friends but instead graduated high school early and are cramming in the film room, studying a new playbook and sweating next to a new group of friend out on the practice field in Gainesville.

On Monday Jim McElwain singled out Kemore Gamble and Kadeem Telfort as two freshmen that are taking advantage of the head start they earned themselves over the rest of...

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Jim McElwain using Florida basketball as example for football

Jim McElwain is a basketball nut, something he’s never tried to hide, so you can imagine his excitement during March Madness.

In his first press conference in a week, McElwain opened up talking about how excited he was for Mike White and the Florida Gators basketball team, as well as how well the SEC has done in the tournament.

Mac is a fan, he’s going to watch as much college hoops as he can, but he is also using what White and the men’s basketball team is doing as a teaching tool for his team.

“My hat's off to how our guys are playing. Mike's got those guys playing...

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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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Waggoner picks up a spring break offer: Florida Gators recruiting

A lot of schools around the country are on spring break, which gives more prospects on the Florida Gators recruiting board the chance to see the Gators go through spring practice.

On Saturday, defensive end John Waggoner (6-5, 230, West Des Moines, IA. Dowling Catholic) took advantage of that and visited the Gators.

“It was good,” Waggoner said. “We first toured all of the facilities and looked at the academic center which is really nice. Then we went to watch practice, which was very competitive. After that, I spoke with Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain and that...

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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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UF helps itself with Sherwood on Thursday: Florida Gators recruiting

On Thursday, a big target for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 visited campus to see the Gators spring practice.

Safety Jamien Sherwood (6-2, 195, Jensen Beach, FL. High) visited Florida with his coach and got to see a lot of what Florida has to offer.

“It was great, I enjoyed every part of it,” Sherwood said. “When I first got there we went inside the stadium and then met Coach JaJuan [Seider], Coach Kerry [Dixon], Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain. Then they took us on a tour and we saw the facilities, the classrooms, and the tutoring...

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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 offer “means a lot” to Milton

The Florida Gators are looking for a quarterback in the class of 2018 and on Tuesday they handed out an offer at the position.

Quarterback Joe Milton (6-5, 222, Orlando, FL. Olympia) was the guy who got that offer from Gators head coach Jim McElwain on Tuesday.

“They offered me during the visit,” Milton said. “Coach McElwain was the coach who gave me the offer. He first told me to think about how I would look in the Orange and Blue and then after that he offered me a scholarship.”

Milton has been very open about how much he wanted an offer from Florida and he explained why...

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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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Florida Gators show off Outback Bowl rings

The Florida Gators kicked off spring practice before the University of Florida broke for spring break. When the players returned to campus on Sunday Jim McElwain and the coaching staff had a surprise waiting for the players. During the team meal on Sunday McElwain surprised the players with championship rings.

“Well-deserved,” McElwain said. “Back-to-back SEC champs in the East. That’s something that is no small feat.”

Always thanking God for the opportunities that he has put in my life Back to back SEC East champions i love this team 🐊🏈

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