Recruiting

Dunlap excited about Florida Gators recruiting class

OL Curtis Dunlap is excited about the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 so far.

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Florida Gators alumni talk about the buzz around the program

GC talked to several UF alumni to get their take on the buzz around the football program heading into the season.

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Copeland knew he wanted to join the Florida Gators

WR Jacob Copeland knew he wanted to join the Florida Gators for several years now.

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Commits talk about the buzz around Florida Gators recruiting

Florida commits talked to GC about the buzz around Florida Gators recruiting right now.

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Corral joins the podcast to talk Florida Gators recruiting and more

QB Matt Corral joins the podcast to talk Florida Gators recruiting and much more.

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Petit-Frere enjoys Florida Gators visit but still open

OL Nick Petit-Frere enjoyed his Florida Gators visit but is still open in his recruitment.

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Brad Davis making a strong impression on Lucas

Florida Gators OL coach Brad Davis making a strong impression on Dontae Lucas.

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Reese joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

Outside linebacker David Reese joins the Florida Gators recruiting class.

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Wilson credits Davis for his commitment to the Florida Gators

OL Wardrick Wilson credits Brad Davis for his commitment to the Florida Gators.

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Gilbert liked the atmosphere in his first visit to Florida Gators

2020 TE Arik Gilbert liked the atmosphere in his first visit to Florida Gators.

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Miami DB commit Gilbert Frierson keeping options open

The Florida Gators have had great luck with flipping Miami Hurricanes commits the last few years and that has continued in the 2018 recruiting class.

Last Friday, the Gators hosted one of Miami’s top commits in defensive back Gilbert Frierson (6-1, 185, Miami, FL. Coral Gables Senior) who enjoyed his first Friday Night Lights.

“It was a great experience,” Frierson said. “Friday Night Lights, my first time out here. I heard a lot about it and I got to experience it.”
One of the things that stood out to Frierson was the Gators coaching staff and the way they treated him.
“The coaches, great coaches,” he said of Florida’s coaching staff. “The coaches are great; they always show positivity towards me, willing to do anything to get me to where I need to be.”
Despite Frierson being committed to Miami for sometime now, the Gators have had several coaches continue to talk to the Canes commit.
“Very often,” Frierson said on how often he talks to Florida. “I talk to Coach [Corey] Bell, Coach [Randy] Shannon, and Coach Hova a lot.

The message from Florida has continued to be the same since day one and it’s very simple message.
“We talk a lot that they want to see me here,” he said on the message from the coaches. “They want to see me play for the Gators and be apart of greatness.”
The Gators coaching staff also has a lot of helping hands as Frierson knows several of the Gators current players.
“Oh yeah, of course, I know Vosean Joseph, C.J. Henderson, Shawn Davis and I know a couple,” he said of the South Florida guys he knows. “Yeah, we talk a lot. I talk to C.J. and Shawn Davis.”
Frierson admits that Friday’s visit helped the Gators chances but he says every visit does that.
“I’ve been up here before. It’s not my first time,” Frierson said on if this visit helped Florida. “My third time up here. Every time I come up I just try to get more comfortable.”

The Miami defensive back doesn’t talk much about his status but did shed a little light on his status with Miami.
“Not too much in my recruitment, I don’t really know,” he said of how solid he is to Miami. “I’m just keeping quiet about my recruitment right now.”
Frierson did admit that he wants to give other schools a shot because of how early he committed to Miami.

“It’s tough because I committed very early in my recruiting process so I never gave schools a chance,” Frierson said of his recruitment. “I’m just opening it up a little bit.”

Over the next few months, Frierson plans to evaluate all of his options and see how this fall goes.

“I’m waiting on to see how the season goes,” he said on chances he flips from Miami. “I feel I can go anywhere. I can only pick one school.”

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Frierson is very open despite his commitment to Miami and Georgia is the team with the most momentum right now. The longer this goes on, the better chance Florida has to make up ground on the defensive back. Frierson does have a really good relationship with several of Florida’s coaches.

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Johnson loved the Florida Gators atmosphere

The Florida Gators FNL hosted some of the top juniors and seniors in the country. The Gators also hosted a crop of extremely talented 2020 recruits. Among those being 6’3 185lb wide receiver Taji Johnson from Marietta.

The visit to Florida was a great experience for Johnson. He loved everything from the campus to the way the Florida players handle themselves.

“I loved the visit,” Johnson told GatorCountry.com. “I love the campus, I love how everything works, I love how they carry themselves, I love how the athletes carry themselves. It’s just all around great.”

Johnson had the opportunity to learn and spend some time around wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon. The way that Dixon coaches really stood out to Johnson.

“I talked to coach Dixon a good bit,” he said. “He gives me pointers on what you need to do and what not to do. He’s real with you, so he’ll tell you what you need to work on, but then if you do something good, he’ll praise you for it. Just all the coaches come in and make you feel like family. I love it.”

Johnson identifies himself as a red zone threat. Having the ability to go up and grab a 50/50 ball in the end zone is something that Johnson prides himself on.

“I think I’d be more of a red zone threat. I think that’s what I see myself as. I can go open field, but red zone threat is what I like. I think I’m very effective in that area.”

So far in the recruiting process Oregon and Buffalo are the only offers that Johnson has at the moment. More offers are sure to start flowing in for this talented receiver.

“I have received offers from the University of Oregon and the University of Buffalo, so I did go to Buffalo for the Junior Day, and I have not been to Oregon yet, but I plan to go.”

Johnson says that the atmosphere at the swamp is game changer and something that is very special.

 

“The Swamp is something that makes Florida stand out,” Johnson said. “Friday Night Lights in The Swamp. I loved it. I loved the crowd, I loved the atmosphere, I loved the hype. The competition is what I really look forward to in camp I haven’t seen any other schools do that the way they do it here and that’s what I love about this place.”

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Florida Gators improve their chances with Whittington

The Florida Gators improved their chances with 2019 WR Jordan Whittington on Wednesday.

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Bailey building a strong relationship with the Florida Gators

QB Harrison Bailey is building a strong relationship with the Florida Gators.

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Burney recruiting others to join the Florida Gators

Athlete Amari Burney is recruiting others to join the Florida Gators with him in 2018.

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Chase felt the Florida Gators was the right decision

The Florida Gators continued their big momentum on Sunday when receiver Ja’Marr Chase (6-1, 195, Metairie, LA. Archbishop Rummel) committed to Florida.

Chase was on campus over the weekend and participated in Friday Night Lights in Gainesville and he says the feel he got there made him decide to commit.

“I feel like that was the right decision for me,” Chase said on why he committed. “I felt comfortable with that decision and just felt like Florida was home.”

Linebackers coach Tim Skipper was the main recruiter for Chase and the receiver gives a lot of credit to him for...

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Spivey Senses: Florida Gators insider recruiting report

GatorCountry brings you another edition of  Spivey Senses as we give you the Florida Gators insider recruiting report after quarterback Matt Corral committed to Florida.

Andrew Spivey brings you the behind the scenes notes on how Florida got Corral, plus who could be next to commit to Florida.

This edition is jammed pack as Jim McElwain finally has his quarterback and prospects are now looking hard at Florida.

Here's what you can find in this edition.

How was Florida able to land Matt Corral?
What went into Ja'Marr Chase committing to Florida?
Who could be the next guy to...

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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 recruiting podcast recapping FNL and more

GatorCountry.com brings you a new podcast as we recap the biggest Florida Gators recruiting event of the summer as the Swamp hosted Friday Night Lights on Friday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the big commitment from quarterback Matt Corral, plus the momentum that comes along with him committing.

Andrew and Nick also break down how big of an event FNL was for the Gators and how the Gators have changed the event of the last few days.

TRANSCRIPT:

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

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Chase joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

The recruiting momentum after FNL continues as 2018 wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has committed to the Florida Gators. The commitment comes after spending the weekend in Gainesville for FNL. The commitment from Chase adds another offensive weapon to the Gators 2018 class.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La, was down to Florida, LSU, and TCU. The experience at FNL and the commitment of Matt Corral look to have been the deciding factors.

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Barnes can see himself playing in The Swamp

The No. 4 offensive tackle in the 2018 class made his second trip of the summer to Gainesville to participate in the Florida Gators Friday Night Lights event this weekend. William Barnes (6-4, 312, Apopka, Fla., Apopka) was nothing short of dominant in the camp as arguably the top performer of the weekend.

Barnes has built a strong relationship with Florida and just keeps coming back for more. He was once again blown away by his experience on Friday.

“Just coming down here and competing in The Swamp, it was definitely a great experience,” said Barnes. “I can definitely see myself...

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Ojulari can see himself in the Swamp: Florida Gators recruiting

Everyone knows about how big of a night Friday Night Lights was for the Florida Gators recruiting class, but Saturday also saw several big time prospects on campus.

One of those big prospects on campus was defensive end Azeez Ojulari (6-4, 224, Marietta, GA. High) who got to visit and be around several coaches.

“I’ve been here since like 12. It’s a great place. First time in The Swamp,” Ojulari said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “Coach [Chris] Rumph is a great coach. I sat in there with him, we were talking position wise, we went around the campus, saw the academics, great...

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Florida Gators recruiting class reacts to Corral news

The Florida Gators coaching staff, fan base and really pretty much in the Gator Nation was excited and well pumped up on Saturday night after a great recruiting weekend.

Well that and the news that big time quarterback Matt Corral had committed to Florida during his three-day visit to Gainesville.

GatorCountry.com ran a Twitter reaction on Saturday night but now we talked to several current Gators commits in the 2018 and 2019 class to get their reaction on the big news.

The reaction is overwhelming positive as you would expect as the class finally has their signal...

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Twitter reacts to Matt Corral’s commitment to Gators

This weekend is shaping out to be one of the biggest recruiting weekends the Florida Gators have had in a long time. The No. 2 pro style quarterback in the 2018 class kept the upwards trend going for the Gators with his commitment on Saturday after competing in Friday Night Lights the night before.

With his announcement, Florida Gators targets, commits, coaches and current players took to Twitter. Here is what they said:

Commits
2018 OL commit Curtis Dunlap

CONGRATULATIONS HOMIE!! Now Let's get this money .. 😤🐊

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Matt Corral picks the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have their quarterback for the 2018 recruiting class. Five star quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach Poly, CA) committed to Florida a day after visiting campus for Friday Night Lights.

This is just the beginning...#AllBite18 pic.twitter.com/g9VnM3fQ46

— M A T T Y I C E™ (@corral_matt) July 22, 2017

Corral was previously committed to Southern Cal. He pulled the trigger for the...

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Florida Gators Friday Night Lights photo Gallery

The Florida Gators held their annual Friday Night Lights football camp and the stars were out in Gainesville.

Check out Gator Country’s photo gallery from the event below.

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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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Gouraige loves the Florida Gators after FNL

Each year Friday Night Lights brings some top notch talent to the Swamp and that trend continued at this year’s event. Among the list of talented visitors was 2018 OL prospect Richard Gouraige (6’5, 250, Tampa, FL. Cambridge HS).

Friday Night Lights presented a great opportunity for Gouraige as it was the first time he got to work with offensive line coach Brad Davis.

“Yeah, that was my first time working with him,” Gouraige said. “It was great getting to learn from Coach Davis. He just taught me fundamentals and stuff like that, how to take on the bull rush. I mean, I just...

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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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