2014 Linebacker Board

With the spring evaluation period ongoing, the Florida coaching staff is out on the road seeing and talking to a ton of prospects around the country.

Over the next two weeks GatorCountry.com is going to break down each position and talks about the prospects that the Gators have offered or guys that are close to an offer.

Now that GatorCountry has gone through the offensive side of the ball we will now continue with the defensive side of the ball.

We started with the defensive tackle position where the Gators would like to sign three prospects and already have one committed. Following that we broke down the defensive end position for 2014.

Now up in our series is the linebacker position where Florida would like to sign three prospects.

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High linebacker Dillon Bates

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Bates has visited Florida several times so far this year but right now the Gators are trailing Tennessee where Bates’ father played.

Jackson (Al.) High linebacker Gavin Bryant

Bryant is scheduled to visit Florida on Saturday for his first visit of the summer. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Bryant has Alabama slightly ahead but says he is interested in going out of state for college.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood linebacker Kain Daub

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Daub committed to Florida State this spring and never had much interest from Florida. Daub is considered a solid commit to Florida State.

Montgomery (Al.) Carver linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton

Hamilton committed to Alabama this spring over Auburn. For a while the 6-foot, 241-pound Hamilton had Florida on top but the Gators cooled on him down the stretch.

Joilet (Ill.) Plainfield South linebacker Clifton Garrett

The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Garrett had named LSU his leader but recently backed off of that. Garrett says he plans to visit Florida this summer and also take an official visit to Gainesville.

Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan

McMillan is one of the top linebackers in the country and had Ohio State as his leader but now says no team leads for him. Florida has picked up some steam on the 6-foot-3, 235-pound McMillan lately but Georgia and Ohio State will be tough to beat.

Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Miller was once a Florida commitment but recently backed off of that. Miller says Florida is still in the mix and the Gators appear to be in good shape for Miller along with Alabama.

Crete (Ill.) Crete Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan

Morgan is a prospect who keeps his recruitment close to the vest. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Morgan says he plans to take visits to SEC schools this summer and Florida will be one of them.

Norcross (Ga.) High linebacker Kevin Mouhon

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Mouhon has Tennessee and Clemson on top right now with the Tigers leading the way. Mouhon does plan on visiting Florida this summer for a camp.

Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby linebacker Jacob Pugh

Pugh recently committed to Florida State but still plans to visit Florida and Alabama this summer for camps. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Pugh may be committed but the pressure from Florida will not be turned down.

Buford (Ga.) High linebacker Korie Rogers

Rogers recently committed to Clemson over Tennessee. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Rogers never had much interest in Florida.

La Porte (Tx.) High linebacker Hoza Scott

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Scott is committed to Texas A&M and is considered a solid commitment to the Aggies.

Gardena (Ca.) Junipero Serra linebacker Dwight Williams

Williams has said Florida was in his top group but the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Williams has no plans to visit Florida until an official visit in the fall.

Mobile (Al.) St. Paul’s linebacker Tre Williams

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Williams recently committed to Auburn but still says he may visit Florida. Right now I wouldn’t count on Williams visiting Florida this summer.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University linebacker Richard Yeargin

Yeargin is wide open in his recruitment but the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder does plan to visit Florida this summer with his teammate Quincy Wilson.

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis linebacker Kenny Young

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Young has said he will visit Florida this summer but right now LSU appears to be the team to beat for Young.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.