Florida Gators Recruiting Mailbag: September 3rd edition

The Florida Gators are sitting in a good position with the Class of 2015 recruiting class and Gator Country’s members had questions about who will be in the class.

Despite the Florida Gators not having a game last weekend they still hosted a number of top guys and several of those prospects will be back in town this weekend.

Gotime51: How are things going as far as 2016 recruits and beyond? Seems as though other schools are recruiting the younger guys more and more. Are we falling behind?

AS: Heck no, Florida and Will Muschamp do a great job of getting on these young kids early. The Florida Gators have three solid commits for the 2016 class and they are positioning themselves well for others.


Mdmcgarry: Besides Irwin, who are we recruiting for safety?
How many Safeties are we wanting in this upcoming class?

AS: Justin Evans a JUCO guy that’s committed to Texas A&M is someone Florida is after right now. Honestly the Florida Gators would be happy with one safety in the class.


Macbgator: Who have we identified as 2016 recruits that we want for the line on defense and offense. We need to continue hitting these areas hard!!!

AS: On the offensive line one of the top guys is EJ Price who is teammates with Adonis Thomas. Another big name is Stewart Reese from Fort Pierce, Florida. On the defensive line Chauncey Manac is a defensive end from Georgia and Jordan Woods is a defensive end from Ocala and both are big time targets for the Florida Gators in 2016.


Macbgator: How many are we taking for 2015, 24-28????

AS: In that range yes but a true number won’t be determined until closer to signing day after juniors leave and transfers occur.


Gator_nica: Is Cowart still announcing on Sept 28th? I saw he named Oregon his leader, which CeCe laughed at. What´s the latest?

AS: That looks to still be the plan but it could easily change. Florida is in good shape here and they have done the best job recruiting him in my opinion.


Gatordon: Do you expect recruiting to pick up for the Gators in the not too distant future?

AS: If Byron Cowart announces at the end of the month like he says then I think things pickup, yes. But if not then I think it will be a little bit.


Gatordon: How confident are you in Jefferson and Cowart being part of this class?

AS: Pretty confident. I mean look at where they keep visiting. They have been in Gainesville far more then anywhere else and it’s not even close.


Gatordon: Who are the running back’s we have a good shot at?

AS: Nyheim Hines out of North Carolina, Jordan Cronkrite that is committed to Miami and Ray-Ray McCloud will continue to be someone that Florida recruits hard.


Gatordon: Do you anticipate any more decommits?

AS: No, I don’t. Everyone that wanted out is out already.


Juggernautz: Since scUM looks to be not as good as expected so far, will that help our recruiting in S FL?

AS: It will help no doubt but some kids just love Miami no matter how good or bad they are. It will be something to watch on Al Golden if they have a bad year though.


Juggernautz: Which areas are our coaches assigned to as far as recruiting is concerned?

Florida Gators recruiting, Gainesville, Florida
A map of the areas that have been assigned to the football staff. / created by Nick de la Torre //©Gatorcountry.com

AS: Out of states guys are usually visited by their position coach for the most part. In Florida it breaks down like this: Brian White is in Orlando, Coleman Hutzler has the east coast of Florida, T-Rob, Lawing and Roper split Jacksonville, Hutzler and Summers have the panhandle. T-Rob has South Florida and Lewis Tampa. White also handles the Gainesville area. Lawing is responsible for north of Gainesville to the Georgia line.


Juggernautz: Do you think our not playing the Vandals this week will hurt
our chances in beating Bama in a few weeks?

AS: No, I don’t because I think Florida will have enough time to prepare for Alabama. If the Florida Gators aren’t prepared by then something is wrong.


15gator05: Do the recruits seem to be as excited as the players for Gator football to get underway and to erase the memory of last season?

AS: Yes they are and that’s because of Will Muschamp and the coaching staff doing a great job of recruiting and spreading the message of the team this offseason. I think recruits are ready to see how the team does this year.


Gatornation6868: Are we recruiting Jordan Cronkite? Do you think we may flip him and get Irvin if Miami keeps losing?

AS: Yes Florida is recruiting Jordan Cronkrite. I think Florida has a chance but they need to get him on campus but he sees that Miami has a log jam of recruits committed already. Florida is doing a great job of recruiting Tim Irvin and I think the Florida Gators have a great shot here.


Juggernautz: Any kickers or punters needed this recruiting cycle?

AS: They haven’t recruited any yet but I think that could change at the kicking position if the kickers struggle against this year. Punting is fine with Townsend redshirting this year.


Wesstump: What 2016 RB and WR do we have most interest in as of now? I know things will change for the better or worse as time moves on. Thanks.

AS: Robert Washington and Antonio Williams both of North Carolina have showed a lot of interest in Florida at the running back position. At receiver T.J Chase, Eli Stove and Freddie Swain are names to remember at the position.


74gator: anything going with Abdul Bello?

AS: Nothing new here but Florida is still recruiting him and will continue to try and get him on campus.

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  1. I doubt even Cowart will say yes to Florida until UF actually wins against a good team or two on the field. The only opportunity for that to happen before September 28 is against Alabama. If UF loses that game, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him postpone his decision. Him and guys like Ivey are probably wanting to say yes to UF right now, but won’t until it is assured that the coaches are not fired. Muschamp’s is like a guy on death row right now, the only way to get a pardon is to win against a good team, how many is up to Foley. It’s dumb to make any sweeping conclusions based on one game, but one game that he desperately needs to win, Georgia, looks a lot more difficult now. Today George Campbell announces. He’s one of the Tampa area guys that UF was almost a lock to get a few months ago, instead, not one has yet said yes. I get the feeling that UF is going to have to wait until the team on the field does something good before any good news happens in recruiting for 2015.