The Florida Gators sit with 15 verbal commitments in the Class of 2014 and will look to sign close to 25 prospects this year.
That gives the Gators around ten scholarships left with more than ten players remaining on their recruiting board.
One thing’s for sure, Florida wants to add another receiver to this class and a couple more linemen before February’s National Signing Day.
With all of that being said, Gator Country is going to give you our ten most important recruits left on the recruiting board for Will Muschamp and his staff.
**This is our opinion, not a reflection of the coaching staff’s actual recruiting board.
1) Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence OL David Sharpe
Florida has four offensive linemen committed in the Class but the Gators are looking to add a top rated tackle. At 6-8, 275-pounds Sharpe is the perfect candidate for the tackle position.
2) Norcross (Ga.) High defensive end Lorenzo Carter
Signing an elite pass rusher like Carter would be huge for Will Muschamp and his staff. The Gators don’t have an elite pass rusher in this class currently and that’s what Carter brings to the table. Carter has been told he would play the BUCK position at Florida.
3) Gallatin (Tn.) Station Camp receiver Josh Malone
At 6-foot-3, 187-pounds Malone would fit in great with Florida receiver commit Ermon Lane in the Florida offense. Malone and Lane paired with Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson would give the Gators four top notch receivers in their offense for the next three years.
4) Friendship Academy cornerback Jalen Tabor
With Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy both having a chance to leave early for the NFL, the Gators need cornerbacks in the class. Florida already has four committed defensive backs in this class, but Tabor is a guy that could play from day one.
5) Gardena (Ca.) Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree Jackson
Much like Tabor, Jackson is a guy that is high on Florida’s board because of the need for cornerbacks. Unlike Tabor, Jackson can also play receiver as he’s an incredible athlete. The Gators would start Jackson on defense but could use him like Purifoy and let him play some offense as well if needed.
6) Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan
Florida doesn’t have a linebacker committed in the Class of 2014 but it isn’t a vital position of high need. McMillan is one of Florida’s top targets at the position and at 6-3, 235-pounds is a perfect fit for an inside linebacker in the SEC.
7) Derby (KS.) High tight end Deandre Goolsby
The need for two tight ends in the class is huge and the Gators already have one committed, but C’yontai Lewis is more of a catching tight end. At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Goolsby is a tight end who blocks and catches well and would be a huge pickup for Brent Pease’s offense.
8) Lewisville (Tx.) Hebron safety Jamal Adams
Safety isn’t a huge position of need, but Florida could use a guy like Adams badly on their defense. Florida is very young at the position and adding another prospect would help the team in the next few years.
9) Homewood (Al.) High OL Jordan Sims
Sims is a big offensive lineman who can play inside in the SEC and could even potentially play tackle if needed. Sims is a guy that is a lot like Max Garcia and Tyler Moore. Sims does need to lose some bad weight but that shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
10) West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman receiver Travis Rudolph
The Gators need a second receiver in the class and if Florida misses on Malone, the need for Rudolph greatly increases. Rudolph is a guy with sure hands and good route running. The only downside to Rudolph is his height.