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Written by Andrew Spivey, October 17, 2013, 2 Comments,
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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Here are this week’s recruiting questions and our most accurate answers based on the information we’ve got available at the moment.

oI2ange: Andrew, do you think that all of our current commitments will stick until NSD?

AS: Yes I do. I think Dalvin Cook and JC Jackson are the two guys to keep an eye on but in the end I think they stick with Florida.

Ol2ange: Any new news on TE recruitment? Still doing well with Bryce Dixon and Deandre Goolsby?

AS: Nothing new really on the tight ends. Deandre Goolsby had a good visit to Arkansas and the Razorbacks are the biggest threat going forward.

Ol2ange: Is our current record/offensive woes creating second thoughts among our recruits ?(Either committed or uncommitted?). Obviously this will probably make some of them think that they’ll have earlier playing time…

AS: Recruits usually don’t look at the offense as much as many think, because they believe they can be the fix to all problems.

MrB-Gator: How many OL do we take in this class?

AS: The magic number has been five and I think they will get there as they already have three committed.

MrB-Gator: Who is most likely?

AS: The million dollar question right now but I think Florida is still squarely in the mix for David Sharpe but after that I’m not sure at this time.

MrB-Gator: Any JUCO’s on the board?

AS: Not right now there aren’t but I expect that to change during the bye week next week when the coaches can focus on recruiting a little more.

Chosen12395: Are the coaches looking at the JUCO route again this year to find big bodies for the OL?

AS: I believe they will have to if they want to fill the needs in this class but right now they aren’t.

Panhandlegator70: with the constant excuse that we don’t have enough bodies or talent on the oline, will they bring in a bunch of juco olinemen who can play NEXT year or continue to bring in high school guys who need 3 years in the weight room. one of our oline commits weighs 260- really? gee he only needs to gain 40 pounds.

AS:I think you will see the staff take one JUCO but signing a ton of JUCO prospects isn’t the answer because they only have two years to play at Florida but a high school prospect is the future.

Gatordon: Should we be concerned about the trips Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane are taking?

AS: Concerned yes but not too much right now unless they start taking multiple trips to these schools plus the Gators staff is aware of these trips.

Gatordon: There is certainly a lot of discussion lately about offensive line recruiting. Are we recruiting well enough at that position? Do you see signs of encouragement in this class?

AS: I see some signs in this class yes but I think the Gators need two more guys that can play in year one or two in this class to make it overly successful.

Gatordon: How would you put the odds of signing David Sharpe? Sims?

AS: 50/50 on David Sharpe right now and less than 20% on Jordan Sims at this time until he makes multiple trips to Gainesville.

Gatordon: When all is said and done where do you think this class will rank?

AS: Top 5-7 is where I see this class finishing up at.

Gatordon: Why can’t we recruit TE’s who can contribute?

AS: Bad luck honestly. Kent Taylor was a guy the staff had high hopes for but he just hasn’t developed and Colin Thompson has just had bad luck with his foot injury.

Gatordon: Is Tim Davis an asset to recruiting O-Line prospects?

AS: Somewhat yes but right now I can’t say he’s a huge asset because of the last few classes he’s signed at the position but at the same time it isn’t all his fault either.

Andrew Spivey

About 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.

  1. Ofg8rOctober 17, 2013, 5:53 pm

    What?

    How many classes has Davis signed as Oline Coach? His hiring was only announced in February of 2012.

    So, he in fact has only had one recruiting class at UF.

    • Andrew Spivey
      Andrew SpiveyOctober 17, 2013, 6:06 pm

      That’s why I said he isn’t all to blame here, but he needs a good class this year.

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Here are this week’s recruiting questions and our most accurate answers based on the information we’ve got available at the moment.

oI2ange: Andrew, do you think that all of our current commitments will stick until NSD?

AS: Yes I do. I think Dalvin Cook and JC Jackson are the two guys to keep an eye on but in the end I think they stick with Florida.

Ol2ange: Any new news on TE recruitment? Still doing well with Bryce Dixon and Deandre Goolsby?

AS: Nothing new really on the tight ends. Deandre Goolsby had a good visit to Arkansas and the Razorbacks are the biggest threat going forward.

Ol2ange: Is our current record/offensive woes creating second thoughts among our recruits ?(Either committed or uncommitted?). Obviously this will probably make some of them think that they’ll have earlier playing time…

AS: Recruits usually don’t look at the offense as much as many think, because they believe they can be the fix to all problems.

MrB-Gator: How many OL do we take in this class?

AS: The magic number has been five and I think they will get there as they already have three committed.

MrB-Gator: Who is most likely?

AS: The million dollar question right now but I think Florida is still squarely in the mix for David Sharpe but after that I’m not sure at this time.

MrB-Gator: Any JUCO’s on the board?

AS: Not right now there aren’t but I expect that to change during the bye week next week when the coaches can focus on recruiting a little more.

Chosen12395: Are the coaches looking at the JUCO route again this year to find big bodies for the OL?

AS: I believe they will have to if they want to fill the needs in this class but right now they aren’t.

Panhandlegator70: with the constant excuse that we don’t have enough bodies or talent on the oline, will they bring in a bunch of juco olinemen who can play NEXT year or continue to bring in high school guys who need 3 years in the weight room. one of our oline commits weighs 260- really? gee he only needs to gain 40 pounds.

AS:I think you will see the staff take one JUCO but signing a ton of JUCO prospects isn’t the answer because they only have two years to play at Florida but a high school prospect is the future.

Gatordon: Should we be concerned about the trips Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane are taking?

AS: Concerned yes but not too much right now unless they start taking multiple trips to these schools plus the Gators staff is aware of these trips.

Gatordon: There is certainly a lot of discussion lately about offensive line recruiting. Are we recruiting well enough at that position? Do you see signs of encouragement in this class?

AS: I see some signs in this class yes but I think the Gators need two more guys that can play in year one or two in this class to make it overly successful.

Gatordon: How would you put the odds of signing David Sharpe? Sims?

AS: 50/50 on David Sharpe right now and less than 20% on Jordan Sims at this time until he makes multiple trips to Gainesville.

Gatordon: When all is said and done where do you think this class will rank?

AS: Top 5-7 is where I see this class finishing up at.

Gatordon: Why can’t we recruit TE’s who can contribute?

AS: Bad luck honestly. Kent Taylor was a guy the staff had high hopes for but he just hasn’t developed and Colin Thompson has just had bad luck with his foot injury.

Gatordon: Is Tim Davis an asset to recruiting O-Line prospects?

AS: Somewhat yes but right now I can’t say he’s a huge asset because of the last few classes he’s signed at the position but at the same time it isn’t all his fault either.

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