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Written by Andrew Spivey, August 29, 2013, 0 Comments,
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Andrew Spivey is back again this week to answer your questions about Florida Gators recruiting.

Q.) Who is left on the offensive line board and how many do we take? Any surprise recruits we don’t know about?

A.) Jordan Sims, David Sharpe, Damian Prince and Damian Mama. There are a few guys being mentioned behind the scenes and there will be more come up I’m sure once the coaches evaluate all of the JUCO guys.

Q.) Are the coaches disappointed with Carter’s performance this past weekend? Which other BUCKs are the coaches looking at besides Carter?

A.) At BUCK, really the only other prospect on the board is Jacob Pugh. The coaches don’t evaluate a prospect on just one game.

Q.) In your opinion, who is better coming out of high school: Jeff Driskel or Will Grier? Why?

A.) I didn’t follow Driskel’s high school career that closely so I can’t really answer this with great knowledge. From what I remember about Driskel’s high school career, I would lean towards Grier simply because I think he is more mentally ready.

Q.) How are we looking with the tight end Goolsby and what are our chances at landing him?

A.) Florida is in good shape for Deandre Goolsby and I think they have a real good chance of landing him. His family loves the state of Florida and the beaches which will help.

Q.) Do you expect any attrition before the end of the season?

A.) Not right now, I don’t, but as you know anything can change.

Q.) What is the very, very max number to take at offensive line?

A.) I’ve been told six is the max.

Q.) My favorite recruit for this class so far is Dalvin Cook. I have been hearing he is going to take some official visits during the season to other schools. Should we be worried?

A.) Yes, he will take officials simply because they are free. Unless something changes, I wouldn’t worry about Cook, he’s a recruiting mad man for Florida.

Q.) How stressed are the coaches about the tight end position, including who’s on the roster and committed? Also, is there any nervousness about not bringing in another top flight player?

A.) They are extremely worried about the position. I mean you have Clay Burton, who isn’t a top flight player, starting and no real depth behind him. The staff are doing their best to add a top flight prospect and I think they will.

Q.) Do we have a shot with Mixon?

A.) Yes, they have a shot at Joe Mixon, but how much is another story. I think he ends up at California but we will see how his visit goes.

Q.) More offensive line questions….where do we stand? I hope for a strong class each year, it’s the foundation of the team.

A.) Florida is in good shape and if they land Sharpe and one more prospect, they will be in even better shape. Nolan Kelleher is the surprise guy of the class and in my opinion, the jewel of this class.

Q.) Who are the top prospects for UF in the Class of 2015? Any chance of switching George Campbell to Florida from Michigan in the end?

A.) Jeffrey Holland, CeCe Jefferson and Byron Cowart are the top guys that have Florida leading right now. I think Florida has a shot but we will see if Campbell visits and how much the staff actually pushes for him.

Q.) What do you feel are the chances of flipping Pugh from Florida State?

A.) Not very good until he steps foot back in Gainesville for another visit.

Q.) How many wide receivers? I hope at least one more. What wide receivers are we leading for?

A.) One to two more receivers. Travis Rudolph and Josh Malone would be the two that Florida would like to land.

Q.) Are there any soft commits among the verbals?

A.) Ben Knox is a very soft commit at this time, but the rest are pretty solid.

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.

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Andrew Spivey is back again this week to answer your questions about Florida Gators recruiting.

Q.) Who is left on the offensive line board and how many do we take? Any surprise recruits we don’t know about?

A.) Jordan Sims, David Sharpe, Damian Prince and Damian Mama. There are a few guys being mentioned behind the scenes and there will be more come up I’m sure once the coaches evaluate all of the JUCO guys.

Q.) Are the coaches disappointed with Carter’s performance this past weekend? Which other BUCKs are the coaches looking at besides Carter?

A.) At BUCK, really the only other prospect on the board is Jacob Pugh. The coaches don’t evaluate a prospect on just one game.

Q.) In your opinion, who is better coming out of high school: Jeff Driskel or Will Grier? Why?

A.) I didn’t follow Driskel’s high school career that closely so I can’t really answer this with great knowledge. From what I remember about Driskel’s high school career, I would lean towards Grier simply because I think he is more mentally ready.

Q.) How are we looking with the tight end Goolsby and what are our chances at landing him?

A.) Florida is in good shape for Deandre Goolsby and I think they have a real good chance of landing him. His family loves the state of Florida and the beaches which will help.

Q.) Do you expect any attrition before the end of the season?

A.) Not right now, I don’t, but as you know anything can change.

Q.) What is the very, very max number to take at offensive line?

A.) I’ve been told six is the max.

Q.) My favorite recruit for this class so far is Dalvin Cook. I have been hearing he is going to take some official visits during the season to other schools. Should we be worried?

A.) Yes, he will take officials simply because they are free. Unless something changes, I wouldn’t worry about Cook, he’s a recruiting mad man for Florida.

Q.) How stressed are the coaches about the tight end position, including who’s on the roster and committed? Also, is there any nervousness about not bringing in another top flight player?

A.) They are extremely worried about the position. I mean you have Clay Burton, who isn’t a top flight player, starting and no real depth behind him. The staff are doing their best to add a top flight prospect and I think they will.

Q.) Do we have a shot with Mixon?

A.) Yes, they have a shot at Joe Mixon, but how much is another story. I think he ends up at California but we will see how his visit goes.

Q.) More offensive line questions….where do we stand? I hope for a strong class each year, it’s the foundation of the team.

A.) Florida is in good shape and if they land Sharpe and one more prospect, they will be in even better shape. Nolan Kelleher is the surprise guy of the class and in my opinion, the jewel of this class.

Q.) Who are the top prospects for UF in the Class of 2015? Any chance of switching George Campbell to Florida from Michigan in the end?

A.) Jeffrey Holland, CeCe Jefferson and Byron Cowart are the top guys that have Florida leading right now. I think Florida has a shot but we will see if Campbell visits and how much the staff actually pushes for him.

Q.) What do you feel are the chances of flipping Pugh from Florida State?

A.) Not very good until he steps foot back in Gainesville for another visit.

Q.) How many wide receivers? I hope at least one more. What wide receivers are we leading for?

A.) One to two more receivers. Travis Rudolph and Josh Malone would be the two that Florida would like to land.

Q.) Are there any soft commits among the verbals?

A.) Ben Knox is a very soft commit at this time, but the rest are pretty solid.

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