Join Date: Jul 2011
2014 Prospects and Targets (Offense)
So I put together a positional list of guys who have pretty decent shots at being Gators.
OT - K.C. McDermott - 6'6" / 285 - West Palm Beach, FL
OT - Mason Cole - 6'4" / 285 - Tarpon Springs, FL
OT - Reilly Gibbons - 6'6" / 270 - Saint Petersburg, FL
So, that's the 3 best OT's in the state (I left off Trevor Darling, a 6'5" / 300 OT from Miami who is already committed to Miami... I don't see him waivering). K.C. McDermott would be the real pull... His recruitment will go National, I mean, it already has. We have a chance, but if we miss out, Mason Cole is another GREAT OT to be recruiting. I have a good feeling about one of these guys, but I couldn't tell you which one... just waaaaaay too early. We do seem to be recruiting Cole pretty hard at the moment, or at least, pursuing him more than the others. It's a wait and see thing with McDermott, his brother plays at Miami, but they already have a big talented OT committed (Darling) and I am hoping this makes McDermott search elsewhere... but we can all expect Notre Dame, Ohio St and Miami to be major players... I would not be surprised at all if a few SEC teams jumped in as well.
OG - Garrett Brumfield - 6'3" / 270 - Baton Rouge, LA
OG - Isaiah Wynn - 6'3" / 265 - Saint Petersburg, FL
OG - Corey Martinez - 6'5" / 295 - Tampa, FL
OG - Travaris Dorsey - 6'3" / 280 - Jacksonville, FL
Brumfield is the best option here. He is the kid who goes to school on LSU's campus and would like to get away from home. He is really liking us and FSUcks, it's looking like Brumfield simply want's to come to Florida, one way or another. I like our chances. Wynn could be the best OG in the state of Florida, however, he is not holding a UF offer, that will have to change. Martinez is another great OG who doesn't want to leave the state... it's coming down to the 4 powers (UF/UM/FSU/USF). Dorsey earned an offer at the last FNL... out of the four, I think Dorsey is the biggest lock. Nice kid who really likes the Gators. An excellent addition for an OL that needs depth.
Center's?? None that I've seen. This position typically goes unnoticed until the summer. Have to wait and see who pans out at the camps and who has a good season. From what I have seen though, there is no stand-out guy like Kublanow for 2013. I am really hoping that Cameron Dillard can step up at OC... he may HAVE to.
QB - Will Grier - 6'3" / 170 - Davidson, NC
There's only one QB, in my opinion, up to this point. Grier is looking like he has some real interest in playing for Florida... and vice versa. The longer he waits to commit, the more likely another name will emerge... But again, it's waaaay early, so he'll have some time.
RB - Sony Michel - 5'11" / 190 - Plantation, FL
RB - D'Ernest Johnson - 5'10" / 180 - Immokalee, FL
RB - Tony James - 5'10" / 160 - Gainesville, FL
RB - Donte Thomas-Williams - 5'11" / 205 - Durham, NC
Now I can see why we wanted to take 3 RB's for 2013.... There isn't a lot here. Maybe this will change around summer time. Sony Michel is the best in-state and will most likely be a top 3 RB... But I am not countning on him committing to UF... this could change, anything in recruitment can change fast, but at this time, I say he is leaving the state. D'Ernest is looking like a real option for 2014... I think it's a matter of time before he gets on board. I know our staff is going to test the market and try to come out with a BIG TIME name, but we'e going to need 2 RB's and it's looking like the best ones aren't even looking our way. I say we snap up D'Ernest's commitment and then try to work one of the top backs.
TE - Jeb Blazevich - 6'5" / 240 - Charlotte, NC
This is the best target. I am sure other names will emerge, but hey, look at his height and weight... We should want to snap this kid up. We could really use him. BUT He is holding offers from just about every school in the nation. We need to get him here on campus ASAP. On the bright side he is from NC, so our chances of landing him skyrocket, lol.
WR - Ermon Lane - 6'2" / 190 - Homestead, FL
WR - Trevion Thompson - 6'2" / 177 - Durham, NC
WR - Speedy Noil - 5'10" / 175 - New Orleans, LA
WR - Artavis Scott - 5'10" / 175 - Tarpon Springs, FL
WR - Johnnie Dixon - 5'10" / 187 - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
WR - Isaiah Ford - 6'2" / 170 - Jacksonville, FL
This is the most stocked position on on offense for 2014, in my opinion. There's a lot of names here. Artavis Scott and Isaiah Ford are looking like the most likely to become Gators. I am sure the staff will targets a TOP NOTCH WR to round out this class... we need guys who know how to play well in our offense and catch a mean ball. Four WR's for 2014 is realistic. Ryeshene Bronson is going to be a beast, as well. We should do great here.
Well, that's about it for Offense. Again, more names will emerge... it's entirely possible that I forgot someone, so feel free to post any additional names. I left off a few names too... like Leonard Fournette... he's going to be a top 3 RB, but it's already down to Bama and LSU.
I'll probably make a Defense post tomorrow... That one will have a lot more names... Wanted to do the Offense first because it's still a pretty small list at this point.