Back on the Trail: Gators make final recruiting push

Now that the all-star games and the dead period have ended, Florida can get back to recruiting and finishing off the Class of 2013.

The Gators had eight commitments early enroll, so those players no longer have to be recruited. Those prospects were Kelvin Taylor, Darious Cummings, Demarcus Robinson, Daniel McMillian, Matt Rolin, Tyler Moore, Trenton Brown and Joey Ivie.

Florida has 18 others players already committed, giving the Gators 26 total players in the Class of 2013 and a few spots still remaining open.

Here are the remaining prospects on the board and when they will visit:

Quarterbacks: Max Staver is committed and Florida is done at the position.

Running backs: Taylor and Adam Lane are committed. the Gators would like to add one more.

Plantation (Fla.) South Planation running back Alex Collins took his visit to Florida in December and will now take officials to Arkansas and Miami before making a decision close to signing day. Chances — 35 percent

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic running back Ryan Green has been committed to Florida State this summer but he may visit Florida. However, that is depending upon who is hired as running back coach at Florida State. Chances — 20 percent

Receivers: Alvin Bailey, Ahmad Fulwood, Marqui Hawkins, Chris Thompson and Demarcus Robinson are committed, but Florida would like to add one more.

New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High receiver James Clark took an unofficial visit to Florida this past weekend and will take an official to Florida on Jan. 25. Clark will also visit Nebraska and Clemson before deciding. Chances — 75 percent

Tight Ends: None are committed, but Florida would like to add one

Durham (N.C.) Hillside tight end Josh McNeil has academic concerns that could force him to go to JUCO or back to prep school for a semester. Chances — 10 percent

Belton (Texas) High tight end Durham Smythe de-committed from Texas and may visit Florida. But Stanford looks to be the leader. Chances — 10 percent

Offensive linemen: Trenton Brown, Cameron Dillard, Octavius Jackson, Rod Johnson and Tyler Moore are committed, and Florida looks to be done at the position.

Defensive linemen: Caleb Brantley, Darious Cummings , Joey Ivie, Antonio Riles and Jordan Sherit are committed, but Florida is still wanting more.

Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County defensive tackle Montravius Adams visited Florida this past weekend and had a great trip. He will still visit Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and possibly Auburn with still a long way to go. The Gators in battle for him. Chances — 40 percent

Port St. Lucie (Fla.) High defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick will visit Alabama, Miami and Florida. The Gators will get the last visit, and if his academics are in order, the Gators will be in great shape for him. Chances — 60 percent

Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi defensive tackle Jarran Reed is committed to Ole Miss, but that is shaky at the moment. He will visit Florida this weekend and the Gators have a good chance to flip Reed with two of his friends already being at Florida. Chances — 60 percent

Avon (Ind.) High defensive end Elijah Daniel will visit Florida on Feb. 1 and that is his only visit scheduled. Ole Miss is also up there for Daniel, but if his academics are still in check, Daniel will likely to be in the class for Florida. Chances — 75 percent

Houston (Miss.) High defensive end Chris Jones is a Mississippi State commit but is talking about visiting Florida and Alabama. If he does, anything can happen. Chances — 30 percent

Linebackers: Jarrad Davis, James Hearns, Daniel McMillian and Matt Rolin are committed and Florida looks to be done here.

Defensive Backs: Marcell Harris, Vernon Hargreaves, Keanu Neal and Nick Washington are all committed, but Florida would like one more cornerback.

Immokalee (Fla.) High cornerback Mackensie Alexander said he may make a unofficial visit to Florida in January, but Clemson and Texas A&M are ahead right now. Chances — 25 percent

Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy cornerback Jalen Ramsey is committed to USC but he is looking at others like Florida, Washington and Mississippi State. Chances — 60 percent

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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, 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.