Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: August 22nd edition

The Florida Gators recruiting efforts have been going strong over the last month, as the Gators will take some big momentum into the 2019 season.

Gator Country’s members have a lot of questions about how the 2020 class will shake out and who are the top prospects that the Gators are still after.

We answer your questions in this week’s Florida Gators recruiting mailbag.

Well let’s dive right in to this week’s recruiting mailbag:

 

Baileyboy1223: How big of an impact will putting beating on Miami affect recruiting?

AS: Florida and Miami are the only big game on Saturday night so they will have most of the country watching them and a win would be big for momentum in particular with the underclassmen. Now that doesn’t mean anyone is going to commit on Sunday but it would help get those guys on campus more.

 

Macbgator: Who are the recruits we are looking at in the transfer portal to add depth!!

AS: Kelvin Joseph is the one everyone is talking about but things don’t look promising there. Derrick Smith from Miami has been talked about some but it doesn’t look like Florida is going to go that route. I do know they’re continuing to monitor the portal in hopes of adding quality depth.

 

Woollybooger: Read where UGA has 5 highly rated OL commits, with Braun the lowest on the list. Any chance he sees that as way to much competition and flips back to us during the season? Are we even talking to him still?

AS: Florida does still talk to him but Braun is set on going to Georgia and made it known that he only wanted to go through the recruiting process once. It would take a lot for Braun to reopen his commitment.

 

Clay_77: With crystal balls still flowing in for baby hendo to Clemson what wide receivers are we in it for? Also what is being done about rb?

AS: Kentron Poiter and Arian Smith are really the only guys talking heavily to Florida at the position right now but I do expect that list to grow if Florida believe that they aren’t going to get Henderson. Right now I do think the Gators are in better shape than most think for Henderson.

At running back, the Gators are still recruiting a lot of guys at the position but right now they don’t seem to be the leader for any of those guys. As the season goes on, this is something they will have to fix.

 

IAmBornAGator: DB class took a lot of hits-still lots of talented kids remained-will they seek older players at DB such as JUCO or transfer portal players or will they sign a large DB class again this year? My main concern is class spacing plus while CBs have a long history of playing early even as true freshman DBs playing safety often need a year in the system to manage the overall complexity of college level offenses and defenses.

AS: I do expect them to take a larger defensive back class this year than they were expecting and I can see them going after a JUCO guy to add some veteran experience to the team. Florida has been working the transfer portal and felt good about getting Kelvin Joseph in so they are constantly monitoring that as well.

 

Kgoodman: What changes are being made to avoid losing 6 kids from a recruiting class before the season even starts?

AS: I don’t think one thing in particular is being done but the staff is definitely doing more research and background stuff in recruiting now and a lot of that is because they have more resources in the recruiting department now. With the transfer portal things are changing yearly so you will see guys leave quicker and quicker every year.

 

Woodman44: Looks like it’s a down year for in-state running backs in 2021. So, what’re the top RBs Florida has a shot with for next year?

AS: It does seem to be a little down next year in state but these guys are talking to Florida for 2021. Will Shipley out of North Carolina, Katravis Geter out of South Florida, Kelly Loiseau out of South Florida and Brashard Smith from Palmetto who has visited Florida multiple times this summer.

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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 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.