Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: January 30th edition

The Florida Gators recruiting efforts have been going strong over the last month, as the Gators look to finish the 2020 class strong on signing day next week.

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:


Brainstorm: Is there any particular pecking order to the remaining guys on the board?

AS: Princely, Van Pran, Beckwith, Avantae and Gibbs are all for sure takes. Clayton is still a little iffy at this time but the staff will have to decide on that very soon.


Bturner623: Please explain the benefit to the 2019 recruiting class that Shorter’s willingness to be flexible with his entrance date will permit.

AS: I would be lying if I said I fully understood this but if Shorter delays his enrollment until the fall than it would count against the 2021 class but I doubt that happens.


Ctresh: Who we gettin??

AS: Everybody, lol just for you. But seriously I think Avantae, Beckwith and Princely are the three most likely at this time.


Indygator: Is van Pran still visiting?

AS: Yes, Van Pran has told the staff he still plans to visit Florida this weekend. The in-home visit went well on Monday but Georgia is likely still the landing spot.


Go7gator: Why no Prince family for his visit?

AS: His family hasn’t been on any of his official visits to my knowledge. Princely usually travels by himself and he’s doing that this weekend to Oregon as well.


Youngace: Give us your thoughts on the chance using percentages you think we have to land the prospects left on board:


AS: Gibbs-10%- I believe distance from home and his familiarity with Georgia Tech wins out.

Clayton-50/50- If Florida pushes for Clayton then I like the Gators chances.

Beckwith-80%- It could be even higher than 80 percent honestly.

Sedrick Van Pran-30%- Van Pran was able to get comfortable with the Georgia staff again over the weekend during his trip. I think one trip to Gainesville will just be too much to overcome for the Gators.

Princely-60%- If this decision was just up to Princely than the Gators would have an even higher chance as the defensive end loves Gainesville.

Tae-70%- If Avantae doesn’t end up visiting Georgia like he says than these chances go up even higher. Having Lorenzo Lingard in Gainesville helps the Gators even more.


Blackbird68: Do you think this year will use all of our available scholarships(not counting walk ons)? It seems every year there is concern that there are not enough scholarships available for those that want in, but every year we end up with scholarships available but not used.

AS: It’s hard to say for sure because you will always lose a guy or two to transfer before the season starts so I would say they probably have 1-2 scholarships open when fall practice ends. The staff usually gives those scholarships to walk-ons who are seniors.


OklahomaGator: Do you see any staff changes after NSD?

AS: Right now, I don’t unless someone gets hired away for another job. If I was a betting man though, I think everyone will be back next year on staff.



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.