Most Wanted Defensive Recruit for 2015

The high school football season starts this Friday night and Florida Gator commits and targets will flood the fields under the Friday night lights.

Right now the Gators stand with 11 commitments in the Class of 2015, with three of those being on the defensive side of the ball.

On Monday Gator Country went over the five most wanted offensive players and now today we are going to talk five defensive players that are most wanted.

These are just the opinions of Gator Country and whom we think are the biggest names remaining on the board.

Most Wanted

1.)  Defensive end CeCe Jefferson (6-2, 245, Glen St. Mary, FL Baker County) having Jefferson number one is something everyone almost expected, I’m sure, but Jefferson is a pass rusher and run-stopper that Florida is in need of especially with Dante Fowler likely to be heading pro after this season. Jefferson likes Florida a ton with several others still lurking but a good season should assure that the Gators land Jefferson.

2.)  Defensive end Byron Cowart (6-3, 252, Seffner, FL Armwood) could very easily be number on this list — as he’s a dominate pass rusher that will likely end up playing the BUCK position at Florida. Oregon and Florida State are the Gators main competition as Cowart says he wants to make a decision soon. Right now the Florida Gators are in good shape,  and if today were decision day, I would say he commits to Florida.

3.)  Linebacker Roquan Smith (6-0, 203, Montezuma, GA Macon County) is another really good linebacker that would fit perfect with Jerome Baker and Adonis Thomas as linebackers in this class. Smith can play all four-linebacker positions and that’s something that makes him even more of a prize recruit. Smith has Florida and Georgia out ahead but with the addition of Adonis Thomas and Michael Horton in the class the Gators have an in for Smith. The linebacker likely won’t make a decision until late in the process, however.

4.)  Linebacker Jeffrey Holland (6-1, 224, Jacksonville, FL Trinity Christian) is another instate prospect that Florida wants badly. Holland is a linebacker that could grow into a BUCK, as he’s athletic and fast for linebacker his size. Holland has co-leaders of Florida and Auburn but Holland has spent more time in Gainesville than anywhere else. Holland is another prospect that has said he wants to move his decision date up some.

5.)  Safety Tim Irvin (5-8, 182, Palmetto Bay, FL Westminster Christian) may be the Gators’ best option for the safety position right now and he’s a good one. Irvin is an athletic guy that would need to gain a little bit of weight but would still fit perfectly into Will Muschamp’s defense. Irvin has Florida and Miami out ahead but he has admitted that he has the best relationship with Travaris Robinson out of everyone.


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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.