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Written by Andrew Spivey, September 26, 2013, 0 Comments,
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Q) How many linebackers do we take? I heard that there was a linebacker visiting (or visited) from Rebault HS in Jacksonville, an unknown kid whose family just moved here from Germany. According to a well-respected former NFL player, he told one of our coaches that this kid is really good. This is just second hand info on my part but I thought it would be interesting to ask. Do you know anything about him?

A) One linebacker has always been the plan but that right now may be a stretch. I have heard about Jakob Johnson from Ribault but nothing concrete on any interest between the coaches and Jakob.

Q) With Coach Muschamp not pleased with our placekickers,  is there any renewed interest in making one more of a priority ?

A)No, the Gators really don’t have room for a kicker in this class.

Q) I know Davon Godchaux tore his ACL and I wish him a speedy and without setback recovery. The word was he basically committed to LSU, but then he didn’t and our staff was on him hard and got an official visit from him. Any updates on his recruitment and his interest in us?

A) LSU is seemed to be the leader but Florida is trying hard to get in the mix with him and have secured an official visit from him for the FSU game.

Q) What are the negative pitches thrown to recruits regarding the Gators that you are aware of?

A) Coaches are using Florida’s offense against them right now but that’s something to be expected.

Q) Please tell us there is good news on the recruiting of the offensive line. Any new recruits on the radar? Will we meet our offensive line needs for the 2014 class?

A) The number the staff would like to get to is 4 or 5 offensive linemen but honestly right now unless new names pop up I’m not sure they meet those numbers.

Q) Do you think any of the following offensive linemen may be part of this class: Jordan Sims, Tyrell Crosby, Denzel Ward, Damian Prince, Andrew Shofner or Joshua Casher?

A) Shofner is only a walk-on candidate and the Gators don’t have much interest in Casher. Crosby has yet to visit and hasn’t seemed like he will. Prince and Sims are scheduled to visit but haven’t. Ward has academic work to do before Florida can even think about him.

Q) How many more wide receivers in this class? Any chance that Adoree Jackson, Rudolph, and Harrison will be in this class?

A) 2-3. I think you could see those guys in this class yes but I think getting both Rudolph and Harrison will be hard.

Q) How many recruits do you expect in this class and can you provide a break down by position?

A) 23-25 in the class. I think you will see one running back, 1-2 more receivers, one more tight end, 1-2 more offensive linemen, 1-2 more defensive linemen, another corner, and possibly a linebacker plus one safety.

Q) When do you expect us to get another 2014 committment? And who?

A) Later this fall, I can’t tell you who.

Q) Junior College offensive linemen? Anyone that can come in a be a body?

A) The staff is evaluating JUCO prospects over the coming weeks.

Q) What are chances with A. Jackson?

A) Very good unless something changes in big way.

Q) From what I am seeing we have we have Nolan Kelleher OT , Dontae Angus OT, Taven Bryan OT and Travaris Dorsey OG as commits so far. Who else are we looking as an OG and who are we looking at as a center?

A) Bryan is being brought in for defensive end right now but could move to  offensive line. Jordan Sims and David Sharpe are the top two targets right now.

Q) I know you cant give up confidential info on silents, but were the two from this past weekend from 2014, or 15-16. Oldgator mentioned it could be from a later class, but dont see any reason why a kid would give a silent for 2o13  out. Your thoughts on this?

A) 2015 kids give silent commitments a lot because the  coaching staff wants them to wait to go public until after the 2014 kids do.

Q) With four cornerbacks already committed (and one more potentially coming), do you see any of those current (or potential recruits) A. Jackson or J. Tabor) switching over to the offensive side of the ball?

A) Adoree Jackson and JC Jackson could both see time on the offensive side of the ball as they are both great athletes.

Andrew Spivey

About 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.

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Q) How many linebackers do we take? I heard that there was a linebacker visiting (or visited) from Rebault HS in Jacksonville, an unknown kid whose family just moved here from Germany. According to a well-respected former NFL player, he told one of our coaches that this kid is really good. This is just second hand info on my part but I thought it would be interesting to ask. Do you know anything about him?

A) One linebacker has always been the plan but that right now may be a stretch. I have heard about Jakob Johnson from Ribault but nothing concrete on any interest between the coaches and Jakob.

Q) With Coach Muschamp not pleased with our placekickers,  is there any renewed interest in making one more of a priority ?

A)No, the Gators really don’t have room for a kicker in this class.

Q) I know Davon Godchaux tore his ACL and I wish him a speedy and without setback recovery. The word was he basically committed to LSU, but then he didn’t and our staff was on him hard and got an official visit from him. Any updates on his recruitment and his interest in us?

A) LSU is seemed to be the leader but Florida is trying hard to get in the mix with him and have secured an official visit from him for the FSU game.

Q) What are the negative pitches thrown to recruits regarding the Gators that you are aware of?

A) Coaches are using Florida’s offense against them right now but that’s something to be expected.

Q) Please tell us there is good news on the recruiting of the offensive line. Any new recruits on the radar? Will we meet our offensive line needs for the 2014 class?

A) The number the staff would like to get to is 4 or 5 offensive linemen but honestly right now unless new names pop up I’m not sure they meet those numbers.

Q) Do you think any of the following offensive linemen may be part of this class: Jordan Sims, Tyrell Crosby, Denzel Ward, Damian Prince, Andrew Shofner or Joshua Casher?

A) Shofner is only a walk-on candidate and the Gators don’t have much interest in Casher. Crosby has yet to visit and hasn’t seemed like he will. Prince and Sims are scheduled to visit but haven’t. Ward has academic work to do before Florida can even think about him.

Q) How many more wide receivers in this class? Any chance that Adoree Jackson, Rudolph, and Harrison will be in this class?

A) 2-3. I think you could see those guys in this class yes but I think getting both Rudolph and Harrison will be hard.

Q) How many recruits do you expect in this class and can you provide a break down by position?

A) 23-25 in the class. I think you will see one running back, 1-2 more receivers, one more tight end, 1-2 more offensive linemen, 1-2 more defensive linemen, another corner, and possibly a linebacker plus one safety.

Q) When do you expect us to get another 2014 committment? And who?

A) Later this fall, I can’t tell you who.

Q) Junior College offensive linemen? Anyone that can come in a be a body?

A) The staff is evaluating JUCO prospects over the coming weeks.

Q) What are chances with A. Jackson?

A) Very good unless something changes in big way.

Q) From what I am seeing we have we have Nolan Kelleher OT , Dontae Angus OT, Taven Bryan OT and Travaris Dorsey OG as commits so far. Who else are we looking as an OG and who are we looking at as a center?

A) Bryan is being brought in for defensive end right now but could move to  offensive line. Jordan Sims and David Sharpe are the top two targets right now.

Q) I know you cant give up confidential info on silents, but were the two from this past weekend from 2014, or 15-16. Oldgator mentioned it could be from a later class, but dont see any reason why a kid would give a silent for 2o13  out. Your thoughts on this?

A) 2015 kids give silent commitments a lot because the  coaching staff wants them to wait to go public until after the 2014 kids do.

Q) With four cornerbacks already committed (and one more potentially coming), do you see any of those current (or potential recruits) A. Jackson or J. Tabor) switching over to the offensive side of the ball?

A) Adoree Jackson and JC Jackson could both see time on the offensive side of the ball as they are both great athletes.

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