Recruits react to Gators’ loss to FSU

Florida entered rivalry Saturday with a 4-8 record but the Gators came out with a lot of energy against #2 ranked Florida State. Recruits and commits took notice that there was no shortage of energy for a team devastated by injuries the entire 2013 season.

GatorCountry talked to several prospects to get their reaction following Florida’s 37-7 loss to FSU.

Defensive tackle Khairi Clark (6-2, 325, Hollywood, FL Chaminade Madonna): “The loyalty of the teammates and the fans is great.”

Quarterback Will Grier (6-2, 177, Davidson, NC Davidson Day): “We will bounce back. Coach (Will) Muschamp will lead us to many victories next year. I can’t wait to play for him. Go Gators.”

Tight end C’yontai Lewis (6-5, 212, Alabaster, AL Kingwood Christian): “My visit is going real good. The game was fun.”

Offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey (6-3, 314, Jacksonville, FL Raines): “They played hard today.”

2015 tight end Devonaire Clarington (6-5, 220, Miami, FL Westminster Christian): “I mean it’s not Muschamp’s fault he has 15 starters on the injury list. He had a bad year; not every coach has a good year every year. This year doesn’t change my perspective on the Gators.”

2015 running back Ray Ray McCloud (5-9, 166, Tampa, FL Sickles): “Florida has all these injuries and it’s slowing them down. They’ll be back next year though.”

2015 receiver Shawn Burgess-Becker (6-1, 185, Coconut Creek, FL Monarch): “I couldn’t make it but the Gators started off very strong and just started to fade away slowly late.”

2015 offensive lineman Pat Allen (6-5, 280, Reisterstown, MD Franklin): “It was just off a little today but they came ready to play.”

2016 receiver Tyler Byrd (5-11, 160, Naples, FL): “I think they fought hard as usual.”

2016 cornerback Tre Jackson (5-8, 156, Baton Rouge, LA University Laboratory): “They played really good in the first half and displayed good fight which is a good sign for next season.”

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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.