Florida Football Recruiting: Tracking Targets for 2013 Class
Although Florida lost a few members of its coaching staff during the offseason, that hasn't stopped some of the nation's top recruits from committing to the Gators. A lot of top prospects out there see exactly what head coach Will Muschamp is building and they want to be a part of it.
The Gators put together one of the best recruiting classes last season and already have 16 commits for the 2013 class. What is even crazier about that number is that there are still oodles of recruits out there that also have Florida on their radar.
With the recruiting process beginning to pick up slowly, here are the latest updates for some of the Florida Gators top uncommitted recruits.
Latest Status: Considering LSU, Florida, USC, Alabama and Clemson.
Gilmore is one of the premier defensive tackles the 2013 class has to offer. He has great size at 6'4" and 270 pounds, is very athletic for his size and has the ability to play outside or inside at the college level.
While it seems like every school was looking at him, he has cut his list down to just five schools. Florida is very high on that list.
“Florida has come by my school, and they have really made an impression on me. I cannot wait to get down to Gainesville for their camp and see what they have to offer. I also like the fact they play multiple schemes. That will help you get ready for the NFL.” Gilmore said. (Via Scout)
Gilmore will begin taking his visits and we should have a better idea of where he will play ball in about a month or so.
Latest Status: Considering Florida, Georgia and Clemson, among others.
North has terrific size for a wide receiver at 6'3", 210 pounds. He also has a great set of wheels that not too many players on the field can keep up with. He's one of the more athletic players in this class and will provide one lucky team with a big-play deep threat.
Despite having over 20 offers on the table, the 4-star wide receiver has shared his short list of contenders.
"Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio State are coming at me hard." (Via Scout)
North is expected to start visiting schools during the summer.
Latest Status: Considering Oklahoma, Florida, Miami and USC, among others.
Coley is one of the top wide receivers in this year's class and for good reason. He's not the biggest wideout at 6'1", but he makes up for it with fantastic route-running, great hands and by picking up chunks of yards after the catch.
He has over 30 offers on the table, but has recently trimmed that down to 10 schools.
"Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Florida, Miami, Oregon, USC, and Tennessee," he said. "A top ten is the best I could do right now. I can't really separate number ten from 20 though." (Via Scout)
He also said that starting early and competing for a national championship will be the two biggest factors in his decision.
Latest Status: Considering Miami, Tennessee, Florida, West Virginia and Florida State, among others.
Daniel is a big, strong defensive end at 6'3" and 252 pounds. He has a very high motor, sheds blocks nicely and has a great pursuit. He's also the younger brother of Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson.
While he has offers from nearly every top school in the country, Daniel has recently trimmed his list down to 15 schools.
"In no order: Indiana, Florida, Miami (FL), Tennessee, Florida State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Clemson, Marshall, Kentucky, Arizona State, West Virginia, South Florida, Syracuse and Georgia," he said. (Via Scout)
He's expected to start taking his visits during the summer and Tennessee and Florida seem to be very high on that list.
Latest Status: Considering Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Florida.
Thomas is one of the top outside linebackers in this year's class. He has a ridiculous combination of athleticism and speed. He is still raw at the linebacker position, having played defensive end as well, but he covers a ton of ground on the football field and has as much upside as anyone in this class.
Thomas says Alabama, Florida State and Miami are on him the hardest right now, but he'll end up making his final decision when he gets that "gut feeling."
Vernon Hargreaves III
Latest Status: Considering USF, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Alabama, among others.
Many recruiting sites rate Hargreaves as the top cornerback in this year's class. He isn't the biggest corner at 5'11" and 185 pounds, but he's as good as a cover corner you are going to find at this age. He has great hip flexibility, great football instincts and displays fantastic ball skills.
Considering he is from Tampa, Fla., many believe that the South Florida Bulls are the favorite for his services, but he will take his official visits during the summer and we will then have a better feel for where he will end up.
Right now it wouldn't be wise to write anyone off, as he has over 40 offers on the table.
Latest Status: Considering Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State, among others.
Foster is rated the number one receiver in the 2013 class and is expected to trim his list of offers down soon. He's 6'2" and 180 pounds, has great speed and is a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the football.
Regardless of where he ends up, expect to see him contribute right away.
Despite being one of the top-rated players we have seen in a while, Foster doesn't enjoy all of the attention that comes with the recruiting process. Don't expect a lot of games with this receiver that we have seen in the past with so many other highly-rated recruits.
“I just want to be a normal high school football player without a lot of the pressure on me,” the top prospect in Pennsylvania said. “I accept all of the attention but I can't let all the attention fill my head up. I'm a regular kid. I don't feel like the No. 1 wideout in the nation. I don't feel like that. I feel like a regular kid that just wants to play the game so I just want to focus on that.” (Via ESPN)
Latest Status: Considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU, among others.
Tunsil is arguably the best offensive lineman in this entire 2013 class. He has terrific size at 6'6" and 295 pounds and has extremely long arms. He's very light on his feet and should provide an immediate impact for whichever lucky school he ends up picking.
He has trimmed his list down to four schools and the Gators should feel confident, considering he is from Lake City, Fla.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and LSU are my five schools right now. Those are my top five schools and they are really the five schools I am focusing on right now. I do not want to say I am down to those five, but those are the ones highest on my list. (Via Scout)
Tunsil said he will make his decision on where he would like to spend the next four years and which group of coaches he is most comfortable with.