Florida Football Recruiting: Ranking the Top 10 Gator Commitments for 2013
The Swamp. The Gator Chomp. The Blue and Orange colors. Gainesville. The SEC.
The Florida Gators are one of the very best college football programs in America. They face a tough opponent this weekend as the play LSU, which should definitely be a great game.
The Gators have played in a lot of big games, BCS bowls and SEC title games because they always attract great talent.
Where does Florida get all of their talent? From recruiting, of course. Florida recruits as well as any program in America and their 2013 recruiting class will probably finish inside the Top 5 rankings.
Let's use this moment to take a look into the top 10 committed recruits headed to Gainesville next season.
10. Max Staver, QB
Staver is from Tennessee and there are two traits about him that stand out.
For starters, you can't miss this guy on the hoof at 6'6" and nearly 240 pounds.
Next, and what impresses even more, is his arm strength. He basically has a cannon blaster for a right arm, and Staver can fire the football out with serious velocity and authority.
He is a solid athlete who can make some plays with his legs, but Staver can stand in the pocket and attack a defense everywhere thanks to his arm.
9. Adam Lane, RB
A Florida native, Lane is a compact and thickly built runner at 5'8" and about 220 pounds. He runs very hard and has more quickness in short areas than long speed.
Lane flashes good jump-cut ability, patience to set up his blocks and good wiggle. He runs tough, strong and hard which will help him at Florida. Lane won't outrun anybody, but he will be dependable and his instincts will allow him to pick up yards.
8. Quinton Powell, OLB/DE
Powell really fits the Florida defense well, as the Gators like lining up in 30-fronts with two stand-up edge rushers. Powell, while 6'2" and just 200 pounds, plays with great strength and shows he can set the edge on the outside.
He can attack upfield with a quick burst, bend around the pocket and menace a passer as a rusher. He looks to be a good fit for a Jack or Buck LB position in a 3-4 scheme.
Once Powell adds on some bulk, I really think he will be a solid SEC defender at Florida.
7. Nick Washington, DB
Washington is from Jacksonville and can play cornerback or safety for a secondary. He'll likely start off as a free safety for Florida.
At about 6'0", Washington weighs close to 185 pounds and has very good athleticism, transition quickness, range and ball skills.
He is at his best when he can play free and open to jump passing lanes. Washington has great instincts in coverage and closes on the ball very quickly.
He'll be a starter at some point before he leaves Gainesville.
6. Alvin Bailey, ATH/RB/WR
Bailey is a 5'11", 175 pounder that is classified mostly as an ATH on most lists. It doesn't matter where he is on the field because Bailey is a playmaker.
He just needs to get the football in his hands and he'll take it from there. Whether he is lined up as a running back, in the slot, as a wide receiver, a wildcat quarterback or in the return game, Florida will see Bailey do impressive things.
His speed, quickness, natural creative instincts, agility and explosiveness should get him on the field soon.
5. Caleb Brantley, DT
Brantley is a 6'3" DT in the 300 pound range. He can really be a handful in the trenches and really does his work in the interior part of the line.
Brantley has a quick first step to surge into an offensive front, but his strength and power are what really gets him by. He can get under a blocker's pads and walk them back into the backfield, or he can stack up at the point of attack and man two gaps for a defense.
Once again, Florida has found a prospect that fits their defensive scheme very well.
4. Ahmad Fulwood, WR
Fulwood has great size at 6'4", 190 pounds and is a very good athlete. He has solid release quickness and even better build up speed.
He can avoid traffic at his route's stems, stay disciplined, sharp and shows solid separation quickness in his cuts. His strike zone is very large, and Fulwood also can catch in a crowd.
What is surprising about him is that he runs hard and strong after the catch. Fulwood has some "bully" in him as a RAC player and can be a load to bring down for defensive backs in the open field.
3. Daniel McMillan, LB
McMillan is fantastic looking 'backer prospect at 6'2", 220 pounds. He shows very good instincts and ball location skills as a run defender to make tackles.
McMillan has good range, which is aided by his solid speed and lateral agility. He can scrape across the front, find the ball carrier and has some thump in him as a tackler.
His athleticism and speed will help him develop into a good pass defender, especially in zone coverage.
2. Kelvin Taylor, RB
The son of Fred Taylor, Kelvin Taylor was practically born to run the ball for the Gators. He's the all-time leading rusher in Florida history and has been playing high school football since the eighth grade.
At 5'11", 216 pounds, Taylor has very good quickness and can burst through holes to jump to the second level. He possesses natural elusiveness, instincts and awareness as a running back.
Taylor is very agile and has quick feet to escape out of traffic in tight areas. His long speed is solid, but his quickness and natural instincts are his two best traits.
1. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
The top corner in the country, Hargreaves should be a good one for the Gators. He's 5'11", 180 pounds and plays with very good technique, awareness, instincts and anticipation.
Hargreaves has quick feet, loose hips and agility which allows him to mirror receivers off the line in press man coverage. His instincts, transition quickness and route recognition make him a great off-man defender, as well.
In zone, Hargreaves can slow play routes, read a quarterback's drop, process information and go attack a passing lane to make a pick or close on the ball. He's very aware of who's around him and where he is on the field.
This is a prospect that will be a complete corner and could be ready to play almost right away.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.