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Florida Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 30, 2012

Florida Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

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    Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators have done an excellent job with recruiting in the 2013 cycle, and Florida's class is one of the best in the nation.

    The Gators' 2013 class consists of, arguably, the best defensive commitments in the nation, but Muschamp has also brought in some impressive offensive recruits as well.

    The future of Florida football is very bright, and much of this can be attributed to Muschamp's abilities as a recruiter. If you're a fan of Florida football, or even just college football recruiting in general, consider this to be your "one stop shop" for Florida recruiting. You'll find all the news, analysis and updates on commitments and targets that you'll ever need, right here.

     

    Note: All 2012 stats via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

     

     

Latest News

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    Update: 4-star OLB Alex Anazlone flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to Florida on 1/10/13.

    Update: 4-star WR Demarcus Robinson enrolls at Florida on 1/7/13

    Update: Trey Johnson snubs Florida and commits to Ohio State on 1/4/13

    Update: 3-Star DE Ebenezer Ogundeko snubs Florida and commits to Clemson on 1/4/13.

    Update: 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams is the biggest recruit that Florida is targeting. He's arguably the best defensive player in the class of 2013, and he's ranked as the No. 2 overall player according to 247Sports.

    While Adams has yet to name an official leader, let alone a top five, he has planned official visits, and Florida is receiving one of them. Kipp Adams of ESPN reports that Adams will visit Florida following the Under Armour All-America Game on January 4:
    After the Under Armour All-America Game, five-star defensive lineman Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly) will waste little time starting his official visits. He plans to head straight out to Gainesville, Fla., Friday night to check out the Gators. 

    “I want to get my mom around the Florida coaches and see how she likes them,” Adams said. “The chance to play under Bryant Young helps Florida stand out because he has done a lot of things I want to do.” 

    The importance of this visit cannot be overstated for the Gators. Adams would take this class from great to elite, and he'd have the opportunity to become an elite defender on an elite defense.

    Adams has said that his mom will play a huge role in his recruiting process, so being able to impress her is going to be important for the Florida staff. --End of Update

Quarterbacks

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    Targets: None

    Already Committed:

    Max Staver- 3-star QB, 6'5'', 238 lb. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 1,948 YD, 7 TD, 8 INT (via USA Today High School Sports)

     

    Analysis:

    Max Staver has the potential to be a good quarterback. He has very good size at 6'5'', 238 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 38 pro-style quarterback in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

    The Gators don't have an immediate need for a quarterback, so redshirting Staver may be the best option. It's also worth noting that Florida has received a commitment from 2014 quarterback Will Grier, who is the No. 4 ranked junior pro-style quarterback.

    The Gators are set at the quarterback position.

Running Backs

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    Targets:

    Alex Collins- 5-star all-purpose back, 5'11'', 204 lb. 4.45 40 (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 1,400 YD

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Miami, Florida State, Arkansas, Wisconsin

     

    Already Committed:

    Kelvin Taylor- 5-star RB, 5'10'', 216 lb. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 2,423 YD, 41 TD (via pbgametime.com)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Adam Lane- 3-star RB, 5'8'', 214 lb. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 1,624 YD, 12 TD (via polkpreps.com)

     

    Analysis:

    Kelvin Taylor has superstar potential, and he's easily the marquee offensive recruit for Florida. Taylor has great size at 5'10'', 216 pounds, but he also has the quickness to be a home-run threat and run of the edges.

    He has the talent to make an immediate impact for Florida, so expect a lot from him early on.

    Lane is another good recruit, ranked as the No. 23 running back by the 247Sports Composite rankings, so overall, the Gators have to feel great about their 2013 running back class.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Targets: None

    Already Committed:

    Ahmad Fulwood- 4-star WR, 6'4'', 200 lb. 4.47 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Alvin Bailey- 4-star WR, 5'10.5'', 175 lb. 4.70 40 (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 40 REC, 658 YD, 9 TD (via maxpreps.com)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour - 2 punt returns, 47 YDS / 1 kickoff return, 31 YDS

    Chris Thompson- 3-star WR, 5'11.5'', 165 lb. 4.43 40 (247Sports)

    Marqui Hawkins- 3-star WR, 6'1'', 194 lb. (247Sports)

    Demarcus Robinson- 4-star WR, 6'1.5'', 196 lb. 4.65 40 (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 48 REC, 960 YD, 12 TD

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

     

     

    Analysis:

    The Gators will be adding good depth a wide receiver. Fulwood has the size and speed to be a big-time deep threat for Florida's offense, and he's one of the big recruiting names for Florida.

    He's ranked as the No. 9 wide receiver recruit for 2013 (247Sports Composite Rankings).

    Alvin Bailey is another very interesting receiver recruit who could end up being a pretty good slot receiver because of his speed. Florida's depth at wide receiver is going to be great if they can hold on to the commitments of these four recruits.

Offensive Line

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    Targets: None

    Already Committed:

    Trenton Brown- (Signed) 4-star JUCO OT, 6'8'', 350 lb. (247Sports)

    Roderick Johnson- 3-star OT, 6'5'', 315 lb. (247Sports)

    Cameron Dillard- 3-star C, 6'3'', 290 lb. (247Sports)

    Octavius Jackson- 3-star OG, 6'4'', 280 lb. (247Sports)

     

    Analysis:

    This is going to be a very important group for Florida's 2013 class. The Gators need to add some depth to the offensive line, so holding on to these three commitments will be crucial. (Brown is signed.)

    Brown may be the recruit with the most potential from this group. He has tremendous size at 6'8'', 350 pounds, so he has the potential to be an elite offensive tackle in the SEC.

    He's the No. 2 JUCO offensive tackle recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Brown is also the No. 1 overall JUCO recruit from the state of Georgia (247Sports Composite).


Defensive Line

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    Targets:

    Montravius Adams: 5-star DT, 6'4'', 310 lb. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. ET

    Biggest Competition For Commitment: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn

    Elijah Daniel- 4-star 4-star SDE, 6'4'', 250 lb. 4.70 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Ole Miss, Mississippi State

    Jay-nard Bostwick: 4-star SDE, 6'4'', 280 lb. (247Sports)

    Biggest Competition For Commitment: Alabama, Miami, Michigan

    Ebenezer Ogundeko - 3-star DE

    Update: 3-Star DE Ebenezer Ogundeko commits to Clemson in the Under Armour All-American Bowl on 1/4/13.

     

    Already Committed:

    Darious Cummings- (Signed) 4-star JUCO DT, 6'2'', 301 lb. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 28 TCK, 3 SCK, 1 FF (via njcaa.org)

    Caleb Brantley- 4-star DT, 6'3'', 308 lb. (247Sports) 

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Update: Brantley Decommits 1/2/13

    Jordan Sherit- 4-star WDE, 6'4'', 240 lb. 4.70 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Joey Ivie- 3-star SDE, 6'4'', 265 lb. (247Sports)

    Antonio Riles- 3-star SDE, 6'4'', 265 lb. (247Sports)

     

    Analysis:

    Florida's defense is already very good, but it can become elite with the addition of these recruits. Muschamp has done a great job of bringing in top-notch talent through the 2013 class, and many of these recruits will make a huge impact very soon.

    In particular, Darious Cummings and has incredible potential as a defensive lineman. If Florida could land 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams, the Gators' defensive line of the future would be simply unstoppable.

Linebackers

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    Targets: 

    Trey Johnson- 4-star ILB, 6'2'', 218 lbs. (247Sports)

    Update: Trey Johnson snubs Florida and commits to Ohio State on 1/4/13

    Already Committed:

    Daniel McMillian- 4-star OLB, 6'2'', 220 lb. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Alex Anzalone- 4-star OLB, 6'3'', 232 lb. (247Sports)

    Matt Rolin- 4-star OLB, 6'4'', 210 lb. 4.60 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    James Hearns- 4-star ILB, 6'3'', 235 lb. (247Sports)

    Jarrad Davis- 3-star OLB, 6'2'', 210 lb. (247Sports)

     

    Analysis:

    4-star outside linebacker Daniel McMillian is the marquee recruit to talk about in this group. He's the No. 5 ranked outside linebacker recruit according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he'll be a big-time player for the Gators in the near future.

    Matt Rolin is another outside linebacker recruit with great potential. He has a good combination of size and speed, and he plays very aggressive football.

    This is going to be a very strong group.


Defensive Backs

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    Targets: None

    Already Committed:

    Vernon Hargreaves III- 5-star CB, 5'11', 185 lb. 4.41 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour  - 5 TKL, 1 INT

    Marcell Harris- 4-star S, 6'1'', 209 lb. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Keanu Neal- 4-star S, 6'1'', 200 lb. 4.40 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Nick Washington- 4-star S, 6'0'', 182 lb. 4.48 40 (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 48 TCK, 3 INT, 1 FF, 1FR

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

     

    Analysis:

    When talking about Florida's defensive back recruits, you have to start with Vernon Hargreaves III. He's a 5-star recruit, and he has incredible speed for a cornerback. He's going to end up being a star corner at the college level.

    As it stands, he's the No. 1 ranked corner recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    Harris is another big-time 2013 defensive recruit, and he has the potential to be a very good safety.

    Not only is Florida bringing in a ton of defensive back depth through this class, but these are recruits who will be play-makers in the defensive secondary

     

     

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