What was once a rare occurrence is becoming more of the norm in college football.
Graduating high school and enrolling in college early allows players a chance to acclimate to life in college while getting a head start in the weight room and in a new playbook. In order to enroll early, a player must make the choice to skip out on some of the highlights of high school, graduating with your friends, spring sports and prom to name a few, for an opportunity to get a leg up on the rest of the recruiting class.
This year, the Gators have eight players who will, or have already enrolled at the university for the Spring semester. These players will begin classes, go through the offseason lifting program and spring practices, something the other 17 commits will not have the opportunity to do.
Enrolling early gives a player a better chance at making an early impact in college and most of Florida's early enrollees are at positions of need for the Gators.
Let's get to know the eight players who plan to enroll early and look at what kind of impact they will have in 2013.
Matt Rolin was a long-time South Carolina commit before switching his allegiance to Florida in December.
Rolin is recovering from an ACL injury and enrolling early will allow him to get treatment on the knee every day from the Florida doctors and athletic trainers. Florida might be leery of sending Rolin out too early after watching Ronald Powell go through a setback following his ACL surgery.
A redshirt would give Rolin more than a full year to return from his surgery and could benefit both the player and the program.
On the field, Rolin is an athletic outside linebacker with great cover skills. Rolin is a sound wrap-up tackler and, when healthy, will compete for a starting spot at either outside linebacker position.
Joey Ivie is a versatile player who can play at both defensive end or tackle for the Gators.
At 6'4", 265-pounds, Ivie is already big enough to play on the outside but with extra time in Jeff Dillman's strength and conditioning program, he could add enough bulk to make a permanent move inside.
In Ivie, Gator fans can expect a player with a high motor who will compete on every snap. Ivie's versatility coupled with his early enrollment, could help him to see playing time as a freshman.
Tyler Moore left Nebraska to be closer to home
Tyler Moore originally enrolled at Nebraska in 2011. Moore became the first true-freshman in school history to start the season opener and was named to ESPN's All-B1G freshman team.
Moore left Nebraska prior to the 2012 season and enrolled at a community college which will allow him to play for the Gators in 2013.
The Gators are getting a big, physical, mauling, offensive lineman in Moore. With the graduation of Xavier Nixon and Florida's glaring need to improve along the offensive line, Moore will be afforded every opportunity to start this season.
Originally a Florida State commit, Darious Cummings has the talent to play right away at Florida.
Cummings was granted his release from Florida State in 2012 and spent last season at East Mississippi Community College, where he was teammates with Florida defensive tackle, Damien Jacobs.
Coming out of high school, Cummings was a tweener size wise, but has really developed into a true defensive tackle. Cummings uses his size well inside and excels as a pass rusher. With the losses of Sharrif Floyd and Omar Hunter, the Gators will really be able to use Cummings in 2013.
Trenton Brown is massive.When you are 6'8", 350 pounds, massive is the only word that can be used to adequately describe you.
For such a large human being, Brown plays with good flexibility and could play at either tackle positions for the Gators.
As stated previously, the Gators have a glaring need for depth and talent along the offensive line and Brown will give the Gators both of those in 2013.
*Editorial Note: Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun reported today that Trenton Brown came up a few credits short and was not able to early enroll as planned. Brown will enroll in the summer with the rest of the 2013 recruiting class.
With the early departure of Jelani Jenkins, the door is now wide open for Daniel McMillian to compete right away for a starting job at linebacker.
McMillian can play at all three linebacker positions in a 4-3 defense and that kind of versatility is something that the coaching staff will look to take advantage of.
McMillian is a physical player and a solid tackler. He excels in rushing the quarterback but showed good coverage skills during his senior season.
McMillian was going to compete for serious playing time as it was but without Jelani Jenkins, McMillian now has a legitimate chance to earn a starting role at some point in 2013.
Kelvin Taylor is the No. 1 rated running back according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Taylor is a workhorse type running back who can carry the ball 20-30 times a game if you need him to. He has a high football IQ and elite vision. Taylor is a north/south runner who doesn't waste time dancing around in the backfield. His vision allows him to find the hole and hit it.
Taylor is the son of former Florida running back, Fred Taylor. Fred acknowledged that Kelvin is more advanced at this point of his career.
Taylor will compete with Matt Jones for the starting spot at running back but with the way Florida runs the football, expect Taylor to get his fair share of carries as a freshman.
If you want to see how crazy recruiting can be all you need to do is look at the recruitment of Demarcus Robinson.
Robinson originally committed to Clemson in June but decommitted from Clemson and committed to Florida on Dec. 12. Robinson wasn't a Florida commit for long as he re-committed to Clemson just five days later. Robinson showed up to the Army All-American game and was supposed to announce his college decision on live television but he canceled, saying he would just enroll early at the school of his choice.
Robinson showed up at Florida yesterday and enrolled in classes today.
#Gatornation here I come !— Demarcus Robinson(@demarcus11robin) January 7, 2013
The Gators now have five receivers committed to the class of 2013, which should tell you all that you need to know about how Will Muschamp feels about the current state of the position.
Robinson is an elite playmaker who will give the Gators a much needed weapon on offense. He has good speed and accelerates to his top speed quickly. Robinson is a good route runner and will be a versatile weapon in Brent Pease's offense.