Florida Football Recruiting: Gators' National Signing Day Wish List
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With signing day rapidly approaching, Will Muschamp is putting the finishing touches on a recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 overall according to ESPN.
The Florida Gators have 27 players committed to the class, with eight of those players already on campus. Not only is the class filled with studs like Vernon Hargreaves III, Kelvin Taylor and Alex Anzalone, but the Gators addressed major needs by adding depth to the offensive line and at linebacker.
After swinging and missing on Stefon Diggs, Nelson Agholor and Josh Harvey Clemons last signing day, Muschamp will look to add up to six more player between now and February, 6.
In compiling this list, we factored in the chance that Florida has at signing the player, if that player fills a position of need, and the impact that each player could make if they were to sign with Florida.
Let's take a look at six players the Gators would love to add on to their already strong 2013 recruiting class.
6. Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Florida got back into the race after Nkemdiche took an official visit last weekend.
Who doesn't want Robert Nkemdiche?
The Florida Gators hadn't been a serious contender for the consensus No. 1 overall recruit, but Nkemdiche and Vernon Hargreaves hit it off at the Under Armour All-American Bowl and Nkemdiche decided to take an official visit to Florida.
Nkemdiche joined several Florida commits on campus last week, and by all accounts, enjoyed his official visit to Gainesville. Nkemdiche said that he has a top-3 of Florida, Ole Miss and LSU and that all three schools were equal as of now.
Nkemdiche is an incredible athlete that would find playing time as a freshman at any school in the country.
Unfortunately for the Gators, Nkemdiche has a brother who plays at Ole Miss and his mother wants the brothers to play on the same team. Nkemdiche is thought to be leaning towards Ole Miss and although the Gators have a better chance now than they did a month ago, they are still a long shot to land Nkemdiche.
5. Montravius Adams, DT
The Gators are thin on interior defensive lineman and would love to add Adams to the class.
With the early departure of Sharrif Floyd and the graduation of Omar Hunter, the Florida Gators find themselves lacking at defensive tackle and nose guard heading into the 2013 season.
Montravius Adams is one of the most athletic, explosive interior lineman in the 2013 class. At 6'4" 310 lbs, Adams is physically ready to play at the next level.
Adams used his first official visit to see Gainesville with his mother. Adam's mother is a big factor in his recruitment, and this was the first opportunity she had to see the campus and meet the Gators' coaching staff. Adams and his mother enjoyed their visit to Florida but not as much as their trip to Georgia.
Florida may have an uphill battle to fight if they want to land Adams. Both Clemson and Georgia appear to be ahead of the Gators right now, but if Will Muschamp has shown anything in recruiting, it's that he will not give up on a recruit until the ink is dry on their national letter of intent.
Adams will announce a top-5 this month, and will announce what college he will attend on National Signing Day.
4. Jarran Reed
Jarran Reed could step in right away and give the Gators depth at defensive tackle or nose tackle. Photo Courtesy of 247Sports
Jarran Reed is currently committed to Ole Miss but the No. 4 rated JUCO defensive tackle has ties to the Florida Gators. Reed was teammates with Darious Cummings and Damien Jacobs at East Mississippi Community College, so there are familiar faces in Gainesville.
Reed took an official visit to Florida last weekend and according to Derek Tyson of ESPN, thoroughly enjoyed himself.
While Reed is currently committed to the Ole Miss Rebels, Will Muschamp has shown an ability to get players to flip their commitments. Just this recruiting cycle the Gators have flipped Alex Anzalone (from Notre Dame), Matt Rolin (from South Carolina) and Demarcus Robinson (from Clemson).
Reed would give the Gators much needed depth at defensive tackle and nose guard and would be able to compete for playing time from day one. The official visit really helped the Gators chances at landing Reed, but we won't know what school he will attend until National Signing Day.
3. James Clark
Will Muschamp wants to add a sixth receiver to the 2013 recruiting class. Photo Courtesy of 247Sports
Florida is so desperate to find playmakers on offense that they are looking to add a sixth wide receiver to the 2013 recruiting class. Currently Florida has Demarcus Robinson, Ahmad Fulwood, Chris Thompson, Marqui Hawkins and Alvin Bailey already committed. With the way the receivers on the roster performed last season, there will be an open competition at the position this year.
Florida offered Clark late, but the receiver was so impressed during his unofficial visit that he named the Florida Gators in his top-4. Clark is an explosive, versatile type of receiver who can stretch the field. In other words, he's just the type of playmaker the Gators spent all of 2012 searching for.
Although the Gators initially jumped into Clark's top-4 schools, he might not take an official visit to Florida as previously planned. Obviously, if Clark doesn't take an official to Florida that hurts the Gators chances at landing the 4-star receiver, but it sounds like Clark is just burnt out on recruiting right now and could change his mind.
Florida can offer early playing time and that might be enough to sway Clark, who will announce his college of choice on National Signing Day.
2. Tashawn Bower
Tashawn Bower would give the Gators more depth on the defensive line in 2013. Photo Courtesy of 247Sports
Despite being stacked at defensive end for 2012, Will Muschamp has been actively trying to add another defensive end to the 2013 recruiting class.
After missing out on Elijah Daniel, Muschamp has turned his focus to Auburn commit, Tashawn Bower. Bower took and official visit to Gainesville last weekend and gave the trip an eight out of 10 according to Derek Tyson of ESPN.
Bower is a strongside defensive end that would have a chance to play right away behind Jonathan Bullard. Bullard could develop into more of an interior lineman and that could pave the way for Bower to earn more playing time as a freshman.
Bower will announce what college he will attend next season on National Signing Day and the Florida Gators will be actively recruiting him until then.
1. Jalen Ramsey
Jalen Ramsey would put Florida's 2013 secondary class over the top.
The Florida Gators have a star-studded secondary in the 2013 recruiting class, but only one true cornerback, Vernon Hargreaves III. The Gators have been actively trying to add another cornerback to the class and Jalen Ramsey could be the cherry on top of Florida's recruiting class.
Jalen Ramsey is currently committed to USC, but the USC Trojans lost defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and according to Scott Schrader of 247SPorts, just fired defensive back coach Marvin Sanders.
Playing in the Gators favor is Ramsey being close friends with Gator commits Nick Washington and Demarcus Robinson. Ramsey is also a teammate of Gator commit Max Staver.
Ramsey is a big, physical corner who isn't afraid to tackle, but is sound in his technique and a ball hawk in the secondary. Ramsey would join Vernon Hargreaves III and give the Gators a cornerback duo that would give opposing quarterbacks nightmares for years to come.
Ramsey's recruitment will likely be up in the air until National Signing Day, but don't count Will Muschamp and the Gators out until Lane Kiffin is holding Ramsey's letter of intent in his hands.