Florida Recruiting: 5 2015 Recruits Every Gator Fan Should Be Following
Believe it or not, the college football season is truly right around the corner, which means that the recruiting process is heating up as well. Throughout the summer, recruits are going to be making visits, eliminating teams, possibly committing and breaking hearts of football fans everywhere.
The Florida Gators currently have one of the better 2015 recruiting classes in the country with seven commits, but it can certainly be a lot better. Florida has the attention of several elite recruits, and a few of them you should be watching very closely.
Some of these guys, once thought to be locks to end up in Gainesville, are getting cold feet. Others have taken that next step in their recruiting process.
Overall, here are the five key Florida targets you should be following.
Jeffery Holland, LB
Jeffery Holland is a defensive player who looks to punish the ball-carrier on each and every play. He’s disruptive, athletic, and it's never easy peeling yourself off the field if he gets his hands on you.
Holland is an explosive player who would fit nicely in Florida’s defense.
For much of his recruiting process, it looked like Holland was going to become a Gator. However, those plans have changed recently, with the highly ranked linebacker telling Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports that Auburn is the front-runner:
Auburn is my No. 1. I love the coaching staff. They're real. And Coach [Gus] Malzahn is a pretty cool guy. I had a good long talk to him. He told me what I could come in and do. And what position I could play -- the star position. That's a big role on the team.
What's interesting is that 72 percent of the predictions on Holland's 247Sports profile still have him committing to Florida. Holland is from Jacksonville and has visited the Gators several times during his recruiting process.
Something tells me this battle is far from over, which is why you should be paying close attention.
George Campbell, ATH
You’d be crazy not to check the updates on athlete George Campbell. He's simply unpredictable.
Every year, you have a handful of kids who can’t make up their mind.
This season, Campbell is one of them.
Campbell has already decommitted from Michigan, but told Wolverine fans earlier this year that they’re still in the mix. He’s also taken an unofficial visit to Florida State and is getting some attention from Oklahoma.
Campbell has the potential to be the best wide receiver in this year’s class and provide Florida with a much-needed playmaker. His commitment would do wonders for the program.
However, regardless of what happens between now and February, Florida fans are just going to have to wait until the ink is dry before celebrating.
CeCe Jefferson, DE
CeCe Jefferson is arguably the top defensive end in the 2015 class. He has a nice combination of size, strength and athleticism. He is also comfortable playing with his hand in the dirt or playing in space.
At one point, it seemed like Jefferson was in a tug of war between Florida and Florida State, but now Alabama has Jefferson’s attention.
"I'm probably going to go home and call coach Thompson (Alabama linebacker coach Lance Thompson) tonight, chop it up with him a little bit," he said, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.
However, Jefferson recently stopped by Florida for a surprise visit with his mother and gave Goldkamp a rundown of why he likes the Gators:
It's 45 minutes away from here, my parents can come and see me play every home game, he said. Probably every game, because they play a lot of games in the state of Florida. I'd be close to my friends and family. But that's not a determining factor of where I'm going, how close the place is. But I believe that's why I like them.
Like Florida, Jefferson has visited Alabama a couple of times and seems intrigued with what the school has to offer. Jefferson is one of the top players in this entire class and would be a huge get for the Gators defense. His commitment seems like it's going to come down to the wire.
Byron Cowart, DE
Byron Cowart is one of my favorite players of the 2015 recruiting class. He’s an aggressive, physical defensive end. Everything he does is at 100 mph. There simply isn’t any quit in his game. A football team can never have enough guys like Cowart.
While Florida seems to be in the driver’s seat for his services, Cowart did recently post a video on his Instagram talking to Alabama head coach Nick Saban. It’s also important to note that Cowart did check out Alabama in March during Junior Day.
Few coaches are scarier than Saban when it comes to recruiting. It’s like he has this charm and says all of the right things to convince a good percentage of the top-level players to join his team each season.
Things just got a little interesting.
Martez Ivey, OT
There probably isn’t a more critical player to Florida’s recruiting class than Martez Ivey. He’s a physically imposing offensive lineman at 6’6”, 270 pounds and has the upside to become one of the elite tackles in the SEC. He moves well for his size and seems to be one of those rare, can’t-miss prospects we see each recruiting class.
Ivey grew up a Gator fan and seems to be leaning toward his home school. However, he did attend Junior Day at Auburn and checked out Florida State during its spring game. Oklahoma and Alabama are two other schools that are heavily interested in the big man.
Right now, there shouldn’t be too much concern if you’re a Florida fan. Still, if you’ve followed recruiting long enough, you know that nothing is guaranteed. You should be paying close attention to Ivey’s recruiting process, as he’s the main guy the Gators need to land.