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ESPN's Craig Haubert noted that Florida four-star 2017 DE Zachary Carter is a "well-built prospect with a big frame who can continue to be developed."

"[Carter] possesses the length and strength to set the edge as a run defender with the ability to quickly locate the ball and shed," Haubert wrote. "Not a player who will just wow you athletically, but he has a quick first step." The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder is not close to a finished product at this point and Haubert views him as something of a work in progress. Wrote the analyst, "The key for defensive line coach Chris Rumph will be maximizing Carter’s ability. He’ll need to be more consistently explosive and better utilize his excellent size and strength."
Jun 25 - 2:56 PM

Former Florida CB J.C. Jackson will not transfer to South Carolina.

Jackson was booted from Florida after he was arrested for armed robbery last April. He was acquitted of all three charges levied against him stemming from that arrest. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is now enrolled at a community college in California, but reports surfaced last month that he would be transferring to South Carolina. 247Sports' JC Shurburrtt is reporting that no transfer to the Gamecocks will be in the cards, writing that "[s]ources indicate Jackson is not eligible to transfer to the Gamecocks in a ruling that’s beyond South Carolina’s control." He further reports that Jackson will now likely land at Maryland, where former Florida DC D.J. Durkin reigns supreme as head coach.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 25 - 1:41 PM

Four-star 2017 DE Zachary Carter committed to Florida.

Carter kicked around the idea of waiting until after his senior season at Hillsborough High to announce the commitment, but he has changed course over the last few weeks and voila, a commitment to the Gators. His choice came down to Florida and Clemson, with HC Jim McElwain winning the day. As for his role down in Gainesville, Carter explained, "They told me that I’m a rush end, but I’ll play strongside also. So that’s sorta what they’re talking about now anyway." Rivals checks him into their master list of 2017 recruits at No. 62 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 1:21 PM

Four-star 2017 CB Elijah Blades committed to Florida.

Blades made his first visit to Florida earlier in June and afterward told SEC Country, "This visit was kind of a big deal. I can see myself there." And so it has come to pass. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 235 overall recruit for the 2017 cycle. ESPN calls him a "very good athlete with great length and speed you cannot coach." He has been timed at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Jun 23 - 2:09 PM

Florida four-star 2017 WR Daquon Green will take his official visits this fall.

Some recruits shut down the process entirely once they have committed, but that will not be the case with Green. Said the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder, "I’m going to take Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan and probably Ohio State. I need to talk to Ohio State and see, though, because I haven’t talked to them for while." While those are all big fish, the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder finds himself thinking most about North Carolina. "What is it about North Carolina? It’s everything about North Carolina. I’m ready to get back up there," Green said. While there is competition for his eventual signature, he indicated that he remains 100% committed to Florida. He ranks as Rivals' No. 193 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 22 - 3:21 PM

Florida appointed an eight-person search committee to help find its next athletic director.

Sometimes, a search firm is hired in cases such as Florida's, but they opted not to take that approach. Manny Fernandez -- a former Florida trustee -- will lead the committee's search. The Gators are looking to replace AD Jeremy Foley, who will be retiring on October 1. Foley is stepping aside after spending the past 25 years at his current position.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 1:52 PM

Four-star 2017 DE Zachary Carter is deciding between Florida and Clemson for his commitment.

Carter once said that he would not be making a commitment until after the completion of his senior season at Hillsborough High (Florida). That plan has been adjusted and he looks much, much closer to making a decision, now, with Rivals' Rob Cassidy relaying that the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder might commit before his aforementioned senior season has even started. Carter addressed what he likes about both of his leaders, saying, "When I go up to Clemson, I can feel the family environment. I feel it there. With Florida, it’s nice that it’s close. Being two hours away really helps them. I don’t really care about distance, but that’s a nice perk." He ranks as Rivals' No. 62 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 19 - 6:41 PM

Florida redshirt junior DT Caleb Brantley declares: "I'm the best D-lineman in the country."

"I'm coming out to try and prove it," he said. Brantley considered declaring for the draft after the 2015 season but returned to chase a Rd. 1 slot. "I’ve been really happy with Caleb Brantley in the front," UF coach Jim McElwain said. "I think Jon Bullard did a great job of kind of teaching him what it is to be that person. So far he’s been really good this offseason." His stats last season were underwhelming but also misleading. Brantley earned Second Team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus. "He’s definitely become a grown man for that defensive line," linebacker Jarrad Davis said. "When it’s time for somebody to block him, good luck. That man knows what he wants and he’s not going to be stopped."
Source: SEC Country
Jun 16 - 5:34 PM

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced his retirement, effective October 1.

Foley has acted as the school's athletic director for the past 25 seasons. In that span, the Gators won numerous national championships in a variety of sports. In the school's release it states "Foley isn't sure what is next personally other than taking time to attend various music festivals he has missed over the years due to his hectic schedule." Jim McElwain exceeded expectations during his first season as coach.
Jun 13 - 10:02 AM

An anonymous SEC defensive coach told ESPN that Florida junior CB Jalen Tabor is "as good, if not better, than Vernon [Hargreaves]."

"Even though [Tabor's] around that 6-foot range with long limbs, he can play low with his feet and he can bend," the defensive coach said. He also referred to Tabor's hips as "very fluid." On the mental side of the equation, Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell has called the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder's instincts "off the charts." Last season, Tabor recorded 40 tackles (4.0 for loss) with a sack and four interceptions. He went pick-six on two of those bad boys. A run at the Jim Thorpe award is certainly possible for the coming season. Should he declare for the draft, he houses the talent to be a top-10 pick come next April.
Jun 12 - 8:01 PM

Florida sophomore WR Antonio Callaway's suspension has been modified to allow him to attend classes.

Callaway can also use Florida's facilities to work out. Head coach Jim McElwain announced Callaway's suspension last January for a possible student conduct code violation. However, all signs point to that suspension ending in the near future if Callaway sticks to this path. He missed all of spring ball. Once reinstated, on paper Callaway projects as the team's top receiver.
Jun 7 - 11:25 AM

Florida junior WR Brandon Powell has been cleared to practice and work out in full following foot surgery in January.

Powell missed all of spring ball and will wear a special shoe in order to aid his foot moving forward. Powell started 10 games last season and will be one of the Gators top returning targets at the position, partially due to the uncertainy around Antonio Callaway's status.
Source: Only Gators
Jun 1 - 11:43 AM

Florida HC Jim McElwain told reporters there is "no update" on top WR Antonio Callaway's status with the team.

Callaway is not enrolled in first semester summer classes. Callaway's attorney believes there is "no merit" to the allegations regarding an incident the apparently occurred in December of 2015. The situation is still extremely vague, and Callaway was initially suspended just for spring ball. On the field, Callaway is the team's top receiver, catching 35 passes for 678 yards and four touchdowns.
Jun 1 - 11:15 AM

Florida senior OLB Jarrad Davis "jumped off the screen to the point that he was a distraction trying to study the 2016 draft class," gushed ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"He is an explosive athlete who has sideline-to-sideline range and an internal GPS for the football," Weidl wrote. The analyst added that Davis must "add bulk and improve his point-of-attack skills," but ultimately sees Davis as a perfect "space" linebacker in today's NFL. Last season, the senior logged a career-high 98 tackles with 11 TFL. Davis will be joined on a tremendous Gator defensive unit by cornerback Jalen Tabor, safety Marcus Maye and defensive end Bryan Cox.
May 31 - 8:45 PM

Florida AD Jeremy Foley indicated that a renewal of the Florida-Miami rivalry is unlikely.

Speaking with WRUF in Gainesville, Foley said, "No, I do not see them on our schedule on a regular basis. I think when you’re asking your football team to play eight games in this league and Florida State? That’s a tough slate." The Gators and Hurricanes have played just six games since the unofficial end of the series in 1987. They will face each other to kick off the 2019 season, but no other match-ups between the two teams have been scheduled.
May 31 - 2:19 PM


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