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Florida HC Jim McElwain said of his first recruiting class with the Gators, "I kind of like how we’ve got something from a lot of the areas as far as within the state and not just focused on one central area."

Given that McElwain's previous head coaching gig came at Colorado State, his recruiting process in Florida's one that continues to evolve. Said McElwain, "We’ve still got a long ways to go, but we’ll continue to work [locking up the state] in all those area." He also addressed four-star DT Shavar Manuel's flip over to Florida State on National Signing Day, saying, "That’s a choice. That’s what it is." Rivals ranked Florida's as the No. 14 class in the country for this cycle.
Feb 7 - 2:04 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Florida four-star WR Tyrie Cleveland is "just what the doctor ordered" for the Gator offense.

As Farrell describes him, Cleveland is a "sharp route runner with good hands who can also take a short pass and turn it into a long gain." The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder not only fits that bill, he's also already at (or near) the competitive playing size needed for FBS ball. Farrell concludes that he "has the ability to get separation with his routes and has a nice catch radius." The Gators finished with Rivals' No. 14 class for the 2016 cycle and have some nice offensive pieces in their holster as HC Jim McElwain attempts to stitch together an actual scoring attack.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 6 - 6:41 PM

Gridiron Now's Mike Huguenin reports that Florida sophomore QB Treon Harris will transition to wide receiver this spring.

Harris' passing issues have been persistent and apparent, as the Gator offense fell into a deep, dark hole after Will Grier was suspended mid-season. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Harris finished the season with 1,676 passing yards (50.6% completions) and a 9/6 TD/INT ratio across 11 contests (nine starts). With his transition to wideout and Grier's decision to transfer, the battle to start at quarterback for the Gators figures to boil down to a competition between sophomore QB Luke Del Rio, Purdue graduate transfer QB Austin Appleby and recent recruiting addition of four-star QB Feleipe Franks, who ranks as Rivals' 57th overall recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Feb 5 - 12:23 PM

Virginia Tech DB coach Torrian Gray has been hired for the same position at Florida, according to SI's Thayer Evans.

Gray was with Virginia Tech since 2006, and coach a number of NFL prospects Aaron Rouse, Brandon Flowers, Kam Chancellor, Jayron Hosley, Kyle Fuller and Kendall Fuller. Gray, who played for the Hokies, will now inherit a talented defensive backfield despite top corner Vernon Hargreaves III declaring early for the draft.
Feb 4 - 10:00 AM

Four-star WR Tyrie Cleveland signed with Florida.

Tom Herman earned five-star DT Ed Oliver's signature on Wednesday, but he couldn't keep Cleveland, a Houston native, in town. Committed to Houston since December, the No. 52 prospect in the ESPN 300 decided to join fellow ESPN 300 WRs Freddie Swain and Josh Hammond, ESPN JC 50 WR Dre Massey and four-star WR Rick Wells in a veritable receiver haul for Florida.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 1:04 PM

Four-star WR Josh Hammond signed with Florida in June.

Hammond's one of several talented wideouts lured into the breach during HC Jim McElwain's first full recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-1, 179-pounder played his high school ball at Hallandale High School in Florida and Scout.com projects him as a potential slot receiver once he hits the field in Gainesville. The outlet classifies him as a quick, strong receiver who should do well running tough routes, as opposed to simply sprinting down the field over and over again. Scout ranks him as the 33rd best receiving prospect in the country (No. 212 overall).
Feb 2 - 10:49 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranked Florida LB Antonio Morrison as the 13th-best prospect at the Senior Bowl.

"He played well all week, but really stood out with some big plays on Thursday, showing off his athleticism and instincts," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-1, 229-pounder is physical, intense and speedy. He does come with the frame of a big safety and durability questions, so his evaluation remains fluid.
Feb 2 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that while five-star DE Antonneous Clayton remains committed to Florida, the team is "going to have to withstand a late and aggressive push from Auburn."

Clayton (ranked No. 10 in the ESPN 300) was actually leaning toward Auburn initially, before making a verbal commitment to the Gators last week. While the Tigers might try to claw their back into the heart of the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Hamliton indicated that Florida should still be considered the front-runner to gain his services come National Signing Day. ESPN's scouting rundown notes that "at this stage [his] initial contribution will likely be limited, but with growth technically and physically [he] could become a heck of a Power-5 college defender."
Jan 31 - 6:13 PM

Four-star WR Tyrie Cleveland committed to Houston in December.

Here's something of a strange one. Cleveland's made a verbal commitment to Houston and he played his high school football at Westfield High School (in Houston), but he has yet to actually make an official visit to the Cougars. Perhaps he's just a mystery box kind of guy. ESPN's Gerry Hamilton sees the 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout as a potential commitment-flip to watch. He made an official visit to Florida several days ago and one to TCU earlier this month. Hamilton predicts he'll ultimately land with the Horned Frogs. Cleveland checks in at No. 52 in the ESPN 300.
Jan 31 - 1:46 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Florida OC Doug Nussmeier will not be taking the open head coaching position at Southern Miss.

Nussmeier's worked coordinating jobs at Fresno State, Washington, Alabama and Michigan. He was hired by Florida following the 2014 season. While Southern Miss reportedly eyed him closely after HC Todd Monken joined the Tampa Buccaneers as offensive coordinator earlier this month (Feldman called Nussmeier "the top candidate" for the Golden Eagles' gig), the 45-year-old appears to be staying put with the Gators.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 30 - 3:18 PM

Florida TE Jake McGee will miss the remainder of Senior Bowl week due to injury.

McGee was noticeable slowed during a portion of yesterday's South practice, so this result is not surprising. The former Virginia transfer found his home with the Gators this year but will have to show something during the process to be more than a late round pick or undrafted free agent.
Jan 27 - 10:05 AM

NFL.com's Mike Mayock projects Florida CB Brian Poole as a nickel back in the NFL.

As do we. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound prospect's frame would leave him susceptible to getting bullied or boxed out on the perimeter, but his quicks make for a good fit in the slot. Poole won't need any transition time to nickel after functioning in the slot at Florida.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 1:07 PM

Florida redshirt sophomore QB Luke Del Rio "impressed the coaching staff on the scout team last year," reports ESPN's Andrea Adelson.

Del Rio was ineligible to play after transferring over from Oregon State. Prior to his brief stint with the Beavers, he played for Nick Saban at Alabama. Yes, this is his third Power 5 school, but Del Rio appears to have found a permanent home. Florida's quarterback competition is wide open. It wouldn't be a shock for Del Rio, the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country back in 2013, to steal the gig from the uninspiring Treon Harris.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 10:50 AM

Four-star S Chauncey Gardner committed to Florida in March.

Georgia, Notre Dame and Alabama were in play for Gardner's services. The 6-foot, 194-pound baby Gator found himself in a variety of defensive schemes at Cocoa High School, which should benefit his acclimation to the collegiate level. Scout.com's analysis team is high on his energy and approach to the game. "He flies around the field, he is vocal, and players gravitate towards him," the site noted. They also predicted that he'll likely see the field early in his career at Florida. ESPN 300 ranks Gardner as the 83rd best player in their rundown of the 2016 recruiting pool.
Source: scout.com
Jan 24 - 4:35 PM

Florida CB Brian Poole exited Saturday's East-West Shrine Game with a possible shoulder injury.

Poole made his presence felt early with a 98-yard pick-six of Brandon Doughty in the first quarter, but it's possible his day is now done. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound prospect would later leave for the locker room holding his left arm. Given that the Shrine's essentially an All Star game, you would hope that this isn't a serious injury. Poole is viewed as a mid-round selection, with TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline pegging him as a potential fifth-rounder before the season.
Jan 23 - 5:37 PM


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