Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Marist High School, Ga.
5’-11”, 200 pounds
40-yard dash: N/A
Vertical Leap: N/A
Austin Hardin has kicked long-range field goals including a 59-yard game winner with three seconds to go last year. His kickoffs consistently stay airborne for longer than four seconds. He made 13 of 20 field goals last year. The seven he missed were either longer than 50 yards or blocked. He made all of his extra points and kicked every kickoff out of the end zone except when the team tried an onside kick. At Florida’s camp, Hardin averaged 75 yards per kickoff with a 4.1 hang time. Hardin could immediately be installed as the kickoff specialist, which could help keep oft-injured kicker Caleb Sturgis on the field.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Patterson High School, Patterson, La.
6’-1”, 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.74
Vertical Leap: 30 inches
Lorenzo Phillips is projected to contribute early, especially on special teams. He has exceptional quickness and agility to go with good size and speed. He is an explosive tackler who can also read and recognize plays and blocking schemes. He has the strength to handle blockers and the speed and recognition to beat them to the point of attack. In time, Phillips could become a dominant SEC linebacker for the Gators.
He had 23 tackles for loss last year.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Southeast High School, St. Petersburg, Fla.
5’ – 10”, 192 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds
Vertical Leap: 29.5 inches
Brian Poole is a solidly built corner prospect. His strength is playing underneath and to the boundary while providing run support. He is very good at jumping routes. His speed is not great, but he plays fast because of his football instincts and nose for the football. The word is he has a great motor and coaches like his intangibles.
His speed is a little slow for a corner and he doesn’t have the kind of size you would like in a safety. He can be effective with over the top help or would be good as a nickel back.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Archbishop Wood High School, Pa.
6’- 4”, 255 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.79
Thompson comes in as a natural tight end that can both block and catch passes. Thompson has experience blocking and has shown the ability to get a good push and make it into the second level to pick up other blocks. He has excellent size with some room to add more weight. His film shows he has good hands (one of the clips is of him making a one handed grab in traffic) and possesses the ability to catch the ball with his hands away from his body. His skills will fit nicely with what Charlie Weis likes to do in his offenses. Thompson was the Gators 10th commitment in the 2012 class.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Hallandale High School, Fla
6’-2”, 175 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds
Vertical Leap: 33.6 inches
Willie Bailey, who played safety in high school, is tall and speedy. To play safety, he will need to add weight. To play corner, he will need to work on his technique, specifically turning his hips as he covers receivers one on one. His film shows good closing speed and the ability to close on plays in front of him.
Bailey needs to show improvement turning and running with receivers at the next level to be effective as a corner. His film shows that he likes to leave his feet so he can deliver a big hit, which will get him into trouble at the next level.
Decommitted from Miami to commit to Florida in April. In 2010 he blocked four kicks and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Sandy Creek High School, Sandy Creek, Ga.
6’-4”, 295 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.3 seconds
Vertical Leap: 29.3 inches
Quinteze Williams has all the physical tools to become a dominant defense lineman for the Gators. He has good height and strength and would be able to defend the run and pass earning time as an every down defensive lineman. He has displayed good lateral movement in the trenches.
He needs improvement in his tackling. He has a tendency to fail to wrap up and finish and he will need to fix that at the next level.
His high school won the AAA state championship. He is the third player from Georgia that Muschamp has recruited.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Stephenson High School, Stephenson, Ga.
6’-3”, 275 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.3 seconds
Vertical Leap: 21 inches
Jafar Mann touts himself as a run-stopper. He has good technique coming out of his stance and has the ability to get low and stand up offensive lineman, which translates to good penetration and disruption along the line.
The downside is he can be inconsistent at times staying low and with his height it can be a problem. He lacks the explosive quickness needed to be a real disruptive force. Look for him to play more in obvious running situations like early in the set of downs and on goal-line stands.
Mann’s teammate, Mike Davis, has also committed to the Gators.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Boynton Beach High School, Boynton Beach, Fla.
6’-6”, 315 pounds
Dunker is exceptionally quick off the ball for a big man, which means he will be able to block in space and will be good at pulling and trapping. He is very athletic and plays with good balance. He displays an excellent motor. He has all of the tools to be an exceptional player at the collegiate level.
He will need to work on his technique, as most big and athletic high school players find out. He will need to shore up his hand and footwork while pass blocking. He will also need to get lower when firing out of the box.
There is not a lot of information on Dunker out there right now. I couldn't find any combine reports nor could I find a video of his work on the field. Here is a video of Dunker talking about his UF committment:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Stephenson High School, Stephenson, Ga.
5’-10”, 190 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.73 seconds
Vertical Leap: 37.5”
Mike Davis is built solidly and has great balance. He is adept at running in traffic because he has great quickness, vision and cutting ability when running through holes. He breaks high tackles and with his low center of gravity can bounce off low tackles. He has good hands out of the backfield
Davis lacks breakaway speed and may only be a adequate pass blocker. Though his quickness will get him outside he won’t run away from a lot of people at the collegiate level.
Below is a tape of Davis junior season highlights.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Pinellas Park Senior High School, Pinellas Park, Fla.
6’-2”, 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.41
Vertical Leap: 35”
The upside on Jeremi Powell is his athletic abilities. He is fast enough to run track and competes at a state level in high jump and triple jump. He played running back and linebacker in high school. As a linebacker he is known for punishing hits. His tapes show a knack for taking proper angles to the football and plays downhill. He can play up or in the three-point stance.
The only real downside is his weight, which should not be a problem once Mickey Mariotti gets a hold of him.
Powell should contribute immediately on special teams and be a good fit in the Buck position or at the other OLB spot, especially rushing the passer. He had 15 sacks and two defensive touchdowns his junior year.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Armwood High School, Seffner, Fla.
6’-3”, 210 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.72
Vertical Leap: 24 inches
Matt Jones, the third player to verbally commit to the 2012 Gator recruiting class, has the frame and ability to be an every down back the Gators have been missing of late. Jones has the size of a linebacker but good speed and running back instincts. He can break tackles on first contact and has the power to move the pile. He has good hands catching passes out of the backfield and he has the size and strength to be a good pass blocker, both things that will be of value in the Charlie Weis pro style offense.
He will need to do a better job of pumping his knees higher if he wants to improve his yards after contact. He doesn’t have the blazing speed of a Demps or Rainey the gators are used to, but then his other traits might fit the new offense a little better. The word is he fell in love with the coaches and the new offense.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Venice High School (Venice, Fla.)
6’-5”, 270 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.6
Vertical leap: 28.5
Rivals: #18 (listed as Dante Phillips)
Omari Phillips is the second player to commit to the 2012 Gator recruiting class. The upside to Phillips is his size, motor and footwork. He has good size and room to add more weight to his frame, which means he could top out around 310 or so. He is very active and has a good motor, which translates well to the offensive line. He is a good run blocker and has a knack to keeping his feet moving when driving people off the ball. His footwork should help him in the pass blocking schemes once he improves his technique.
The downside is he loses technique at times, overextending and losing balance because his feet stop moving. He also tends to lose technique when facing speedier rushers. He will need to clean up those technique flaws in the SEC.
Look for him to work in at right tackle, his skill set is not at the level to beat Xavier Nixon for the left tackle spot just yet.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Here we go, enjoy!
North Marion High School (Citra, Fla)
6'0", 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
The upside on Pittman is his size, strength and quickness. His tapes show the ability to overpower DBs, catch the ball in traffic and make plays on the ball while it is in the air. He uses his hands well to go get the ball. He has played safety and returned kicks so he is not afraid to mix it up. As a sophomore, Pittman had 35 catches for 612 yards and seven touchdowns. He also plays safety and returns kicks.
The knock on Pittman is he doesn’t have great speed and has a tendency to run imprecise routes, rounding them off and using his muscle to get position. He will have to clean that up in the SEC as the competition will be able to shut that down.
Look for Pittman to be more of a possession receiver with abilities similar to Carl Moore or Omarius Hines.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
1. The Gators had Alabama native Beniquez Brown (ATH) in for a visit and he came in very impressed with what he saw.
Here is Brown's 2010 highlights:
2. The Gators got an up-close glimpse of Alton "Pig" Howard (ATH) at a recent camp and they liked what they saw. He has great speed, moves, hands and an instinct for going after the ball while its in the air.
Here is a video of Howard's highlights:
3. The Gators have set their sites on the No. 11 Rivals rated player, Dante Fowler, an LB/DE prospect, who is currently committed to the Seminoles. Fowler was impressed with what he saw and is coming back for more visits.
Here is his highlight reel:
Friday, June 17, 2011
Here is the 2012 class so far:
LaTroy Pittman, North Marion (FL), ATH, 6-1, 201
Dante Phillips, Venice (FL), DT, 6-6, 265
Matt Jones, Armwood Seffner (FL), RB, 6-3, 225
Mike Davis, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.), RB, 5-11, 185
Jeremi Powell, Pinellas Park (FL), OLB, 6-2, 200
Jessamen Dunker, Boynton Beach (FL), OL, 6-6, 315
JaFar Mann, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.), DT, 6-4, 275
Quinteze Williams, Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.), DT, 6-4, 295
Willie Bailey, Hallandale (FL), CB, 6-2, 165
Colin Thompson, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), TE, 6-5, 255
Brian Poole, Southeast Bradenton (FL), DB, 5-11, 187
Lorenzo Phillips, Patterson (Patterson, La.), OLB, 6-1, 200
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
"Demps -- who led the Gators in rushing last season with 551 yards despite missing some time due to a foot injury -- arrived at Florida weighing 170 pounds, and is expected to play this fall at 188. Gators strength coach Mickey Marotti says the back can squat "an ungodly amount of weight." And despite the added pounds, Demps has gotten faster. "He was a 10.1 guy, is now a 9.9 guy and probably will be a 9.8 guy," said Marotti, who adds that Demps has really improved his acceleration."
Rounding out the list are:
2. LSU RB Mike Ford - benches 435; vertical leap of 42"
3. Texas WR Marquis Goodman - long jumps 26 feet, 93/4 inches
4. Syracuse WR Dorian Graham - at 185 lbs he can hang clean 341 and runs a 4.31 40
5. Troy LB Kanorris Davis - at 203 pounds he benches 225 nearly 50 times; vertical leap of 42"; runs 4.4 40
6. Georgia Tech ILB Julian Burnett - 600-pound squat; 350 power clean; 460 bench
7. North Carolina WR Jheranie Boyd - scored 312 on Max Jones Quad (look it up, very impressive)
8. Illinois FB Jay Prosch - power cleans 382; hang cleans 401; benches 405 for two reps
9. Boise State RB Doug Martin - at 205 pounds he benches 405; hang cleans 374; squats 530 and runs 4.42 40
10. Cincy P Pat O'Donnell - broad-jumps 9-2; 10-yard split of 1.53 faster than Demps
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Her is a link to the SEC Blog where you can read about all the Spring wrapups: http://espn.go.com/blog/sec
Monday, May 9, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Speaking of Jenkins, Gator coach Will Muschamp is confident either senior Moses Jenkins or junior Jeremy Brown are quite capable of filling his shoes. If they can't handle the load, he can always turn to a bevy of talented underclassmen in sophomores Jaylen Watkins and Cody Riggs or freshman De'Ante "Pop" Saunders.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Speaking of Dooley, he has weighed in on the whole "Meyer going to OSU" specualtion running rampant right now with a resounding "No he won't."
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I don't know how malicious Tressel was in his rules violations, it seems more like a parent trying to cover up the bad deeds of his wayward kids than out and out criminal mastermind stuff, but at least one bloggger disagrees.
I can't see Meyer jumping back into the coaching ranks. As they say, timing is everything, and the timing is bad on this one. Meyer should stay out a full two years before entertaining new job offers or his credibility will take a huge hit.
Monday, April 25, 2011
8. South Carolina
21. Mississippi State
Alabama and LSU I can see in the top 10, but not the Gamecocks. Gators will finish higher than 18 even though they have a brutal schedule in October (Bama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia). I don't see Auburn finishing in the top 25 this year.
Speaking of trouble, the NCAA is all over Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Anyone taking bets that Tressel will be out of a job pretty soon? My guess is he is gone.