SEC: Florida recruiting

GatorNation links: Seeking playmakers

January, 15, 2013
Derek Tyson writes Insider: WR James Baker stands among Florida's top remaining targets for signing day even though UF has five commits at the position, because he has the talent to make an impact immediately.

Michael DiRocco writes: Several Gators already on the roster are poised to raise their profiles on the field next season as UF looks for big-play contributors.

GatorNation links: Robinson to UF

January, 7, 2013
Derek Tyson writes Insider: ESPN 300 WR Demarcus Robinson says he's traveling to enroll early tomorrow at Florida. Ranked No. 14 at his position, he had bounced back and forth between the Gators and Clemson Tigers.

Tyson Insider: Spring practice could enable Robinson to start as a true freshman, especially with UF struggling to find reliable receivers.

Michael DiRocco writes: Florida expects eight early enrollees in spring practice now that Robinson is choosing the Gators.

GatorNation links: 10 Sugar Bowl facts

December, 4, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: Ten things to know about Florida’s Sugar Bowl matchup against Louisville -- including, but not limited to, super sophomore QBs Jeff Driskel and Teddy Bridgewater.

Derek Tyson writes Insider: Duke Dawson and Garrett Brumfield are among the prospects who will keep the UF-FSU recruiting rivalry burning into 2014.

GatorNation links: Young Gators' shot

November, 15, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: Insider Younger Gators whose playing time hasn’t matched their ability could get a chance to break out Saturday against Jacksonville State.

Derek Tyson writes: Insider Juco DT Darious Cummings could flip his commitment away from Ole Miss, and would fit in with UF’s plans if so.

DiRocco: Insider Backup QB Jacoby Brissett’s play and seniors’ last game in The Swamp are among five storylines to watch Saturday.

GatorNation links: Rivalry regains steam

October, 24, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: The Florida-Georgia rivalry is picking up steam again after the Gators dominated the rivalry with Georgia for more than 15 years, with intrigue returning to the border battle during the past five seasons.

DiRocco: A look at the Top 5 Georgia-Florida heartbreakers.

DiRocco: Gators coaches are punishing ‘violators’ who don't carry the football reliably.

Derek Tyson and Kipp Adams write Insider: Former Gators receiver Jacquez Green and former Dawgs defensive lineman Marcus Stroud are linked as two of the top recruiting battles in the history of the Florida-Georgia rivalry.

GatorNation links: Streak vs. UK

September, 19, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: For 25 consecutive seasons, Florida has known victory against Kentucky. But neither the Gators nor Wildcats are giving that any credence going into their matchup Saturday.

DiRocco: Florida defensive end Dominique Easley remains questionable to play in the Gators' home game against Kentucky, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday. Linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who fractured his thumb on Sept. 8 against Texas A&M and was expected to miss four weeks, will have a pin removed in eight days and could be ready for LSU on Oct. 6.

Derek Tyson writes: Insider Among 2014 wide receiver prospects, Florida has one commitment from Ryshene Bronson and several other prospects.

Note: Check back later with GatorNation for updates from DiRocco after team interviews today.

GatorNation links: Stopping UT's attack

September, 13, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: Wide receiver Solomon Patton is filling the jet sweep role in which Percy Harvin thrived, but hopes to make a bigger impact in the passing game.

DiRocco: The Gators have the height at cornerback to match up against the Volunteers’ receivers, but UF likely will need to rush the passer to truly slow down UT’s deep-threat passing game.

DiRocco: Insider UF’s running game and its ability to stop opposing quarterback Tyler Bray are among the key five storylines for Florida at Tennessee.

Video: Insider DiRocco and Jeff Barlis discuss UF’s plan to beat UT with the offensive line coming off a rough week and two key defensive players sidelined.

GatorNation links: UF winning ugly

September, 11, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: Will Muschamp doesn't care if wins aren't big or pretty -- for instance, top receiver Frankie Hammond has several drops -- and wants UF to embrace winning ugly.

DiRocco: Offensive coordinator Brent Pease says don't be fooled -- the offensive line is the Gators' strength when they have the ball.

DiRocco: Several Gators likely didn’t advance their causes on postseason awards lists during Saturday’s dramatic win over Texas A&M.

Derek Tyson writes: Insider UF commit Alvin Bailey wrote a No. 5 on his helmet to honor former teammate Ronnie Thomas, a one-time top prospect whose injury last season ended his football career.

Note: Visit GatorNation at 9 p.m. ET to chat with Derek Tyson Insider.

GatorNation links: Gillislee's grind

September, 5, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes: Brent Pease wants to get RB Mike Gillislee about 15-22 carries a game, he says, while seeking a clear No. 2 back to emerge so he can keep his starter in top form.

DiRocco: CB Jeremy Brown, who started 10 games in 2010 but missed all of 2011 with a knee injury, will play this week, coach Will Muschamp said. Brown had been out with an offseason wrist injury.

Derek Tyson writes: Insider 2014 QBs Will Grier and Wade Freebeck have UF offers, while several more prospects remain possibilities to become Gators quarterbacks.

Note: Join GatorNation's DiRocco for a chat at 4 p.m. ET.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Aubrey Hill’s resignation could cost Florida at least one 2013 commitment.

Four-star receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) told GatorNation Friday morning that he was going to reopen his recruitment after hearing that Hill had quit as the Gators’ receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

"Now that he’s resigned, I’ll look into what receivers coach they’re going to bring in," the 6-foot-1, 166-pound Adams said. "Right now I’m going to open up my recruitment."

GatorNation links: Fall camp preview

August, 1, 2012
Michael DiRocco writes Insider: Florida enters Year 2 of the Will Muschamp era with just as many questions as last year, but perhaps more answers.

Video: Muschamp talks to RecruitingNation’s Phil Murphy about his outlook for 2012.

Derek Tyson writes Insider: It's easy to see why UF commits like five-star CB Vernon Hargreaves and four-star S Keanu Neal use words like 'elite' and 'special' to describe their DB class.

Video: Tyson discusses Florida’s recent hot streak in recruiting as part of RecruitingNation 411.

GatorNation links: UF recruit tracker

July, 11, 2012
Derek Tyson writes: Insider GatorNation's Recruit Tracker takes a look at commits and targets on offense. Kelvin Taylor, the No. 1 running back in the nation, tops the list.

Mike DiRocco writes: Four coaches in the past 11 years have won national championships in their second season, though an SEC East title seems a more realistic goal for Will Muschamp and UF in 2012. A roundup of national predictions.

GatorNation links: The Opening

July, 4, 2012
Derek Tyson writes Insider: In just one short year after debuting, The Opening has become one of the most prestigious camp experiences for high school football players. The Florida Gators will be well represented with seven verbal commitments attending this July 5-8.

Michael DiRocco writes: Florida is one of only five SEC programs to make the top 25 in ESPN’s team recruiting rankings in each of the past five seasons. In fact, the Gators finished in the top five in four of those five years. But somehow that hasn’t translated to consistent on-field success.

GatorNation links: Ogundeko on radar

June, 20, 2012
Derek Tyson writes: Insider ESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn, N.Y., is among the uncommitted prospects who could end up filling out the last handful of spots in Florida’s recruiting class.

Mike DiRocco writes: Tennessee is today’s subject of GatorNation’s series previewing UF’s 2012 opponents.

GatorNation links: Tampa is UF playground

May, 29, 2012
Derek Tyson writes: The Gators are having a run of great success recruiting the Tampa Bay area, with signees Dante Fowler and Kent Taylor to show for it. Will it continue?

Tyson writes: DT Joey Ivie out of Dade City, Fla., has seen his recruiting suddenly heat up.