SEC: Leonard Williams

Florida loses two prospects to USC

February, 1, 2012

Lane Kiffin's battles with Florida were pretty entertaining when he was at Tennessee. Now, thousands of miles away, Kiffin is still frustrating the Gators.

Wednesday, Kiffin and his USC Trojans staff nabbed two top Florida prospects from the Gators when No. 5 defensive tackle Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) and No. 6 wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley) both signed with USC. Each was thought to have Florida and USC as their final two schools.

Kiffin certainly isn't a stranger to recruiting in this part of the country and he hit the Gators at two positions of need, especially with Agholor, who might have competed for immediate playing time with all of Florida's unproven wide receivers.

Now, Florida will hold out a lot of hope for No. 3 athlete Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), who will make his college decision on Feb. 10. Diggs is expected to play wide receiver in college, and Florida needs a top-flight receiver in this class. The Gators only have two wide receivers in their 2012 class, in No. 24 WR Latroy Pittman (Citra, Fla./North Marion) and No. 152 Raphael Andrades (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln).

Signing day announcement times

February, 1, 2012
Here's another look at the prospects scheduled to make their announcements today on ESPNU. All times are Eastern:
  • DE Mario Edwards (No. 1 in ESPNU 150): 9:05 a.m.
  • OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons (No. 17): 9:15 a.m. -- Will it be Florida, Georgia or Florida State?
  • CB Tracy Howard (No. 18): 9:35 a.m. -- Florida was once the leader, but Miami might have taken control after a successful visit over the weekend.
  • DT Eddie Goldman (No. 10): 10:05 a.m. -- Florida State is trying to hold off Alabama and Auburn.
  • WR Dorial Green-Beckham (No. 3): 10:15 a.m. -- Arkansas held the lead for a while, but Missouri has the momentum after his official visit over the weekend.
  • OLB Kwon Alexander (No. 29): 11:05 a.m. -- Looks like this one is an Auburn vs. LSU affair. Auburn will be hard to beat.
  • S Trae Elston (No. 10 safety): 11:05 a.m. -- LSU and Ole Miss appear to be at the top of his list.
  • WR Nelson Agholor (No. 47): 12:05 p.m. -- This sounds like a battle between Florida and USC. Watch out for the Trojans.
  • WR Thomas Johnson (No. 33): 12:20 p.m.
  • OT Andrus Peat (No. 9): 1:35 p.m.
  • OT Avery Young (No. 61): 2 p.m. -- Auburn, Florida and Georgia area all in the running and this one still appears up in the air.
  • CB Ronald Darby (No. 38) 2:30 p.m. -- Auburn has been heavily involved with Darby, but Florida State might have the edge.

Here are some other notable announcement times for ESPNU 150 players:
  • DE Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 71): 10 a.m. -- He's committed to Florida State, but Florida hasn't stopped heavily recruiting him.
  • DT Leonard Williams (No. 50): 11 a.m. -- It sounds like he's down to Florida and USC.
  • S Landon Collins (No. 6): 1 p.m. -- He's committed to Alabama, but we've all heard about the drama surrounding his mother and her desire for him to go to LSU.
  • ATH Ricardo Louis (No. 21): 1 p.m. -- He was once committed to Auburn, then Florida State. Now, he's uncommitted, but it sounds like it's Auburn or Florida State.