GAINESVILLE -- Florida's assistant coaches are fanned out across the country this week, evaluating recruits for the class of 2010.
California, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina: If there is a top recruit in one of these states then the chances are pretty good that UF's assistant coaches are charting their skills and shaking hands with high school coaches this week. The spring evaluation period runs from April 15 until May 31 but coaches can only travel for four of the six weeks, due to NCAA rules.
UF's assistant coaches began their evaluation period this week. Since the state of Florida's spring football schedule doesn't begin until May 1, the Gators' coaching staff is using this week to travel across the country and evaluate out-of-state talent. Here's a breakdown of where each UF assistant will be evaluating talent this spring: (Note: Head coaches are not allowed to travel during the spring. Urban Meyer does the Gator Gathering thing, which raises money for the program.)
VANCE BEDFORD, cornerbacks coach
Out-of-state responsibilities: southeast Texas (Houston)
Instate responsibilities: Miami-Dade County
BILLY GONZALES, recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach
Out-of-state responsibilities: Mid-Atlantic; Virginia, Maryland, D.C.
Instate: Broward and Palm Beach counties; The Muck
STEVE ADDAZIO, offensive coordinator/offensive line
Out-of-state responsibilities: Pennsylvania and New England.
Instate responsibilities: The southwest portion of the state. Everything south of Tampa and west of the Muck, basically.
CHUCK HEATER, safeties coach
Out-of-state responsibilities: north Alabama (Birmingham); east Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth)
Instate responsibilities: From Tallahassee west to Escambia County (the Panhandle)
SCOT LOEFFLER, quarterbacks coach
Out-of-state responsibilities: Recruits quarterbacks nationally.
Instate responsibilities: Ocala, Jacksonville
DAN MCCARNEY, defensive line coach
Out-of-state responsibilities: The wild card. McCarney is a strong recruiter and will likely focus on the top national players, especially in the Midwest.
Instate responsibilities: Tampa area
CHARLIE STRONG, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach
Out-of-state responsibilities: The Carolinas, north Georgia and south Alabama
Instate responsibilities: Central Florida and the Space Coast (Orlando, Lakeland, north to Daytona Beach and south to St. Lucie County)
BRIAN WHITE, tight ends coach
Out-of-state: California, south Georgia
Instate: From Gainesville north to the border (Everything between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, which isn't much.)
EVALUATION & RECRUITING STRATEGY
(Note: Coaches are not allowed to recruit players during the evaluation period, only watch them in action and speak with coaches, teachers, school counselors, janitors, etc...)
The initial goal this spring is to identify the top talent in each coach's zone of recruiting. In addition to that, Florida's assistants make a point to visit every instate high school in their assigned zone -- even if that high school doesn't have a top recruit that year. Recruiting is all about building relationships, so visibility is key.
The assistants will report back to Urban Meyer and recruiting coordinator Billy Gonzales after the evaluation period is over. From there, the Gators' coaching staff will refocus its recruiting board and prepare its recruiting strategy in anticipation of the late-summer recruiting period. The plan must be in place by late July. Crossover recruiting (multiple assistants recruiting one player based on his position) will begin with high school two-a-days.
THE BIG BOARD
Wide receiver, defensive end, offensive line and defensive backs are the priorities of this recruiting class. If UF's current commitments at cornerback and safety hold firm, then Florida can focus its efforts elsewhere. The Gators still have a lot of work to do at the receiver, offensive line and defensive end positions. Florida could have the maximum number of scholarships allowed by the NCAA (25) available for the class of 2010. With that in mind, I've narrowed down the TOP PRIORITIES to fill out the class. Hope this helps. It took awhile. If Florida lands all of these recruits, then the Gators will undoubtedly have the top recruiting class in the nation next February.
1. Ian Silberman (6-4, 257) Fleming Island COMMITTED
2. Leon Orr (6-6, 300) New Port Richey Gulf COMMITTED (Could move to defensive tackle.)
3. Brent Benedict (6-4, 278) Jacksonville Bolles TOP PRIORITY
4. Brandon Linder (6-6, 280) Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas TOP PRIORITY
5. Chaz Green (6-6, 290) Tampa Catholic TOP PRIORITY
Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 301) of St. Paul (Mn.) Cretin-Durham Hall LONGSHOT
Erik Mack (6-4, 315) St. Matthews, S.C. OFFERED
Torrian Wilson (6-4, 315) Miami Northwestern
Matt James (6-8, 280) Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier
Jawuan James (6-6, 293) Suwannee (Ga.) North Gwinnett COMMITTED TO ALABAMA
6. Ivan McCartney (6-3, 180) Miramar TOP PRIORITY
7. Chris Dunkley (5-10, 164) Pahokee TOP PRIORITY
8. Kadron Boone (6-1, 190) Ocala Trinity Catholic TOP PRIORITY
Darius White (6-4, 205) of Fort Worth (Texas) Dunbar LONGSHOT
Quinton Dunbar (6-3, 170) Miami Booker T. Washington LONGSHOT
Solomon Patton (5-10, 170) Mobile, Murphy OFFERED
James Louis (5-11, 178) Delray Beach OFFERED
DeAndrew White (6-0 170) Galena Park, Texas OFFERED
Kenny Shaw (6-0, 160) Orlando Dr. Phillips OFFERED
Joshua Reese (6-1, 182) Miami Central OFFERED
Markeith Ambles (6-2, 182) McDonough (Ga.) Henry County OFFERED
Antonio Goodwin (6-2, 170) Atlanta Washington OFFERED
Justin Hunter (6-4, 174) Viginia Beach, Va. OFFERED
Jeremy Richardson (6-4, 190) Springville, Ala.
Ted Meline (6-2, 171) Miami Booker T. Washington
Trovon Reed (6-0, 173) Thibodaux
Michaelee Harris (6-0, 167) Miami Northwestern
9. Trey Burton (6-2, 203) Venice COMMITTED
A.J. Derby (6-4, 218) Iowa City OFFERED
Jeffrey Godfrey (5-11, 167) Miami Central
Barry Burnetti (6-0, 207) Memphis
Munchie Legaux (6-4, 185) New Orleans
10. Mack Brown (5-11, 185) Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King TOP PRIORITY
11. Corey Brown (6-0, 171) Springfield, Pa. TOP PRIORITY
Lache Seastrunk (5-11, 192) Temple, Texas LONGSHOT
Michael Dyer (5-8, 201) of Little Rock, Ark. LONGSHOT
Giovanni Bernard (5-9, 198) Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas OFFERED
Storm Johnson (6-1, 210) Loganville, Ga. OFFERED
Jordan James (5-10, 190) Corona, Cali. OFFERED
Kendrun Malcome (6-0, 213) Decatur, Ga. OFFERED
Brandon Gainer (6-0, 194) Miami Central
Roy Finch (5-8, 170) Niceville
Corey Grant (5-10, 186) Opelika, Ala.
Silas Redd (5-10, 187) Stamford, Conn.
D.J. Jones (6-0, 220) Denison, Texas
12. Michael McFarland (6-6, 230) Tampa Blake COMMITTED
Blake Barker (6-6, 230) Cambridge, Mass. OFFERED
13. Gideon Ajagbe (6-2, 197) Coconut Grove Ransom Everglades COMMITTED
14. Jeff Luc (6-1, 230) Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast OFFERED, TOP PRIORITY
Tony Jefferson (6-0, 196) Chula Vista, Cali. OFFERED
Christian Jones (6-4, 220) Winter Park Lake Howell OFFERED
Justin Maclin (6-4, 215) Memphis Ridgeway OFFERED
Jordan Hicks (6-2, 210) West Chester, Ohio OFFERED
Khairi Fortt (6-2, 220) Stamford, Conn. OFFERED
Shaun Lewis (6-1, 200) Missouri City, Texas OFFERED
Travis Williams (6-2, 189) Norfolk, Va.
15. Demar Dorsey (6-1, 175) Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson COMMITTED
16. Victor Hampton (5-11, 170) Charlotte (N.C.) Independence COMMITTED
17. Jaylen Watkins (6-1, 172) Cape Coral COMMITTED
Pee Wee Cobb (6-0, 180) Auburn, Ala. OFFERED
Lamarcus Joyner (5-8, 166) Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas OFFERED
Terrance Mitchell (5-10, 165) Tampa Hillsborough OFFERED
Dior Mathis (5-8, 166) Detroit Cass Tech OFFERED
Nickell Robey (5-8, 165) Frostproof OFFERED
Kacy Rogers (6-2, 185) Southlake, Texas OFFERED
Ryan Ayers (5-10, 175) Douglasville, Ga.
Garry Peters (6-0, 173) Conyers (Ga.) Heritage
18. Da'Rick Rogers (6-3, 206) Calhoun, Ga. TOP PRIORITY
Hayes Pullard (6-2, 220) Los Angeles Crenshaw
James Haynes (6-0, 181) Orange, Texas
Demarco Cobbs (6-1, 198) Tulsa, Okla.
Jay Hughes (5-11, 175) Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove
Barry Bostic (5-10, 156) Louisville, Ga.
De'Joshua Johnson (5-11, 150) Pahokee (Hates the spread offense, apparently)
19. Matt Elam (6-0, 205) West Palm Beach Dwyer COMMITTED (Could move to linebacker.)
20. Jonathan Dowling (6-3, 178) Bradenton Southeast COMMITTED
21. Jordan Haden (6-0, 198) Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly COMMITTED
Jarrick Williams (6-2, 205) Eight Mile (Ala.) Blount OFFERED
Alec Ogletree (6-3, 210) Newnan, Ga. OFFERED
Travis Bell (6-2, 187) Belle Glade Glades Central OFFERED
Brian Robinson (6-0, 180) Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas OFFERED
22. Gerald Christian (6-3, 220) West Palm Beach Dwyer COMMITTED (Could move to tight end.)
23. Lynden Trail (6-7, 220) Miami Booker T. Washington TOP PRIORITY
24. Delvin Jones (6-6, 230) Miami Palmetto TOP PRIORITY
25. Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 234) Portland, Ore. TOP PRIORITY
David Perry (6-6, 230) Fort Lauderdale University School OFFERED
Dominique Easley (6-3, 258) Staten Island, N.Y. OFFERED
Corey Lemonier (6-4, 223) Hialeah OFFERED
William Gholston (6-7, 237) Detroit, Mich. OFFERED
Ronald Powell (6-4, 240) Moreno Valley (Cali.) Rancho Verde OFFERED
Brandon Willis (6-4, 250) Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes OFFERED
Dexter Morant (6-7, 225) Manning, S.C. OFFERED
Craig Sanders (6-4, 230) Ariton, Ala. OFFERED
Brandon Burrows (6-3, 240) Marietta, Ga. OFFERED
Neiron Ball (6-4, 210) Jackson, Ga. OFFERED
Kaleb Eulls (6-4, 245) Pickens (Miss.) Yazoo County
Fre'Shad Hunter (6-5, 246) Cary, N.C.
Garrison Smith (6-4, 250) Atlanta (Ga.) Douglass
Louis Nix (6-2, 320) Jacksonville Raines SWITCH PRIORITY
Richard Ash (6-4, 263) Pahokee OFFERED
Tavaris Barnes (6-5, 250) Jacksonville First Coast OFFERED
Jeffrey Whitaker (6-3, 285) Warner Robbins, Ga. OFFERED