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Florida Gators recruiting target commits elsewhere

GAINESVILLE -- Offensive lineman Jawaun James of Suwannee North Gwinnett (Ga.) High recently committed to the University of Alabama. The 6-6, 293-pound senior, projected as an offensive tackle in college, visited the University of Florida this spring and was one of the Gators' top recruiting targets of the 2010 recruiting class.

For a link to the always-updated Gator Clause Recruiting Big Board, CLICK ME! We'll update the Big Board throughout the summer, so check back often. Replacing James on the Big Board's "top-priority" Jawuanjames list is Tampa Catholic offensive lineman Chaz Green (6-6, 290 pounds.)

Here's a picture of James taken by the good folks at Rivals.com. I guess I'm out of touch with the latest teenaged fashions. Can someone explain to me what the heck is on James' neck?

ANYWAY, the story about UF coach Urban Meyer's ill-informed comments regarding the Auburn Tigers' limousine charade won't seem to go away.

(This is what happens when there's nothing else to write about, I guess.) AJC columnist Tony Barnhart chimed in with his opinion on the subject.

Meanwhile, Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky questioned Meyer's recent comments about former UF quarterback Shane Matthews, who was critical of UF's offense during the first half of the 2008 football season. Anyone have any thoughts on the Meyer-Matthews saga? Is it even comparable to the dust up between new Auburn football coach Gene Chizik and former AU kicker Al Del Greco, who is now Tiger-prowl_feature a prominent radio personality in the Birmingham market?

[Look at the size of that limo! Is Auburn football trying to compensate for something?]

It seems a bit odd that Meyer is still hung up on Matthews' comments, which were aimed at former UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen. Meyer demands loyalty from everyone surrounding the Gators' program. This is understandable to a point, but Meyer's beef gets a little flimsy when the subject of the bickering (Dan Mullen) wasn't loyal enough to stick around in Gainesville.

Mullen has a job to do, right? Well, so does Matthews. He's a radio talk-show host. I do know this, Matthews will forever be a Florida Gator. Will Meyer? If so, then Meyer and Matthews should kiss and make up. In the end, they're both going to be remembered in the UF football museum as two people who helped build Gators football into a national power.

-jo-

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