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Speedy Georgia defensive end picks Florida Gators over UGA, Alabama and LSU

GAINESVILLE -- The recruits are rolling in now.

University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer received and accepted his 17th public commitment on Monday when Neiron Ball of Jackson (Ga.) High committed to the Gators. Ball (6-4, 200 pounds) ran a sub Ballrecruit 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at Florida's Friday Night Lights. YOUTUBE LINK. He chose Florida over a host of schools including Auburn, UGA, Alabama, LSU and Oregon.

Ball's defensive statistics from 2008 are absurd. He had 104 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles as a junior.

[PICTURED, A Ball-er.]

Ball is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and his brother, Neland, plays for the Georgia Bulldogs. (Talk about a family torn.)

Ball is the Gators' first commitment for the class of 2010 to be projected as a defensive end in college. Florida has offered several other defensive ends, including two players from Miami-Dade, Corey Lemonier of Hialeah and Lynden Trail of Miami Booker T. Washington. Owamagbe Odighizuwa of Portland, Ore., rated as the No.2 defensive end in the nation, is also high on the Gators, according to reports. Another highly rated defensive end from the West Coast, Ronald Powell of Moreno Valley, Cali., is also being recruited by the Gators.

Oral commitments are non-binding and nothing will be official until National Signing Day in February, but Florida's class of 2010 is shaping up to be one of the best in the country, according to Rivals.com. The Gators already have more commitments for 2010 than UF signed in 2009. 

Other than Lemonier, Trail, Odighizuwa and Powell, here are some other names on UF's recruiting wish list: receivers Ivan McCartney (Miramar) and Chris Dunkley (Pahokee), offensive linemen Brandon Linder (Fort Lauderdale STA), Chaz Green (Tampa Catholic) and Seantrel Henderson (St. Paul, Minn.), inside linebacker Jeff Luc (Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast), cornerbacks Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs (Fort Lauderdale STA) and athlete Christian Green (Tampa Catholic).

Assuming UF has eight scholarships left to offer (the maximum allowed per year by the NCAA is 25), who should Meyer and his staff make as a priority?



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The recruiting for the Gators is now National. They are just ridiculous. They are just stacked and this class they are working on now is one of their best ever. Why wouldnt you want to play for the Gators? Winning championships, best coaches in the country, craziest fans and sellout wild crowds every single week, hot women all over campus, awesome facilities, playing in the SEC (a real conference), national tv exposure, and with the roll the Gators are on, they may win 7 of 10 National Titles, and on and on and on

Dunkley & Powell.


So ... I take it you already had your morning coffee?


I'd go Linder/Powell, but that's just me. Quality linemen are key in the SEC.


no qb after tebow=uf slump

Could we tone it down on the rape talk? That would be nice, thanks.


jo, if you don't like it, do something about it and erase the post or ban the IP address. It's a turn-off from reading this blog.

Yeah, Linder is a solid pick too. I just want to give Brantley as many weapons as possible next year. I think Dunkley would be solid for him. And to the guy above your last post...Brantley is the 3rd best QB in the SEC right NOW. He would start on any team except UF and Ole Miss. We do, however, need to get some arms in after him.

Also jo, can you look into this whole James Louis thing? His coach has claimed TWICE that he has committed to UF (the second time that UF accepted the commitment). Yet none of the "official" sites are reporting it, even though a few other newspapers are. Has UF "conditionally accepted" his scholarship based on whether or not they get a better WR and are leaving him in limbo? What's the "official" word on this?

To all Gator Haters....after Tebow is gone Urban will work even harder to insure he is not tainted as a one-trick pony (with Tebow). He will adjust next year into more of a Pro set hence Scott L coming in ... not only to get Tebow more NFL ready, but to groom Brantley....We ain't goin anywhere but where we are today ... a top 5 program year in and year out... Even if Urban goes in a few years to the NFL (which I think will be a mistake)….got a feeling UF will land a high profile coach…Gruden wanted the job before and Cohwer is rumored to have interest in College

Another criminal on his way to Gays-ville


7 out of 10? Get off the meth.

Adam S,

Brantley is the 3rd best QB in the SEC? If that is the case, than what does that say about the overrated SEC? Lastly, have you ever seen him play, other than in mop-up duty?

heard the Gators and UM were both pulling their schollarship offer from Trail

CJ, why are UF and UM pulling the offers? Did he do something?

Stop Drinking, yes, 3rd best in the SEC. This is WIDELY agreed upon. And considering Brantley is a VERY GOOD QB, that doesn't say anything about the SEC. What it does say is that UF has one GREAT and one VERY GOOD QB and that the drop-off after Tebow will not be as huge as everyone wants to make it out to be.

Calling the SEC "overrated" just proves you are either (a) a hater or (b) have no idea what you are talking about. There is NOTHING overrated about the SEC (football-wise).

Remember when we were going to stink after Leak left because Tebow couldn't pass. Oops, how did that one go?

Urban has built a dynasty. If Brantley was in this class and being recruited today, everyone would be after him. As it is, he will have 3 full years in the system with some solid experience after this year. As deep as Florida is now, a 2 loss season will be a "rebuilding year" and they will compete for the SEC for as long as Urban is there. And that will be for a while so get used to it!!!

Remember when we were going to stink after Leak left because Tebow couldn't pass. Oops, how did that one go?

Posted by: Ko Classic | July 28, 2009 at 08:02 PM

Actually UF lost 4 games the following year with Tebow under center full time, that's how that went. Oh and there was also the Michigan debacle. But Tebow redeemed himself with the Heisman trophy.

Tebow is one of the greatest of all time, but Harvin was the deciding factor in the BCS Championship this year. Without Percy Harvin, I don't think UF could have won that game. I think UF could have won the game without Tebow. It's not a knock on Tebow, the way the offense was designed for that game put Percy in a more pivotal role than Tebow.

Sarasota - I don't expect you to watch Florida football (only comment on it!) but the 2007 Gators lost because of a porous defense NOT a bad offense. They even averaged 26 points a game even in their losses. Tebow won the Heisman before a bowl game and based on the increadible offensive season he had. A far cry from not being able to throw a forward pass, which was dispelled in September.

Percy was a great player. But Florida was able to score 31 points and win against their toughest defensive opponent Alabama for an SEC Championship WITHOUT a down from Harvin.

I agree that Mullen overused Percy and Tim in the 2007 season. Midway through 2008 they attempted to spread the ball around. At that point they went on to average 47 points a game in route to a national championship.

Demps, Rainey, and Debose will attempt to replace Harvin. Debose is the only one that coud potentially do it by himself.

KO, great post, you are 100% right.

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