GAINESVILLE -- They picked their numbers!
Rank and file ...
NO.85 LYNDEN TRAIL, DE, MIAMI BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
THE SKINNY: He's skinny. At 6-7, 220 pounds, Trail will have to double up his South Beach diet and get serious in the weight room before he can be taken seriously on the field.
NO.25 GIDEON AJAGBE, LB, MIAMI RANSOM EVERGLADES
THE SKINNY: This player did it all for his small high school football team. Expect a quick learning curve here.
NO. 31 CODY RIGGS, CB, FORT LAUDERDALE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
THE SKINNY: Kids from STA always come with a lot of hype. Can Riggs back it up?
NO.84 QUINTON DUNBAR, WR, MIAMI BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
THE SKINNY: So, Dunbar and Trail played high school ball together, chose the University of Florida together and now they're only separated by one number on the official roster. I'm going to assume they're pretty good friends. Dunbar will be looking to make a name for himself in fall camp and Urban Meyer is looking for play-makers.
NO.49 DARRIN KITCHENS, LB, HOMESTEAD
THE SKINNY: Urban Meyer is excited about this player. Kitchens is a candidate for this year's special teams dynamo if he works hard throughout camp. Kitchens (6-3, 215 pounds) is a big-motor guy with a lot of heart, so coaches will like his effort right off the bat. He clocked a 10.9 in the 100 meters and 22.1 in the 200 meters wil in high school.
NO.27 CHRIS DUNKLEY, WR, PAHOKEE
THE SKINNY: I'm interested to see Dunkley in action this preseason and see what he's about. It never impresses me when players transfer their senior years of high school.
NO.32 GERALD CHRISTIAN, TE, WEST PALM BEACH DWYER
THE SKINNY: Christian looks the part (6-3, 240 pounds). He enrolled early and competed well in spring practice. With questions galore at tight end, coaches are hoping Christian can learn the position quickly.
NO.22 MATT ELAM, S, WEST PALM BEACH DWYER
THE SKINNY: As much nonsense as he created during his recruitment, he better be good ... for his sake.
NO.88 MICHAEL MCFARLAND, TE, TAMPA BLAKE
THE SKINNY: An unknown quantity. He played quarterback in high school but has the size (6-6, 230 pounds) to compete at tight end at UF.
NO.81 ROBERT CLARK, WR, WEST PALM BEACH DWYER
THE SKINNY: At 5-8, 172 pounds, Clark is the smallest player on the team. I'm assuming he's fast.
NO.14 JAYLEN WATKINS, CB, CAPE CORAL
THE SKINNY: Enrolled early and had a great high school career. Should provide immediate depth to the secondary.
NO. 13 TREY BURTON, QB, VENICE
THE SKINNY: Enrolled early and made a strong first impression with his natural leadership abilities and tough, physical quarterbacking style.
NO.77 IAN SILBERMAN, OT, FLEMING ISLAND
THE SKINNY: This guy has been hanging around the field house since his sophomore year of high school. He probably had five ex-girlfriends on campus before he enrolled in Jan.
NO.33 MACK BROWN, RB, LITHONIA MLK
THE SKINNY: This running back (5-11, 190 pounds) chose Florida over Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee. That usually doesn't happen.
NO.75 CHAZ GREEN, OL, TAMPA CATHOLIC
THE SKINNY: Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio is excited about this player. Should fit right in with the other big uglies.
NO.30 JONATHAN DOWLING, S, BRADENTON SOUTHEAST
THE SKINNY: Just call this guy The Pick Master. Dowling had 14 interceptions his senior year of high school and blocked three punts. At 6-4, 185 pounds, he'll need to beef up before he can be taken seriously at the collegiate level.
NO.29 JOSHUA SHAW, CB, PALMDALE (CALI.)
THE SKINNY: From Antelope Valley to Gainesville, Fla. Wow, talk about a change in scenery. This desert roadrunner should fit right in, though. Shaw enrolled early and could push Moses Jenkins and Jeremy Brown for playing time.
NO.58 DOMINIQUE EASLEY, DT, STATEN ISLAND CURTIS
THE SKINNY: Interested to see how this player deals with August in Gainesville, Fla.
NO.73 SHARRIF FLOYD, DT, PHILADELPHIA WASHINGTON
THE SKINNY: When I ran into this kid on his official visit I remember telling myself, "That's probably the best looking recruit I've ever seen." With a good head on his shoulders, this player could go far.
NO.68 LEON ORR, DT, NEW PORT RICHEY GULF
THE SKINNY: If this guy can stay healthy, then he might be the best defensive tackle of this class. And that's saying something! Orr is an athletic freak with a mean streak. A broken leg his senior year of high school didn't scare off the Big Three. Orr chose Florida over Miami and FSU.
NO.39 JORDAN HADEN, S, FORT WASHINGTON FRIENDLY
THE SKINNY: Joe Haden's little brother enrolled early and, like his brother, is already ahead of the curve as a freshman.
NO.48: NEIRON BALL, NT, JACKSON (GA.)
THE SKINNY: AAA All-State in Georgia his senior year, Ball chose UF over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. This guy is tough.
NO.10 TYLER MURPHY, QB, WETHERSFIELD (CONN.)
THE SKINNY: With three players from the Nutmeg State in four years, Connecticut is now officially a pipeline to Florida. And how did this happen?
NO.51 MICHAEL TAYLOR, LB, ATLANTA WESTLAKE
THE SKINNY: Played for a great high school coach in Greg Minnis. Minnis is the coach who led Deerfield Beach to the 6A state championship game (and famously defeated Miami Northwestern in the state semis) the year Hurricane Wilma tore through Broward. Like Kitchens, Taylor (6-1, 213 pounds) is another high-energy guy who could make an early impact on special teams.
NO.8 ADRIAN COXSON, WR, BALTIMORE (MD.) CITY COLLEGE
THE SKINNY: This player can run and catch. Coxson (6-2, 195 pounds) played Wildcat quarterback his senior year of high school and rushed for over 1,280 yards. He averaged 12.08 yards per carry as a senior and rushed for over 200 yards four times.
NO.7 RONALD POWELL, DE, MORENO VALLEY RANCHO VALLEY (CALI.)
THE SKINNY: Comes to Hogtown with a lot of hype. Hope he's not reading his own press clippings.
NO.83 SOLOMON PATTON, WR, MOBILE (ALA.) MURPHY
THE SKINNY: Patton was a big-play guy in high school who chose Florida over Alabama. He enrolled early, so Patton could potentially work his way onto the field this season.