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Here's Safid Deen's piece from FNL last night, centered around the South Florida trio who may unite as Gator teammates.
UF also collected its first verbal commitment for the 2015 Class from Miami Central wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips during the event. Phillips is a four-star prospect according to ESPN and the high school teammate of running back Dalvin Cook, Florida's top-rated commitment in its 2014 Class.
PREVIOUSLY ON GATOR CLAUSE...
Tonight (like, right now) Florida hosts Friday Night Lights, its annual recruiting extravaganza (‘a camp’, officially) held in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Top prospects from the 2014 and 2015 classes will flood to Gainesville en masse as Will Muschamp & Co. look to build on some recent recruiting momentum after a blah couple of months on the trail.
Highly coveted five-star prospect Adoree’ Jackson, Rivals’ ninth-ranked player in the 2014 Class, is expected to be in attendance, as are multiple Florida verbal commitments. The rumored list of camp attendees is a who’s who of ballyhooed prospects, but the phrase ‘reportedly attending’ has to be attached with so many fickle 18-year-olds.
The Gators already received some good news earlier in the week with two verbal commitments for the 2014 class: OL/DL Donte Angus, a three-star prospect according to Rivals and Justus Reed, another three-star defensive lineman.
Today, Tre Jackson, a Florida legacy and 2016 prospect, committed to the Gators. Jackson is the son of former UF receiver Jack Jackson.
Full disclosure, I am no recruiting expert and will not be in attendance tonight. I will not pretend to be omnipotent and pass along all the rumors circulating around Gainesville this weekend. The Herald is sending someone in my place, and I’ll link his story on the blog. Later, I’ll post a recap of the event/weekend too.
If all goes well I expect Muschamp to look like…
Then again, we’re talking about kids here, so he could be like…
As first reported by The Sporting News, Muschamp has received a $250,000 yearly raise on a contract that runs through the 2017 season.
Florida’s coach will now earn an annual salary right around $3 million, making him the seventh-highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.
The league’s top compensated coaches are Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.5 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($3.8 million), South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($3.3 million), Georgia’s Mark Richt ($3.2 million), Arkansas’ Bret Bielema ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million).
In a statement (via Gainesville Sun), Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said, “[Florida president] Dr. [Bernie] Machen and I believe very strongly in Coach Muschamp and his leadership and we felt it was appropriate to adjust his salary to be more in line with the market value.”
Florida announced four practice dates open to the public this summer, including one session in The Swamp.
The Gators kickoff training camp on Aug. 2 with the following dates open to the public for free.
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* Thursday, August 15 – Time TBA – Donald R. Dizney Stadium (lacrosse field)
* Saturday, August 17 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (with Fan Day to follow)
* Monday, August 19 – Time TBA – Sanders Football Practice Facility
* Tuesday, August 20 – Time TBA – Sanders Football Practice Facility