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Gators invading South Florida? Banner day ahead?

Florida picked up prized cornerback Chris Lammons (Plantation) late Monday afternoon after the four-star prospect committed to UF live on ESPNU.

Lammons chose the Gators over finalists South Carolina, Miami and Tennessee.

According to recruiting experts, Lammons’ verbal could be the first of three South Florida kids to commit to the Gators on Monday. We’ll see. More later.

***UPDATE***

Here's Safid Deen's piece (Herald recruiting writer) on the Gators snagging South Florida's star-studded trio all in one day. In addition to Lammons, UF collected verbal commitments from five-star receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead) and four-star cornerback Quincy Wilson (Davie University School) on Monday.

Here’s a notebook I filed to the paper earlier today with some added nuggets…

RB MAY MISS GAMES

GAINESVILLE -- Florida could be without the services of first-team tailback Matt Jones at the start of the 2013 season, Muschamp announced Monday.

The sophomore remains out indefinitely while recuperating from a serious viral infection.

Muschamp highlighted Jones’ recovery, but said the team would not rush back the preseason all-conference tailback.

“We’ve just got to be careful with his condition there,” Muschamp said. “We’re a little bit in uncharted waters having the type of infection he had. Then you’re talking about the heat we’re in and that sort of thing. We need to be really careful that we don’t have a relapse of the situation.”

Jones will play for Florida in 2013, Muschamp said, but he admitted there’s a growing reality Jones may miss some games early in the season.

INJURY LIST

Muschamp also updated the rest of UF’s extensive injury issues:

*Starting fullback Hunter Joyer pulled his hamstring and will be sidelined at least 8-10 days.

*First-team left guard Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) will not be cleared for contact for another 10 days, but offensive linemen Trip Thurman and Max Garcia both returned to practice.

*Cornerback Jaylen Watkins (sprained foot) and Damien Jacobs (patella) remain out.  

SCRIMMAGE STANDOUTS

Florida scrimmaged Saturday for the first time this fall, fighting the midday heat in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Although media and fans could not attend, here’s a highlight video (courtesy of GatorZone)

Muschamp said he was pleased with the scrimmage, calling it “solid” for both sides of the ball. The Gators ran roughly 50 offensive snaps, with another 15-20 special teams plays.

Scrimmage standouts included freshmen wideouts Demarcus Robinson and Ahmad Fulwood, tailback Kelvin Taylor, defensive end Jon Bullard, linebacker Neiron Ball and safety Marcus Maye.

Muschamp said, “There’s no question [Robinson and Fulwood] are going to help our football team.”

SUSPENSION STANDS -- FOR NOW

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison remains suspended for UF’s first two games against Toledo and Miami, and coach Will Muschamp remains non-committal on if the suspension might ultimately be reduced. 

“I’m still working through that,” Muschamp said. “He’s still going through some things for me right now.”

Morrison, a sophomore, is Florida’s anticipated starter at middle linebacker. He was suspended indefinitely July 22 following two arrests in a five-week period.  Morrison was arrested July 21 for allegedly barking at a police dog and resisting arrest, but the charges were later dropped.

“We’ve talked continuously through the summer. It’s part of being the head coach,” Muschamp said. “When a young man has poor judgment, you work him through it, you educate him and you help him. That’s what we’re doing. I don’t treat these guys any different than I treat my sons. It’s called ‘tough love.’” 

UF ADDS OT COMMIT

Offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (6-5, 305) became Florida’s 13th member of its 2014 recruiting class after verbally committing to the Gators on Saturday. The three-star prospect (Rivals) out of Wando High (Mount Pleasant, SC) is the sixth offensive lineman in UF’s class. 

THIS & THAT

Valdez Showers, once a part of Florida’s open safety competition, has switched to offense. The redshirt sophomore will play “the Omarius Hines position.” -- A nod to Florida’s senior hybrid H-back last season. … Monday was quarterback Jeff Driskel’s first day in full pads after completing the NCAA’s mandatory acclimation period. … Duel-threat cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy will begin seeing snaps at receiver later this week.

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18 days

UF jumped from No. 23 to No. 10 in Rivals' 2014 recruiting rankings after today's three commitments.

The Gators moved up 11 spots to No. 10 in 247's team rankings after the day's events.

11 don't mean sheeet

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**************************** MARK IT DOWN ****************************

4**** CB - Quincy Wilson, 6-2, 200, Fort Lauderdale University School


4**** CB - Chris Lammons, 5-10, 185, Plantation


5***** WR - Ermon Lane, 6-2, 200, Homestead


************** Will ALL Be GATORS after Monday Night **************

And then 8-10 more of the TOP-150 **** - ***** Studs that will commit during the Season, Dec.-Jan. and Feb. Signing Day... Meanwhile u will get no more except 7-8 more uNRANKED - 2 star scrub projects (and the usual Sept./August kicked off transfers that can't hack it where they originally signed) when 7-8 of ur barely 3-4 stars decommit to bolt to much better offers. Oh and the NCAA will nail u with 40 Schollies over 5 years with a 10 year repeat offender Probation. HALF uR CLASS WAS NOT OFFERED By ANY Top-20 PROGRAM... HALF !!! And Half that were, will say BuH BYE during the Season... u'LL see... AGAIN.

The BEST comes to those who wait u DuMB CLuCKS... And uR 2014 cup is full will half-full tainted average cane thang kool-aid recruits and an eventual barely Top-20 Recruiting class while the BIG BOY Programs will clean up...

Canes... Riding HIGH in Spring n Summer ... Shot DOWN in Fall n Winter.

Again.


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but you're bigger so don bailey


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see u soon

should have seen the electrical storm passing through Central North Florida around 9:11 pm last night...

1 ... 2 ... 3 ... S. FLA Young Men Gators

Florida football had its biggest recruiting haul of the year Monday, landing the nation's No. 2 receiver and two of the top in-state cornerbacks.

Homestead wideout Ermon Lane and Fort Lauderdale corners Chris Lammons (Plantation) and Quincy Wilson (University School), who all play on the “South Florida Express” 7-on-7 team, decided to join forces in college at UF.

The trio visited Gainesville on March 29 and began talking about attending the same school in July.

The most important recruit of the group is Lane, an Under Armour All-American who chose Florida over Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and USC.

The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder is the Gators' first receiver pledge and gives them a much-needed playmaker at the position. According to ESPN, he is the second-highest rated prospect committed to UF behind Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook.

“When Quincy's dad took us up to Florida for the spring practice, I just felt (at) home when I stepped on campus,” said Lane, who announced his decision on WQAM-560 with Wilson. “I was looking at the wide receivers and I just felt like I could go in and compete and play as a true freshman.”

Lammons and Wilson join cornerback commits Duke Dawson (Dixie County) and J.C. Jackson (Immokalee) in Florida's class. These four ESPN300 members should help the Gators withstand the predicted losses of juniors Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson to the NFL draft.

Wilson is close friends with Roberson and has a frame similar to the potential first-rounder. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder picked UF over Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and USC.

“With Loucheiz and Marcus probably leaving, I felt like I could go in there and make an impact early being that it would only be Vernon Hargreaves and the three other commits,” Wilson said. “So I felt like that was going to be a good opportunity for me.”

Lammons, who was somewhat of a surprise commitment after naming Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee his finalists Saturday, is a 5-foot-10, 171-pound athlete who will be used in the secondary and return game by the Florida coaches.

“I want to play corner, kick returner, punt returner,” Lammons said during his announcement on ESPNU. “They suggested the same thing, so it's really everything that I want to do.”

The Gators now have 10 ESPN300 members in their class with the additions of Lammons, Lane and Wilson. All three were recruited by UF assistant Travaris Robinson, who has been the primary recruiter on seven of Florida's 16 commits for 2014.


Wasnt debose a five star?

Stars are only good for mayans ans sailors. Its not gonna help 9/7/13.

Don't forget, we have Debose coming back next year too.

nice pickup for you guys. Lane wanted to play as a tru frosh but we're just too deep at WR with Coley, Lewis, Waters, Dorsett and company...

Coley>Lane tho lol

I would much rather have Coley than Lane! Watching that scrimmage, the gaytors defense is going to get torched on Sept. 7......Did you see how wide open those receivers were? It's going to be a long day Sept. 7 for the gaytors!!

You know your in trouble when your corners are bigger than your safety's.....Can't wait to see your safety's bounce of our Tight Ends!!!

Invading South Florida? There is so much talent in South Florida of course other schools are going to snag some kids. We are loaded at DB and WR so why would those kids come here. All these kids go to places where they have a chance to play right away and Miami's not one of them. Props to the Gaytors for picking those kids up!!!

Debose was a five-star prospect in 2009 -- the No. 2 WR in the class.

Miami Morons on full damage control now saying they are loaded and don't need any of these recruits. UM loaded at DB, that is a good one.
Other cane fallacies, myths and lies:
1 - Um has a "wall" around So Fla and it's called the state of Miami
2 - The Earth is flat
3 - Um is loaded at DB and Golden is a great recruiter
3 - The Mayan calendar is accurate
4 - The #117 defense will dramatically improve this year
5 - The check is in the mail
6 - Um has a potent offense that can beat any top 25 team
7 - The NSA is NOT spying on you

Gaytor Poacher, really? The fact that you use a homophobic slur in your handle as well in your description of another institution tells me you are a complete bigot and/or a juvenile at best. The ironic thing is that everyone who sees you post with that handle already knows what kind of jackass you are without reading the crap you spew.

Come back on this blog when you grow the "f" up loser.

New UF policy being implemented as we speak.
from here on forward wil muscamps policy on suspended players will mimic Alachua inmate facility. If u are clean for a week with no trouble you get 1/2 of a game reduced suspension. In jail its called gain time, at UF its called gaintor time. This is a more understandable system to current and future players and will ensure getting players back on the field as soon as possible. This new system can also save players that have been kicked off the team and have them reinstated in less than 6 weeks.

Lil cane troll, you took time out of your day to post that garbage? Dude it's not remotely funny, only shows you are a douche.

the only douche here is you, jlo. The same question could be asked of you.

Now, get your lil' effeminate beemer and ride of to happy hour in your ill-fitting suit.

God....you all had a good recruiting day....big deal....same with us when new comes out about our recruits....WHO CARES ABOUT A KID WHO IS NOT EVEN ENROLLED YET.

There's nothing funnier than a cane fan talking about how loaded they are and don't need recruits! Then the second a half way decent recruit commits to the canes, every single cane fan out there blows their load. Classic, delusional cane fans! Yeah we don't need 3 of the top recruits in the nation, we're loaded and winning 7 games every year. Hilarious!!

After the Canes roll the gators on 09/07, most of the SF kids will flip to other schools. Hopefully Muschamp can make it through the game without blowing a tebo, I mean gasket. Bet Muschamp did the $400 handshakes again, cant wait until the NCAA completes the investigation at Auburn and moves on to UFelony. Be careful what you wish for gator fans.

After the canes are rolled first by the NCAA penalties and then by the Gators most of their recruits will flip and a lot of their players will transfer.
Poor Goldie will be hard pressed to surpass the 7 win milestone that defines his career so far.

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