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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.


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…


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.


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.  


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.”


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.’” 


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. 


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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