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Recruiting updates: Sharpe, Stephens & Cook

GAINESVILLE -- Despite the lack of an offensive coordinator, Florida coach Will Muschamp has done work on the recruiting trail this week.

The Gators landed a pair of highly-touted 2014 offensive prospects they hope can infuse an inept attack immediately. 

On Thursday, four-star offensive tackle David Sharpe (Providence High School) and four-star wide receiver Moral Stephens (Perry Taylor County) verbally committed to UF.

Sharpe, UF’s top tackle target, pledged his commitment in a ceremony, while Stephens, recruited to Florida as a tight end, announced his decision on social media.

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Screen shot 2013-12-14 at 12.01.12 PMMeanwhile, four-star tailback Dalvin Cook -- UF’s most important prospect after quarterback Will Grier -- told the media Saturday he is “100% committed to Florida until the Under Armour Game.”

Cook, who scored four touchdowns in Miami Central’s third straight 6A state championship in Orlando, told a crowd of reporters he is “shutting down his recruiting process” and will announce his final decision on Jan. 2.

Most analysts believe Cook will choose between Florida, Florida State and Miami.

Prospects cannot sign their national letters of intent until Feb 5. After cleaning house Thursday with six transfers, the Gators now have an additional four scholarships available following Sharpe and Stephens’ commitments.

With 18 commits, Florida sits at No. 9 in Rivals’ 2014 team recruiting rankings. 

Here is UF’s current 2014 class (all rankings according to Rivals.com)

PLAYER

POS.

HT.

WT.

SCHOOL

STARS

Duke Dawson

DB

5’11”

195

Dixie County

****

J.C. Jackson

DB

5’10”

175

Immokalee

****

Chris Lammons

DB

5’9”

168

Plantation

****

Quincy Wilson

DB

6’2”

195

University Sch.

****

Justus Reed

DE

6’5”

235

Central Catholic

***

Khairi Clark

DT

6’2”

325

Chamindade

****

Dontae Angus

OL

6’6”

330

M L King (PA)

***

Tavern Bryan

OL

6’5”

250

Natrona (WY)

***

Nolan Kelleher

OL

6’6”

285

Wando (SC)

****

Travaris Dorsey

OL

6’3”

314

Raines

***

Tavern Bryan

OL

6’5”

250

Natrona (WY)

***

Joseph Paul

OL

6’4”

340

St. Augustine (LA)

***

Will Grier

QB

6’2”

177

Davidson Day (NC)

****

Dalvin Cook

RB

5’11”

192

Miami Central

****

C’yontai Lewis

TE

6’5”

212

Northridge (AL)

***

Deandre Goolsby

TE

6’4”

225

Derby (KS)

***

David Sharpe

OL

6’8”

275

Providence Sch.

****

Ryan Sousa

WR

6’0”

180

Lake Nona

***

Moral Stephens

TE

6’3”

205

Taylor County

****

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Last season Auburn finished last in the SEC West and Mizzou 5th in the SEC East. Using that model, Arkansas will play Florida for the SEC Title in 2014.

Lets see....cook is 100% committed to ufelony but wants to wait to reveal his choice? Kids these days are getting dumber and dummer.

Saban has done this in the past around hat picking time, and kids know not to play the hat dance game with him... He calls the kid, who already has given his early committment and straight up tells, not asks, if you are fully committed to Alabama ? If the kid so much as hhhmmmms, uuhhhhhs or haaahhhs, and says he'll announce on TV, Saban tells him, then don't have an Alabama hat on your table when you pick ! We're moving on ! And hangs up... about 5-10 mins later he'll text the kid telling him, you have 30 mins to discuss with your family and give me an answer. If your not fully committed to Alabama, I'll take your schollie and offer it to another kid just like you that is fully committed and wants it. If you can't commit, then do not even reply and good luck to you.

Saban has done this before, and the kids know it. He's lost a few but got way more to commit and honor that commitment. They also learn right then and there, not to even begin or try to FU@K with him.

Perception perceived is perception achieved.

Muschamp doesnt have the power,ba lls, or option to do what saban does.

well at least Texas ain't interested in muscramp...he can continue to ruin UFraud in peace.

This Dalvin Cook guy is a typical Miami idiot, whether he goes to UF or not. What a diva. His comment about being fully committed to UF until the Under-Armour game has to be the dumbest, most narcissistic comment ever. I almost hope he doesn't come to Gainesville. An idiot like that belongs at the U.

I love Pick a Hat's comment. Muschamp should operate in the same manner, and mikey b., there is no reason why Muschamp can't imitate Saban, in that respect.

Better to have a bunch of atheletes of CHARACTER, who WANT to be Gators, than a bunch of prima donnas like this clown.

Running backs come a dime a dozen. This dude isn't special.

Yes, the Gators don't need Cook. They already have a proven back in Brown and Taylor. Jones is an unproven commodity coming off a major injury. Don't forget the human bowling ball, Lane, who redshirted. Brown and Taylor are basically the same, with Taylor being a little more elusive. They both lack breakaway speed and neither is quick to the hole. If they had either capability, UF would have won the Georgia Southern game because the line opened the holes but neither back had the quickness to exploit them. No, UF doesn't need a quick back with explosive speed. They seem to be happy to not have any playmakers on offense. Add in the All-American Jeff Driskel, who appears to be the only option at quarterback, you are right, the Gators have everything they need to possibly have the offense rank in double digits this year.

Sarcasm.... nice!

I didn't say we didn't need the guy, I just said the guy's an a-hole.

Miami idiot, aren't they all?
Mikey the sarcastic idiot, stating the obvious.
The Gator offense has no where to go but up. A new OC will do wonders with the skill on the team tht hasn't been used properly. Muschamp has no choice but to open up the offense or he will be gone next year too.
Lots of upside.
Things are good.
Go Gators!

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