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Where Things Stand: One Month to NSD

GAINESVILLE -- With all the high school showcases, all star games and combines complete, Florida looks to make a final surge on the recruiting circuit one month until National Signing Day. 

UF's 2014 class currently stands at 20 commitments -- with several recent additions plus one marquee decommitment. 

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

***

Gerald Willis

DE

6’4”

250

Edna Karr (LA)

****

Joseph Paul

OL

6’4”

340

St. Augustine (LA)

***

Will Grier

QB

6’2”

177

Davidson Day (NC)

****

Kavaris Harkless

OL

6’5”

270

Trinity Christian

***

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

****

Drew Sarvary

OL

6’7”

310

Tyler J.C. (TX)

***

Four-star tailback Dalvin Cook is (obviously) no longer listed on UF's board, as the electric Miami Central running back flipped to rival Florida State in a bizarrely presented "announcement" on ESPNU last Tuesday evening. Despite Gator chomping for cameras and fans during the Under Armour All-American practices all week, Cook finally decommited after months of rampant speculation. 

Cook's flip was a major blow to coach Will Muschamp's class, and the residual effects are likely to be felt for the next month. Cook's decommitment may result in a series of dominos damaging to UF's class. Ermon Lane (WR) and J.C. Jackson (CB/WR), two highly rated prospects close to Cook, are rumored to be a package deal and positioned to follow the playmaking tailback to FSU. While they currently remain pledged to UF, most recruiting experts do not expect either to maintain their verbal commitments.   

In lieu of Cook's flip, the Gators immediately turned their attention to Rivals100 tailback Jeff Jones, MVP of the Under Armour showcase. Jones, a Minneapolis native and talented running back, is currently committed to Minnesota but will take an official visit to UF on Jan. 24. 

The Under Armour game also delivered a surprise commitment for the Gators, as Florida poached four-star defensive end Gerald Willis III (Edna Karr, New Orleans) from LSU's backyard. The Gators also added another offensive line prospect, flipping three star tackle Kavaris Harkless from Louisville after former head coach Charlie Strong accepted the same position at Texas. 

Harkless, an early enrollee from Jacksonville's Trinity Christian, was actually already in Louisville to enroll before hearing the news of Strong's departure. According to Rivals, Harkless turned around and went home and is set to enroll at UF immediately. 

Harkless is one of seven early enrollees scheduled to report to campus this week. 

As for the rest of Florida's class, its remaining targets include Jones, four-star wideout Isaiah McKenzie, five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, five-star linebacker/defensive end Lorenzo Carter, four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley and a couple others. 

I'm sure it will be a wild month.

Stay tuned.   

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