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Flipapalooza: Wild week on recruiting trail

GAINESVILLE -- Whew. Take a breath.

Florida’s 2014 class continues to have tons of movement, as the last week continued a whirlwind of upheavel (both good and bad) with two new commitments and a pair of (not-so-surprising) decommitments.

In the last prospect update, I wrote, “I'm sure it will be a crazy month. Stay tuned.”

I only shortchanged the chaos by three weeks.

The bad news first.

On Friday, five-star wideout Ermon Lane (Homestead) officially announced his decommitment from UF (via Twitter), following in the footsteps of his South Florida buddy, five-star tailback Dalvin Cook.

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Lane -- like Cook -- Gator chomped for cameras throughout the week during the Under Armour All-American practices, but the talented receiver was actually considered a Florida State lean after word leaked he planned on taking an official visit to FSU in late January.

Also of note: Dalvin Cook is committed to the Seminoles.

The Gators also lost four-star cornerback Chris Lammons (Plantation High), who decommited Thursday, but not without a mega (pleasant) surprise earlier in the day.

Five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, an early enrollee and the No. 24 ranked player nationally, flipped his commitment from Arizona to Florida. According to reports, Tabor is set to start classes in Gainesville on Monday.

The Gators continued their flipapalooza Friday, nabbing four-star tailback Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach), who decommitted from Miami after receiving a UF offer Wednesday.

Powell, another early enrollee, is currently UF's lone running back pledge. 

Florida also inched closer to landing defensive tackle Thomas Holley. The four-star prospect, formally a longtime Penn State commit, reopened his recruitment following former PSU head coach Bill O’Brien’s departure to the NFL. Now, the Gators are the presumed favorites to land the Rivals100 defensive lineman.

Finally, 2015 cornerback Deontai Williams (Trinity Christian Academy) committed to Florida in a school ceremony Thursday. Williams is currently UF’s sole pledge for its 2015 class.

Y’all get all that?

In all, the early returns of 2014 have been rather profitable for UF. Since losing Cook on New Years Eve, the Gators have snagged the commitments of Tabor, Powell, Gerald Willis III and Kavaris Harkless, with more likely to come.

Whiffing on Cook and Lane definitely hurt Florida (a lot), but the Gators no longer appear destined for a sputtering finish.

As always, stay tuned.   

Kerfuffle complete: UF's 2014 class remains at 20 commitments.

PLAYER

POS.

HT.

WT.

SCHOOL

STARS

Duke Dawson

DB

5’11”

195

Dixie County

****

J.C. Jackson

DB

5’10”

175

Immokalee

****

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)

****

Will Grier

QB

6’2”

177

Davidson Day (NC)

****

Kavaris Harkless

OL

6’5”

270

Trinity Christian

***

Brandon Powell

RB

5’9”

167

Deerfield Beach

****

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)

***

Jalen Tabor

DB

6’1”

186

Friendship Academy (DC)

*****

UF’s early enrollees: Powell, Tabor, Sarvary, Bryan, Dawson, Goolsby, Grier, Kelleher and Harkless

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I thought uf doesnt take 3 star scrubs yet here it says over half of this incoming class are 3stars. You guys have 7 offensive linemen coming in,which by the way is your weakest link,&5 of those are 3 star guys. It all boils down to bad coaching. Muschamp doesnt even know his weakest link. Maybe grier can run better than driskel, someone will have to because the qb is not safe with this oline.

All "stars" according to Rivals.com. Other recruiting services rank Florida's commits much differently -- both good and bad in some cases.

You would think there would be a star ranking system that goes by division these kids play in. Most div 1a schedules are much different than 4a schedules and a 5 star at one level is not the same as a five star at a different level. The star system is flawed in any case and doesn't cover all of highschool football. They should change the stars next to the names to question marks. For instance a 5 star would be a ?, and a two star would be ????.

Last I checked 11 is not half of 20. I'm sure there's some sort of asbestos poisoning going on at those horrible facilities in coral gables that is distorting your perspective cane guy.

lou lou at floriduh most of the graduates think 11 is half o 20 because that is the length it takes to get their undergrad, bawahhhaaa

At least gator fans have degrees. Can't really say the same for 90% of the cane fan base who never stepped foot on the campus, or any college campus for that matter. Probably the one fan base in all of college football where the majority of the fans don't even know what the campus looks like, besides what they see on TV.

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