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February 04, 2014

NSD PRIMER: Heat up the fax machines

GAINESVILLE -- It's nearly here. 


Whoops, I meant National Signing Day. But same thing, really. 


ICYMI: The Florida Gators tumbled to their first losing season in 34 years, but that hasn't scared away many of the nation's top-ranked high school prospects. 

While Embattled coach Will Muschamp struggled to win football games in 2013, his proficiency to flip star recruits (seven already) and build another stellar recruiting class (nine early enrollees) has dominated headlines since the calendar changed.  

But how will UF finish tomorrow? 

Early indications are a tad troubling (see below), but first...

FLORIDA'S BIG BOARD (with announcement times)

DB J.C. Jackson (Immokalee) **** (8 a.m.)

WR Isaiah McKenzie (American Heritage) **** (8:15 a.m.)

WR CJ Worton (South Dade) *** 9 a.m.

QB Treon Harris (Booker T. Washington) **** (9 a.m.)

OT Damian Prince (Bishop McNamara, Md.) ***** (10:20 a.m., ESPNU)

OT Derrick Kelly (East Gadsden) *** (1 p.m.) 

ATH Adoree' Jackson (Junipero Serra, Ca.) ***** (2:10 p.m., ESPNU)

DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.) ***** (3 p.m., ESPNU)

According to reports from both Rivals & 247sports, UF appears to be losing steam with Prince and Carter, while McKenzie and Kelly are also unlikely to commit to Florida. 

However, J.C. Jackson is considered (relatively) firm in his pledge to UF. 

Ultimately, Florida's white whale remains Adoree' Jackson, but at this date not even Nostradamus has a clue where's he's going. 

Which leads me to…


1. Can UF snag its must-have playmaker? 

Jackson is a major need for UF and despite Florida building an-already nice class (No. 7 overall, per Rivals), some may view NSD as disappointing if the Gators don't reel in the five-star athlete. 

2. How will UF finish in SoFla? 

The decommitments of Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane stung (sharply), but many will still consider it a nice haul if Florida manages to poach J.C. Jackson, Worton and Harris from Miami's backyard (and a Florida State stronghold). 

3. Paging Mr. Prince? 

The Gators lost the last time they went head-to-head with the hometown Terps, and while Prince isn't the catch Stefon Diggs was (in terms of need), he'd still be a marquee player in UF's 2014 class.  

As always, stay tuned.
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