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Unheralded wideouts commits to Florida

GAINESVILLE -- Add another to the list. 

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Payton is the third 2015 prospect -- and second wide receiver -- to verbally commit to Florida in the past four days, who held its annual Junior Day over the weekend. 

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound First Coast wideout is largely an unknown, holding a recent offer from UF despite not carrying a single star ranking at multiple recruiting services (Rivals, ESPN). 

Payton is Florida's fourth commit -- and third Jacksonville prospect -- in its 2015 class, joining Trinity Christian defensive back Deontai Williams, Bishop Kenny offensive tackle Tyler Jordan as well as Lake Nona receiver Deondre Farrier. 

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Variety of Florida Gators teams chase rankings, titles

GAINESVILLE — The Florida men's basketball team may be getting all the attention this week for being ranked No. 1, but Billy Donovan's squad isn't the only one to hold that distinction in Gainesville — and far from the only success story for the Gators this spring.

The undefeated softball team is also ranked No. 1 in the espn.com/USA Softball and NFCA/USA Today national polls.

Among the Gators' 14 sports currently in season, eight are ranked in the top 5: men's basketball and softball (both No. 1); gymnastics (No. 3); lacrosse (No. 5), men's swimming and diving (No. 4); women's swimming and diving (No. 5); women's tennis (No. 5) and men's track and field (No. 2).

The men's swimming and diving team won the SEC swimming and diving championships last weekend, its second consecutive title.

Gators track and field coach Mike Holloway isn't surprised by the success of the school's other programs because "that's what's expected." But the demand to be the best, he said, goes far beyond just the regular season. That's what he's reminding his squads as they prepare for the SEC Championships this weekend in College Station, Texas.

"I think that anybody that works at the University of Florida — look at what's going on here now — whether it be basketball or softball, gymnastics — I think that's what we do," Holloway said. "We prepare for these situations, and when you're hired you're not hired to be just good in the regular season, but you're hired to be good in championship season. That's our mantra and that's what we strive for every year. This team knows our job is to be ready for what we call the championship season."

Softball coach Tim Walton said that before the season he guessed his team would be 15-1 at this juncture. The Gators (16-0) will play five games this weekend at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, including a top-10 game against Oregon. Like Donovan, Walton doesn't want his team focused on the ranking.

"We don't look at our number in front of us, we've got to look at finding a way of how we're going to get better everyday," Walton said. "Not even using coach cliché, but I think that's the mind-set of our team — not to really worry about where we're at right now, but to understand where we're going and how we're going to get there."

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While u will be praying for a below .500% Basketball NIT invite, Beisbol .500% record and dreaming of yet another Spring Football Championship...

UF = QUANTITY of QUALITY !!! u = q[]_[]antity of s[]_[]ck...

LOL....now y'all are stooping to no stars? nostar + noffense=4-8. Let me guess...he willbe a three star next week because he picked up an offer? Muschamp doesnt know noffensive talent! He will be fired soon. Especially if Idaho wins.

R u really mentioning swimming, softball, gymnastics, lacrosse and diving as main line sports, really?
Miami has beat you in the past 6 months in Football and Baseball.

The other activities mean nothing, now move on back to you trailer.

39-6

Oliver, quit posti.g your age and iq.

4-8

26-2
#1 AP pole
GO GATORS!

39-6
will keep posting until something better comes along for the U(ranked).
you're only as good as your last game and the U really really really SUCKS!

Oliver....the score i think you are trying to refer to was 36-9.... use your whole brain. UF is only as good as its last div ll game 20-26lol.

Sid, Oliver is correct. 39 or 36 it is still a drubbing. And 9 or 6 is still pathetic, that is all you can score with the "great wall of coral gables" O line and the supposedly pre season "best offense in college football" and the Heisman duo of Morris and Duke?
Shows you all the pre season hype and all the stupid things Miami Moron fans say every year and still get the same dismal results. After a decade of this you fools should learn to tone down the trash talk until you finally accomplish something.
And yet here you are. Guess idiots don't learn, can't argue with Morons and fools have no concept of reality.
Very sad.

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