After signing ten swimmers to its recruiting class in the fall, men's swimming coach Gregg Troy announced the signing of four additional swimmers to complete the incoming class for the 2011-12 season. The newest members of the mens swim team include Austin Manganiello and Thomas Veale from south Florida, and a pair of international swimmers, Eduardo Solaeche from Madrid, and Dan Wallace from North Berwick, Scotland.
Meanwhile, women's basketball coach Amanda Butler announced that Boone County (Kentucky) junior forward Sydney Moss has verbally committed to play for the Gators for the 2012-13 season. Moss is the daughter of NFL wide receiver Randy Moss. Florida basketball has a history of recruiting the offspring of professional athletes, with Joakim Noah, Al Horford, and Taurean Green.
We can only hope that Moss pans out as well for the Gators as those former players. Moss is considered by many to be the best returning player in the State of Kentucky for the 2011-12 season. Moss averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game as a junior.
Coach Butler is also trying to lure 6'3" Cal-Berkeley transfer DeNesha Stallworth to the Gators. Stallworth led Cal in scoring last season, averaging 13.3 points per game, but announced her intentions to transfer after a recent coaching change at Cal. The former McDonald's All-American reportedly received calls from over 50 schools after announcing she would transfer. Her father claims she will make her final decision by Wednesday between Florida, LSU and Kentucky. Stallworth took an official visit to Florida the same weekend as Sydney Moss. Butler hopes that Stallworth will join Moss as part of the incoming 2012 class (she would have to sit out next season pursuant to NCAA transfer rules).
Women's basketball has long been an Achilles heel of the UF athletics machine. Hopefully, Coach Butler can turn things around and make UF at least an SEC competitor.