News and notes from the week in Florida recruiting.
— Florida picked up three commitments in the past week: 2014 WR Ryeshene Bronson, '13 DE Joey Ivie and '13 QB Max Staver. The two Class of 2013 commitments push the Gators' class to 18, leaving a small amount of spots available. There are more quality prospects with interest in UF remaining than there are spots (I'll get to that shortly). Ivie is one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail. He's listed as a defensive end but could possibly grow into a tackle. Staver is also considered very underrated. He has barely scratched the surface of his potential and has the perfect frame for a pocket passer, at 6'5", 238. Bronson is Florida's first 2014 commitment. He has the height (6'3") of what's becoming the prototypical Will Muschamp receiver prospect.
More after the jump.
— Clemson had an insane week in recruiting, and while it concerns Florida, it shouldn't concern Gators fans all that much. Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top recruit, picked Clemson over presumed favorite Alabama. Nkemdiche being out of the SEC is good for Florida and every other team not named Alabama.
Clemson also picked up a commitment from DE Elijah Daniel, who was relatively high on Florida's board. Daniel was being recruited to play the buck, but the UF coaches may not have made him a priority. He's a good prospect, though, and would've made a nice addition to the class. Florida WR target Demarcus Robinson recently named Clemson his leader. Robinson is UF's top remaining receiving target, but the Gators will have to fight Clemson off the top spot. Needless to say, Clemson is having a pretty good week.
— Four-star DE DeMarcus Walker has set an announcement date of Aug. 3. A third trip to Alabama over the weekend solidified the Tide as one of the schools, if not the school, to beat for Walker. Florida is in the mix, too, as well as Auburn and Clemson. Walker is friends close friends with Florida commits Nick Washington and Ahmad Fulwood, but it doesn't seem like that's having much of an effect on Walker's decision.
— A couple Florida targets committed to other schools this past week. RB Ryan Green committed to Florida State. UF was chasing him pretty hard, considering the Gators already have two backs committed. The coaches saw him as a different type of back compared to Adam Lane and Kelvin Taylor, though. More of a speedster than a bruiser. He's a solid back and a nice pick-up for the 'Noles. WR Carlos Burse committed to Vanderbilt. He wasn't Florida's first option at receiver, but with Demarcus Robinson naming Clemson as his leader, he would've been a solid fall-back plan.
— Laremy Tunsil, the top offensive lineman in the country, dropped by Gainesville for a short visit. He recently made trips to Georgia and Alabama, as well. Alabama, Florida and Georgia make up his top three in no particular order. I'd give UGA the slight upper-hand as of now, but his recruitment hasn't taken off yet. Tunsil did mention that Florida is recruiting him the hardest.
— Derek Tyson's free story on Joey Ivie's commitment is interesting on a few levels. Sure, there are all the quotes from Ivie on why he chose the Gators. But I felt the most interesting part of the story was what Ivie said about UF commit Caleb Brantley, who's commitment has been shaky for some time.
"I was talking to the other defensive line commit, Caleb Brantley. I was talking to him for a while," Ivie said. "He was telling me he needs someone else on the D-line next to him and some people to step it up. I'm just feeling orange and blue."
— DT Scott Pagano of Hawaii has Florida and LSU in his top two. LSU is presumed to be the favorite, but he won't announce until the Army All-American Game, so the two schools will be jostling for the top spot for a while. Florida and LSU will be battling for DT Greg Gilmore, as well. UF would do well to get one.
— Florida LB commit James Hearns was ejected from Florida State's 7-on-7 tournament for doing the Gator Chomp. It wasn't really that 'cause he did the Gator Chomp at an FSU tournament, it was that it was his second taunting penalty of the tournament and that's cause for ejection, no matter the location. Still, when Hearns posted the news on Twitter, I'm sure there were numerous Florida fans who chuckled and did a fist-pump.