News and notes from the week in Florida recruiting.
The big news from last week was quarterback Ryan Buchanan's commitment to Ole Miss. Buchanan, a three-star QB out of Jackson, Miss., chose Ole Miss over Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State.
Florida brought Buchanan in for a visit two weekends ago. By all accounts, the visit went great (as most visits do). There were some positive vibes that the visit may have put Florida in the lead, but a visit to Ole Miss this past weekend solidified what people had been thinking for some time: he was going to be a Rebel.
A funny note regarding his top schools: Alabama didn't offer Buchanan a scholarship until recently. And even with the highly-rated Cooper Bateman already committed to UA, the 'Bama offer immediately knocked Tennessee out of Buchanan's top five. That's just how things have been going for the Vols under Derek Dooley.
Tim Boyle and Asiantii Woulard were presumed to be two quarterbacks that Florida will keep tabs on, but only one of them remains a viable prospect. Boyle was in Gainesville for a visit the same weekend as Buchanan, and the feeling heading into that visit was that Florida would come away with a quarterback sometime soon after the visit, but Boyle committed to Boston College Wednesday afternoon.
I think UF will slow things down and explore some options. Woulard is a name that could start shooting up teams' big boards. With lots of quarterbacks committing early, Woulard could become a hot commodity later on.
More after the jump.
— Demarcus Robinson, Florida's top remaining target at wide receiver, visited UF with his mother over the weekend. In an interview with Zach Abolverdi of The Gainesville Sun, Robinson said he was tempted to commit while on his visit. Florida, Clemson and Notre Dame are his top three schools. The Gators seem to have the edge.
— Another wide receiver that had been on Florida's radar, Reggie Davis, committed to Georgia on Sunday. Davis is teammates with Florida commit James Hearns. Davis and teammate Taj Williams sent out tweets in February that suggested they were about to commit to the Gators, but they held off. After that, it seemed Florida was moving in a different direction. Davis gave some interesting quotes to the AJC.
Charlie Weis was the coach that offered me from Florida. When he left to go to Kansas, I think my Florida offer left with him. After that, the [Florida coaches] were like ‘Why don’t you come to camp and show the new coaches what you can do?’ But why would I do all of that when I still have a Georgia offer sitting here and they [Florida] have other coaches that know what I can do. Why should I have to go through that when I have a bunch of other schools lined up and waiting for me?
— Florida wants defensive end Jordan Sherit very badly, says UF signee Kent Taylor. Sherit is a four-star end; you can categorize him as a Buck, if you like. He's probably behind Elijah Daniel and DeMarcus Walker on the defensive end board, but if he wants to commit early, he's definitely a take. Vernon Hargreaves III, a five-star cornerback, tweeted that he might visit UF with Sherit on Thursday. If the coaches apply some pressure, Sherit might jump on board. Who knows, they might not even need to press that hard.
— Another defensive end target, Antonio Riles, was recently offered by Alabama. Georgia and Florida are right at the top for Riles, with Alabama and Clemson right behind.
— Defensive line target Greg Gilmore plans on visiting Florida this weekend. Gilmore has named LSU his leader, but has Florida in second despite never setting foot on campus. So a visit could shake things up.
— Florida commit Caleb Brantley received an invitation to The Opening yesterday. Other UF commits who have been invited: Tre Bell, Ahmad Fulwood, Keanu Neal, Quinton Powell and Kelvin Taylor. You can view the full list of invites here.
— Kelvin Taylor plans on being in Gainesville for a visit next weekend.
— ESPN released an updated version of the ESPN150 and ESPN300. Florida leads the SEC with seven commits in the top 150: Kelvin Taylor, No. 21; Caleb Brantley, No. 31; Daniel McMillian, No. 41; Ahmad Fulwood, No. 48; Keanu Neal, No. 65; Quinton Powell, No. 83; and Nick Washington, No. 131. Alabama is in second with six; Georgia has five. Florida's in-state rivals, Florida State and Miami, have five and three, respectively. Michigan leads all schools with 11 ESPN150 commits.
— The Gators also had four other commits crack the ESPN300: Adam Lane, No. 166; Marqui Hawkins, No. 204; James Hearns, No. 269; and Dillan Lawson, No. 279.