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Chomping at Bits: Florida coaches ramp up recruiting efforts before National Signing Day

With the contact period opening Thursday, Florida coaches were out in force recruiting and will host players on official visits this weekend.

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Florida coaches out in force recruiting: Thursday signaled the start of the contact period and the Florida coaches hit the recruiting trail to visit prospects. The Gators will also host eight players on official visits this weekend. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC CountryGraham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

5 biggest recruiting targets for the Gators: Florida will likely make a strong push for these five uncommitted recruits heading into National Signing Day: 5 star OLB Lyndell Wilson, 4-star WR Nate Craig-Myers, 4-star DE Brian Burns, 4-star CB Kristian Fulton, and 4-star WR Binjimen Victor. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Gators will have more options at quarterback: In Jim McElwain's second year the Gators will have more options at quarterback as three new faces (recruits Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and transfer Austin Appleby) join the team and transfer Luke Del Rio becomes eligible to play. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Mike White returns to Ole Miss: Florida head coach Mike White was a starting point guard for the Rebels and worked as an assistant coach at Ole Miss for seven seasons. For the first time in his career he will face the Rebels from the other sideline. (Alex Maminakis, Independent Florida AlligatorGarry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Florida women's basketball falls to Georgia: Poor shooting plagued the No. 20 Gators as they fell to Georgia 71-61. As they did against Mississippi State, the Gators staged a rally in the fourth quarter but the deficit was too much to overcome. (Ethan Bauer, Independent Florida Alligator; Florida Gators)

Jim McElwain's best lines from the 2015 season: The Gators' head coach was often quotable. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Gators add UAB to 2017 football schedule: UAB will once again field a football team in 2017 and will travel to Florida to face the Gators on November 18, 2017. The Gators still have one non-conference opponent spot open for the 2017 season, with games against Michigan (in Arlington, Texas) and Florida State already on the docket. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 SportsRobbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Florida football currently at 33-1 odds to win national championship next season: Recent title participants Alabama and Clemson lead the odds. 13 teams were given better odds than the Gators and four of those teams are in the SEC (Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee). (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

SEC announces Gator baseball TV schedule: More than 90 SEC baseball games will air across ESPN networks, with 75 of those airing on the SEC Network. (John Hines, Florida Gators)

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