Recruiting isn’t easy. Recruiting is even tougher when your top targets are not announcing their decision until the final month before Signing Day (February 1).
The Gators, who according to Rivals.com, have the number four class in the country and could easily become the top recruitment class in the country if a few pieces fall their way over the next 40 days.
Below is a list of announcement dates of Florida targets for you to keep track at home. (Disclaimer: These dates can change and are not absolute).
On or Around National Signing Day – February 1, 2012
Courtney Gardner (JUCO Wide Receiver from Rocklin, CA; 6’3″, 215 lbs) – Currently committed to the University of Arkansas, but will visit the Gators on January 20. Besides Arkansas, Gardner is considering Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma.
Alex McCalister (Defensive End from Clemmons, NC; 6’7″, 212 lbs.) – McCalister is a 3-star DE and has flown under the radar. McCalister is considered a Georgia Tech lean, but will decide between Georgia Tech, Florida, North Carolina and North Carolina State around Signing Day.
Dante Fowler (Defensive End from St. Petersburg, FL; 6’3″, 232 lbs.) – The 4-star Defensive End committed to Florida State University on December 5, 2010. However, Fowler has flirted with the Gators for a few months and more than a few questions remain about where he will sign. Fowler, although committed, will announce between Florida State and Florida on Signing Day.
Tracy Howard (Defensive Back from Miramar, FL; 5’10”, 175 lbs) – According to Rivals.com, Howard is the best Defensive Back in the country. Moreover, some have called him one of the best Defensive Backs from Florida in years. For a while, Howard was considered a Florida State lean, but it seems that the playing field is level again. Howard will choose between Florida State and Florida on Signing Day.
Stefon Diggs (Wide Receiver from Olney, MD; 6’0″, 185 lbs.) – Diggs, the second best Wide Receiver in the Country, was once considered a heavy Gator lean. However, with the departure of Charlie Weis, there are a few unknowns in Diggs commitment. Until the University of Florida hires a new Offensive Coordinator, the status with Diggs is up in the air. Diggs will choose between Florida, Auburn, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland on Signing Day.
Nelson Agholor (Athlete from Tampa, FL; 6’2; 180 lbs.) – Agholor is a jack of all trades. Agholor played Running Back and Defensive Back at Tampa Berkeley, but will likely play Wide Receiver at his chosen destination. Agholor has been considered a Gator lean for a few months, but will choose between Florida, Notre Dame, Southern California, Oklahoma and Florida State on Signing Day.
Leonard Williams (Defensive End from Daytona Beach, FL; 6’5″, 254 lbs.) – The 4-star Defensive End is scheduled to visit the Gators on January 20, after missing two dates throughout the football season. The recruitment of Williams has been a bit of a mystery and he will choose between Auburn, Florida and Florida State on Signing Day.
Jamal Marcus (Defensive End from Durham, NC; 6’2″, 219 lbs.) – The 3-star Defensive End is not a name that you hear very often. However, Marcus is loudly becoming a rising star after playing very well at the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl. Marcus will announce on Signing Day between Florida, East Carolina and Ohio State.
Avery Young (Offensive Lineman from Palm Beach Gardens, FL; 6’6″, 273 lbs.) – Young was once considered a heavy Gator lean, however, it seems like that has changed. The 4-star Offensive Tackle recently named Auburn and Georgia has the leaders for his talents. Young will announce on Signing Day between Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.
Josh Harvey-Clemons (Athlete from Valdosta, GA; 6’5″, 208 lbs.) The Linebacker/Safety/Wide Receiver Harvey-Clemons is the number one prospect in the state of Georgia. Harvey-Clemons has kept his recruitment close to his chest and will decide on Signing Day between Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Darius Hamilton (Defensive End from Ramsey, NJ; 6’4, 245 lbs.) – The number two ranked Defensive End in the country, Hamilton has Rutgers ranked as his number one choice. However, Hamilton visited Florida on December 9, 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed his visit. Hamilton will choose between California, Florida and Rutgers on Signing Day.
Army All-American Bowl – January 7, 2012
Tyriq McCord (Defensive End from Tampa, FL; 6’3″, 222 lbs.) – The 4-star Defensive End has the Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks as his top two choices, with Georgia, Southern California and Texas Christian as a distant third option. McCord will choose his school at the Army All-American Bowl, but says he will still take official visits to Southern California and Texas Christian after he makes his announcement.
Jonathan Bullard (Defensive End from Shelby, NC; 6’4″, 225 lbs.) – Bullard was initially scheduled to make his announcement on December 21, 2011, but had a change of heart and needed to take a few more weeks to think about his decision. Bullard will choose between Clemson, Florida and South Carolina.
Jordan Jenkins (Defensive End from Hamilton, GA; 6’3″, 245 lbs.) – Jenkins is scheduled to make his announcement on January 9, 2012 at 7 pm on Fox Sports South on their new recruiting television show. Jenkins will choose between Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.
Schyler Miles (Fullback/Linebacker from Tampa, FL; 6’2″, 220 lbs.) – Miles, a teammate of Nelson Agholor at Tampa Berkeley, was recently offered a scholarship by the University of Florida. The 3-star Fullback/Linebacker will make a decision after he finishes his official visits. Miles is currently scheduled to visit West Virginia on January 13th and may visit Kansas. Miles is considering Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas, Notre Dame and West Virginia.
Thank you to Gator Country’s Andrew Spivey for the idea.
Daniel Thompson is a graduate of the University of Florida, majoring in Political Science and Economics. During his time as an Undergraduate, Thompson worked at the University of Florida Football Recruiting Office for three years. He can be found on Twitter @DK_Thompson.