National Signing Day

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  1. GatorNation79

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    Who do we expect that we might have signing with us this week?
     
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    A nice haul in the defensive front 7 looks very likely. As does Boykin the 4* CB from DC.

    NPF, Gouraige and Copeland are the offensive guys we are watching closely. If we can hit on 2 of those 3 we had a great transition class.
     
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    I thought Gouraige was already committed. Is he a flip candidate elsewhere? NPF is a nice pickup for you all.
     
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    Clempers think they have a real chance with Gouraige.
     
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    Sounding like we might finish pretty strong. I wonder if Mullen could pull about a 10th ranked Rivals class if we close on quite a few of these players.
     
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    Tough to say for sure because it depends on what other teams do, but mathematically probably not. A dream close for UF would be to hold on to Gouraige and add Petit-Frere (219 points), Copeland (146 points), Boykin (117 points), & Chatfield (111 points). Add in another 5.7 three star (90 points) and that would give UF a total of 2,361 points. There are some years where that would definitely be a Top 10 class, but not sure this year is one of them. I think UF lands in the 12-17 range depending on how Wednesday shakes out.

    https://n.rivals.com/news/rivals-com-football-team-recruiting-rankings-formula
     
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    247 Composite we will land between 9-15 which is good considering we have a kicker in there and also consider we have a 4* and a 5* WR that transferred to UF.

    Goiraige is committed but Auburn could be a factor.

    The class as a whole, transfers included, make for an extremely solid transition class and likely a better class than any of Macs his entire tenure.
     
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    Depending on how it shakes out, it might be the best recruiting class for some long time. Especially with regard to balance on both sides of the ball.
     
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    Concur. If we hit on NPF and Gouraige it will have been a LONG time since a class had this sort of balance
     
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    Throw in the 2 transfers it could be a 7 to 10 range
     
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    We can sign up to 9. One site has this predicted who we get

    DB Noah Boykin (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) – 4* (Washington, D.C.)

    DE Andrew Chatfield (6-2, 225) – 4* (Plantation)

    WR Jacob Copeland (6-1,195) – 4* (Pensacola)

    DE Dorian Gerald (6-3, 265) – 3* (Florence, S.C)

    OL Richard Gouraige – (6-5, 270) – 4* (Tampa) — verbally committed

    DL Caleb Johnson (6-4, 267) – 3* (Columbus, GA)

    OL Griffin McDowell (6-4, 280) – 3* (Leesburg, GA) — verbally committed

    OL Nicholas Petit-Frere (6-6, 265) – 5* (Tampa)

    ATH Justin Watkins (5-11, 175) – 4* (Clermont) — verbally committed


    Another guy has NPF going to ND. But us getting Tannor
     
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    I thought you were getting Lamar.
     
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    Are transfers and JUCO guys figured into the recruiting class compilations by the services that rank the classes? Or is it strictly high school players that sign?
     
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    Why would you think that. Everybody predicting him to trailerhassee
     
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    Juco yes
    Transfer no
     
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    I think that you're right...12-17 in a transition class....where we've been practically the garage of the SEC on and off over the last few years will be a hell of a job by Mullen. If he lands all of those players then I think that we will be in for a treat, in years to come, when it comes to recruiting with Mullen. We'll have to wait and see how things turn out Wednesday.
     
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    2 huge transfers for the offense...hopefully they both get to play this year...sounds like Jefferson might happen...not sure about Grimes...has anyone heard what the chances are for Grimes to play this year?
     
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    Not the 2 transfers. Juco kids do count. Both transfers were big time pick ups
     
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    I belive we backed off Lamar. He’s way overweight and we have quite a bit of DL/OLB interest
     
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    It’s going to be an interesting day. It could end up being a great day for Mullen and staff.
     
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    Look like Nicholas Petit-Frere is going to OSU. That is too bad
     
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    Never, ever give Urb the last visit weekend.
     
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    Did you see we got Russell’s spot back? We can take 10 tomorrow. Looks like we may make a haul on the DL/OLB. Add in Cope and things will be great for a transition if you count the two highly rated WR transfers.
     
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    Source or link?
     
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    Most crystal ball type tweets have him going there.
     
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    On 24/7 about 30 crystal balls came in on him at about the same time. That’s a pretty sure fire sign that info leaked
     
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    Well f*ck. When are we gonna start getting some elite linemen?
     
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    I think you will see remarkably improved offensive line play this year
     
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    We have just about arrived to the end of the road of the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Florida Gators are in on several top targets as National Signing Day nears. The GatorBait.net staff predicts the destination of several of those targets.


    OL Nicholas Petit-Frere
    The Skinny: The closer we get to signing day the less likely it seems to see the five-star big man select Florida. The Gators, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State have been the main players over the last several months. The Gators felt proximity to home was something in their favor, however that doesn't seem to have as big of a draw as it once did. Ohio State seems to have the most confidence down the stretch.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Ohio St. Confidence Level: 90%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Ohio St. Confidence Level: 80%


    CB Noah Boykin
    The Skinny: The four-star defender backed off an early commitment to Maryland following his official visit to Florida last month. Notre Dame's staff made a little late drama in this race, but in the end it would be a surprise to see Florida not be the pick.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 85%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 90%


    DE Caleb Johnson
    The Skinny: After visits to Georgia, Florida, and Auburn this seemed like a two team race between the Gators and Tigers. Florida had a lot of confidence in their standing a few weeks back, but Auburn has come roaring back into the picture after uncertainty if they would have room. The closeness to home seems to have the needle pointing towards Auburn late.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Auburn Confidence Level: 60%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Auburn Confidence Level: 65%


    DE Caleb Tannor
    The Skinny: The former Georgia commit visited Nebraska, Florida, and Auburn leading up to national signing day. This has become one of there interesting recruitments to follow late. Auburn is no longer an option here, making this a Nebraska-Florida battle with both teams having confidence leading up to signing day. This may be one of the tightest races mentioned in this entire update.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Nebraska Confidence Level: 55%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Nebraska Confidence Level: 51%


    WR Jacob Copeland
    The Skinny: The former Florida commit used official visits to Tennessee, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Florida in that order. As time winds down it seems to be a battle between Alabama and Florida, however with Florida grabbing his final visit before signing day seems to have things pointing their way.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 65%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 75%


    OL Richard Gouraige
    The Skinny: The Tampa, Fla. native has been committed to Florida for three months, but he did not sign during the Early Signing Period in December. Clemson, Ole Miss, and Auburn hosted Gouraige on campus as well as the Gators. Clemson seemed to be Florida biggest threat, but in the end the option of being close to home seems to have the biggest pull.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 75%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 75%


    DE Dorian Gerald
    The Skinny: After visits to Louisville, Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Florida, Gerald will not make his decision on Wednesday and decided to instead announce on Friday. The Aggies and Gators seem to be battling it out as teams with the best chances of landing him. However with junior college prospects you can never count out late drama and with a few extra days left until he announces expect this to go back and forth.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Texas A&M Confidence Level: 51%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 51%


    DE Andrew Chatfield
    The Skinny: Miami, Florida State, and Florida hosted Chatfield on official visits last month with the Gators landing the final trip for the four-star pass rusher. Miami and Florida seem to have the best shot at landing him down the stretch and the two have gone back and forth trading momentum. As we hit the final stretch it seems like it would be a surprise for Florida not to be the pick.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 90%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 90%


    DE Malcolm Lamar
    The Skinny: The former Oregon commit has long been leaning towards Florida State after the Seminoles hired former Ducks head coach Willie Taggart. Florida hosted Lamar on an official visit in January and made up a lot of ground on the Seminoles and made things close. However after Lamar showed up in Tallahassee last weekend for an unofficial visit it seems to have the momentum trending back to FSU late.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Florida State Confidence Level: 75%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida State Confidence Level: 70%


    DT Nesta Silvera
    The Skinny: Silvera has long been committed to Miami. However, he took January visits to Florida and Tennessee followed by a visit to Coral Gables the weekend before signing day. The Hurricanes are confident in their chances to hang onto him, but Florida has had some late chatter in their corner as well.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Miami Confidence Level: 51%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Miami Confidence Level: 51%



    DE Malik Langham
    The Skinny: Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Florida, and Auburn hosted this four-star defender on official visits leading up to signing day. In most of the later stages in his recruitment Langham was considered a heavy lean to in-state Alabama over finalist Florida and Auburn. However after his visit to UF things began to trend slowly in the Gators favor. That trend has continued to grow the closer we get to singing day.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 55%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Florida Confidence Level: 55%


    DE Fabien Lovett
    The Skinny: Lovett decommitted from Mississippi State last month after the coaching change in Starkville. Ole Miss and Mississippi State hosted Lovett on official visits in January with the Gators getting the final trip last weekend. Despite enjoying much of his time in Gainesville we hear it's unlikely to see Lovett leave the state when the dust settles. The Bulldogs seem most confident in the final hours.

    Luke Stampini’s Prediction: Mississippi State Confidence Level: 65%

    Blake Alderman’s Prediction: Mississippi State Confidence Level: 70%
     
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    Silvera is quickly trending our way after a long time committment to scUM. He would be an elite addition.
     
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    Hate losing NPF
    But gouriage is elite too
     
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    With the early signing period filling up 2/3 or more of most classes around the country, the drama isn't there like in past years. But the Gators have more at stake than most tomorrow in trying to make this better than the normal transition class and we're in the final 3 for several big time recruits. If we get the guys listed in MJ's recent post as trending our way, many kudos will go to Mullen and staff for the job they've done in a very short period of time. Tomorrow will tell for sure, but it's looking pretty good for Gator faithful.
     
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    LOL at Miami's DL recruiting if they whiff on Silvera, Briggs, Chatfield, & Chatman. That would be a complete disaster for them.
     
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    Oline recruiting ain't about the next year, it's years down the line. And we need em all after the last disaster of a coach. The talent and depth isn't there.
     
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    Outside of Gators, going to be interesting to see if Jimbo can steal Willie’s QB James Foster at the last minute
     
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    Foster probably ends up at TAMU. His cousin is Tank Jenkins.
     
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    Agree - However, I think the new strength & conditioning program combined with better coaching will make a noticeable improvement in the players we do have on the roster. I'm particularly interested to see if Ivey becomes the dominant player everybody thought he would be coming out of high school.
     
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    Ivey needs to play guard. Simple as that. He plays guard he will do well.
     
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    Agree with you both. New S&C will help as will a much better scheme And Ivey needs to play guard We don't have any pure tackles on the team though so he has to play it here
     

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