College Football Recruiting: Gators Finish Strong In July

Florida coach Will Muschamp has to be excited. Over the last week he has gained commitments from some of the top players around the southeast.  The Gators had their annual Friday Night Lights event, in which they invite a large number of recruits to campus for a huge recruiting weekend.  Anytime you can get five commitments in five days, it says a lot about the job you’re doing on the recruiting trail.

The Gators had a down 2011 season as they finished just 7-6 but did end on a high note, with a win in the Gator Bowl over Ohio State.  After the season, gone was offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss, as he left to take the Kansas job.  Coach Muschamp knew he wanted an offensive coordinator with a pro style system, so he went and got Brent Peace from Boise State.

Florida finished the 2012 recruiting campaign strong as they finished ranked third by Rivals.com and secured the commitments of three five star prospecs:  Jonathan Bullard, Dante Fowler Jr. and D.J. Humphries.  It looks as if the Gators are poised to have another monster class for 2013, if the last six days are any indication.

Florida started off the long weekend by inking one of, if not the top, cornerback prospects in the nation in Vernon Hargreaves III.  Hargreaves is ranked as the number two defensive back prospect by Rivals.com and the number nine player overall.

The Gators then followed it up on Saturday, July 28, by landing a commitment from Tampa, Fl four-star defensive end, Jordan Sherit.  Sherit is the number nine ranked defensive end in the country and the number 15 ranked player in the state of Florida. He chose the Gators over a number of teams that included:  Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The Gators also got commitments over the weekend from Lawrenceville, GA, defensive end Antonio Riles, wide receiver Chris Thompson and  defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, who became the second commitment for the 2014 class.

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