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Florida freshmen defensive backs Marco Wilson (3) and CJ Henderson (5) go through drills in practice.

Get to know Florida’s freshman class through the in-depth ‘Next Generation’ series

Ryan Young

Florida coach Jim McElwain didn’t need any prompting while recapping the Gators’ first day of fall camp.

After getting his first look at the team’s newcomers in practice Thursday, McElwain proclaimed, “We did pretty darn good in recruiting.”

He singled out the Gators’ much-hyped group of six freshmen defensive backs, who figure to play a significant role as rookies this fall. He highlighted the size and physical makeup of the class, which is apparent at first glance with guys like defensive tackles T.J. Slaton and Elijah Conliffe.

The progress reports will continue throughout fall camp, but to really get to know Florida’s newcomers check out SEC Country’s “Next Generation” series with in-depth features on all of the February signees and a couple of the early enrollees as beat writers Ryan Young and Zach Abolverdi visited with each recruit to share their story.

(In alphabetical order)

QB Jake Allen: “How a former Gator, hard-knocks youth football turned Jake Allen into Florida QB”

LB Lacedrick Brunson: “Under-the-radar LB Lacedrick Brunson eager to prove himself at Florida”

DE Zachary Carter: “Now chiseled, Zachary Carter became overweight after quitting football”

DT Elijah Conliffe: “New Gators DT Elijah Conliffe ready to introduce ‘Elijah Prime’ to the SEC”

RB Malik Davis: “Malik Davis brings record-setting skills, honor-roll grades to Florida”

S Shawn Davis: “Scars remain, but Gators DB Shawn Davis focused on future, not past”

CB Brian Edwards: “Brian Edwards welcomes competition from Gators’ deep incoming DB class”

TE Kemore Gamble: “4-star tight end Kemore Gamble finds escape, opportunity with Florida Gators”

WR Daquon Green: “All-star game aspirations led Daquon Green on path bound for Florida”

CB C.J. Henderson: “A National Signing Day surprise, C.J. Henderson ready to deliver for Florida”

RB Adarius Lemons: “RB Adarius Lemons pulled himself out of ‘dark hole’ to rejoin Florida’s class”

LB Ventrell Miller: “After years of tackling family members, Ventrell Miller bringing physicality to Florida”

OL T.J. Moore: “New arrival T.J. Moore hoping to follow in path of former Gators OL standout”

WR James Robinson: “James Robinson’s Signing Day roller coaster not his first hardship in life”

DT T.J. Slaton: “T.J. Slaton comes to Florida with his own ‘Blind Side’ story”

LB Nick Smith: “With a rich NFL pedigree, Gators LB Nick Smith ready to make his own mark”

CB Brad Stewart: “Overlooked by in-state LSU, Brad Stewart says ‘I’m a Gator now'”

S Donovan Stiner: “After bumpy recruiting process, Donovan Stiner right where he wanted to be at Florida”

OT Kadeem Telfort: “‘Big Money Kadeem’ Telfort planning to make large impact at Florida”

CB Marco Wilson: “Marco Wilson wants to make own mark at Florida, not follow Quincy’s footsteps”