Florida football’s recruiting class in top 10 after adding another commitment
Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Monday.
Florida has a top-10 recruiting class
The Florida Gators added yet another member to their 2018 recruiting class on Monday when Miami wide receiver Tyquan Thornton announced his commitment. With that commitment, the Gators now rank 10th overall in the 247Sports rankings, showing once again that Florida coach Jim McElwain has a knack for recruiting — highlighted by 5-star quarterback Matt Corral’s commitment on Saturday.
But why stop there?
With a little more than six months until National Signing Day and the Gators already having their quarterback for the class committed, there’s no reason to doubt that Florida could potentially land a top-5 recruiting class in 2018 if enough pieces fall its way.
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Athlon Sports low on Gators’ running back tandem
Athlon Sports on Monday ranked the SEC’s running back tandems heading into the 2017 season. Florida’s duo of Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine ranked 10th out of the 14 schools, as rated by writer Steven Lassan. His analysis:
“The Gators have struggled to find a consistent ground attack over the last two seasons and ranked last in the SEC by averaging just 128.2 yards per game in 2016. A couple of factors are primarily to blame for the low average, but Florida’s offensive line has been one of the main culprits. With four starters back, the play in the trenches should improve, allowing the Gators to generate more production on the ground in 2017. Scarlett — a former four-star recruit — appears to be scratching the surface of his potential after leading the team with 889 yards and 6 rushing scores last fall. Perine recorded 421 yards and 1 touchdown as a backup in 2016 and is likely to fill that role once again. Senior Mark Thompson is also expected to contribute in the backfield.”
In other Florida football news
- Why the loss of safety Marcell Harris is significant for the Gators this season.
- Florida tight end commit Dante Lang speaks with the Palm Beach Post’s Adam Lichtenstein about his commitment to the Gators.
- Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen said it is “up in the air” about where former Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson stands on the depth chart heading into the 2017 NFL season.
- Meanwhile, first-round draft pick linebacker Jarrad Davis is expected to be a starter as the Detroit Lions begin training camp.
Gators in international competition
- Five Gators competed in the second day of the 2017 FINA Championship in Hungary, with former Florida swimmer Corey Main advancing to the finals in the 100-meter backstroke.
- The Team USA indoor women’s volleyball team — which includes former Florida opposite hitter Kelly Murphy — advanced to the World Grand Prix Championship.
- Rising sophomore track and field athlete Brandee’ Johnson nabbed gold and incoming freshman Cory Poole snagged bronze in the 400-meter hurdles at the U20 Pan American Championships on Sunday.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Linebacker Nick Smith
— Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) July 24, 2017
Former Florida defensive back Keiwan Ratliff
— Keiwan Ratliff (@KeiwanRatliff) July 25, 2017
Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon
— Kerry Dixon II (@Coach_K2) July 24, 2017
Former Gators wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood
Zaxbys > chic fil a
— Ahmad Fulwood (@AFulwood5) July 24, 2017
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