More thoughts on Emory Jones and other Florida newcomers who could help shape 2018 season
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Which early enrollees will make the biggest difference in 2018?
The quarterback competition will dominate all discussion once Florida opens spring practice, showcases its new team in the Orange & Blue spring game and then later moves on to fall camp.
Each step of the way, fans, media and national observers will pay close attention to freshman dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones and the state of the most high-profile position for the Gators in this new era under coach Dan Mullen.
Certainly, Jones has the chance to be an impactful first-year freshman if he can win the starting job as a rookie, but what other Florida early enrollees have a strong chance to impact the state of the program this coming fall?
SEC Country has some thoughts on the matter. Check it out here.
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In other Florida football news
- Well, this doesn’t have anything to do with football, but legendary Florida QB Tim Tebow is set to become the official “barketologist” for the Purina Pro Plan $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge. Yes, this is apparently really a thing that is happening.
- SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi writes about Florida’s high-profile visit with 4-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield, from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Abolverdi reports that the Gators are “a legitimate threat” to flip 4-star cornerback Noah Boykin off his commitment to Maryland.
- In the latest Chomp Chat podcast, Abolverdi and Florida broadcaster Jeff Cardozo discuss the Gators’ chances of a strong finish to this recruiting cycle.
- Mark Richards, ranked a 4-star prospect and the No. 8 “athlete” in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports composite, tweeted that he felt “blessed” to be re-offered by the new Florida coaching staff. Richards is from West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Kaiir Elam, a 4-star cornerback in the Class of 2019 from North Palm Beach, Fla., had a similar message.
- Ditto for 4-star Class of 2019 safety Brendan Gant, from Lakeland, Fla.
- And Jaylin Simpson, a 4-star “athlete” from St. Simons Island, Ga., who also tweeted about being re-offered by the new coaching staff.
- High school teammate Jashawn Sheffield also tweeted about his Gators offer. Sheffield is a 5-star prospect ranked the No. 4 wide receiver in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.
- Jaquaze Sorrells, a 4-star defensive end in the Class 0f 2019 from Largo, Fla., also received a scholarship offer from the Gators.
- Briton Allen, a 4-star safety in the Class of 2019 from Orlando, tweeted about his Gators offer as well.
- Johnny Wilson, a Class of 2020 receiver from Calabasas, Calif., received an offer from the Gators as well.
- As well as Calabasas (Calif.) High School teammate Mycah Pittman, a 4-star WR in the Class of 2019, who referred to Florida as his “hometown” school.
- Add to the list Norell Pollard, a Class of 2019 defensive end from Apopka, Fla., who tweeted about his “dream offer” from the Gators.
- Jahmar Brown, a Class of 2019 outside linebacker from Opa-Locka, Fla., tweeted about his Gators offer.
- Marcus Rosemy, a Class of 2020 receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received an offer as well.
On the hardwood
- The Florida women’s basketball team finally broke through in SEC play with its first conference win, 65-51 at Arkansas on Thursday night. Paulina Hersler led the way with 19 points and 7 rebounds, Delicia Washington added 14 points and 9 boards and Haley Lorenzen delivered an all-around performance with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
- The Florida women improved to 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the SEC with the win.
- The Florida men visit Kentucky in an anticipated SEC showdown on Saturday. SEC Country Florida beat reporter Ryan Young joined the SEC Country Kentucky podcast to discuss the game.
- Gainesville Sun reporter Kevin Brockway delivered a sobering stat that Florida is just 3-16 in its last 19 games at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., but all three Gators teams that won there went on to reach the Final Four.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Florida guard Egor Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice University in Houston, Texas, is adjusting to the onset of winter weather:
The cold weather is not what I signed up for when I came here
— Egor Koulechov (@RussianGusta) January 18, 2018
Florida wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland continues to assert his optimism for the 2018 season:
Soon 💍⏳ Daily reminder ! We go be a different team this year 🤫 Watch us work 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/2vLCxH8UWv
— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) January 19, 2018
New Florida linebackers coach Christian Robinson, a former Georgia standout, continues to be all-in for the Gators:
#ALLBITE18 Going after only the best who can hunt in the Swamp! 🐊
— Christian Robinson (@crob45) January 18, 2018
Suspended Florida running back Jordan Scarlett paid his respects to former position coach Tim Skipper:
My guy! https://t.co/t6RzfyqPik
— Jordan Scarlett (@ScarlettFever25) January 19, 2018
Florida football assistant coach Billy Gonzales shared a glimpse into life on the recruiting trail:
The text I received when my wife was paying credit card bills and realized where I ate while I was on the road recruiting. Guess I better start paying with cash – Haha! pic.twitter.com/WR94Yy11kn
— Coach Billy Gonzales (@CoachBillyG) January 19, 2018
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