FOUR BITS: Wonderlic, NFL Draft, Parsons, Knight

By Adam Silverstein
March 10, 2010

1 » Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow scored a 22 on his Wonderlic exam at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, according to Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post. By comparison, the average for a NFL QB is 24. Former Miami Dolphins QB and Hall of Famer Dan Marino posted a 13; Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48. OGGOA sees no need to expand further on this revelation.

2 » ESPN NFL Draft analysts and talking head Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay released their latest mock drafts Wednesday, and two former Gators continue to appear as potential first-round selections. McShay believes cornerback Joe Haden will be selected No. 7 overall by the Cleveland Browns, while Kiper counters that he will go No. 13 to the San Francisco 49ers. However, Kiper has center Maurkice Pouncey being taken at No. 24 by the Philadelphia Eagles, while McShay has him lasting until the end of the first round – going No. 31 to the Indianapolis Colts.

3 » Florida freshman guard Kenny Boynton and sophomore point guard Erving Walker were both recognized by the Southeastern Conference Tuesday for their contributions on the court this season. However, junior forward Chandler Parsons was snubbed by the conference – not that he cares. “Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me,” Parsons told The Florida Times-Union. “I haven’t even seen them, didn’t even know. As long as my team keeps winning and we get to where we want to, no individual accolades are needed for me. I didn’t get many in high school. I don’t expect any here.”

4 » Updating an item reported late Wednesday, five-star basketball recruit Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has decided to remove Miami (FL) from his top five and replace them with Syracuse. Knight is also considering Florida, Kentucky, Kansas and Connecticut and will likely decide in just over a month’s time.

8 Comments

  1. ReptilesRule says:

    How’s that Wonderlic work out for Mercy Percy Harvin??

  2. ReptilesRule says:

    Of course, a big deal will be made of this by rival fans, Paul Finebaum and Mel Kiper Jr. Tim will probably now be projected for the 12th round.

  3. O-town Gator says:

    You forgot to mention Todd McShay, Reptiles.

  4. Marc McIntee says:

    Adam,

    With the overwhelming amount of coverage for football recruiting it seems like there is not much activity to keep up with for bball recruiting other than Austin Rivers. I am sure much of it is due to the smaller number of recruits each year, but are we having a down year? Can you give a general overview of how college bball recruiting works? Everyone gets hammered with football’s NSD, Is there something like this for bball? What should I be looking forward to…..
    A “state of the union” for gator bball recruiting would be cool.

    Go Gators,

    Marc Mac

  5. Marc-

    With basketball there is both an early and late signing period. Because most teams only accept two or three recruits per season (compared with up to 28 for football), there is that proportion less coverage. The 2010 recruiting cycle, for UF, is basically over aside from Brandon Knight. For 2011, the Gators already have three commits. Therefore, there is not much to report on. However, whenever news about Gators basketball recruiting breaks, we report it just like football. It is just not made into as big of an event because it is not as big of one to begin with.

    Thanks for the comment!

  6. npgator says:

    I am originally from Syracuse and I can tell you that it is difficult for someone from a sunny weather state to relocate there. The winters are soooooooooooo depressing with the sun not shining for 6 to 8 months straight. Brandon needs to visit up there during winter time before he seriously considers Syracuse as his school.

  7. brlgator says:

    Well syracuse also has the advantage of having a former pine crest player brandon reese on their team. also weather doesnt matter as much for bball because they play and practice indoors (i know they cant totally avoid the weather).

    i am hoping he commits here but we are definitely at a slight disadvantage. but one of the things we do have going for us is that probably about 30 or more of his high school classmates are going to UF and they go to all his games decked out in gator gear and do the gator chomp and cheer its great to be a florida gator so at least we have peer pressure on our side…

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