Florida signee ATH D’Anfernee McGriff enrolls in prep school, plans to join Gators in spring

Despite decommitting from Auburn and signing with the Florida Gators on National Signing Day, four-star 2015 athlete D’Anfernee McGriff (Tallahassee, FL) knew it would be difficult to get academically cleared to enroll in school and that he may have to attend another institution before joining the top-tier collegiate program.

McGriff seemingly gave it his best shot, but his grades and test scores fell short of the threshold to enroll in Florida. As such, he was faced with an option – go to a junior college for two years and eventually reopen his recruitment or attend a preparatory school for a semester and attempt to join the Gators in the spring.

Tuesday night, McGriff announced his decision on Twitter, and it was good news for UF.

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LOOK: Florida Gators release update on indoor practice facility; IPF could open on Aug. 22

With the 2015 college football season fast approaching, the Florida Gators are not only fine-tuning their on-field product but also waiting for construction on their $15 million indoor practice facility to be completed.

Initial reports from the construction company had Florida’s IPF on schedule to open in September, though it quickly became apparent that the Gators’ facility would be up early in the month, ahead of the initial schedule.

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2016 DB Jayvaughn Myers commits to Florida

Three-star 2016 defensive back Jayvaughn Myers (Dade City, FL) announced his verbal commitment to the Florida Gators on Tuesday.

“After a long process with my mom I’m very blessed to say that I have committed to the University of Florida,” he wrote on Twitter.

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WATCH: ‘This is The Swag?’ Florida Gators release ‘new regime’ hype video for 2015

With one month to go until the start of the 2015 college football season, hype videos released by teams are aplenty. The Florida Gators jumped into the mix on Tuesday, releasing a well-produced video focused on the “new regime” in Gainesville, Florida.

Combining old highlight clips and shots of players reaching their NFL dreams with new angles of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and head coach Jim McElwain leading the team in practice, the Gators are promoting to fans and recruits a rebirth of sorts in Gainesville.

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6 BITS: Matt Elam suffers season-ending injury, Florida QB Will Grier has gained 24 lbs. since 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators safety Matt Elam struggled during his second season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. Looking to bounce back and regain his starting role this season, Elam may be faced with an even greater obstacle to overcome. According to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, Elam “may have torn his biceps” and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine whether he has indeed suffered a season-ending injury. A completely torn biceps would sideline Elam for the season; a partial tear would likely put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list for the start of the campaign, though his return would still be questionable. Elam has been fighting with fellow former Florida safety Will Hill for the starting strong safety job; Hill supplanted Elam at the position during the 2014 campaign.

Update: ESPN‘s Ed Werder confirmed Tuesday that Elam’s injury is indeed a full tear of his biceps; Elam will therefore miss the entire 2015 season. He will be placed on the Ravens’ injured reserve and look to rejoin the team in 2016.

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LOOK: Florida Gators send sharp offer letter graphics to high school seniors

Gone are the days of the Florida Gators thinking Microsoft Paint-created social media art is campy and fun. With a new coaching staff and improved philosophy in Florida’s recruiting office has come a dedication to promoting the Gators brand on social media, the latest incarnation of which has come in sharp new graphs sent to high school seniors along with official scholarship offer letters.

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Florida Gators start unranked in preseason Coaches Poll for second straight year

Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Ohio State Buckeyes earned the No. 1 spot in the 2015 preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Thursday, while the Florida Gators will enter the season unranked for the second straight season.

Florida opened the 2015 poll in the 48th spot with two total votes, one of 13 Southeastern Conference teams to receive votes (eight of which will start in the top 25).

It is the second time since USA Today took over the coaches poll in 1991 that the Gators have been unranked in its preseason edition, the first coming last year.

Ohio State received 62 of 64 possible first-place votes with TCU (1), Alabama (1), Baylor and Oregon rounding out the top five.

The eight Southeastern Conference teams ranked by the coaches this preseason – three in the top 10 – include: Alabama (3), Auburn (7), Georgia (9), LSU (13), Ole Miss (15), Arkansas (20), Missouri (23) and Tennessee (25). Overall, 10 SEC teams ranked among the top 27 vote-getters.

UF will face six teams ranked in the preseason top 25: FSU, UGA, LSU, Mizzou, UT.

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Report: Florida Gators to add former NFL QB Charlie Frye in undetermined role

Updated at 9 p.m.

Back in March, OnlyGators.com provided an in-depth look at some of the first steps head coach Jim McElwain took to build and enhance the infrastructure of Florida Gators football. Specifically, McElwain created a top-notch support staff for the program, though he cautioned that there were still a handful of spots that would be available to add additional talent: “We’re not filled up yet,” he said.

It now appears as if one of those open slots has been taken. According to The Gainesville Sun’s Zach Abolverdi, who cited an anonymous source, six-year NFL veteran quarterback Charlie Frye will join the Gators this fall.

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