Florida Gators 2014 National Signing Day bios

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Courtesy of the University of Florida‘s University Athletic Association:

EARLY ENROLLEES (9)

Taven Bryan • Defensive lineman
6’5″ • 257 • Casper, WY
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Unanimously selected as the 2013 Conference Defensive Player of the Year…Named to the All-State First Team on both the defensive line and the offensive line and to the All-Conference First Team on the offensive line as a high school senior…Honored with the 2013 Natrona County Iron Man award…Helped lead Natrona County to a 41-6 record in his final three seasons, including back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013…Chose Florida over Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming…Coached by Steve Harshman.

Duke Dawson • Cornerback
5’10″ • 191 • Cross City, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named to the Florida Class 1A First-Team All-State defense…Helped Dixie County to a 10-1 record during his senior season…Nominated to play in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl…Finished his high school career with 122 total tackles, 99 solo, and seven interceptions…Made 43 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a junior…Chose Florida over Alabama, Florida State, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Gators flip four-star QB Treon Harris from Noles, add ex-FSU WR commit C.J. Worton, too

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Three-star OT Andrew Mike flips from Vanderbilt to Florida

When offensive coordinator Kurt Roper accepted the open job with the Florida Gators, four-star quarterback Treon Harris (Miami, FL) immediately became his top recruiting target. On Wednesday, Roper got his man as Harris flipped from Florida State and has decided to play college football at Florida.

Harris (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) is a dual-threat signal caller and unanimous four-star talent. He is ranked No. 69 overall by Rivals.com and No. 163 overall by ESPN.

Committed to the Seminoles since July 8, 2013, Harris was swayed by Roper’s pitch that the Gators’ new up-tempo spread offense will be a better fit for his talents.

He joins four-star Will Grier (Davidson, NC) as the second quarterback to make a pledge for Florida this recruiting cycle.

Grier, an early enrollee, is widely considered the Gators’ next starter behind redshirt junior QB Jeff Driskel. However, no one should discount Harris’s talent and peg him simply as a back-up for the next few seasons.

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Three-star OT Andrew Mike flips to Florida

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Gators flip four-star QB Treon Harris from Seminoles, add WR C.J. Worton

On the eve of National Signing Day, the Florida Gators landed a commitment from three-star offensive tackle Andrew Mike (Tucson, AZ), who just one day earlier made a pledge to play college football at Vanderbilt.

Mike (6-foot-7, 280 pounds) pulled the trigger for VU on Monday; however, a late push from UF resulted in a quick flip Tuesday night.

He officially visited the Gators on Jan. 24, but Florida held off on making a run at locking up his commitment as it was waiting for a decision from five-star OT Damian Prince (Forestville, MD). Prince flirted with UF and was once believed to be leaning towards playing in Gainesville, FL but is expected to commit to Maryland late Wednesday.

The end result is a positive one for Florida, which also snagged Mike over Arkansas, Arizona and Washington, among others.

Mike spoke to Rivals.com’s Rob Cassidy ($) about his “recruiting tornado,” which included late offers and obviously a last-minute decision.

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Florida Gators recruits and targets to watch through 2014 National Signing Day

Updated on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

Already 21 members strong, the Florida Gators’ 2014 recruiting class has space to expand and head coach Will Muschamp is looking to do just that over the next few days leading up to and on National Signing Day when the vast majority of uncommitted high school football players across the country announce their decisions.

Be sure to visit OnlyGators.com’s live coverage of National Signing Day beginning Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. It will feature a live chat and be constantly updated throughout the day with every signed National Letter of Intent (NLI) and new commitment.

For now, OnlyGators.com breaks down which players the Gators are still waiting to hear from and when they may learn of their respective decisions while providing some of the latest information and insights on each player.

Special thanks to InsidetheGators.com recruiting analyst Blake Alderman for his assistance with some of the finer details below.

Offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, MD)
Accolades: Rivals – No. 20 overall (No. 2 OT) | ESPN – No. 26 overall (No. 3 OT)
Leaders: Florida, Maryland
Skinny: Prince’s recruitment has heated up as of late. He cut his top three to a final two (removing Penn State) and moved up his announcement date nine days to Feb. 5. Though staying home is a strong consideration in his mind, three big factors have Prince seriously considering – and possibly leaning towards – committing to Florida. His good friend, five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, DC), enrolled early at UF; Prince is a fan of new Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers; and he used his final official visit to travel to Gainesville, FL over the weekend, reportedly coming away impressed. Nevertheless, home is often where the heart is…and Prince may not be leaving.
Announcement: National Signing Day – 10:00 a.m. on ESPNU
Prediction: Maryland | Confidence: 70%

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Nine Gators commits in final Rivals250 for 2014

Released Tuesday, the final edition of the Rivals250 for the class of 2014 is filled with players verbally committed to play for the Florida Gators next season. Though four Florida commits are part of the top 100 players in the group (list released Monday), five more are ranked among the top 250 recruits in the nation.

Below is a breakdown of where the Gators’ commits are ranked:

10 14 – CB Jalen Tabor (Washington, DC)
46 14 – QB Will Grier (Davidson, NC)
56 7 – DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, NY)
83 34 – DE Gerald Willis III (New Orleans, LA)
148 10 – DB Duke Dawson (Cross City, FL)
172 25 – CB Quincy Wilson^ (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
199 8 – WR/TE Moral Stephens (Perry, FL)
200 11 – RB Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, FL)
243 118 – CB J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, FL)

NOTES

» Two Gators commits – four-star OT David Sharpe (Jacksonville, FL) and four-star OT Khairi Clark (Hollywood, FL) fell out of the Rivals250. Sharpe was ranked No. 215, while Clark was all the way up at No. 137.
» Adjustments to non-Rivals250 players’ star ratings will be released Wednesday.
» The highest-rated uncommitted player on UF’s radar is five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, CA), who is listed as the No. 6 overall player in the nation.
» Two former Florida commits – running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) and wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) – became five-star recruits in the latest update. They are ranked 18th and 28th, respectively.

* Early Enrollee
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CommitmentPos.RivalsESPNOverall
» Washington, D.C. | Story
» Height: 6'1" | Weight: 186 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/9/2013
CB*10|11
» Davidson, NC | Story
» Height: 6'3" | Weight: 171 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 12/19/2012
QB*46|44
» Brooklyn, NY | Story
» Height: 6'4" | Weight: 299 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/15/2014
DT56|51
» New Orleans, LA | Story
» Height: 6'4" | Weight: 247 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/2/2014
DE83|42
» Cross City, FL | Story
» Height: 5'11" | Weight: 195 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/8/2013
CB*148|207
» Fort Lauderdale, FL | Story
» Height: 6'2" | Weight: 195 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 8/12/2013
CB172|292
» Perry, FL | Story
» Height: 6'3" | Weight: 205 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 12/12/2013
TE199|201
» Deerfield Beach, FL | Story
» Height: 5'9" | Weight: 167 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/10/2014
RB*200|267
» Immokalee, FL | Story
» Height: 5'10" | Weight: 175 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 6/8/2013
CB243|79
» Jacksonville, FL | Story
» Height: 6'8" | Weight: 295 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 12/12/2013
OLNR|20
» Hollywood, FL | Story
» Height: 6'2" | Weight: 325 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 6/22/2013
DTNR|211
» Clearwater, FL | Story
» Height: 6'5" | Weight: 235 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 7/25/2013
DENR|285
» Mount Pleasant, SC | Story
» Height: 6'6" | Weight: 303 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 8/10/2013
OL*NR
» Orlando, FL | Story
» Height: 6'0" | Weight: 180 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 12/2/2013
WRNR
» Jacksonville, FL | Story
» Height: 6'5" | Weight: 269 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/5/2014
OL*NR
» Casper, WY | Story
» Height: 6'5" | Weight: 275 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 6/10/2013
DE*NR
» Derby, KS | Story
» Height: 6'4" | Weight: 225 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 11/8/2013
TE*NR
» Jacksonville, FL | Story
» Height: 6'3" | Weight: 314 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 2/16/2013
OLNR
» Tampa, FL | Story
» Height: 6'0" | Weight: 163 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 1/20/2014
ATHNR
» Tuscaloosa, AL | Story
» Height: 6'5" | Weight: 212 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 5/23/2013
TENR
» Tallahassee, FL | Story
» Height: 6'6" | Weight: 310 lbs.
» Commitment Date: 12/18/2013
OL*JUCO

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Gators add three-star athlete Deiondre Porter

Just one week after extending a scholarship offer to the three-star prospect, the Florida Gators received a commitment from athlete Deiondre Porter (Tampa, FL).

Porter, who was committed to South Florida when offered by UF but immediately decommitted and officially visited the Gators over the weekend, played quarterback for Jefferson High School last season.

He will join Florida as an athlete without a position. The Gators are also expected to work the 6-foot, 163-pounder out at wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner.

“I feel I can play anywhere. Whatever the team needs, I’m there. I’m not a selfish player,” Porter said when making his announcement live on television. “For Florida, if they want me to play corner, I’m here. They want me to play receiver, I’m here. If they want me to play quarterback, I’m also here.”

Interest in Porter has been widespread recently with Georgia, Miami and Wisconsin all trying to get him to visit. In the end, a trip to Florida was all he needed to seal the deal and officially put an end to his recruitment.

According to InsidetheGators.com’s Robert Lopez, sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was instrumental in helping Porter feel comfortable while on campus.

“They just said that I have an opportunity here at Florida. They stressed that,” he said.

Porter is the Gators’ 22nd overall commitment and 12th from the state of Florida.

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Four-star DT Holley drops Penn State for Florida

For the fourth time in the last 11 days, the Florida Gators have flipped a highly-regarded prospect committed to another program with four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, NY) snubbing the Penn State Nittany Lions to instead continue his career playing college football in Gainesville, FL.

Ranked No. 63 overall in the Rivals100, Holley began wavering after head coach Bill O’Brien left Penn State for the Houston Texans. Florida was already in his ear about changing his commitment but gained even greater momentum after O’Brien made his decision and PSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson left for a gig with Ohio State.

Holley (6-foot-4, 299 pounds) is also listed as a four-star prospect and ranked 51st nationally by ESPN. He had an impressive offer list with Alabama, Florida State, OSU and numerous other programs hoping to add his services.

Also a basketball player, Holley is seen as an athletic interior defensive lineman who has great burst, effort and pass rush abilities but needs to improve his pad level and hands when defending the run.

He will draw some comparisons to former Gators DT Dominique Easley, who just so happens to be Florida’s last commitment from the state of New York.

Florida now has 21 players committed for the 2014 recruiting cycle after a whirlwind last few weeks. The Gators have added five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, DC), four-star running back Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, FL), three-star offensive lineman Kavaris Harkless (Jacksonville, FL) and four-star defensive end Gerald Willis III (New Orleans, LA) all since Jan. 2.

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SIX BITS: Prather, Grier, Phillilps, Patton, Wickline

1 » The Florida Gators on Sunday announced that senior forward Casey Prather (knee) is being listed as “doubtful” for Tuesday’s home contest against the Georgia Bulldogs as he is still dealing with a bone bruise he apparently suffered last Wednesday. Prather, Florida’s leading scorer who has posted double-digit point totals in all 14 game he’s played this season, has missed three practices already.

2 » The Independent Florida Alligator’s Adam Lichtenstein, citing an anonymous tip provided to the paper, uncovered a video posted on the Vine account of Gators four-star quarterback commit Will Grier (titled “Lax es gay”) that appears to show him using the homophobic slur beginning with “F” nine times before declaring, “[Lacrosse] is gay.” The video was posted to his account 269 days ago, exactly four months after he committed to UF. (The video linked above contains offensive language not condoned by OnlyGators.com.) As Lichtenstein correctly points out, “this is unacceptable behavior from Grier” and is something that should absolutely have been addressed by Florida. Though the school had no reason to address this publicly at that time – he was not a member of the program yet – one would think that those in charge of monitoring the social media accounts of Gators recruits would have strongly suggested he remove the video. After all, it has been hiding in plain sight for nearly nine months.

3 » According to Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls, Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips is one of three men being considered by head coach Charlie Strong to serve as Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator. Phillips has spent five years in an offensive coordinator role, holding that exact position at Kentucky from 2005-08 and working as “head coach of offense” at his alma mater in 2009 when he was named Rich Brooks’s successor. Prior to that, Phillips spent 13 of 14 years coaching wide receivers and was widely considered a coach who had not been given a fair opportunity to move up in the ranks. He was head coach at UK from 2010-12 before being fired and taking over as the Gators’ wide receivers coach in 2013. Phillips is entering the second year of a two-year contract and is set to earn $265,000 this season.

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