Three-star 2016 DB Quincy Lenton commits to Florida Gators at Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights commits: 2017 WR Daquon Green | 2016 C Brett Heggie

The Florida Gators pulled a talented player out of the state of Mississippi on Friday when three-star defensive back Quincy Lenton (Meridian, MS) committed while on campus in Gainesville, Florida, at the Gators’ annual Friday Night Lights recruiting event.

Lenton, who was originally pledged to Mississippi State and has a close relationship with new Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, decommitted from the program on May 16, four days after Collins paid him a visit.

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Florida DT Jay-nard Bostwick granted release to transfer away from Gators

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick, who had seemingly been far removed from the Florida Gators for quite some time despite remaining on the team’s 2015 roster, has been granted a transfer release to leave the program, the school confirmed Friday.

Bostwick (6-foot-3, 283 pounds) missed the entirety of 2015 spring practice and has not been with the team since the conclusion of the 2014 season while dealing with what the Gators have only referred to as “personal issues.”

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Previewing Florida’s 2015 Friday Night Lights


Mixing pomp and circumstance with football drills and relationship building, the Florida Gators use their annual Friday Night Lights camp at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as both a recruiting tool and means of evaluating some of the best high school football players in the country. The Gators often host top-tier prospects over the FNL weekend but also find diamonds in the rough while coaching up the recruits.

The Swamp will once again filled with some of the top young talent in the nation on July 24, so much so that covering every player that plans to step on the field is a near impossibility. Below are a list of 14 players (in no particular order) to keep an eye on either because of their talent or high level of interest in attending Florida.

All referenced ratings and rankings are from the 247Sports Composite.

WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, FL) –
The nation’s top-ranked receiver, Craig-Myers (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) is an impressive in-state prospect with a top two of Florida State and Auburn but growing interest in Florida. The Gators are not only after Craig-Myers but his brother, three-star cornerback Jayvaughn Myers (Dade City, FL), who also appears to be a Seminoles lean at this time. Craig-Myers will be visiting Gainesville for the second time in as many weeks; an impressive showing by Florida at FNL could turn his top two into a top three.

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Antonio Morrison, Martez Ivey, facility changes impressing Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain

Evaluating a head coach before his first season is a difficult and wholly unfair ask. And yet, Jim McElwain – folksy and quiet in public but seemingly ambitious and demanding in private – has left himself open for equal parts praise and criticism, depending whose opinion you seek.

So when the Florida Gators’ new coach took center stage at the 2015 SEC Media Days last Monday, no one expected much to be revealed … and those expectations were met. However, when McElwain went through the ringer known as the ESPN car wash on Tuesday, there was hope that a bit more would be uncovered, especially considering how much news his fellow coaches made one day earlier.

Four live television interviews resulted in four unanswered questions about the Florida quarterback situation, more than four Nick Saban inquiries and plenty of banter that led to little no additional knowledge gained about the Gators. Off camera, though, McElwain cracked open just a tad to Ivan Maisel on his Championship Drive podcast, as Maisel actually asked some relevant, football-related questions with just over a month to go until the 2015 season begins.

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Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain takes first trip through ESPN’s car wash on Tuesday

Joining a handful of other Southeastern Conference coaches in Bristol, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain went through ESPN’s “car wash” for the first time, appearing on a number of the networks’ media platforms while making four live television appearances over the course of the day.

OnlyGators.com is following McElwain’s appearances on Thursday and is updating this post live with the news, notes and quotes from all of his stops. Due to most of McElwain’s spots not airing live, this post will be updated into the night.

CAR WASH (LIVE) SCHEDULE
11:20 a.m. – First Take (ESPN2)
12:00 p.m. – The Herd (ESPNU, ESPN Radio)
1:20 p.m. – SportsCenter (ESPN)
2:00 p.m. – College Football Live w/ Steve Spurrier (ESPN)

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4 BITS: McElwain’s car wash, Jackson charged, Florida Gators practice, Leak joins Bucs

1 » Florida Gators head football coach Jim McElwain will participate in his first ESPN “car wash” on Tuesday. As such, he will participate in four live interviews, starting his day on First Take at 11:20 a.m. and moving over to The Herd at 12 p.m. before ending his day on SportsCenter at 1:20 p.m. and College Football Live at 2 p.m. McElwain will also be interviewed on other radio shows and podcasts during his time in Bristol, Connecticut. OnlyGators.com will wrap up the entire day at some point on Tuesday, though if McElwain remains as close-to-the-vest as he was during the 2015 SEC Media Days (and first six-plus months of his tenure at Florida), there may not be much.

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6 BITS: Florida CB Hargreaves props up Wilson; Calathes to Greece; Gators add baseball talent

1 » When not talking about himself (let’s face it, those were the questions he was asked), Florida Gators junior All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III spent time at the 2015 SEC Media Days on Monday propping up his teammates. Hargreaves believes the Gators will be the best secondary in the nation next season – and for good reason – but thinks that an overlooked member of that unit may be the reason why it could go from great to dominant as the year progresses.

“He reminds me of a Brandon Browner-type corner or an Antonio Cromartie-type of corner – one of those big lanky cornerbacks,” Hargreaves told FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman of Florida sophomore Quincy Wilson. “That’s his game, how he plays. He plays big and physical. I want y’all to watch him on Saturdays this fall. It’s remarkable (how much better) he’s gotten this offseason. Him and also Jalen Tabor, they’ve really grown and matured. They’re ready to play. They understand.”

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Florida Gators PG Scottie Wilbekin to sign NBA contract with Philadelphia 76ers

Former Florida Gators point guard Scottie Wilbekin, who went undrafted in 2014 and spent the season shining overseas in Australia with the Cairns Taipans, has agreed to terms of an NBA contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, two sources confirmed to OnlyGators.com Saturday afternoon.

Wilbekin, who re-signed with the Taipans of Australia’s National Basketball League after being named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year last season, had an opt-out clause in his new contract should he receive some form of guaranteed money from an NBA or Euroleague franchise.

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