Florida Gators announce Torrian Gray as new defensive backs coach

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain took the podium on Wednesday to announce his 2016 National Signing Day class. But while he was at said podium, he also indicated that he knew who the Gators would be hiring as their new defensive backs coach.

Just hours later, Sports Illustrated reported that it will be Virginia Tech secondary coach Torrian Gray who will be joining Florida to replace the ousted Kirk Callahan.

Late Thursday, McElwain and the Gators confirmed the hire.

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Florida Gators recruiting: JUCO CB Joseph Putu suprisingly flips from Arkansas

With the Florida Gators looking like they were done on 2016 National Signing Day, a late signing came in for the program as three-star JUCO cornerback Joseph Putu (Providence, RI) flipped from his pledge to Arkansas.

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Florida Gators snag big one in four-star WR Tyrie Cleveland on National Signing Day

A last-weekend visit and the opportunity to return to his home state sealed the deal for four-star wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (Houston, TX), who on Wednesday backed off his commitment to Houston and signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Florida Gators in 2016.

Cleveland (6-foot-3, 189 pounds), the No. 33 player in the 2016 recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite, was Florida’s highest-rated target remaining and a player the Gators coveted as a potential impact player as a freshman. (He is now UF’s second-highest rated signee.)

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2016 National Signing Day LIVE BLOG: Florida Gators recruiting letters, commitments

Welcome to OnlyGators.com‘s live coverage of 2016 National Signing Day. We will be with you all day, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., updating every signed national letter of intent (NLI) and new commitment while reporting all of the breaking news in between.

Keep visiting this page for a constantly updating list of the Gators’ 2016 commitments and announcement times along with viewing information (when applicable). Follow along with us live and feel free to comment at the bottom of the page. This page will also be updated with important content throughout the day!

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Might the Florida Gators be in for a rude recruiting awakening on 2016 National Signing Day?

The Florida Gators are dragging into 2016 National Signing Day, especially compared to one year ago at this time. That’s what happens when a program looking to hold strong at the crest of a tidal wave of momentum instead crashes down with it, losing their last three games in embarrassing fashion.

That’s why one year after head coach Jim McElwain looked to be a miracle worker as the Gators hauled in an impressive crop of players on signing day – including two of their top three remaining prospects in five-stars defensive end CeCe Jefferson and offensive tackle Martez Ivey – Florida may get shut out on the day … and could even lose one or more of its committed players.

Indeed, with signing day less than 24 hours away, there appear to only be three players legitimately considering the Gators and none of them seem to have Florida as a true leader entering Wednesday.

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Florida Gators recruiting: Targets to watch through 2016 National Signing Day

Currently *26 members strong with 10 more commitments entering 2016 National Signing Day compared to this time last year, the Florida Gators’ recruiting class has only a few spots left and not many candidates to fill those potential scholarships.

Head coach Jim McElwain has done a good job filling some of his team’s needs, but the Gators also appear to be limping towards the finish, either being eliminated or not seriously in contention for some of the top remaining uncommitted players.

With National Signing Day set for Wednesday, Feb. 3, Florida does still remain a contender for some of the best players in the country. Whether the Gators will be able to lock up any of these prospects remains to be seen, but UF is absolutely in the hunt for at least a couple of these players, who will be making their decisions this week.

Be sure to visit OnlyGators.com’s live coverage of National Signing Day, which will kick off Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. It will feature a live blog that will be constantly updated throughout the day and a checklist to keep track of 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. This is everything you need to know ahead of the biggest day of the offseason for Florida.

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Florida Gators move on from defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan after one year

So much for coaching continuity. Just one year after joining the program as a member of head coach Jim McElwain‘s first Florida Gators staff, defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan will be looking for a new job.

Florida announced Friday that Callahan “will not return” to the program for 2016. “We are making a change on our staff,” McElwain said in a release. “Moving forward, Kirk Callahan will be looking at some other opportunities and he has a long career ahead of him.”

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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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