OT Nick Buchanan picks Florida over Georgia on National Signing Day

The recruiting train rolled on for the Florida Gators on National Signing Day as the program gained a verbal commitment from three-star offensive tackle Nick Buchanan (Atlanta, GA) just a couple days after he decommitted from California.

Buchanan (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) took official visits to Georgia and Florida, respectively, over the last two weekends and quickly decided that he wanted to trade in his Golden Bears pledge for a Gators helmet.

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Four-star RB Jordan Cronkrite extends Florida Gators’ haul on National Signing Day

The Florida Gators added to their recruiting haul and continued their momentum Wednesday afternoon when four-star running back Jordan Cronkrite (Miami, FL) officially committed to the program on National Signing Day.

Cronkrite (5-foot-11, 198 pounds) chose Florida over Miami and West Virginia. A one-time Canes commitment, he was once thought to be heading to play for the Mountaineers…until the Gators entered the picture.

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Three-star defensive end Keivonnis Davis flips to Florida from Oregon State on signing day

Despite noting earlier in the day that he would not be making a commitment on National Signing Day, three-star defensive end Keivonnis Davis (Miami, FL) submitted a National Letter of Intent to the Florida Gators.

Davis, an Oregon State commitment until the moment his letter was faxed into Florida, is a 6-foot-4, 227 pound lineman rated as the 58th best defensive end in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

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Florida Gators recruits and targets to watch through 2015 National Signing Day

Now *16 members strong (but likely to lose one of two four-star commitments), the Florida Gators’ 2015 recruiting class has a long way to go with very little time to make up ground. New head coach Jim McElwain has tried desperately to make up for lost time over the last few weeks by convincing recruits turned off by Florida’s recent losing history that the Gators are poised for a turnaround.

With National Signing Day set for Wednesday, Feb. 4, Florida is a contender – and was once the far and away leader for – some of the best players in the country. Whether the Gators will be able to lock up any of those prospects remains to be seen, but UF is absolutely in the hunt for at least 15 players that 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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Recruiting a huge priority for Florida’s McElwain

It is no secret that the Florida Gators have been out-recruited by in-state rival Florida State over the last few seasons. And as the end of the 2015 cycle approaches, it is obvious that the Gators have been out-recruited by the majority of teams in college football over the last year, a tide that new Florida head coach Jim McElwain was looking to turn before he even held his introductory press conference.

Due to a lack of overall success on the field, an inability to produce offensively and season-long instability at head coach, the Gators currently stand with just eight commitments for 2015, all of whom are three-star prospects and only half of which are from the state of Florida, one of the top recruiting hotbeds in the country.

That is where McElwain plans to begin his journey to turn the Gators into a recruiting powerhouse once again, perhaps as soon as National Signing Day in February.

“When you look from a historical standpoint, when Florida was really rolling, they controlled and had the majority of really good players out of [its home state]. First and foremost, we have to get back in and make sure we get the best out of that area as we build our team,” he told Tampa Bay’s WDAE 620 AM on Monday. “Obviously I’m a firm believer: we are the University of Florida, and it is Florida first – and then the rest of it is second. We’ve had to go back in, we’re reevaluating guys as we speak, making sure that we get the right fit, first and foremost with players from the state of Florida.”

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Muschamp updates Gators injuries, filling voids

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Wednesday primarily to discuss the new recruiting class on National Signing Day, but he also touched on a number of issues concerning the team with six weeks to go until the start of spring practice on March 19 ahead of the 2014 season.

INJURED STARTERS STILL ON THE MEND

The Gators’ rash of season-ending injuries last season was highlighted by two big losses on the offensive side of the ball – redshirt junior quarterback Jeff Driskel (fibula) and junior Matt Jones (knee).

While Driskel is slowly but surely working his way back – Muschamp noted that he has resumed jogging and is expected to be cleared for the start of spring practice – Jones on Wednesday went under the knife for the second of potentially three surgeries to repair a complete radial tear of his meniscus.

Doctors have told Muschamp that Jones’s meniscus was already “90 percent healed,” which puts him “further along” than the initial projection for his return, but he will not be able to suit up in March and remains on target to get back to work in the summer.

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Will Muschamp, coaches discuss Florida Gators 2014 signees, recruiting process

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2014 Florida signee bios | Gators flip four-star QB Treon Harris from Seminoles, add WR C.J. Worton | Three-star OT Andrew Mike flips to Florida

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp held a press conference after his coaching staff finished inking its 24-member 2014 recruiting class on National Signing Day. Below are the most notable quotes from that session as well as player evaluations made by other members of the coaching staff.

OPENING STATEMENT

”It’s a great day here at the University of Florida, a lot of hard work put in by our staff. I don’t think people realize the contribution it takes from everybody. It’s a total team effort on campus, professors, our administration, our academic people do a fantastic job. When a young man comes on campus for an official visit, all of the people that have to contribute to make that a special experience, and our people do it the best. Our travel people do an amazing job. All of our pilots, [the media seems] to track pretty well, but they do a phenomenal job. It takes all these moving parts to make things work the right way. So we got a great staff. Our staff did an outstanding job.

“We had a miserable fall, and to have the staff come together – three new coaches in Kurt Roper, Mike Summers and Coleman Hutzler come together and change a little bit, not philosophically, but schematically offensively, adjust some things that we need to do in midstream as far as some of the guys we were recruiting and to put together this class – I’m really proud of that. I don’t know where we ended up as far as any rankings and all. You all know me, I don’t get overly concerned with that.”

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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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Will Muschamp breaks down Gators recruiting class | 2014 Florida signee bios
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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