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.
Recruiting has been booming for the Florida Gators as of late, and though three-star linebacker David Reese (Farmington, MI) is not a highly-rated prospect, he is most certainly one that was sought after during his process.
Reese (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) gave the Gators a verbal commitment on Friday, just five days after head coach Jim McElwain and linebackers coach Randy Shannon visited the prospect. It was Shannon’s second visit to Reese this month; the first came the day Reese decommitted from Michigan and three days before the player traveled to Texas for an official visit. Reese also took an official visit to Florida in late November.
The Florida Gators were far from thrifty in ridding themselves of Will Muschamp and acquiring the services of head coach Jim McElwain, spending millions in buyout monies in order to change the direction of the football program and making McElwain the 17th highest-paid coach in the nation at nearly $4 million in 2015 (bonus included).
Florida also spent millions of dollars to build the Gators an indoor practice facility in the offseason, one larger than expected and constructed in a shorter window of time than initially planned – at McElwain’s request.
But when it comes to the contracts of its assistant coaches, Florida ranks right in the middle of the Southeastern Conference, according to an annual database created by USA Today.
Coaching jobs will be changing hands across the country in the coming days and weeks, but while the Florida Gators have their head coach in place – Jim McElwain not only performed above expectations at 10-2 but is a national coach of the year candidate – that does not mean Florida’s staff is not susceptible to changes.
Here’s who could leave the Gators and how it might impact Florida as it looks to haul in a top recruiting class, continuing momentum built over the course of a tremendous 2015 season.
We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 8 Florida Gators as they prepare a tune-up against the Florida Atlantic Owls at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
The Gators (9-1) and Owls (2-8) will do battle as Florida looks to retain its standing in the College Football Playoff Rankings going into its regular season-ending showdown with Florida State next week.
We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 8 Florida Gators as they prepare for their toughest test of the season, a showdown with the No. 6 LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) and LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC) are on a collision course for each other after running through the first half of the 2015 campaign undefeated. Saturday’s game will air live nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m.
Amid the numerous distractions, No. 8 Florida Gators football must still prepare for its toughest test of the season, a road game against the No. 6 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Head coach Jim McElwain and a handful of players met with the media this week to discuss the Gators moving on with a new signal caller. Florida will also get a few players back that, while not mitigating the loss of redshirt freshmen quarterback Will Grier and cornerback Deiondre Porter, should help fill some holes.
Florida Gators (4-0) football won an inspired game over the Tennessee Volunteers (2-2) on Saturday, picking up a come-from-behind 28-27 victory on the back of redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier, who led the team to the Promised Land in the fourth quarter.
The Gators have now won 11 consecutive games over the Volunteers dating back to 2005, the last two contests by a single point.
OnlyGators.com is here to break down the game, so here are six takeaways.