Jim McElwain, Florida Gators assistants to make 13 stops on 2015 spring speaking tour

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is set to make eight appearances at Florida-based Gator Clubs (plus one in Atlanta) as part of the team’s annual Gator Gathering speaking schedule, with his assistants participating in four more events.

Joining him with speaking engagements are defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, associate head coach and linebackers coach Randy Shannon, offensive line coach Mike Summers and defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

The speaking tour is put on by the UF Alumni Association and Gator Boosters, Inc. in association with the University Athletic Association. Tickets are available to the public and sold to the respective events with proceeds usually going to support the club and fund scholarship opportunities for local area students.

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Gators nab ’16 DE Eric Mitchell from South Florida

The Florida Gators‘ attack on South Florida continued with a vengeance on Wednesday as the program gained commitments from a pair of 2016 prospects with defensive end Eric Mitchell (Miami, FL) becoming the second recruit to make a verbal pledge to the program.

Mitchell (6-foot-2, 223 pounds) committed to Florida four days after being offered by co-coordinator and linebackers coach Randy Shannon.

The Miami Central High School prospect became the eighth player from South Florida to commit to the Gators, two of which are 2016 prospects as linebacker Vosean Joseph (Miami, FL) announced his commitment just hours earlier. Mitchell was a former teammate of Joseph’s at Miami Norland Senior High School.

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2016 LB Vosean Joseph makes pledge for Florida

Linebacker Vosean Joseph (Miami, FL) committed became the second member of the Florida Gators‘ 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday when he made a verbal commitment to the program via his Twitter account.

“Just committed to the University of Florida #GatorNation #Florida #GoGators,” he tweeted Wednesday morning.

A three-star prospect on Rivals who is not yet universally rated, Joseph (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) chose Florida over a short offer list that included Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Oregon State.

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One week later: Breaking down the Florida Gators’ efforts through 2015 National Signing Day

Pessimism and an overall sense of foreboding were fair states of mind to have as the Florida Gators approached 2015 National Signing Day.

That’s what happens when a former top-of-the-mountain team goes 11-10 over two seasons, its fired head coach (a top-notch recruiter) joins a conference rival going head-to-head with his former team on the recruiting front, and the skeleton signing class said coach left behind was ravaged by decommitments from its four best players over the final months of the season.

But something changed 48 hours before National Signing Day. That lingering pessimism turned to optimism as it started becoming apparent to recruiting analysts that pairs of four-star running backs and five-star linemen were likely to commit to Florida. It was very possible that the Gators’ run of gaining commitments from talented and somewhat underrated three-star prospects would not be the best their signing class had to offer but rather a solid foundation for what would occur over the ensuing two days.

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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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Three-star WR Antonio Callaway commits to the Florida Gators on National Signing Day

Though three-star wide receiver Antonio Callaway (Miami, FL) at one point appeared destined to stay in South Florida, he officially committed to the Florida Gators early Wednesday on National Signing Day.

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Three-star athlete Kylan Johnson flips to Florida

Adding to its recent recruiting haul on Monday, the Florida Gators picked up a commitment from three-star athlete/safety Kylan Johnson (Dallas, TX).

Johnson (6-foot-3, 210 pounds), who committed to Kansas State just three days ago, received an offer from Florida on Friday morning and took an official visit to see the Gators over the weekend, according to 247Sports‘ Ryan Bartow, who first reported Johnson’s latest decision.

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