SIX BITS: Blakely, Hounshell, Jernigan, Brissett

By Adam Silverstein
January 17, 2011

1 » Florida Gators four-star running back Mike Blakely (Bradenton, FL), an early enrollee already on campus at the University of Florida, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery this week that will keep him out of spring practice but hopefully allow him to be available in the summer. It is not known how Blakely injured his shoulder except that it occurred before he enrolled in January.

2 » Three-star offensive lineman commitment Chase Hounshell (Kirkland, OH), originally scheduled to join some of his future teammates as an early enrollee this month, instead decided to return to high school and take his time making his final decision. Hounshell announced Sunday that he received an in-home visit from Gators head coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach/running game coordinator Frank Verducci, men he described as “first class” and “just great people.” He will be visiting Florida this upcoming weekend in what appears to be a reaffirmation trip.

3 » The Gators coaching staff, barring a packed suitcase and plane ticket to Gainesville, FL, is now complete. New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, the defensive line coach of the Seattle Seahawks until they lost to the Chicago Bears in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs on Sunday, has now fulfilled his commitment to his team and should be ready to hit the ground running any day now. A report from Friday noted that Quinn’s assistant DL coach at Florida, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bryant Young, was already hard at work recruiting. He was in the home of five-star DT Tim Jernigan (Lake City, FL), convincing him to take a trip and give UF some serious consideration.

4 » Though former Gators safety Will Hill decided to leave school early and declare for the 2011 NFL Draft, his classmate and teammate in the secondary, junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins, chose to stick around for his senior season. Hill was shocked by this occurrence, especially considering Jenkins was expected to be a first-round selection, and told the Orlando Sentinel his thoughts on the subject. “He was talking about leaving,” Hill said. “I haven’t heard or spoke to him for two months. Last time I spoke to him, he said he was leaving. That he’s coming back is kind of a surprise.”

5 » After meeting with four-star quarterback recruit Jacoby Brissett (West Palm Beach, FL) at his high school on Friday, new Florida offensive coordinator and QB coach Charlie Weis invited him to take an unofficial visit to campus over the weekend. Brissett obliged, watched most of the game with Weis and met up with some of his former Dwyer High School teammates including freshman S Matt Elam. Brissett, also a high school basketball player who could be in a unique position to play both sports at UF, reportedly came away from the visit impressed though he still has plenty of thinking to do. Muschamp extended a scholarship offer to Brissett after Weis left on Friday, something he had not been given under former head coach Urban Meyer.

6 » The Gators’ two basketball programs have had a pretty rough go of it this week. In addition to the men falling 72-69 at home to South Carolina, the women lost a pair of gut-wrenching games on Thursday and Sunday. Routed 83-40 at home by the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers on Jan. 13, Florida blew a 16-point lead with 14:17 remaining in the game to fall 70-64 to the Georgia Bulldogs on the road in Athens, GA on Jan. 16. After getting out to a good start this season, the women have lost three of their last four games including a 73-56 throttling by Auburn on Jan. 6.


  1. Swampbabe says:

    Lord, please some good news soon on the Gator recruiting front soon. How in the world are we losing talent to Clemson for crying out loud? Clemson, really? Geese, how the might have fallen…

  2. Leaf says:

    Hill said. “I haven’t heard or spoke to him for two months.

    Given that our bowl game was only 3 weeks ago I would say that explains a lot about Will Hill.

  3. SC Gator says:

    Leaf – That was my same thought exactly

  4. g8ter27 says:

    Hey Adam, any news (good or bad) coming out of the big recruiting trip weekend?

    Swampbabe, I don’t get it either, Clemson has come into Florida for years (see CJ Spiller as example) and taken some of our best players. no flashy coach, no flashy conference, no titles…I have no idea.

  5. GatorCooken says:

    Hill hasn’tspoken to jenkins in over two months? Could have sworn we were still playing football then. Great communication with the team Will.

  6. DGLgatorfan says:

    @ Swampbabe g8ter27

    I assume any kid from florida who choose not to go to the 3 major football programs and choose clemson did so for either playing time or change of scenery. A few seasons ago I remember Jamie Harper was promised the 1st carry of the season no matter what and early playing time. He fumbled that carry and bama killed clemson but recruiting pitch fulfilled. I doubt meyer bobby bowden or randy shannon was making that pitch doubt many coaches or programs will. I honestly think it comes down to the individuals and have nothing to do with the gators recruiting them.

  7. SaraGator says:

    I thought that kids go to Clemson if they don’t have the grades for UF.

    Other than that, I don’t see the attraction either.

  8. Ken says:

    Actually Jenkins had surgery immediately following FSU game, so it is entirely possible that if they aren’t good friends there was minimal communication.

    How about some good Gators news Adam? 7th bit…the #1 ranked Gymnastics team cruised to another victory this weekend…..

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    @All : Clemson has academic minimums and class structures geared towards athletes. These are setup so that kids who don’t meet allot of UF’s minimums admissions. Couple that with a nice campus, playing time and decent surroundings, these kids lock up that opportunity.

  10. MattJ says:

    Will Hill was exaggerating jeez people. Let’s just be happy Jenkins decided to stay with the team 1 more year. Despite being projected as a first rounder you’d have to assume that Patrick Patterson rating higher persuaded him to wait another year where he can possibly be rated number 1 CB coming into the draft.

  11. dp says:

    Any chance of a recruiting weekend update? Hmmm hmmm….pinky on corner of lip Dr. Evil style…

  12. Wingtee says:

    There will be no good news this year. The whole year sucks and it continues thru recruitin season

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