TWO BITS: Recruiting weekend, FWAA awards

By Adam Silverstein
December 13, 2009

It has been a slow weekend as far as Florida Gators news goes, but OGGOA has done its best Sunday morning to provide you with a few notes to wrap up the weekend. Expect more from us later in the day, so stay tuned!

1 » A dozen Gators commits and recruiting prospects including five-star safety Matt Elam (Fort Lauderdale, FL) visited Gainesville, FL, this weekend for official visits with Florida coaches, staff and current players. In what will be a crucial weekend for Gators’ recruiting after losing defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Billy Gonzales to other schools, Florida hopes to secure commitments it has already received and establish new ones, possibly pulling players away from other teams. With National Signing Day approaching at the beginning of February and early enrollment for the spring semester (and spring practice) less than a month away, expect to hear a bunch of recruiting news come out over the next few days and weeks. Commits: Elam, four-star DE Neiron Ball (Jackson, GA), four-star OT Ian Silberman (Fleming Island, FL), four-star ATH Travon Van (New Berlin, NY), four-star CB Jaylen Watkins (Cape Coral, FL), three-star QB Trey Burton (Venice, FL) – Recruits: five-star LB Jordan Hicks (West Chester, OH), four-star WR Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, FL), four-star WR Justin Hunter (Virginia Beach, VA), four-star OT Morgan Moses (Fork Union, VA), four-star C Brandon Linder (Fort Lauderdale, FL), three-star CB Robert Clark (West Palm Beach, FL).

2 » Though senior quarterback Tim Tebow came in fifth in Saturday’s 2009 Heisman Trophy ceremony, two of his teammates were awarded honors of their own. Juniors cornerback Joe Haden and center Maurkice Pouncey were both named to the 2009 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team. Both are seemingly racking up All-America honors this season, which bodes well for them considering they are (likely) heading into the 2010 NFL Draft.


  1. Kevin T. says:

    Hmm, that Justin Hunter out of VA Beach. I wonder if he went to Percy’s high school. So far these names and star statuses are pretty impressive. Maybe by us losing Billy G. we will emphasize a little more on the run.

  2. Hunter goes to Ocean Lakes. Harvin went to Landstown.

    Three things to clarify (not just to you, to everyone). 1) I am not so sure the Gators “lost” Gonzales…I have a sneaking suspicion that he was let go. And I have a few good reasons for feeling that way that I just cannot share at this point. 2) Azzanni is believed to be close to as strong as a recruiter as Gonzales is. 3) I don’t think the Gators will throw the ball any less with Azzanni on staff as opposed to Gonzales. Possibly more.

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