Meet the Gators: Florida's 2013 recruiting class
Here is a quick look at Florida's 2013 recruiting class of players who signed National Letters of Intent today:
ALVIN BAILEY, Seffner Armwood, WR: Caught 40 passes for 658 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior…In the state championship game against Central, Bailey threw two touchdown passes and caught one in the 40-31 victory. Played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game at Tropiciana Field in St. Petersburg .Former high school teammate of current Gator RB Matt Jones.
JAY-NARD BOSTWICK, Port St. Lucie West Centennial, DL: Two-time all area and all-state selection. Had 73 tackles and seven tackles for loss in his final high school season. Totaled 74 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and two sacks as a junior. In his high school career, had 176 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, 3 sacks and one fumble recovery. Was just the second player in West Centennial school history to play varsity football as a freshman.
CALEB BRANTLEY, Crescent City, OL: Named the top 2013 defensive tackle at the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge. Played in the Under Armour All-American Game in January. Had 94 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries as a senior. Named to the Florida Class 1A All-State First Team in 2012…Chose Florida over Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Florida, Tennessee, and Southern Cal.
TRENTON BROWN, Albany (Ga.) Georgia Military Academy: Spent two years at Georgia Military College after graduating from Westover High in 2011. Was named a second-team NJCAA Football All-American in 2012. At GMC in 2012, Brown was part of a team that went 7-4 and averaged 188 yards rushing per game. Chose Florida over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, USF, Texas A&M, Texas Tech.
JARRAD DAVIS, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County, LB: Helped Camden County to an 11-2 record and the quarterfinals of the Georgia Class AAAAAA state playoffs during his senior season. In his senior season compiled 114 tackles, 69 solo, to lead the team (5.0 TFL), with three forced fumbles…In 2011, finished the year with 61 tackles, 15 for loss with two sacks and two forced fumbles…Chose Florida over Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Clemson…Coached by Jeff Herron
CAMERON DILLARD, Canton (Mich.) Canton, OL: Named to the AP Michigan Division 1-2 All-State Prep Team in 2012. Selected to the 2011 Michigan AP Division 1 All-State First Team, The Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team, The Detroit News All-Metro West First Team, The Detroit Free Press All-West First Team, All Observer First Team, and KLAA All League in 2011. No. 259 prospect in the nation.
AHMAD FULWOOD, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, WR: Had 42 receptions for 680 yards (16.2 avg) and 12 touchdowns as a senior, and 46 catches, 22 TDs, 1,141 yards as a junior. Chose Gators over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.
VERNON HARGREAVES, III, Tampa Wharton, DB: Had 110 tackles, 5 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles and 5 pass breakups as a senior; also scored five touchdowns and five two-point conversions and averaged 34 yards per kickoff return. Named All-Western Conference, All-Hillsborough, All-Suncoast, All-State, Class 8A Defensive Player of the Year and the Guy Toph Award winner as Hillsborough County’s top senior football player. Finalist for the 2012 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football Award. Named the Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough Defensive Player of the Year and a USA Today First Team All-American. Was selected the MVP of the Under Armour All-America game after a team-high 5 tackles, one interception and a pass breakup. Competed on the Southeast team at Champion Gridiron Kings where he had six interceptions and earned Defensive MVP honors. Named the Tampa Bay Times Blue Chipper of the Year. As a junior in 2011, had 49 tackles and 2 interceptions, along with 11 offensive touchdowns.Chose Gators over an estimated 50 offers including Clemson, Vanderbilt, Miami and Notre Dame.
MARCELL HARRIS, Orlando Dr. Phillips, DB: Selected to the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game. Played just eight games during his senior season, but tallied 52 tackles and eight pass breakups. His father, Mike Harris, was a Florida defensive back between 1994 and 1997. Chose Florida over Texas, Florida State, Oklahoma, Auburn, Miami, South Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame and LSU.
MARQUI HAWKINS, Columbus (Ga.) Carver, WR: Runs a 4.53-second 40-yard dash. Had 31 receptions, 635 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. Picked Florida over Clemson among 15 offers, which also included Tennessee, Southern Cal, and North Carolina.
OCTAVIOUS JACKSON, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, OL: Has recorded a 31-inch vertical jump, has a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump and runs a 4.95 forty-yard dash. Ranked as the No. 30 OG in the country by ESPN. Chose Florida over Vanderbilt and South Florida.
RODERICK JOHNSON, Delray Beach American Heritage, OL: Played in the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Selected Florida over Florida State and West Virginia.
ADAM LANE, Winter Haven, RB: Ran for 1,000 yards on just 80 carries (12.5 yards per carry) as a sophomore…Missed his junior season because of an ankle injury. Chose Florida over Alabama, South Florida, Rutgers, South Carolina and Florida State.
KEANU NEAL, Bushnell South Sumter, DB: All-State selection as a junior when he had 151 tackles (68 solo, 83 assists), four interceptions, one of which he returned 20 yards for a touchdown, as well as four forced fumbles, five pass deflections and one offensive touchdown as a goal-line fullback. Picked the Gators over offers from UCF, USF, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and South Carolina.
JARRAN REED, East Mississippi CC, DL: A 6-foot-4, 305 pound player from Goldsboro, N.C.
ANTONIO RILES, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer, DL: As a junior, he had 53 tackles and 6 sacks. Chose Florida over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Louisville and Michigan State among others…
JORDAN SHERIT, Tampa Hillsborough, DL: Invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. Chose Gators over FSU, Notre Dame, Stanford among others. Close friends with Gator commit Vernon Hargreaves III.
MAX STAVER, Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy: In 2012, passed for 1,715 yards with four touchdowns and rushed for 265 yards with 6 touchdowns…Threw for 1,872 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior. Selected UF over Memphis and Louisville…Coached by Cody White.
CHRIS THOMPSON, Gainesville, WR: Has recorded a 4.37 40-yard dash. First Team All-Area WR by The Gainesville Sun…Helped Gainesville to a 14-1 record and berth in the Class 6A state title game in 2012…Reached the Regional Finals in 2011 after a 12-3 record…GHS had a 47-9 record in his four years.
NICK WASHINGTON, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, DB: Has recorded a 4.48 40-yard dash…He was named a Times-Union All-First Coast first-team selection after scoring 11 touchdowns and intercepting two passes last season. Has been starting at safety for the Conquerors since he was in the 8th grade. Chose UF over Florida State, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson.