College football recruiting: Florida Gators commitments

Defensive tackle Shavar Manuel of IMG Academy (46) blocks during the Under Armour All-America Football Game at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The game highlights the nation's top high school football players, as selected by ESPN Recruiting. LOREN ELLIOTT  | Times
Defensive tackle Shavar Manuel of IMG Academy (46) blocks during the Under Armour All-America Football Game at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The game highlights the nation's top high school football players, as selected by ESPN Recruiting. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
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KEY LOSSES: CB Vernon Hargreaves, LB Antonio Morrison, TE Jake McGee, DL Jon Bullard, DE Alex McCalister, RB Kelvin Taylor, WR Demarcus Robinson, S Keanu Neal, OL Trip Thurman

ORAL COMMITMENTS (14)

PlayerPos.Ht./Wt. School
Antonneous ClaytonDE6-3/218Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
Brett HeggieOL6-4/300Mount Dora
Vosean JosephLB6-2/210Miami Norland
Quincy LentonS6-0/195Meridian (Miss.)
Shavar ManuelDT6-4/290Bradenton IMG Academy
Christopher McWilliamsCB5-11/164Southwest Miami
Jeremiah MoonLB6-4/205Hoover (Ala.)
Antonio NelsonCB6-2/180Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
Lamical PerineRB5-11/210Theodore (Ala.)
Jachai PoliteDE6-3/240Daytona Beach Mainland
Aaron RobinsonCB6-1/175Deerfield Beach
Jawaan TaylorOL6-4/330Cocoa
Jeawon TaylorS6-2/192Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing
Rick WellsWR6-0/185Jacksonville Raines
EARLY ENROLLEES (12)
McArthur BurnettRB6-0/180Pahokee
Stone ForsytheOT6-7/325Winter Garden West Orange
Feleipe FranksQB6-5/205Crawfordville Wakulla
Chauncey GardnerCB6-0/194Cocoa
Joshua HammondWR6-0/180Hallandale
Dre MasseyWR6-0/185Holmes (Miss.) C.C.
Eddy PineiroK6-1/180ASA Miami
David ReeseLB6-1/235Farmington (Mich.)
Jordan SmithDE6-5/220Lithonia (Ga.)
Freddie SwainWR6-1/180Citra North Marion
Mark ThompsonRB6-2/230Dodge City (Kan.) C.C.
Kyle TraskQB6-5/210Manvel (Texas)

HOT PROSPECTS: After struggling to salvage a solid class last year, the Gators' recruiting haul is headed toward a potential top-five ranking and was briefly ranked No. 1 nationally. Army All-American Franks is Rivals' No. 3 pro-style quarterback and could be the Gators' future at that position. UF is addressing its lack of playmakers with a quartet of four-star receivers, led by Swain and Hammond. Clayton is a five-star talent ranked and is ESPN's No. 10 overall recruit. Manuel — a former Blake High star — is another top-100 talent, and poaching Pinerio from Alabama could immediately fix the team's kicking woes.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

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