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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)

Player Pos. Ht./Wt. School
Antonneous Clayton DE 6-3/218 Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
Brett Heggie OL 6-4/300 Mount Dora
Vosean Joseph LB 6-2/210 Miami Norland
Quincy Lenton S 6-0/195 Meridian (Miss.)
Shavar Manuel DT 6-4/290 Bradenton IMG Academy
Christopher McWilliams CB 5-11/164 Southwest Miami
Jeremiah Moon LB 6-4/205 Hoover (Ala.)
Antonio Nelson CB 6-2/180 Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
Lamical Perine RB 5-11/210 Theodore (Ala.)
Jachai Polite DE 6-3/240 Daytona Beach Mainland
Aaron Robinson CB 6-1/175 Deerfield Beach
Jawaan Taylor OL 6-4/330 Cocoa
Jeawon Taylor S 6-2/192 Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing
Rick Wells WR 6-0/185 Jacksonville Raines
EARLY ENROLLEES (12)
McArthur Burnett RB 6-0/180 Pahokee
Stone Forsythe OT 6-7/325 Winter Garden West Orange
Feleipe Franks QB 6-5/205 Crawfordville Wakulla
Chauncey Gardner CB 6-0/194 Cocoa
Joshua Hammond WR 6-0/180 Hallandale
Dre Massey WR 6-0/185 Holmes (Miss.) C.C.
Eddy Pineiro K 6-1/180 ASA Miami
David Reese LB 6-1/235 Farmington (Mich.)
Jordan Smith DE 6-5/220 Lithonia (Ga.)
Freddie Swain WR 6-1/180 Citra North Marion
Mark Thompson RB 6-2/230 Dodge City (Kan.) C.C.
Kyle Trask QB 6-5/210 Manvel (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

College football recruiting: Florida Gators commitments 01/22/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2016 8:33pm]
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