Matt Jones Undergoes Surgery; Running Back Out for Spring

On Wednesday, Florida running back Matt Jones underwent another surgery on his left knee. While Jones is actually ahead of the recovery timetable, the surgery will keep him out of Spring practice.

Matt Jones, Florida Gators

Jones was in the midst of a promising, although frustrating, sophomore campaign when he went down with the injury. He only appeared in five games during the 2013 season, with his yards per carry average going up and down.

The duo of Jones and freshman Kelvin Taylor was expected to be a good one, but we only saw the two carry the ball in the same game twice. There was no two-headed monster, much to the dismay of Gators’ fans.

In Wednesday’s press conference, head coach Will Muschamp mentioned that Jones’s knee was 90 percent healed. Jones is progressing nicely and should be ready to go in time for Fall practice.

Also missing the Spring sessions are linebackers sophomore Alex Anzalone, redshirt sophomore Jeremi Powell, and redshirt freshman Matt Rolin.

2013 Football Recruiting: Alex Anzalone Commits To Notre Dame Over Florida, Penn State

One of the nation’s top linebackers is off the board, again. Wyomissing, PA (Wyomissing Area) outside linebacker Alex Anzalone committed to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Anzalone chose the Irish over the Florida Gators and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Originally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, his decision is expected to be final this time around.

Since decommitting from Ohio State, Florida has been right in the thick of the hunt for Anzalone. He visited Gainesville several times and frequently mentioned the Gators among his leaders. At one point, he mentioned Florida and Notre Dame were the two at the top of his list, but many thought the orange and blue held the advantage. On Sunday, Anzalone made it clear that it was the Irish at the top alone.

The Gators still have some work to do to complete the 2013 recruiting class, but not many spots to fill. Anzalone was a desired addition, but with four linebackers already committed (along with two others and several that could play the buck position in the 2012 class) it wasn’t necessarily a priority. Florida moves on from Anzalone looking to fill their remaining needs.

2013 Football Recruiting: Alex Anzalone Puts Florida, Notre Dame At Top Of List

Four-star outside linebacker Alex Anzalone still has a number of schools on his list of possible places to play college football, but two are tied at the top. The Wyomissing, PA (Wyomissing Area) LB has said the Florida Gators and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are his favorites at the moment ($). Despite also having interest in Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and Southern Cal, the Gators and Irish are the current kings of the hill.

Since decommitting from Ohio State, Anzalone has made kept an open mind as he visits the various programs he’s considering. He has visited Florida three times in recent months and has enjoyed every visit. Anzalone sees himself as a versatile linebacker that can contribute whether the Gators defense is lined up in a 3-4 or a 4-3.

Anzalone will try to get to Penn State later this month and has mentioned other possible visits throughout the summer. It will be a tough decision for the linebacker and one many programs will be following closely.

2013 Football Recruiting: Ohio State Could Get Another Chance With Alex Anzalone

The story of Alex Anzalone’s decommitment from Ohio State is a weird one. That sentence isn’t of the highest literary quality, but there’s really no better way to say it. The entire situation is odd and gives off a feeling of, well, let’s just move on from the reasons behind Anzalone’s decommitment. You’ve surely read about them by now and that’ll do. The latest chapter is that the Buckeyes may still have a chance with the four-star outside linebacker.

When Anzalone first announced he would not be attending Ohio State, two schools came to the forefront – Penn State and our beloved Florida Gators. You can add Notre Dame and Stanford to that list, and now the Buckeyes as well. There were times when Anzalone was considered a Florida lean before he originally committed to Ohio State, and after the decommitment, it was figured the Buckeyes were out of the picture. While the Gators and Nittany Lions seem to have a definite advantage over the others at the moment, with even the possibility he could consider Ohio State again, no one can be sure which direction Anzalone is now leaning.

We do know he’ll take time to explore every option and weigh his decision heavily this time around. A great addition to any program, all five of the schools named would welcome Anzalone with open arms and with Ohio State still a possibility, the probability he ends up picking the Gators may have taken a hit.