2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Add Jordan Sherit; Defensive End Commits

Saturday brought more good news for the Florida Gators. Tampa, FL (Hillsborough) defensive end Jordan Sherit committed, giving the Gators a 2013 recruiting class* of 20 strong more than one month before the 2012 college football season even begins.

“It’s just a beautiful place. In my opinion, it’s one of the top universities in the country. Athletically and academically, there’s a great combination there.” – Jordan Sherit, 2013 Defensive End

Not only does Sherit become the 20th member of Florida’s 2013 class, he becomes the third commitment in three days and the fourth defensive lineman. If the 2012 and 2013 classes are any indication of what head coach Will Muschamp is looking for, defensive line will be vital to the Gators’ future.

The 6’5″, 234-pound Sherit is regarded as a strongside defensive end and considered a four-star recruit. Rivals puts him in their top 100 at No. 94 overall. 247 isn’t as high on Sherit and actually lists him as a weakside DE, but still places him in their top 247 at No. 217.

Sherit has long had Florida in the lead and may believed it was only a matter of time before he would commit. The addition of multiple defensive ends – Joey Ivie and Antonio Riles – to the class didn’t deter him from going with his top choice.

With each passing day, the Gators look closer and closer to putting the final touches on this class.

*Yes, that list needs to be updated.

2013 Football Recruiting: Antonio Riles Commits To Gators; Defensive End Makes It 19 For Florida

Archer (Lawrenceville, GA) defensive end Antonio Riles became commitment No. 19 on Friday when he announced he would be playing for the Florida Gators ($). Riles’ commitment is a bit of a surprise, but a welcome one. At his size, he could play end or tackle on the defensive line.

Riles had favored his home state Georgia Bulldogs at one point, but recently shifted his focus to Florida when contact with Georgia diminished. He chose the Gators over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. Riles claims his commitment is solid, but he may still take visits.

At 6’4”, 262 pounds, Riles could easily finish his college career at defensive tackle even if he starts it at defensive end. With the frame he already possesses, he can grow even more and become a run stopper along the line.

With the addition of Riles and Vernon Hargreaves III in the past two days, Florida’s 2013 recruiting class is filling up. The possibility of more commitments during Friday Night Lights means we may be heading toward a full class much quicker than usual.

2013 Football Recruiting: Top Targets To Camp With Florida Gators, Will Muschamp

The Florida Gators kick off a number of football camps this weekend with numerous recruits in attendance. The 2012 Will Muschamp Gators Football Camp begins on Saturday, June 9 and runs through Tuesday, June 12. It includes two mini camps, two four-day camps, a kicking camp, and a camp for younger players.

The Gators will host a solid number of recruits from each of the next few recruiting classes, but don’t expect any from the 2013 class to participate. Among those in attendance will be: quarterbacks Heys McMath and Asiantii Woulard, wide receiver Richard Benjamin, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, defensive ends Antonio Riles, Jordan Sherit and DeMarcus Walker, and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Current Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley is also schedule to be in attendance.

McMath and Woulard are two to keep an eye on. Florida hopes to add a quarterback as part of the 2013 class, but continues to miss out on prospects. As top targets commit elsewhere, Muschamp and the coaching staff have to refocus their efforts and move on. This seems to be happening quite a bit lately, so the hope is visits by the two passers this weekend is a turn in the right direction.