2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators NSD Ends With Two Commits

If you watched any portion of National Signing Day, you saw coverage dominated by late-risers in the recruiting rankings, as the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Ohio State, and others dominated the late NSD decisions.

You didn’t see as much from the Florida Gators (The number 1 recruiting class on ESPN at the beginning of the broadcast) as you thought you would have. And, despite the fact that many of you would categorize that as “Boring,” it doesn’t necessarily suggest anything to make the Gators’ recruiting class anything less than great.

Let’s look at the Gators’ commitments on National Signing Day. Will Muschamp’s day started well with defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick from Port Saint Lucie, Florida near Miami. The Gators won this battle against mainly Miami and Alabama.

Below is Bostwick’s commitment. Listen to the interview after if you don’t think that playing in the SEC impacts some of these recruits.

In Bostwick, Florida gets a somewhat raw defensive tackle who has only been playing football for a few years. At 280 pounds, Bostwick already has some of the size needed to be a DT in the NFL, and the next few years will be spent building more muscle (Jeff Dillman), while adding technique (Bryant Young).

And here are some highlights from Bostwick’s junior year:

While many of Florida’s commitments were sending in their LOIs, there was a rumor that Tashawn Bower, an Auburn commit had sent his LOI to the Gators. He was widely thought by many to be headed to either Auburn or Florida, but in the end, none of those rumors proved to be true. And, well, Bower chose LSU.

The next news for the Gators came in the afternoon when another DT, this time a JUCO from East Mississippi Community College, Jarran Reed picked the Gators over Ole Miss and Alabama. EMCC continues to be very good to the Gators, where Florida gets DTs Reed and Darious Cummings this year, and where they got immediate-impact Damien Jacobs from last year.

After National Signing Day, the Florida Gators signed the No. 2 punter in the nation Ryan Townsend, who had been previously committed to Ohio State. And not long before that, OL/TE Trevon Young determined that he wished to be a Gator when he decided against a scholarship offer to play basketball, his true passion, at Eckerd College. Young is VERY raw, so we’ll see how his development at Florida goes.

The Florida Gators’ 2013 recruiting class, should end up at a final number of 30, the most in school history. But the Gators didn’t just add depth for no reason. With recruits at nearly ever position on the team, the Gators filled their needs well with talent that could serve as a building block for future Will Muschamp teams. Though time will tell, this years recruiting class looks like it could end up being one of the bests in school history.

Fox Force Five: 2013 Recruiting Cycle Coming To An End For The Florida Gators

Florida Gators commentary in five parts, as in there’s one, two, three, four, five of them.

It all comes to an end on Wednesday. The Florida Gators will announce their 2013 football recruiting class and that will close to door on another hard-fought cycle. Commits came early and often and, as the class currently stands, things are looking up. The Gators are always a player in the world of recruiting and this year is no different. But coming off of a season when expectations were exceeded accelerates the future and has us looking for big things in 2013—on the field and off.

Jaynard Bostwick

Here are just a few of the stories still being written.

1. Mainland (Daytona Beach, FL) linebacker Quinton Powell was a Gator and then he wasn’t. In the weeks following his decommitment, he again became a possibility for the Gators. Then suddenly James Hearns was out of the picture and many thought Powell was a lock to choose the orange and blue again. That may have been the case as he was down to Florida and Southern Cal. Well, Powell is no more. Over the weekend, he was told by head coach Will Muschamp that the Gators don’t have a spot for him. Powell was disappointed, but also understands the business side of recruiting and college football. Florida has moved on and now Powell will too.

2. West Centennial (Port Saint Lucie, FL) defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick will announce at 8:00am on National Signing Day. The DT will decide between Alabama, Florida and Miami. Bostwick’s high school coach has said that Bostwick thinks highly of all three and that nothing would surprise him. Considered an early Miami lean, some think the Gators now have the best shot. Bostwick would be a fine addition along the defensive line.

3. Also on the defensive line is Immaculata (Somerville, NJ) defensive end Tashawn Bower. Bower is committed to Auburn, but it’s considered to be a very, VERY soft verbal. He has received a Letter of Intent from the Gators and will announce a decision on Wednesday between Auburn and Florida. Behind the scenes, the Florida coaching staff if very confident they can get Bower to make the switch. Many believe he will end up in a different shade of orange and blue and come to Gainesville in the end. Don’t count out the Tigers just though as Bower never technically decommitted.

4. Might as well stick with the defensive line for one more. East Mississippi CC (Scooba, MS) JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed is down to Alabama and Florida. The Gators may hold the advantage and are hoping Reed will join his former teammate Darious Cummings in Gainesville. Reed isn’t a lock, but with the Gators pushing hard, the stars are aligning for Florida.

5. Also announcing on NSD will be New Smyrna Beach (New Smyrna Beach, FL) wide receiver James Clark. Clark is down to Clemson, Florida and Ohio State and will announce his decision at 9:00am. For a while, it seemed the Buckeyes posed the biggest challenge to the Gators, but that may now be the Tigers. Clark would make a great addition to an already impressive wide receiver class.

Fox Force Five: Florida Gators Look To Finish 2013 Recruiting Cycle In Grand Fashion

Florida Gators commentary in five parts, as in there’s one, two, three, four, five of them.

We’re at that critical point of the year. Critical in that National Signing Day is fast approaching and there are still some recruits on the table. From the desired to the impossible to the probable, they’re out there undecided about their next destination. The Florida Gators are still looking for a few bodies. With the class coming together nicely and nearly full, there are a few final pieces to put into the puzzle. The final set of prospects that may or may not join the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class.

Robert Nkemdiche

1. The odds that the nation’s top prospect—Grayson (Loganville, FL) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche—commits to Florida are slim-to-none. It would take the miracle of all miracles for the Gators’ coaching staff to pull it off. Because of that we have never really expected Nkemdiche to fully consider Florida an option. Yes, he recently visited Gainesville and does like the program and where it’s headed, but it’s long been thought to be a battle between LSU and Ole Miss with the Rebels holding the lead. Nkemdiche would be a VERY-nice-to-have that’s not going to happen.

2. New Smyrna Beach (New Smyrna Beach, FL) wide receiver James Clark will make one final visit before NSD and it will come on Saturday when he makes the trek to Gainesville. The 5’10”, 175-pound Clark recently visited Ohio State and only had great things to say about Columbus and the Buckeyes. He is still considering the Gators, but also mentions Clemson, Nebraska and Northwestern. Clark will announce on NSD. If he does choose the Buckeyes, take a couple of ibuprofen Florida fans and quickly move on. We can expect many more recruiting battles to come with that Urban Meyer guy and his merry band of coaches at Ohio State.

3. With Adam Lane and Kelvin Taylor headed to Florida, the Gators have done well in the running back department in the 2013 class. Despite the two already aboard, there are running backs that have Florida among their finalists. One of those is South Plantation (Plantation, FL) back Alex Collins. Collins recently visited Arkansas and enjoyed the trip, but still lists five among his finalists. He will make his decision on February 4, deciding between Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Wisconsin.

4. West Centennial (Port St. Lucie, FL) defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick is coming to Gainesville over the final weekend of the recruiting cycle. The 6’4″, 291-pound DT is excited for the visit, but don’t expect commitment news–he will announce his decision on NSD. The four-star Bostwick is down to his final three–Alabama, Florida and Miami–and will make his decision known on February 6. Despite being listed at 291, Bostwick is closer to 315, making him a true defensive tackle. He has had good things to say about the Gators and has developed a good relationship with the defensive coaches over the course of his recruitment.

5. Lake Gibson (Lakeland, FL) fullback Kennard Swanson wants to be a Gator, but whether that happens or not is still up in the air. Florida is waiting to see if he’ll have the grades to qualify or if he’ll have to go the JUCO route. Swanson wants to be a Gator and Florida wants him as a part of the class. We should known more about his situation next week. Rumor has it that the Gators are holding a spot in the class for him and will make their final decision on NSD.