Javares McRoy to Leave Florida for Texas Tech

Rivals.com is reporting that freshman wide receiver Javares McRoy will transfer from Florida and has been granted his release.  McRoy is reported to be headed to Texas Tech where he will join his brother on the Red Raiders’ roster.

McRoy came in as part of the 2011 recruiting class.  Out of Lakeland (Lakeland, FL), he was rated as the nation’s #28 wide receiver and the #39 player from the state of Florida according to Rivals.  McRoy is a smaller receiver at 5’9”, 170 lbs., but was expected to be able to contribute at the position once given a time to develop and become accustomed to the college game.
Florida has had every possible kind of luck with players from Lakeland over the past few years – good, bad, and indifferent.  Ahmad Black and Maurkice Pouncey were stars.  Mike Pouncey was well on his way to becoming one until a position change prompted questions.  Chris Rainey has played well when healthy and eligible.  Unfortunately, Steve Wilks and Paul Wilson weren’t able to finish their careers.  And John Brown, well, didn’t pan out.  There’s also T.J. Lawrence – although he went to Kathleen and not Lakeland – who transferred from the program.
McRoy joins Adrian Coxson and Jordan Haden (both from the 2010 recruiting class) as players who voluntarily left the program before making it to their first fall semester.

Jordan Haden to Transfer from Florida

Chris Martin = When transferring before your first season is good.  Jordan Haden = When transferring before your first season is bad.

Jordan Haden – the third Haden brother and second to sign with Florida – has decided to leave the Gators and resume his playing career somewhere else.  The announcement that Haden will transfer seemed to come out of nowhere on Monday.
Not long ago, Haden was telling the media about his brother – Josh Haden – and how he too would be coming to Florida after transferring from Boston College.  Now Jordan will transfer as well, but this time away from the Gators before ever getting a chance to play in a single game.
No one is saying much about the reason why Haden has decided to leave the Gators.  His father merely mentioned that Florida wasn’t the right fit.
First guess would be the competition at his position where it may be a while before Haden would see significant playing time.  Haden is a talented kid who could contribute a lot to the Gators over his career, but already finds himself planted firmly behind fellow classmate Matt Elam on the depth chart.  With Elam spending at least three years at Florida, it might have been a while before Haden had a legitimate chance to start unlike his older brother – Joe Haden – who started his first game in a Florida uniform.
It’s unclear where Haden will end up, but he has been granted his release and will be allowed to transfer anywhere he wishes.

New Florida Gators Jersey Numbers for 2010

Florida released their full roster for the 2010 season last week and along with it came the newest jersey numbers.  We already knew about some of the freshman – those that have been around since the spring – but now the rest have numbers as well.  Don’t think these are definitely what they will wear once they hit the field one day (jersey numbers have been known to change), but for most of them, this is it.
And for fun I’ve added some memorable former Gators that have worn those numbers. Well, memorable according to my standards. You may have a different view entirely.
7 – Ronald Powell – DE – Jesse Palmer, Danny Wuerffel, Lorenzo Hampton, John Reaves
8 – Adrian Coxson – WR – Carlos Dunlap, Chad Jackson, Rex Grossman, Don Gaffney
10 – Tyler Murphy – QB – Jabar Gaffney, John Capel, Eric Kresser, Monty Grow, Chan Gailey
13 – Trey Burton – QB – Alex Brown, Ray Criswell
14 – Jaylen Watkins – CB – Bart Edmiston, Shayne Edge, Ernie Mills, Bruce Bennett
22 – Matt Elam – S – Terry Jackson, Willie Jackson Jr., Emmitt Smith, John L. Williams, Willie Jackson Sr., Steve Tannen
25 – Gideon Ajagbe – LB – Brandon James, Elijah Williams, Stacey Simmons, Lee McGriff
27 – Chris Dunkley – WR – Neal Anderson
29 – Joshua Shaw – CB – Mike Peterson
30 – Jonathan Dowling – S – Earl Everett, James Jones
31 – Cody Riggs – CB – Johnny Lamar, Carlton Miles
32 – Gerald Christian – TE – Dustin Doe, Eugene McCaslin
33 – Mack Brown – RB – Kestahn Moore, Ran Carthon, Teako Brown, Errict Rhett, Larry Smith
37 – Brandon Sanders – CB – Reggie Davis
38 – Phillip Bellino – RB – Matt Piotrowicz
39 – Jordan Haden – S – Chris Hetland
48 – Neiron Ball – NT – Dexter Daniels
49 – Darrin Kitchens – LB – Jermaine Cunningham, Jeff Chandler
51 – Michael Taylor – LB – Brandon Spikes, David Little
58 – Dominique Easley – DT – Johnny Rutledge
68 – Leon Orr – DT – Mike Degory, Rhondy Weston
73 – Sharrif Floyd – DT – David Williams
75 – Chaz Green – OL – Phil Trautwein, Shannon Snell, Donnie Young, Lomas Brown
77 – Ian Silberman – OL – Max Starks, Cheston Blackshear
81 – Robert Clark – WR – Aaron Hernandez, Dallas Baker
83 – Solomon Patton – WR – Dwayne Dixon
84 – Quinton Dunbar – WR – Ben Troupe, Harrison Houston
85 – Lynden Trail – DE – David Galloway
88 – Michael McFarland – TE – Kirk Kirkpatrick, Wilber Marshall, Jim Yarbrough
An interesting number assignment to note: Dunkley.  The receiver has been rumored to be getting #5, but is listed at #27.  No one on the roster is currently listed at #5, so Dunkley could still get it, but as of right now he has something else.

Breaking Down the Florida Gators’ 2010 Recruiting Class – Part 3

Previous breakdowns: Part 1, Part 2
Jordan Haden
DB – 6’0″, 198 lbs. – Fort Washington, MD – Friendly
With the bevy of talent coming in at defensive back, Haden almost seems forgotten at times.  For the last few months everyone has wanted to talk about Matt Elam, Joshua Shaw, Jonathan Dowling, Cody Riggs, and ever Demar Dorsey.  Many tend to forget Haden is already enrolled and adjusting to life at Florida.  Don’t sleep on the latest Haden to suit up for the Gators.  He could make a big impact sooner than many think.  And hopefully the Haden-to-Florida line doesn’t stop with him.
Darrin Kitchens
LB – 6’3″, 215 lbs. – Homestead, FL – Homestead
Along with Adrian Coxson and Chaz Green, Kitchens was one of the Signing Day commits.  Take a look at his rankings and you might not be all that impressed, but Kitchens in an extremely athletic linebacker that could see time at a few other positions as well.  He’s one of those never stop going guys that is every coach’s dream.  A redshirt is most likely in his immediate future, but he should provide solid play for years after that.
Michael McFarland
TE – 6’6″, 230 lbs. – Tampa, FL – Blake
McFarland was headed toward a grayshirt season before Dorsey dropped/was dropped.  It also didn’t hurt that Auburn started to put the full-court press on the Tampa tight end.  McFarland’s grayshirt future lasted only a few short days and he will instead now join his fellow classmates as a freshman in the fall.  McFarland is a project who won’t see the field for a while, but should be more than ready when he does.
Tyler Murphy
QB – 6’2″, 190 lbs. – Wethersfield, CT – Wethersfield
Murphy is the question mark of the class.  Rivals.com rates him as a two-star dual-threat quarterback and the tenth-best prospect from the state of Connecticut.  To many that doesn’t sound like Florida Gator material, but Murphy is a QB who can run effectively with the ball and may have a better arm than you think.  Having run a spread offense in high school helps his transition to Florida.  Murphy may not end up spending his entire career at quarterback, but is an intriguing prospect nonetheless.
Leon Orr
DT – 6’4″, 300 lbs. – New Port Richey, FL – Gulf
Orr gets a little lost in the shuffle behind those other defensive linemen ranked near the top of most recruiting lists, but he shouldn’t.  A great overall talent for someone his size, Orr will most likely play defensive tackle for the Gators.  He should make the adjustment well given his strength.  Orr may also be used to provide depth along the offensive line.  Think of him as the Matt Patchan type that could be used a variety of different ways.
Solomon Patton
WR – 5’10”, 175 lbs. – Mobile, AL – Murphy
Although Chris Dunkley is the one everyone mentions, Patton may be a step ahead of the other receivers because he enrolled early.  Patton possesses above average speed, but his biggest strength may be his field vision.  He has that ability to find open space similar to what Percy Harvin had.  Not that I’m comparing Patton to Harvin, but he does have a great ability to know where to run and how to get into the open field.  Patton could see time early depending on how the depth chart shapes up.
Ronald Powell
DE – 6’4″, 230 lbs. – Moreno Valley, CA – Rancho Verde
The star of the class, Powell gives Florida the top prospect in the nation.  Whether it’s at defensive end, outside linebacker, or tight end, Powell will make an immediate impact.  He has all the tools to star at any position and according to coaches could play multiple.  Although that’s said much more often than it actually happens.  Expect Powell to be one of the top contributing players for years.  And expect Florida coaches to use his success to pluck a few more future Gators out of California.
Come back tomorrow for the final part.

Joe Haden Will Leave Florida and Enter the NFL Draft

That heading should be of no surprise to anyone.  Florida All-American cornerback Joe Haden will forego his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.  Haden’s world-class speed and physical play has him regarded by many as the top corner among draft prospects.  A lock to go in the first round, Haden could even go as high as the top 10.  Possibly top 5 if you believe the draft “experts.”  But do that at your own risk.
Haden will always be known of as the first true freshman to ever start at cornerback for the Gators (a feat that would be matched the following year by Janoris Jenkins).  All the more impressive considering he was one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in high school.  Haden set records as a passer in Maryland and was regarded as one of the top athletes in the 2007 recruiting class.  No one was completely sure where Haden would end up when he arrived at Florida – on offense or defense – but he quickly took to corner and never looked back.
Haden leaves the Gators with career statistics of 218 tackles and eight interceptions and a number too high to count when it comes to hits and tackles a typical corner doesn’t make.  They used to say no one ever threw to Deion Sanders’ side of the field, but if they did complete a pass on him, he’d have trouble bringing the receiver down.  That’s not the case at all when it comes to Haden.  Over his three years in orange and blue, he was one of the team’s surest tacklers.
If Haden had one weakness early in his career it was deep man coverage, but that was one of his stronger points as his final season went on, easily seen by the way he closed to break up a trick play attempt by Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.  The receiver had broken open deep, but Haden caught up and knocked the pass down.
The floodgates may have been opened with Haden’s announcement as a number of other juniors are also expected to declare for the draft in the next couple of weeks.  Although he will be gone, Haden left a great legacy behind him and one that may keep going with the growing interest his family has in Florida.  Brother Josh is transferring from Boston College and considering the Gators among others and brother Jordan is committed as part of the 2010 recruiting class.
 

Jordan Haden to Enroll Early; Will Join Big Brother for at Least a Few Months

The latest in the Haden family line committed to Florida a while ago, but it appears as if we can now set his name in stone to become a Gator. Or at least, we’re pretty close.

Jordan Haden has announced he will enroll early and will join the Gators for the spring 2010 semester. He may never get a chance to play with older brother Joe, but he’ll at least be with him at Florida for a few months. The older Haden will be a junior this fall and with his talent, could leave school early for the NFL. If he does, the hopes of seeing both Hadens in the Gator secondary could be dashed.

Whatever happens between now and the 2010 season, Jordan will be a welcome addition to the Florida secondary, which will hope to maintain its greatness after players like Joe, Ahmad Black, and Major Wright move on in the next couple of years.

Gerald Christian and Jordan Haden Commit to Florida

And then there were 12. On Monday, Florida received commitments from linebacker Gerald Christian and defensive back Jordan Haden.

Christian has been thought of as a Florida lock for quite some time and finally pulled the trigger. The 6’3”, 220 lb. Christian joins Dwyer (West Palm Beach, FL) teammate Matt Elam as a Gator pledge. Ranked #73 overall by Rivals.com, it’s not completely clear where Christian will play. While listed as a linebacker, he could also be brought in as a tight end or defensive end. Odds are he ends up on the defensive side of the ball as he played as more of a traditional tight end in high school, typical not how Florida uses the position.

The 6’0”, 200 lb. Haden joins his big brother – Joe Haden – at Florida and in the defensive backfield. A safety, Haden was considered a Florida lean, but after another brother – Josh Haden – went to Boston College a year ago, he wasn’t a lock. Haden is a big hitter, but also a speedster who’s said to run a 4.4 40-yard dash.