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: Jarrad Davis Flips From Auburn To Florida; Gators Add OLB

Over the last week, the Florida Gators are up one outside linebacker. Last weekend, the Gators added Matt Rolin, but lost Quinton Powell. This past weekend, Florida went back on the positive side, getting Jarrad Davis to switch his commitment from Auburn to Florida.

Davis comes in a mold similar to Powell’s. He is an athletic linebacker that will need to fill out before making an impact at the next level. 247Sports lists him as the No. 30 OLB in the 2013 recruiting class. He has steadily moved up that ranking as he was at one point down at No. 59.

Davis comes to Florida from Kingsland, GA (Camden County) and is regarded as the final linebacker the Gators will take.

2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Lose Quinton Powell; OLB Decommits

Just one day after adding outside linebacker Matt Rolin to their 2013 football recruiting class, the Florida Gators lost another at the same position. Quinton Powell decided the numbers didn’t work in his favor and reopened his recruitment.

Quinton Powell - Florida GatorsPowell’s exit doesn’t come as much of a surprise. There were rumors that he would still look around after finding out the Gators weren’t done adding linebackers to their class. With the commitment of Rolin, the writing was on the wall that Florida would continue to find the right fits for their defense. Powell decided that he might not be one of those fits anymore.

Rolin joined Daniel McMillian, James Hearns and Keanu Neal (although Neal is also listed at safety where he will most likely play) on the Gators’ commitment list. Word had been that Powell wasn’t happy with the numbers for quite some time and wanted to take additional visits.

The 6’2”, 194-pound OLB from Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland) will now turn his attention to possible visits to Miami and USC. 247Sports ranks Powell as the nation’s No. 180 overall prospect and the No. 14 outside linebacker.

2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Add OLB Matt Rolin, OT Trenton Brown, OT Roderick Johnson

The Florida Gators 2013 football recruiting class grew substantially over the weekend. The Gators added three prospects to their commitment list, including the return of offensive lineman Roderick Johnson. Along with Johnson’s return to the good guys, the Gators brought aboard outside linebacker Matt Rolin and offensive lineman Roderick Johnson (pushing me even further behind when it comes to catching up on recruiting reports).

Matt Rolin - Florida Gators

Matt Rolin–a 6’4″, 210-pound outside linebacker out of Ashburn, VA (Briar Woods)–was originally committed to South Carolina. He decommitted on Sunday, announcing the news via Twitter. Rolin stated that he had to do what was best for him. What was best came shortly after as he announced his intentions to become a Florida Gator. Rolin is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the nation’s No. 131 recruit overall and the No. 12 outside linebacker. (Update: Just one day after Rolin committed, the Gators lost outside linebacker Quinton Powell.)

Trenton Brown comes to the Gators from Georgia Military College (Milledgeville, GA). The massive—he’s listed at 6’8”, 350 pounds—Brown is projected to play offensive tackle at the collegiate level. Brown had previously informed Florida head coach Will Muschamp of his decision, but made his commitment public on Sunday. The offensive lineman will enroll in January and have two seasons of eligibility remaining. 247 ranks him as the nation’s No. 21 overall JUCO prospect and the No. 3 JUCO offensive tackle.

The Gators’ final commitment from Sunday is no stranger to those following Florida’s 2013 football recruiting class. Roderick Johnson first committed to the Gators on March 25. He continued to make visits and receive interest from several schools and on August 12 made the decision to reopen his recruitment. It all came full circle on Sunday when the 6’5”, 315-pound offensive tackle committed to the Gators once again. Less than two weeks ago, Johnson listed Florida and Florida State as his top two. We have to be happy the orange and blue won out once again.

With about two months left in the 2013 recruiting cycle, the Gators’ class stands at 23 commitments. Look for Florida to continue the momentum it current has. The Gators currently sit at No. 3 in 247’s team rankings, just behind USC and Alabama.