Florida Gators Recruiting: Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie Receives Scholarship Offer

A good showing during an all-star game week can do wonders for a recruit. That is the case for Plantation, FL (American Heritage) wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie. After a good week leading up to the Under Armour All-America High School game, McKenzie received a scholarship offer from Florida.

Isaiah McKenzie

McKenzie maintains that he’s still committed to Notre Dame despite the attention he has recently received. He is open to looking at other schools and seeing what else is out there. The interesting point is that only one of the major recruiting services actually lists him as a Fighting Irish commit. But hey, you say potato and I say, well, also potato.

The 5’8”, 165-pound wide receiver fits the small, but shifty mold and has the ability to break off long plays. While size is an issue, plenty of others at his size have had success before him at the college level.

If you’re wondering why American Heritage sounds familiar, current Gators’ freshman offensive lineman Roderick Johnson played there as well. The high school has also produced back-to-back five-star running backs that did not commit to Florida, so we’ll just ignore that.

Week 8 College Football BlogPoll: Where The Florida Gators Get One Spot Closer To No. 1

Week 8 of the college football season has come and gone, while my entry in the SB Nation College Football BlogPoll Top 25 has remained much the same. The players in the top 10 are the same names you saw one week ago, but there has been some movement. Even if that movement is minimal.

A few points:

• While some have moved our mighty Florida Gators to No. 1, I haven’t gone that far just yet. However, I do move the Gators to No. 2 with an eye on the top spot. Both Florida and the Alabama Crimson Tide have looked impressive, but the Tide’s balance at the moment gives them the edge for me. The Gators scored 44 against the South Carolina Gamecocks with minimal offensive production. Imagine what they could have done if firing on all cylinders. Until that happens though, Florida is just off of that top spot.

• The Oregon Ducks take the hit for Florida’s success and the continued rise of the Kansas State Wildcats. Oregon has done nothing to hurt itself, but Florida and Kansas State have been that much more impressive against better competition. The Ducks are a great team that could play for a national championship, but not if that game were played today.

• No. 5 and No. 6 continue to be held by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Oklahoma Sooners. That won’t be the case much longer as the two face off this coming Saturday. One will drop (if only slightly), while the other may find itself ranked even higher. Most have the LSU Tigers as their top one-loss team, but if the two faced off today on a neutral field, I think the Sooners would take it…easily. That’s a Fantasyland game that isn’t on the schedule, but I’d still imagine most would take Oklahoma.

• The West Virginia Mountaineers are in serious danger of falling right out of the top 25. Two weeks ago I had them at No. 4. After the blowout loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, they fell to No. 17. After another convincing defeat–this time to Kansas State–they have fallen to No. 24. Not only can’t the defense stop anyone, the offense is starting to struggle to score points as well. We have to all believe that those two losses won’t be the only ones the Mountaineers experience this season.

• Finally, the No. 19 Ohio Bobcats rose three spots this week. At 7-0, the Bobcats deserve the ranking, but even if they manage to get through the regular season undefeated, this isn’t a top-10 team.

The Full Week 7 College Football BlogPoll: Where The Florida Gators Go Up, But There First-Place Votes Go Down

Monday, my ballot. Today, the full Week 7 SB Nation College Football BlogPoll.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 7

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (62) 24.64 0.84
2 Oregon Ducks (3) 23.32 2.15
3 Florida Gators (5) 22.51 1.40 Arrow_up 2
4 Kansas St. Wildcats (1) 21.99 1.36 Arrow_up 2
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4) 21.30 1.81 Arrow_up 2
6 LSU Tigers 18.41 2.62 Arrow_up 3
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 17.05 2.44 Arrow_down -4
8 Oregon St. Beavers 16.89 3.84 Arrow_up 2
9 Oklahoma Sooners 16.18 3.44 Arrow_up 5
10 Ohio St. Buckeyes (1) 16.05 5.49 Arrow_down -2
11 Florida St. Seminoles 13.70 3.69
12 USC Trojans 13.09 4.69
13 Georgia Bulldogs 11.82 3.12
14 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 10.21 3.80 Arrow_up 5
15 Louisville Cardinals 9.88 3.84 Arrow_up 3
16 Clemson Tigers 9.49 4.56
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.29 3.46 Arrow_down -13
18 Texas Tech Red Raiders 8.32 4.52 Arrow_up 13
19 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 7.33 3.61 Arrow_up 1
20 Texas A&M Aggies 6.36 3.70 Arrow_up 4
21 Cincinnati Bearcats 6.24 3.87
22 Stanford Cardinal 4.83 4.42 Arrow_down -5
23 Ohio Bobcats 3.96 4.92
24 TCU Horned Frogs 2.11 2.61 Arrow_up 4
25 Michigan Wolverines 1.76 2.58 Arrow_up 4
Others Receiving Votes: Boise St. Broncos | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Iowa St. Cyclones | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Northwestern Wildcats | Nevada Wolf Pack | Texas Longhorns | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Northern Illinois Huskies | Toledo Rockets | North Carolina Tar Heels | UCLA Bruins | Wisconsin Badgers | Virginia Tech Hokies | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Nebraska Cornhuskers | Ball St. Cardinals | Utah State Aggies | Kent St. Golden Flashes
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 9:30 AM EDT

A few points:

• The Florida Gators lost four first-place votes, but moved up two spots. Basically, less believe the Gators are the nation’s top team, but more believe they should be near that No. 1 spot. It really came down to South Carolina and West Virginia losing. The two dropped and the Gators started their climb.

• Alabama is the overwhelming No. 1, as expected. Both Oregon and Florida received first-place votes, along with Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. I’m assuming the Buckeyes ranking didn’t take their defense into account.

• LSU is the top one-loss team, but I disagree. The Tigers’ win over the Gamecocks’ was impressive and a check in the positives column. Their three outings before that showed that they may not be as good as many want to believe. I put them back in my top 10, but I’m not thinking this is an elite LSU team. I could see them losing again before all is said and done.

• Texas Tech one spot below West Virginia? Nope. That’s wrong. That wasn’t an upset, it was a destructive blowout. Plus, the Red Raiders one loss is to Oklahoma, who has one loss to Kansas State. Texas Tech deserves to be the higher team.

• Stanford belongs, but two losses already hurts. Especially when one of those losses isn’t to USC.

2013 Football Recruiting: Alvin Bailey Commits To Florida; Gators Add 4-Star Wide Receiver

While basking in the glory (?) of the Florida Gators season opening win, good news was delivered to Gainesville. 2013 Seffner, FL (Armwood) wide receiver Alvin Bailey has made his choice and it’s the orange and blue. The 5’10”, 170-pound four-star WR committed to the Gators over UCF and Notre Dame.

Bailey joins a Gators class that now has four wide receivers and they couldn’t come at a better time. The Gators need playmakers to make Brent Pease’s offense go. Bailey will bring speed and talent to the position immediately and should make an impact from day one.

His commitment comes as no surprise. Bailey has been a fan of the Gators for what seems like forever. Once the offer was extended, it was only a matter of time before he would commit. (Although I did hear one recruiting analyst on the radio this past week say he thought Bailey was a lock for the Fighting Irish. Oops.) Bailey joins high school teammate Matt Jones, who didn’t look too bad in his Gators’ debut.

Pease still has his sites set on a few other receivers in the 2013 class, but it will be hard for the Gators to add a fifth or sixth at this point. The position may be considered full by uncommitted prospects.

Both 247Sports and Rivals give Bailey four stars. 247 put him in their top 247 at No. 212 overall and at No. 24 among wide receivers. Rivals has him in their Rivals100 at No. 93 and puts him at No. 13 at his position.

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.

Tim Tebow Pokes Fun At Brady Quinn, Notre Dame; Internet Loses Its Mind

Tim Tebow can do just about anything and turn it into news. That should be rephrased. Tim Tebow can do just about anything and we turn it into news. We’re all guilty, as much as we want to blame the “large” news providers. Everything he does generates a discussion. Such is the life of someone in the spotlight that generates so much love, but equal amounts of hate.

Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, Denver BroncosThe latest has Tebow poking fun at former Denver Broncos teammate Brady Quinn and Notre Dame. If you can even call it that. It seemed like a harmless joke on Tebow’s part. Some believed it was actually an attack.

“I had a teammate at Denver who played the same position as me and he went to the University of Notre Dame. He would brag about his university, how great it was. Most of us in the locker room were like, ‘C’mon, we all had opportunities. We chose not to go there.’ … But he talked so much about his university that it became easy. I’d say, ‘Your whole team had one guy who ran under a 5.0 40. Our kicker ran under 5.0.” – Tim Tebow, New York Jets Quarterback

The former Florida Gators star said the above. Most of you are thinking it’s harmless. The rest of you want blood. Just take a look at the comments on this piece about the mystery of the disappearing story that originally had this quote. On second thought, don’t. Your brain will hurt.

It had been some time since Tebow was at the forefront of the news cycle, but thanks to us he’s back. At some point during Tebow’s career, we all took a side. He can do no wrong. He’ll never make it in the NFL. He’s the greatest college football player of all time. It’s all an act. I LOVE HIM! I HATE HIM! Honestly, it’s exhausting.

I’m a Tebow fan. I don’t deny that. I’ve questioned his ability to play quarterback in the NFL full time. Many have. That doesn’t make me less of a fan of the man that did so much for the Gators. I’m interested in his career progression and I’ll be watching New York Jets games during the 2012 NFL season. Tebow isn’t my favorite former Gator, but he’s up there. When I first read the quote about Quinn, I laughed. Then I discovered the world’s reaction. We’ve all lost our minds.

Can we all just agree on one thing? Florida kickers are fast.

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.

2013 Football Recruiting: Jordan Sherit Visits Florida; Gators In Good Shape With Defensive End

Jordan Sherit visited Florida last weekend and with all eyes planted firmly on the four-star defensive end, he had good things to say about the Gators. Sherit is enjoying the recruiting process to the fullest, but Florida may be in the best shape to gain a commitment from the Tampa, FL (Hillsborough) defender.

Sherit told Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports.com he could have seen himself committing to the Gators during his visit. He was the only visitor and received special attention from Will Muschamp and the rest of the coaching staff. Sherit said he loved every minute of the visit and values what Florida has to offer both athletically and academically. He also appreciates the fact that Muschamp didn’t pressure him into committing, but instead told him to take his time and come to the decision on his own. It doesn’t hurt that Tampa is just a quick trip away down I-75.

Both 247Sports and Rivals give Sherit four stars. 247 ranks him as the No. 6 overall weak-side defensive end while Rivals has him as the No. 6 overall strong-side DE. ESPN and Scout don’t break the tie as both put him at the more generic position of just defensive end. With the attention Sherit is getting, he definitely has a chance to climb all of the lists as his senior year approaches.

Despite his near eagerness to commit during visits, Sherit has yet to do so and it could be a while until he announces his school of choice. He plans on making additional visits during the summer to see how other schools compare to Florida. Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford currently round out his favorites, but the Gators are thought to hold the lead. The 2013 class doesn’t have a defensive end among its ranks, only making it more enticing for Sherit to join the fold.

2013 Football Recruiting: Mackensie Alexander Decommits From Tennessee; Gators In Good Shape With Top CB

One of the nation’s top cornerback prospects – Mackensie Alexander – is officially available after decommitting from Tennessee. Alexander committed to the Volunteers two months ago and at the time believed Tennessee was the best fit for him and gave him the best opportunity to play immediately. After spending some time evaluating his decision, the standout CB decided it was best to open the door and let the recruiting floodgates begin again.

One of those schools heavily recruiting Alexander is, of course, the Florida Gators. With Will Muschamp and the Gators’ coaching staff attempting to keep as many star prospects as they can inside of the state’s boarders, a player like Alexander is a priority. The Immokalee, FL (Immokalee) CB is rated the No. 56 overall prospect by Rivals.com and is even higher up 247Sports.com’s list coming in at No. 15 overall.

Florida is thought to lead for Alexander at the moment and there was even some chatter that he silently committed during the Gators’ six-commit Junior Day back in February. A number of schools will compete for his services, including Alabama and Notre Dame, but Florida is in good shape at the moment.

Oh, and there’s this Florida fans: Alexander is a twin. Although his twin – safety Mackenro Alexander – currently favors Miami, Florida’s history with twins may have just increased the desire fans will have for Alexander to sign with the Gators.