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.

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.

2013 Football Recruiting: Gators Lose Tre Bell, Rod Johnson; Did They Ask One To Decommit?

Last week, the Florida Gators lost both defensive back Tre Bell and offensive lineman Roderick Johnson. The two decommitted within a matter of days of one another and one has already found a new home. Then the rumors started. Did the Gators ask one to decommit?

Johnson is no longer a member of Florida’s 2013 recruiting class and one reason leads the way: the resignation of wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill. Bell, however, may have been asked to move on.

The Gators have wanted to see Bell work out for some time and that didn’t happen over the summer. Bell’s last chance may have come at Friday Night Lights, but his high school coach advised him not to work out at the camp. That’s when Florida decided to cut the cord. The Gators still have a few other defensive backs they’re looking at and if they couldn’t see Bell live in action, then they would move on to other options.

This is one of those could be true/could be completely false situations, but either way it paints a bad light on Florida’s coaching staff…

…for the fans of other schools. No one likes to admit it, but this happens all the time at every program in the nation. It’s akin to “here’s a scholarship offer, but you can’t commit yet because we’re waiting to hear from Player A first.” It can seem like a shady practice, but it’s in line with about everything else that goes on with recruiting. Florida’s focus now becomes filling the two new spots they have. (Well, three.)

2013 Football Recruiting: Roderick Johnson Looks Around; 60% Chance He Sticks With Florida

The Florida Gators need any help they can get along the offensive line. Among those bringing that help to Gainesville in the future is Delray Beach, FL (American Heritage) tackle Roderick Johnson. Johnson committed to the Gators back in March, but now he isn’t as confident as he once was.

“Probably like six out of 10 chance I might [stay committed].” – Roderick Johnson, 2013 Offensive Tackle

Johnson said there were some other schools in the mix, including Auburn and South Carolina. The 6’6″, 300-pound tackle also has offers from Louisville, Florida International, Southern Methodist, Central Florida, South Florida and West Virginia. He has no current plans to make any additional visits during the summer, but will keep his eyes open as he searches for the ideal situation.

Since Johnson committed, Florida also received commitments from Cameron Dillard and Joshua Outlaw along the offensive line. However, both are projected to play guard at the next level, leaving Johnson as the lone tackle.

The Gators may already be reacting to Johnson’s desire to continue his search. Saying there’s a 60% chance you “might” stay with your current decision is hardly a slam dunk. Florida needs to build depth along the entire line, making Johnson’s ultimate decision an important one.

2013 Football Recruiting: Offensive Lineman Cameron Dillard Becomes Florida Gators 15th Commitment

On Monday, the Florida Gators continued what has become a furious start the to the 2013 recruiting class. Canton, MI (Canton) offensive lineman Cameron Dillard has been a Florida fan his entire life and now he is officially committed to the Gators. With his commitment, Florida’s class now stands at 15 strong and we haven’t even made it to the middle of April. Similar to the Mack Brown way at Texas, Will Muschamp likes to fill his classes early and the 2013 class is a prime example of that.

Dillard joins Roderick Johnson and Joshua Outlaw as one of three offensive linemen in the class. A position of need for now and for the future, every offensive line commitment is seen as a positive. While Florida is builing some experience across the line, depth is always an important aspect to building the unit. Dillard and his classmates could see playing time early in 2013 as the Gators look to rebuild the line and add to its numbers while ensuring players are ready to go when their numbers are called.

Projected as a guard, the 6’3″, 285-pound Dillard is ranked No. 13 at his position by Rivals, No. 17 by 247Sports, No. 23 by Scout, and is a member of the ESPNU 150. He made his commitment after visiting Florida on Monday as has already said he is all Gator. However, Dillard has said he will talk to other coaches and has mentioned Arkansas and Oregon. Expect the staff to do everything in their power to keep Dillard and the other offensive line commits on the class list.

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2013 Football Recruiting: Roderick Johnson Commits To Florida; Gators Add Offensive Lineman

Delray Beach, FL (American Heritage) offensive lineman Roderick Johnson has committed to the Florida Gators. Johnson becomes the first offensive lineman in the 2013 recruiting class, but most likely not the last.

Johnson helped American Heritage to a state championship in 2011 and will be back for his senior season to help defend the title. At 6’6″, 300 pounds, he is a force already and one that will only get stronger. With his height and size, Johnson should fit in nicely as a tackle at Florida and provide depth almost immediately.

The Gators have a need at offensive line – as they do most years – and Johnson is just the start to fill that need. Injuries and slow development have plagued Florida’s line in recent seasons and depth may be priority number one. When all is said and done, Johnson should have friends in this class.