2013 Football Recruiting: Caleb Brantley, Demarcus Robinson Recommit; Florida Gators (Re)Add DT, WR

Sometimes you just have to be patient. And sometimes your patience only has to last a very, very short time. After decommitting from the Florida Gators in recent weeks, both Caleb Brantley and Demarcus Robinson are back. The defensive tackle and wide receiver have both decided that once again they wish to be a part of the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class.

Brantley’s decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Many thought that there was a good chance the defensive tackle would rejoin the class despite his recent decommitment. After speaking to the Florida coaches, Brantley came back around, realizing there was no better option than the Gators (a good decision on his part). He claims that this is it and he will make no other visits.

In addition to Brantley, the Gators also welcomed back wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Robinson had been back and forth between Clemson and Florida for quite some time, but made it clear it would be the Gators in the end. Very clear. He will enroll early, making him as solid as solid gets.*

The two boost (or reboost I suppose) Florida’s class and give the Gators two talented prospects at positions of need. The Gators are now ranked No. 3 according to Rivals and No. 5 according to 247Sports in the sites’ team rankings.

*I, of course, reserve the right to renege on that statement if anything at all happens to Robinson over the course of his career.

2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Lose Caleb Brantley; DT Decommits Via Text Message

Never considered the most solid of commitments, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley is no longer one at all. On Tuesday, the Crescent City, FL (Crescent City) DT informed the Florida Gators via text message that he was decommitting. Although now technically a free agent, there are many that believe this might not be the end of Brantley and the Gators.

Caleb Brantley - Florida Gators

Brantley announced via his Twitter account that he had texted his decommitment to Florida coaches ($). How’s that for technology? Why pick up the phone and talk to anyone when you can just send of a quick text and then tell the world via a social network?

While Brantley had been committed to the Gators for quite some time, he had always maintained that he would take other visits. Even so, he appeared to enjoy the fact that he was committed to the orange and blue. It is rumored that he wants to play with current Florida State committ Ira Denson–someone Florida has yet to extend an offer to. Others believe that Brantley is just enjoying the ride of the recruiting process and could commit and decommit and commit again before all is said and done.

2013 Football Recruiting: Top Targets To Camp With Florida Gators, Will Muschamp

The Florida Gators kick off a number of football camps this weekend with numerous recruits in attendance. The 2012 Will Muschamp Gators Football Camp begins on Saturday, June 9 and runs through Tuesday, June 12. It includes two mini camps, two four-day camps, a kicking camp, and a camp for younger players.

The Gators will host a solid number of recruits from each of the next few recruiting classes, but don’t expect any from the 2013 class to participate. Among those in attendance will be: quarterbacks Heys McMath and Asiantii Woulard, wide receiver Richard Benjamin, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, defensive ends Antonio Riles, Jordan Sherit and DeMarcus Walker, and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Current Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley is also schedule to be in attendance.

McMath and Woulard are two to keep an eye on. Florida hopes to add a quarterback as part of the 2013 class, but continues to miss out on prospects. As top targets commit elsewhere, Muschamp and the coaching staff have to refocus their efforts and move on. This seems to be happening quite a bit lately, so the hope is visits by the two passers this weekend is a turn in the right direction.

2013 Football Recruiting: 4 Florida Gators Among New Rivals100

The latest version of the Rivals100 was released on Tuesday and the list contained four Florida Gators’ commitments. The four, in order, are linebacker Daniel McMillian, wide receiver Ahmad Fullwood, running back Kelvin Taylor and defensive back Nick Washington. Taylor was the newbie among the group while defensive tackle Caleb Brsntley fell out of the top 100.

McMillian leads the way at No. 66 with Fulwood not far behind him at No. 69. The two are widely regarded to be two of the Gators’ top commits although many residents of the state of Florida would argue the newest orange and blue member of the top 100 should be much higher up the list.

That would be Taylor, who is definitely one of the nation’s top running backs, but may be the best one depending on who you ask. Taylor makes his Rivals100 debut at No. 92. He’s followed be Washington at No. 99.

With the exception of Taylor, Gators fell this time around – McMillian 13 spots, Fulwood 10 and Washington five. Brsntley was No. 82 in the first list, but will now be a member of the Rivals250.

2013 Football Recruiting Report: Caleb Brantley – Defensive Tackle – Crescent City, FL

Crescent City, FL (Crescent City) defensive tackle Caleb Brantley was the second member of the Florida Gators’ 2013 recruiting class behind only Winter Haven, FL (Winter Haven) running back Adam Lane. While confident in his decision at the time, recent events have led to numerous questions over the level of his commitment. A big body with speed for his size, the Gators are looking to keep Brantley happy with the choice he originally made in hopes he ends up in orange and blue.

The Rundown

Name: Caleb Brantley
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 302
Hometown: Crescent City, FL
High School: Crescent City
Class: 2013
Rankings: 247Sports – 4 stars, No. 16 DT, No. 241 Overall | ESPN – 4 stars, No. 4 DT, No. 18 Overall | Scout – 4 stars, No. 28 DT, No. 252 Overall | Rivals – 4 stars, No. 7 DT, No. 82 Overall
Status: Committed to Florida

The Report

Depending on which recruiting service you follow or where you like to get your news, Brantley may or may not have gone from being solid to Florida to becoming a soft commitment in recent weeks. It seems that he feels he rushed into his decision and wants to take a few more looks before confidently saying he is a Florida Gator. Then again, maybe he is solid and just needed a moment to realize such. Only Brantley knows where he stands at this exact moment. What we know is that he’s an important recruit that could be a vital member of the Gators’ class as Florida looks to rebuild depth at defensive tackle in another season or two.


2013 Football Recruiting: How Committed To The Florida Gators Is Caleb Brantley?

Solid? Soft? Just how committed to the Florida Gators is Crescent City, FL (Crescent City) defensive tackle Caleb Brantley?

Earlier this week, we learned that Brantley was rethinking his decision to a point. He didn’t decommit from Florida, but instead added a degree to the level of his commitment. Brantley stated that while he was still committed to the Gators, he felt he may have rushed into his decision. He wanted to take some time and visit other schools, but did maintain the he remained committed. The classification of his commitment could have gone from “solid” to “soft”. Hard to define either necessarily, but there you go.

Now, things may have changed. Head over to Warchant and you’ll see that Brantley told them exactly what was stated above and mentions the Florida State Seminoles are one of those other teams he’s seriously considering ($). ESPN, though, is a different story and Brantley had the following to say on Wednesday night ($):

“I’m solid to the Florida Gators. That’s where I’m headed.” – Caleb Brantley, 2013 Defensive Tackle

We’re back to the idea that this is all just recruiting and it’s hard to ever get a true handle on where a prospect is leaning. On one hand, you have a star defensive player that is still listed as a Florida commit, but may be looking elsewhere. On the other, you have that same player that is supposedly firm in his commitment to the Gators and is sure that’s where he’ll end up. This definitely isn’t over and we’ll be along for the ride. Brantley is a top recruit and one that, despite his commitment, will be pushed by other schools throughout the remainder of the process.

2013 Football Recruiting: Caleb Brantley And The Varying Degrees Of A Commitment

On Monday, we learned that 2013 defensive tackle Caleb Brantley had adjusted the level of his commitment to the Florida Gators. The four-star DT from Crescent City, FL (Crescent City) stated via Facebook that he was now a soft verbal commitment to Florida, dropping his status down from solid verbal commitment. Brantley maintains he is still committed to the Gators and head coach Will Muschamp understands where the defensive tackle stands, but that he may have jumped into his commitment too early.

In addition to wanting to take visits to other schools, Brantley is concerned about the depth chart at defensive tackle. He seems like someone that wants to play immediately and were Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd to return for their senior seasons, the guess is Brantley wants to know what his role would be. He doesn’t want to spend his first season watching from the sidelines, but instead wants to learn on the job.

This development is hardly shocking and could be viewed as just another example of the way the recruiting world turns. Until a player signs his letter of intent, he is nothing more than verbally committed to a school. Whether we want to clarify that verbal commitment as solid or soft, it’s still nothing more than a recruit claiming which school tops his list in many cases. Brantley may still end up signing with the Gators – Florida still holds the lead – but he may sign elsewhere as well. At the moment, he’s being honest in saying that he may have jumped the gun and would like to learn a little more before he makes a final decision.

Brantley remains committed for now and has mentioned it would take a lot for that to change, but he does want to visit other schools and make an informed decision. Among those schools are Alabama, Florida State and USC.

2013 Football Recruiting: 3 Florida Gators Among Rivals 100 And 250 Rankings

Over the past two days, Rivals has released their first Rivals 100 and Rivals 250 football recruiting rankings for 2013. The Florida Gators – with four committed prospects already – have three players placed on those lists. All three were also given four-star status by the recruiting service.

Linebacker Daniel McMillan is up first on the list. The Jacksonville, FL (First Coast) linebacker ranks in at No. 53 overall. McMillan also had offers from Alabama and Florida State. Up next – and also in the Rivals 100 – is Crescent City, FL (Crescent City) defensive tackle Caleb Brantley at No. 82. Rivals is going to want to add a picture or two if they plan to keep Brantley on the list. Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln) linebacker James Hearns also received four stars, but was part of the Rivals 250. Hearns ranks in at No. 157.

The only commit to not make the list is Winter Haven, FL (Winter Haven) running back Adam Lane, but it may only be a matter of time. Lane is a power runner who also holds an offer from Ohio State. What may actually be holding him back is the sheer number of great running backs in the 2013 class. For example, there are nine RBs in the Rivals 100 and another three athletes that have a chance to end up at the position. Of those 12, seven are from states with SEC programs.

For more on the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class, visit the dedicated page we’ve set up. It contains measurables, rankings, links and more.

2013 Football Recruiting: Caleb Brantley Chooses Gators; Defensive Tackle Commits To Florida

Adam Lane was alone on the 2013 Florida Gators’ football commitment list for only a short time. On Saturday, the running back was joined by defensive tackle Caleb Brantley ($). Brantley committed to the Gators while attending junior day and although signing day for his class is over a year away, he believes he made the right decision.

“It is really early, but I am a Gator.” – Caleb Brantley, 2013 Defensive Tackle

From Crescent City, FL (Crescent City), Brantley had offers from many instate schools including Florida State, Miami and USF. He chose Florida citing the family feel and ability for his family to see him play on a constant basis. The 6’3″, 285-pound defensive tackle already has great size for his age and the ability to develop into a great run stopper. With another year of high school football ahead of him, Brantley will have plenty of time to continue to develop his talents before he gets to the next level.

With only a few days left until the 2012 class signs, Will Muschamp and the entire Florida staff are already making their mark on 2013. For those that won’t be joining the Gators until then, check out the new 2013 Gators Football Recruiting Class page.