2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Lose Demarcus Robinson; WR Back To Clemson

Demarcus Robinson has gone back to where he came from. The talented wide receiver’s commitment to the Florida Gators was short-lived, as Robinson found his way back to Clemson on Monday.

Robinson was initially committed to the Tigers, but an upcoming visit to Gainesville set various rumors on their course. Before he even made the visit, Robinson met with Gators’ coaches and decided Florida was the place for him. Not even a week later, he no longer believes that is the case. Robinson is back with Clemson.

With Robinson, the Gators were happy with their wide receiver class. He joined Ahmad Fulwood, Alvin Bailey, Chris Thompson and Marqui Hawkins. Without him, Florida is still pleased, but true joy may have come in sheer numbers at the position. Don’t be surprised if the Gators continue to look for a wide receiver to add to the class. And don’t be surprised if Robinson isn’t entirely done with his recruitment yet.

2013 Football Recruiting: WR Demarcus Robinson Flips To Florida Gators

The recruiting train hasn’t stopped for the Florida Gators. On Wednesday, four-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson flipped his commitment from Clemson to Florida and instantly became one of the most important members of the 2013 recruiting class. With reports that Robinson may visit Gainesville as early as this upcoming weekend, a commitment–if coming–wasn’t expected until after that time. Robinson surprised many by making that commitment after Gators’ coaches visited him at his home.

Demarcus Robinson - Florida Gators

The 6’1.5″, 196-pound Robinson comes to the Gators from Fort Valley, GA (Peach County) and joins an already impressive wide receiver class. He joins Ahmad Fulwood, Alvin Bailey, Chris Thompson and Marqui Hawkins to give Florida five commits at the position. That number means the Gators are most likely done at WR, but have added great depth to a unit they’re looking to redefine.

Robinson’s flip from Clemson is also a satisfying one. Those of us living in the state of Florida who also complete the ideal double of being Gators’ fans have tired of Clemson over the years. There have been recruits that appeared destined for Florida. Ones that fit systems perfectly and could get immediate playing time. They excited us as prospects and Florida seemed in great position to get many of them. Then something happened and they headed to Clemson. Many had good careers and that made us feel worse. While Robinson is from the state of Georgia, his switch is still immensely satisfying. We like. We like very much.

247Sports ranks Robinson as the No. 183 prospect overall and No. 22 wide receiver.

The Full Week 6 College Football BlogPoll: Where The No. 5 Florida Gators Get 9 First-Place Votes

Yesterday, my ballot. Today, the full Week 6 SB Nation College Football BlogPoll.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 6

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (64) 24.37 1.43
2 Oregon Ducks (4) 23.20 1.65
3 South Carolina Gamecocks (7) 22.61 1.50 Arrow_up 4
4 West Virginia Mountaineers (1) 21.34 1.98 Arrow_up 4
5 Florida Gators (9) 21.23 2.03 Arrow_up 6
6 Kansas St. Wildcats (1) 20.23 1.81
7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) 19.47 2.21 Arrow_up 2
8 Ohio St. Buckeyes 16.74 4.67 Arrow_up 4
9 LSU Tigers 14.67 3.73 Arrow_down -5
10 Oregon St. Beavers 13.82 4.28 Arrow_up 3
11 Florida St. Seminoles 12.52 4.18 Arrow_down -8
12 USC Trojans 12.14 5.00 Arrow_up 2
13 Georgia Bulldogs 12.06 3.24 Arrow_down -8
14 Oklahoma Sooners 11.75 4.34 Arrow_up 3
15 Texas Longhorns 10.97 3.34 Arrow_down -5
16 Clemson Tigers 9.64 4.46
17 Stanford Cardinal 9.63 4.38 Arrow_up 1
18 Louisville Cardinals 8.95 3.67 Arrow_up 1
19 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 7.84 4.09 Arrow_up 2
20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 5.85 3.64 Arrow_up 3
21 Cincinnati Bearcats 5.38 3.73 Arrow_up 5
22 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 3.78 3.80 Arrow_up 7
23 Ohio Bobcats 3.60 4.31 Arrow_up 2
24 Texas A&M Aggies 3.51 3.35 Arrow_up 6
25 Iowa St. Cyclones 1.68 2.63 Arrow_up 13
Others Receiving Votes: Boise St. Broncos | Baylor Bears | TCU Horned Frogs | Michigan Wolverines | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Michigan St. Spartans | Duke Blue Devils | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | N.C. State Wolfpack | Northwestern Wildcats | Nevada Wolf Pack | North Carolina Tar Heels | Nebraska Cornhuskers | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | Northern Illinois Huskies | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Toledo Rockets | San Jose St. Spartans | Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners | UAB Blazers
Updated: Oct 9, 2012 9:46 AM EDT

A few points:

• Good for the nine of you that gave the Florida Gators first-place votes. No really. But you’re out of your minds. The Gators have performed admirably and better than expected thus far. They have put together some impressive wins and look every bit like a team that realistically belongs somewhere between No. 3 and No. 8. They aren’t the nation’s best team though.

• LSU deserved a bigger fall. They lost to what we are seeing is a good Florida team and an elite Gators’ defense, but that’s also the third-straight week the Tigers have not played like a top-10 team. With six games to look at and three less-than-impressive outings, No. 9 is a dream that just isn’t true at the moment.

• Florida State and Georgia took the biggest dives here and did in my ballot as well. The Bulldogs’ loss was worse by the looks of it, but also to a much better team. At the moment, I believe Georgia should be the (ever so slightly) higher team. Ask me again tomorrow though and I might change my mind.

• We’re all starting to wonder just how far Oregon State can go.

• If Clemson and FSU were to play again, what would the outcome be?

Week 15 BlogPoll Top 25: The Rematch Is Real

The last one of these for a while as the regular season came to a close. Bowl season is now upon us and that means no more weekly updates. I know, I know. It’s a sad time. You crave weekly polls to justify your belief that some team should be ranked No. 16 and not No. 17. Well I’m sorry, but it’s over. That ship has sailed and we move forward toward bowls aplenty and a rematch for the national championship.

My thoughts are in tune with that of the BCS Standings. The LSU Tigers will face the Alabama Crimson Tide for all the candy and that crystal football. You may not agree with rematches and you may believe the Oklahoma State Cowboys made their case for No. 2 with a huge win over their biggest rivals, but Bama has the better loss (only in sports do we talk about “better losses”). My question is who gets the title if the Tide pull out a 9-6 overtime win? Maybe Orson Charles can split the football in equal pieces for both teams.

The big winners of the week were the Clemson Tigers, a team that was given little or no chance to win the ACC Championship. The Tigers proved beating a team twice in one season may not be so hard after all.

The biggest losers were the previously undefeated Houston Cougars. Drop your undefeated season in the fashion they did and you’re sure to plummet.

There it is, the last poll of 2011. Miss it. You know you will.

SB Nation Week 9 BlogPoll Top 25

You’ve seen the TBG submission; now view the whole thing. And yes, Florida got votes. For the full write up and a number of awards passed about, go here.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 9

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (74) 25.44 3.86
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12) 24.65 3.73
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.65 3.28 Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 3.18 Arrow_up 3
5 Clemson Tigers 21.25 2.84 Arrow_up 3
6 Boise St. Broncos 21.12 2.66
7 Oregon Ducks 19.13 2.53 Arrow_up 2
8 Kansas St. Wildcats 17.02 0.96 Arrow_up 3
9 Arkansas Razorbacks 16.69 1.35 Arrow_up 1
10 Michigan St. Spartans 16.33 1.89 Arrow_up 4
11 Oklahoma Sooners 15.44 0.85 Arrow_down -8
12 Wisconsin Badgers 14.67 1.50 Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.32 2.69 Arrow_down -1
14 Virginia Tech Hokies 11.74 2.33 Arrow_up 1
15 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.85 2.94 Arrow_up 1
16 Texas A&M Aggies 8.89 3.22 Arrow_up 2
17 Michigan Wolverines 8.50 2.00
18 Houston Cougars 8.45 3.81 Arrow_up 2
19 Penn St. Nittany Lions 6.70 3.15 Arrow_up 5
20 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5.42 3.40
21 USC Trojans 5.07 3.63 Arrow_up 7
22 Arizona St. Sun Devils 4.89 3.12 Arrow_up 3
23 Georgia Bulldogs 3.63 2.73 Arrow_up 3
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 2.86 2.68 Arrow_up 6
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.25 2.02 Arrow_down -12
Others Receiving Votes: Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Baylor Bears | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Syracuse Orange | Florida St. Seminoles | Washington Huskies | Miami Hurricanes | Illinois Fighting Illini | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | SMU Mustangs | Florida Gators | Iowa Hawkeyes | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | BYU Cougars | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Arkansas St. Red Wolves
Updated: Oct 25, 2011 9:02 AM EDT

The Bull Gator Week 9 BlogPoll Top 25

Plenty of movement this week as we lost a few among the ranks of the undefeated. It starts to get interesting now with few left with no losses. LSU and Alabama will play each other, so another will fall soon, giving any of those next few in line a chance to move into the top two.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Bull Gator Ballot – Week 9

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU Tigers Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_down -1
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal Arrow_up 2
5 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_up 2
6 Clemson Tigers Arrow_up 3
7 Kansas St. Wildcats Arrow_up 4
8 Oregon Ducks
9 Houston Cougars Arrow_up 5
10 Arkansas Razorbacks
11 Michigan St. Spartans Arrow_up 7
12 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers
14 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -11
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions Arrow_up 1
16 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_down -1
17 Virginia Tech Hokies
18 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 1
19 USC Trojans
20 Texas A&M Aggies Arrow_up 3
21 Georgia Bulldogs
22 Texas Tech Red Raiders
23 Texas Longhorns
24 Arizona St. Sun Devils
25 Cincinnati Bearcats
Dropouts: West Virginia Mountaineers, Washington Huskies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Illinois Fighting Illini, Auburn Tigers, SMU Mustangs
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings »

Gators Lose Out On Carlos Watkins; Defensive Tackle Commits To Clemson

Chase (Forest City, NC) defensive tackle Carlos Watkins delivered unfavorable news to Gator Nation on Friday night. The star DT committed to Clemson over Florida, deciding it was in his best interest to stay close to his home and family. Watkins was once thought to be a sure thing for the Gators, but that confidence wavered over the last few weeks. The Tigers add one of the nation’s top defensive tackles.

Florida Gators Ranked #26 (?) In Both Polls

Right now you’re saying to yourself that they don’t rank teams outside of the top 25. Well, if that’s true, then why do they even report the “others receiving votes?” Technically, they do rank those teams; they just aren’t put into the same table format of the first 25. Since Florida is listed first among those “other” teams, that would make the Gators the no. 26 team in the nation. Am I looking for a silver lining? Definitely, but what do you want from me? I’m coming off an eight-day span in which I watched Florida lose two games by a combined 58 points. Give me no. 26. GIVE IT TO ME!

What you’re going to read about this week isn’t who is ranked no. 1 or even who is ranked no. 25. What you’re going to read about is that in the AP poll, not a single team from the state of Florida is in the top 25. It’s the first time since December 6, 1982. It’s funny, people will tell you how the AP poll doesn’t matter anymore and others will tell you how polls are an abomination, but this week the focus will be on those polls simply because Florida, FSU and Miami aren’t in them. I’m definitely not cool enough to say this, but haters gotta hate.

Florida lost and dropped from the top 25. With two losses to two of the nation’s best, there was a chance they would remain. Because those losses were by an average of 29 points, that chance was wiped out. So now the Gators move on to Auburn (who is no. 24 in the AP poll with losses to no. 8 Clemson and no. 10 Arkansas) and a game that if won could push them back into the top 25.

Florida Volleyball Sweeps Rival FSU; Gators Remain Undefeated

In its closest match of the young season, the no. 9 Florida volleyball team beat instate rival no. 25 FSU 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-22) on Tuesday night.

This match was different when compared to the way the Gators won their first two. Instead of jumping to big leads, Florida found itself having to fight back from large deficits. During the first set, the Seminoles couldn’t manage more than two points in a row at any point, allowing the Gators to get the win. The final two sets would tell a different story.
In the second set, Florida had to come back from being down 9-1. The Gators went on a 24-13 run from that point to get the second set victory. In the third set, Florida trailed by as many as seven early, before bouncing back again.
Senior setter Kelly Murphy led the way – which should be of no surprise to anyone by now. Murphy booked her Florida-record 23rd career triple-double with 17 assists, 12 kills, and 10 digs. It’s safe to say the senior is well on her way to another All-American campaign.
Murphy led the Gators in kills and tied with sophomore setter Chanel Brown for the lead in assists. Freshman libero Taylor Unroe continued her stellar start to her career, leading Florida with 15 digs.
Next up for the Gators: Florida hosts the Campus USA Credit Union Invite later this week. The Gators face Jacksonville and FAU on Friday and Clemson on Saturday. You can catch every match on GatorVision.

Florida Gators Athletics Schedule: August 29-September 4, 2011

We knew it would happen eventually, but hoped it would last a little longer. Florida teams were undefeated until Sunday when UCLA took down the soccer team. But there’s a bright light ahead. Many in fact. The athletics schedule is starting to hit high gear as both cross country teams get going this week and so does, yes, Florida Gator football. That time of year is upon us. Rejoice. Don’t think Wednesday and Thursday will be quiet. We’ll have plenty on our minds.
Tuesday, August 30
Volleyball – FSU – Gainesville, FL – GatorVision, Sportsradio 850 – 7:00pm
Friday, September 2
Volleyball – Jacksonville (Campus USA Credit Union Invite) – Gainesville, FL – GatorVision, GatorZone – 12:00pm
Women’s Cross Country – Western Carolina Invitational – Cullowhee, NC – 6:30pm
Men’s Cross Country – Western Carolina Invitational – Cullowhee, NC – 6:55pm
Soccer – Texas Tech – Gainesville, FL – GatorVision, Sportsradio 850 – 7:00pm
Volleyball – FAU (Campus USA Credit Union Invite) – Gainesville, FL – GatorVision, 103.7 – The Gator – 7:30pm
Saturday, September 3
Volleyball – Clemson (Campus USA Credit Union Invite) – Gainesville, FL – GatorVision, GatorZone – 4:00pm
Football – FAU – Gainesville, FL – ESPNU, Gator Radio Network, GatorZone, XM 205 – 7:00pm

You can check out all past and future schedules at GatorZone, of course, and even see who else is playing in all those various tournaments, challenges and invites.