The Rivals100 and MaxPreps Top 100 are both out and have a couple of things very much in common. Those two things are Jadaveon Clowney and James Wilder Jr. Both are very good. Great in fact. Actually more than great. These are two of the defining athletes in the 2011 recruiting class. Clowney ranks as the top overall player on the Rivals list and is number two according to MaxPreps. Wilder comes in third with Rivals and tops the MaxPreps Top 100. Clowney has mentioned Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina as the top three schools that intrigue him, but anything could happen. The star defensive end has offers from virtually everyone and could earn immediate playing time at any school. Many think Florida and Miami could be the top two schools vying for Wilder’s services, but he may be more open than that. He mentions FSU, Georgia, and USC a lot as well and has always said he will end up at the best place to further his career. Wilder expects to make a decision sometime during the summer.
Former USC linebacker Jarvis Jones is looking for a new home and the Gators could be among those he considers. Jones is leaving the Trojans after a neck injury USC didn’t think he could come back from. The former high school star got clearance to play and sent that clearance to a number of schools including Florida and Georgia. The Bulldogs pushed hard for his services during recruiting and will make another big push for the linebacker, but they’ll have some competition. Jones will receive plenty of interest and would be a welcome addition to any program. He can also play anywhere immediately. After sitting out a year due to transfer rules of course.
Hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Florida will open the 2010 season against Miami (OH) at Noon. Those of you going, enjoy the glorious heat of a Florida summer. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. No time has yet been announced for the following week’s matchup against USF, but, for my sake, I hope it’s an evening or night game. Two of the Gators’ conference rivals will play Florida at the time they do more often than not. Both Tennessee and Georgia will take on Florida at 3:30 on CBS. The schedules seem to be rounding out with more times being announced.
USF is getting dangerously thin at running back. Mike Ford, gone. Jamar Taylor, likewise. Tiger Powell, off to junior college for possibly the next two seasons. Powell may not have contributed in 2010, but 2011 seems to be open to just about anyone after Mo Plancher has moved on. The top three for now are Plancher, Demetrius Murray (one of the many TBG favorites…yes, I have lots), and Bradley Battles. Newly converted wide receiver Lindsey Lamar could always come back to the running back position if absolutely needed. Hopefully the injury bug doesn’t hit the Bulls’ ball carriers during the fall because things could get interesting.