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#15 : January 22, 2007, 04:49:17 PM

Thanks, man - that cleared it up.  Just wondering - because I know some schools are limited in some years when looking for recruits.


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#16 : January 22, 2007, 05:16:53 PM

DE Carlos Dunlap is going to be a Gator.

http://goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070122/PSPORTS02/70122004/-1/psports

http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=168&p=8&c=1&nid=2297982

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#17 : January 22, 2007, 05:43:38 PM

DE Carlos Dunlap is going to be a Gator.

http://goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070122/PSPORTS02/70122004/-1/psports

http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=168&p=8&c=1&nid=2297982

Was just going to post this.  Heard on my way home from work.

Great news, he is a 5 star recruit in both Rivals and Scout and rated 34th Overall on Scout and 5th overall by Rivals!

Most thought he'd go to SC where his dad went, pleasant surprise and we'll get some more I bet once signing day comes.

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#18 : January 22, 2007, 06:03:34 PM

Dunlap is 6'7 260 per Rivals, and he RAN BACK KICKOFFS for his HS team.  During his past season he also had a whopping 24 sacks and 35 tackles for loss, and 105 tackles total for a DE!  He runs a 4.7 40.

The Gators currently have 6 "5 star" Commits and 14 "4 star" commits to go along with 4 "3 star" commits.  They have the #1 Ranked Class on Scout.

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#19 : January 23, 2007, 03:04:28 PM

Wow, can this year get any better?  :)



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#20 : January 23, 2007, 05:44:46 PM

It will be better if Trattou and/or Everson Griffin switch from ND and USC to us.

I think we'll get one (Trattou) to flip.

Then hopefully we can get 1-2 of Tolliver, Thompson, Paige at WR to top this baby off. 

We also have 5 star Juco transfer at S looking hard at UF....would be nice as maybe someone to step right in for Reggie with more experience.

It's funny people like Runole said Meyer couldn't bring in the big Defensive recruits but Meyer is bringing in some big time prospects so far.  We have #1 ranked players at 3 defensive spots on either Scout or Rivals and a couple others still deciding like Chad Jones at S.  Not to mention #1 TE, #1 OL.

Going to be another GREAT class for Urban.

I worry we may have a difficult year next year (2 losses maybe) with only 15 total Juniors and Seniors on the team, but we should be poised for great seasons in 08 and 09 for sure.

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#21 : January 23, 2007, 07:52:22 PM

Nice Article on Dunlap.  I really think he's the next Jevon Kearse physiclaly.  PErsonality wise, he seems like a great kid with a solid head on his shoulders.    He talks a lot about the "family" atmosphere the Gator players and coaches create.  I really think that more than the NC that is why players are wanting to come here. Several others have said Urban Meyer is great and really makes players feel like he knows them, wants to know more, and cares.  They also often speak of how unusual it is to have all the players eat at the coaches house with their families.  They say it makes you want to work harder for the guys because you know their families and don't want to let them all down.  Regardless of what FSU homers like Runole and some others say, it seems Urban Meyer is a classy guy who garners respect from all around him, as well as all the other coaches.

http://florida.scout.com/2/612153.html

The Florida Gators made a huge splash on Monday when North Charleston (SC) Ft. Dorchester defensive end Carlos Dunlap announced his intentions to play in Gainesville in 2007. The five-star defensive end was in a heated recruiting battle with the home state South Carolina Game**CENSORED**s and was able to withstand pressure enough to commit to Florida and continue the Gators recruiting dominance in 2007.

It really was a tough decision for Dunlap who lives in a tight knit community that he feels will follow him wherever he plays football. At times he felt like he should stay close, but there was just something about the University of Florida that he found appealing. He knows his supporters will continue their support of him, even in the Orange and Blue.

“I really wanted to go to Carolina and stay close to home with my family and fans here,” Dunlap said. “I hope and know they will come and support me. It is my Ft. Dorchester family and I just think it is great to be a Gator.”

The Gators got in early on Dunlap and that helped make a favorable impression that really never went away.

“I am 100% committed,” he said. “I liked being a Gator since before the season and I told my coach.”

The Gators already were on Dunlap when his highlight film surfaced and really surprised a ton of people and made them take notice. In the middle of that highlight film is a kick return by Dunlap, all 6-7 and 240 pounds. He returned the kickoff all the way for a touchdown and showed agility and flat out speed doing so. But the Gators had already been on him.

“As you know my stock didn’t shoot up until mid season when I had my accidental kick return,” he said with a laugh. “My coach already had a great relationship with Doc Holliday, they hung out together and stuff before I ever committed.

He just finished his official tri to Gainesville and then called a quick press conference to announce his decision when he returned home to South Carolina. Like many other prospects that visited Gainesville, Dunlap talked about the people like his host Brandon Spikes being the most impressive part.

“After my trip to Gainesville, there was no doubt I was going to be a Gator, he said. “I felt that family atmosphere and it just felt right. They didn’t talk too much about the national championship. It was all about working hard and getting to another one.

“A National Championship is always great, but most of the reasons for my decision were (because of) the family environment.”

The Gators lose five defensive linemen from their National Championship team. The Florida staff has been running ragged trying to find replacements in this recruiting class and seem close to filling their needs at the positions up front. Dunlap knows he has a chance to play early as a Gator.

“The playing time is there,” he said. “I just have to go there work hard and hit the books, make sure I am ready to play.”

The decision to be a Gator may have been particularly hard on Carlos’ father who is Carlos Dunlap Sr. The former Game**CENSORED** didn’t hide from the fact that he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, but he also showed great respect for his son for making his own decision and doing what he thought was right for him.

“My feelings about it, I am little hurt,” the elder Dunlap said. “That is the left side of me. The right side of me is I am happy. It was mixed emotions, but I am satisfied with the decision my son made.

“It shows me that he is doing what I trained him to do, to make decisions in life. That is his decision and I honor the decision and stand behind it. That is what I am going to do.”

 


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#22 : January 24, 2007, 09:31:23 AM

Solid Article here outlining the Gator class.  Going to be a fun class to watch the next several years.

http://florida.scout.com/2/612493.html

Darn that Urban Meyer. Here it is two weeks until National Signing Day and he's just taken all the agony and suspense out of it. He's got nine of his signing class already in school and another 14 committed and get this --- six of those guys are five stars (by Scout.com) and another 14 of them are four star guys. You could make a pitch that the other three guys deserve a fourth star, too.

So where is his sense of tradition? Does the man not understand anything at all about National Signing Day? Does he even have a clue that this is the Super Bowl recruitaholics? Does he not know that what he's done is the Super Bowl equivalent of scoring 34 first half points and putting the game out of reach by halftime? Wait a second … doesn't that sound vaguely familiar?
There aren't those midnight runs to Albertson's for another quart of Maalox since there is no longer any recruiting intrigue. We're hearing that folks are actually accomplishing something at work in January rather than spending every spare moment trolling the Gator Country boards for the latest twist and turn on the recruiting scene.

Word is that people are going to sleep at a reasonable hour, too, instead of staying up until 3 a.m. in the chat room talking recruiting with a couple hundred of their best buddies. This used to be a rite of January, sort of a Gator fan's initiation into a new year. You know how it went --- Christmas is over, New Year's we have a football game and then the day after it's straight to recruiting and you don't leave your chair or your computer except to sleep, eat and maybe shower for the next four weeks.

Well, you can forget those days and it's all Urban Meyer's fault. Where is the man's sense of drama?

Instead of holding recruitaholics hostage for all of January, he and his staff had most of the class of 2007 in place before the Gators went out to Arizona to vanquish the Buckos. The morning after the Gators were the official kings of college football, there were nine brand new Gators taking their first classes in Gainesville, one juco quarterback and eight high school studs.

Now before we go any further here, think about it … nine early enrollees. Maybe that isn't a record but it has to be close if it isn't. Those are nine that will have a head start on the rest of the recruiting class because they'll have mat drills to instill some toughness and they'll have a full semester under Mickey Marotti and Matt Balis to toughen them up and add some pounds of muscle. Plus, they'll have the advantage of spring practice. They will be light years ahead of the rest of the recruit class that will be arriving in Gainesville in the summer.

Florida's place in the recruiting rankings is pretty secure and it looks like number one will be bolted down and welded into place by the middle of next week (hint, hint, hint … look for a couple more big timers to commit in the next seven days), marking the second straight finish at the top in recruiting. The Gators have had some big time recruiting classes in the past, but never have they put two together like the one they had last year and the one that is about to be completed in a week or two.

So since there isn't much drama left, let's take a quick look at who's in and who might get in to finish up the class. Here's how it could close out:

QUARTERBACK: With Bryan Waggener (juco) and Cameron Newton in school and John Brantley on the way, this is the best quarterback class in the nation.

RUNNING BACK: With Bo Williams already in school and Chris Rainey on the way, the Gators have a running back class that will easily rank among the nation's best. Noel Devine is still on the board and Florida is still very much in play here no matter what you might hear on another board. He's a longshot to qualify anywhere and if he goes prep school, that will factor heavily in Florida's favor.

WIDE RECEIVER: Joe Haden and Paul Wilson are already in school. On the board are Ahmad Paige, Deonte Thompson and Terrance Toliver. The guess here is that Paige is definite. Thompson says he's going to be a Gator to people close to him so all we can do is trust that UF gets the fax on signing day. Toliver? If he wants to be a Gator, somehow they'll find room in the class. A class of Haden, Wilson, Paige and Thompson would be as good as it gets. Throw Toliver in that mix and we're talking disgustingly good, probably the best in the country by a wide margin.

TIGHT END: The number one tight end in the country is already enrolled. Aaron Hernandez is going to be a good one. No need for another.

OFFENSIVE LINE: James Wilson, Michael Pouncey and Maurkice Pouncey are not only the best three offensive linemen in the state of Florida, they're as good as they get in the country. The Pounceys would have been the best two offensive linemen in San Antonio if they had been there for the US Army All-American Bowl. Figure this one is closed out and Florida will have a top five OL class.

DEFENSIVE LINE: This is getting fun. Jay Howard, Sidell Corley, Duke Lemmens, Torrey Davis and Carlos Dunlap give Florida the top defensive line class in the country but there are two more names on the board. One of them is big John Brown of Lakeland. He is visiting Florida this weekend and there are rumblings that he's not about to let his six best buddies from Lakeland spend the next four years in Gainesville without him. Will he qualify? That's the big question but there is a stream of thought from some pretty good sources that Big John is willing to do a sign and place if necessary. The other DL prospect is juco Tommie Duhart of Belle Glade, who is a Gator legacy. If Brown is a sign and place then Duhart definitely comes into play. This is what you call re-loading.

LINEBACKER: Lorenzo Edwards and Steven Wilks are in the fold and there's room for one more. Chad Jones is in the hunt and it's down to Florida and LSU. This one is hard to figure since he lives a stone's throw from the LSU campus and he's a serious major league baseball prospect as a power hitter. Do the Gators risk a spot for someone that might take the baseball bucks? The other name is Brandon Hicks of Jacksonville. The guess here is that Hicks announces this week for UF. Because Edwards and Wilks played safety in high school, this group might not get a high ranking nationally, but all three of these guys can play.

CORNERBACK: Ahmad Black is already in school (already gained 10 pounds of muscle since the end of high school football season too) and Bert Reed, Justin Grant and DeMarcus Van Dyke are all committed. The only concern here is Van Dyke who says he's definitely a Gator but the folks down in south Florida think he'll decommit the Gators and recommit Miami, the school he was committed to before he decommitted and committed to the Gators. Confused? You should be and from the sound of it, so is DVD. Still on the board is Ronald Johnson of Muskegon, Michigan. Rumor has it he's visiting this weekend. Could he be the insurance policy if Van Dyke bolts? Consider this a solid, very athletic group and if the Van Dyke commit holds, then UF should rank in the top ten at this position.

SAFETY: There are two names on the board here, Major Wright of St. Thomas Aquinas and juco All-American Nevin McKenzie. The guess is that Florida gets one of the two and calls it a wrap. Wright is the ideal because you figure to get at least three years out of him instead of the two from the juco, but considering the last juco safety --- that Reggie guy … Nelson? --- and what he did, nobody should complain if McKenzie is the man. The guess here is that Wright commits to Florida when he visits next weekend.

PUNTER: Chas Henry is committed and he's the best in the country.

If all this holds, when the faxes arrive signing day you'll be able to put together what should be close to a two-deep roster that's about as impressive a group as Florida's ever had when you combine the 2007s with the class of 2006. The Gators could very well have the deepest, fastest, most talented roster top to bottom that they've ever had.

And just think about it. This is just Urban Meyer's third recruiting class. Remember all those folks that said he'd never out-recruit the School Out West or the folks down south? They said he'd wilt when he went toe to toe with the big boys for recruits. Those same folks said he could never win big at UF and that he could never win with that offense in the SEC.

Wonder what they're saying now? Better yet, wonder what they're going to be saying in two weeks?

 


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#23 : January 24, 2007, 12:24:59 PM

Thanks for the great read Ray!  It's great to be a Florida Gator!!!



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#24 : January 30, 2007, 11:18:08 PM

Safety Major Wright is going to be a Gator.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-130majorwright,0,6145897.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines
Another great recruiting job-- This kid is a heat seeking missile.


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#25 : January 24, 2007, 01:02:26 PM

got Darrion Weems? hahahaha gotta  give a little slam to my Gator friends. He had offers from Florida and Nebraska, but decided on the LSD Yellow ;D. Added three 4 star recruits this weekend moved up to 10th on rivals.


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#26 : January 24, 2007, 07:18:50 PM

Wow!  I hope they make sure to give Urban a raise!  What a fantastic coach!  And he almost recuits better than he coaches! It's great to be a Florida Gator!!  Just got my shirts & flag from GatorZone!  I'm a happy Gator!!



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#27 : January 24, 2007, 07:24:17 PM

Ron Zook was/is a great recruiter.

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#28 : January 24, 2007, 09:02:22 PM

Yeah, at least he is good at something.  Although I wonder how?

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#29 : January 25, 2007, 01:25:24 AM

Yeah, at least he is good at something. Although I wonder how?

It was Zook recruits who won the game.

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