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March 1, 2012

Southeast Chat: Florida Q&A


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Rivals.com analysts Keith Niebuhr and Chris Nee held a live Southeast recruiting chat Wednesday. Here are the Florida Gators related questions and answers:



Question: What are the chances Florida State lands Laremy Tunsil this year?

Chris Nee: FSU is a solid player with Tunsil, but so is Florida and Georgia. He will evaluate his options. I don't expect a decision in the immediate future from the talented five-star.


Question: Are you impressed with Will Muschamp or is this just the school recruiting itself?

Keith Niebuhr: So far, I think you have to be impressed with Muschamp. Yes, Florida being Florida helps. But this is a high-energy guy kids seem to like.


Question: The Big Ten seems like it's doing better than the SEC so far this year in recruiting. Is that true?

Chris Nee: Michigan and Ohio State are doing very well. But Florida and Alabama's early hauls are comparable.


Question: Hey guys. I just wanted to ask what are the chances of Georgia getting defensive tackle Montravius Adams?

Keith Niebuhr: With Adams it's way too early to tell. I'm being told this one could go down to the end -- Signing Day 2013. From what I'm told, he just had a strong trip to UF. He also really likes Alabama. And let's not forget, Adams has said for a long time that Clemson is on top. So this will be a fight.


Question: Where do you see Marcell Harris and Leon McQuay III looking with UF loading up at defensive back early? Is Miami a possible landing spot?

Chris Nee: Right now I think Harris is very high on Texas, Florida, and Florida State. He wants to visit some others, including Ohio State, in the spring/summer. With McQuay, Florida is a definite player, but I've also heard he likes Vanderbilt a good bit. Harris is a S/OLB type while McQuay could play safety or cornerback. I don't think Miami is a major player with either at this stage.


Question: Does running back Alvin Kamara see getting 105 letters at one time from Alabama as a good or bad thing?

Keith Niebuhr: He loved it, but he also likes Georgia and he also likes Florida. Still, I'd put Alabama on top right now (I repeat ... right now).


Question: Do you think Clemson still leads for Rivals100 wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood? Florida people are saying he might drop to the Gators this weekend.

Chris Nee: He likes Clemson a great deal. Alabama made a nice move with their junior day. I doubt he commits to Clemson this weekend, as he is planning to visit Florida along with Rivals100 safety Nick Washington, a Gator commitment and close friend.


Question: Who is the best running back in Florida?

Chris Nee: Right now we have Greg Bryant on top of the position in-state. Tons of competition for that spot, but Bryant's mix of speed and size combined with the way he plays throughout an entire game makes him extremely appealing. He is a kid that wins the fourth quarter.


Question: Is Fulwood opening up to staying in-state?

Chris Nee: He has previously mentioned an interest in leaving the state of Florida.


Question: How is Florida out-recruiting Florida State when FSU has the brighter immediate future and has won the state championship two years in a row?

Chris Nee: 1) Florida is a very appealing school with history, tradition, and a lot of selling points. Kids are not just going to stop going there. 2) Florida had some needs they have worked hard on early on - specifically linebacker and the secondary as well as a big play wide receiver. 3) I suspect both UF and FSU will be battling it out throughout the year for who has the better class. Florida got the early jump with that huge Junior Day.


Question: So who is USC stealing from Florida this year? Greg Bryant?

Chris Nee: I definitely think Bryant is a candidate for who Southern Cal is able to steal from in-state. As of right now, I think he leaves the state.


Question: Who is the best wide receiver in the state of Florida?

Chris Nee: The most talented is Stacy Coley. Fulwood is more consistent, but Coley moves as though he is skating on ice and is incredibly athletic.


Question: Who is Montravius Adams favorite right now?

Keith Niebuhr: He keeps saying Clemson. But I think Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida and yes, even Southern Cal, are among the schools he really likes.


Question: Who leads for Coley at this time?

Chris Nee: Florida does. They have for months. His recent Junior Day visit didn't change that at all.


Question: Who leads for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil?

Chris Nee: Tunsil doesn't have a clear-cut leader. Florida, Florida State, and Georgia are his top three in talking with him, but he hasn't stated a clear-cut leader.


Question: Do you think the Gators took a commitment from running back Adam Lane too quickly, possibly shutting them out of a better running back?

Chris Nee: No. Lane is a solid running back. He will find a role at Florida and help with depth in the backfield. After getting just one last year, Florida didn't hesitate to add two early in 2012. They will continue to recruit a few select players as a possible third option at the position in this class.


Question: Do you think close friend Derrick Henry will do a good enough job in converting Tunsil to Georgia?

Chris Nee: I believe Tunsil is going to make his own decision. He is not a follower.


Question: Okay, time for the real question... Chris, why do you hate Adam Lane?

Chris Nee: I don't hate Adam Lane. I just didn't feel he was a guy who was clearly one to consider for the Rivals250 when we did the initial release. Other analysts agreed.


Question: Who is Florida's best commitment so far?

Chris Nee: Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley or linebacker Daniel McMillian. Both are major impact players.


Question: Does McMillian stick with Florida or does he eventually switch to Florida State?

Chris Nee: I'd say he sticks at this time. He wasn't at FSU's Junior Day last weekend, and First Coast had numerous players there.


Question: Is McMillian really solid to Florida or could he flip to another school?

Chris Nee: So far he has given no indication he isn't solid. He was committed for a while before it went public. So it isn't like it was a decision in the moment. He knew he wanted to commit to Florida for a while.


Question: Chris - have you seen video of Florida commit Dillan Lawson? What are your thoughts? Chris & Keith - how do kids like Lawson go unnoticed and all of a sudden pop up? Is he at a small school in the middle of nowhere? Didn't go to camps?

Chris Nee: Lawson is a big kid who is athletic off the edge and physical. He shows the ability to make the one-on-one tackle. I wonder what his legit measurements are, whether or not he is 6-foot-4, and if so, does he stand up or play off the edge?

As for him just popping up, most of the talk surrounding Crestview's 2013 class was with Micah Reed. They have a real special kid in 2014 in Denzel Ware.

Also, to the best of my knowledge, he didn't camp anywhere. I went by the school last spring and Coach Pettis didn't introduce Dillan to me, when he introduced me to around eight or so prospects.


Question: Does Notre Dame have a real shot at Leon McQuay III?

Chris Nee: McQuay hasn't tipped his hat. Florida and Vanderbilt are the two in the thick of it with him early on. He is utilizing a lot of visits though.


Question: Who do you see Florida ending up with at wide receiver? And what is your opinion on current wide out commit Rodney Adams?

Chris Nee: Stacy Coley is the big fish in the pond. They could land Reggie Davis and Taj Williams from Lincoln if they green lighted them to commit right now. They also have a number of major out-of-state targets at the position.

Adams is a nice vertical threat, gets off the line really well and gets into his route. He does a good job creating separation and making the reception. Nice vertical threat that UF needed to land.


Question: When it's all said and done, where does end up?

Chris Nee: Florida and South Florida are his top two early on with Florida State and Notre Dame in that next group.


Question: Where do you think Vernon Hargreaves III ends up?

Chris Nee: Right now I think Florida leads South Florida for him.


Question: What's the latest on Rivals100 defensive end DeMarcus Walker?

Chris Nee: He visited Alabama two weeks ago and Florida this past weekend. He plans to see Florida State this weekend. He has offers still pouring in, LSU was a big one - childhood favorite. He really liked his visits to Alabama, Clemson, and Florida. He is pretty open at this point.


Question: What are your predictions for Rivals100 Jordan Sherit?

Chris Nee: He has a lot of other offers to come. He isn't in a rush. Sherit liked his Florida visit and I think an offer from the Gators would make them a major player. Miami made a good early impression.


Question: Could the early commitment of Nick Washington help pull his close friends and Jacksonville buddies Fulwood and Walker to Florida?

Chris Nee: It definitely won't hurt with Fulwood. Those two are really close friends and get along incredibly well [They will visit Florida together on Friday]. Not sure how close he and Walker are.


Question: Who is better out of the last two classes going into their senior season, Tunsil or D.J. Humphries?

Chris Nee: I think Tunsil is just a step-ahead physically but both are very comparable at this stage.


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