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August 9, 2013

Crystal Ball: Five announcements in four days


  • Recruiting: Terrific Ten
  • Notes: Driskel returns, OL out
  • Notes: Good & Bad news at LB
  • One safety spot open
  • 5-star Carter has UF leading
  • Debose done for the season
  • In-depth Recruiting Breakdown II
  • Better days ahead for the WR
  • Not a fan of new targeting rule
  • In-depth Recruiting Breakdown I
  • Notes: S Riggs an early standout
  • 4-star sets official visit
  • Nation's #1 sets decision date
  • Recruiting Notebook
  • Former 4-star TE to visit
  • Gator Gear: Summer Sale
  • Players comment on incoming class
  • DL a team strength
  • UF battling injuries along OL
  • Players talk offseason workouts
  • Breakout player candidates


    The next few days could be monstrous along the recruiting front for Florida. Starting on Saturday the Gators have five targets high on the board set to make their verbal commitments over a five day period. In order to bring you up to speed, Inside the Gators' Crystal Ball predicts where the prospects will commit.

    When: Saturday August 10th

    Blake's Take: I'll admit it up front, I have been burning up the phones to see where this stands and what I have found out is that this one really could play out either way as both schools have made huge impressions on both Nolan and his family. Many believe Kelleher to be a Clemson lock, but sources close to the situation say that Florida is very much in the thick of things. One thing that will play huge into the 6-foot-6, 285-pounders decision will be the college engineering program. In the end Clemson is just is too hard to pick against for Kelleher. This decision is by far the closest over the next few days.

    Chances: 50% Florida / 50% Clemson

    Note: Kelleher will make his announcement around 3:00 P.M. on Saturday.
    When: Monday August 12th

    Chances: 25% South Carolina / 25% Florida / 25% Tennessee / 25% Miami

    Blake's Take: The Gators have been high on Lammons since last spring when he was offered. The Gators got him on campus twice over the summer and looked as if they were the team to beat. Lammons has played things close to the vest and hasn't given any indication on which school he will pick. The only thing he has noted was wanting to play in the SEC. There has been a lot of rumbling lately between Lammons and South Carolina. However, I have been told that Florida is cautiously optimistic. One question you have to ask yourself, where is he on the cornerback board with players such as Adoree' Jackson, Jalen Tabor and Wilson still in play to go with the two cornerbacks Florida already has committed?

    Note: Lammons will make his commitment at 4:45 P.M. on ESPNU
    When: Monday August 12th

    Chances: 70% Florida / 15% Alabama / 15% Miami

    Blake's Take: Lets put it this way, if Lane doesn't pick Florida on Monday night when he makes his college choice then it would be one of the biggest surprises in the 2014 cycle. Florida has recruited Lane on all facets and have had many of their current 2014 commitments in his ear as well, most notably running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Will Grier. The Gators have made up a ton of ground here over the last two months.
    When: Monday August 12th

    Chances: 80% Florida / 10% Ohio State / 10% Notre Dame

    Blake's Take: If you have kept up with recruiting, then your already know that Wilson and Lane are planning on attending the same college. In most cases you can take a planned package deal with a grain of salt, but this one, especially considering that they are announcing together, has a different feel to it. With Florida being my pick above for Lane, then it should be no secret what I am thinking for Wilson, with that being UF.

    Note: Both Lane and Wilson will make their commitment on WQAM 560 radio in Miami at 9:00 P.M.
    When: Tuesday August 13th

    Chances: 49% Tennessee / 49% Florida / 2% Auburn

    Blake's Take: This is going to be a close one for this junior college big man. Florida is one of the teams that have been on Lambert the longest thanks in part to defensive line coach Brad Lawing. On the other hand, Lambert believes that Tennessee presents a better chance to contribute earlier. In the end I think Florida edges out and picks up this talented big man, but it will be a close one against Tennessee, much closer than it would have been six weeks ago when this seemed like a slam dunk for the Gators.



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