There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation is ranking the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida this week, two-a-day. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.
Derek Tyson's pick: RB Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic)
The Gators already have two running back commits in Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) and Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven). Green, however, is an explosive play-maker who can do multiple things in an offense. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound athlete can play a traditional running back role or move over to the slot receiver position and contribute in the passing game.
The Under Armor All-American continues to have Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame at the top of his list. If Green chooses to let his recruitment play out, the Gators could be forced to look in a different direction.
Jeff Barlis’ pick: S Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips)
Harris is a very good safety prospect, worthy of being ranked higher. But I happen to agree with our ESPN scouts, who peg him as the No. 8 safety in the nation and have Leon McQuay at No. 3. The son of former Gator defensive back Mike "Mud" Harris, who played for Steve Spurrier in the mid-90s, Harris makes this list because of the quandary on Florida's safety board. There's only room for one. Will it be whoever makes up his mind first? It's hard to fathom Florida saying no to either prospect, but Harris and McQuay have a lot of options. The Gators have done well in recruiting safeties in recent years, and Florida already has a 2013 pledge from versatile defensive back Nick Washington, who will try to get on the field wherever he can in 2013. But the position will definitely need another top prospect if junior Matt Elam has another strong season and leaves early for the pros. This could be a developing situation.
Readers’ pick: TE Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Hillside)
chris smith 24 - Tremendous talent who I believe has a great upside. Physical and big enough to block and has great speed to create mismatches against linebackers.
DK_Thompson - A great tight end, who will make a difference at the next level. He is big and athletic and will stretch the field. Currently has Bama at the top, so it may be tough to overcome, but he will be a top-flight tight end in the FCS.
kendallland1 - Athletic. Big need.
secrocks2000 - Has one of the highest ceilings of any player in the whole 2013 class after only playing football one year. Big enough to be an in-line blocker, but fast enough to be split out wide and create mismatches. Reminds me of Kent Taylor, and having both McNeil and Taylor would give opposing defenses nightmares.
scooterp518663 - If we're trying to convert a DE to TE (Tevin Westbrook), then that's not a good sign about the depth at that position. The only thing I worry about is all the four-stars that will be on our roster in 2013. Someone will have to sit. Who's it going to be?
RussianTurtles - We could really need a TE in this class.