GatorNation recruiting mailbag

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, "The Chompions Club."

@someguynamedkev: With South Carolina losing Ellis Johnson to Southern Miss, do you think the Gators have a decent shot with Tyriq McCord?

A: It certainly doesn’t hurt Florida that Johnson has left the Gamecocks. McCord said after his visit to Gainesville for the FSU game that he felt closer with the players at South Carolina than he did at Florida. The loss of Johnson shouldn’t change that, but if South Carolina goes to a completely new defense, it is something McCord will have to think about.

Raleighgator76: How is Florida looking with any other halfback or wide receiver targets not named Mike Davis, Nelson Agholor and Stefon Diggs? Any newer names in the mix?

A: Torry Clayton is the only other back even mentioned. After the dead period ends on Jan. 3, Florida will have had time to evaluate the remaining backs, and therefore you could hear a new name pop up. But for now, don’t be surprised if Florida opts not to take another back in this class. As for receiver, Auburn commit Ja’Quay Williams is the only other target Florida is really considering. Williams could take an official visit to UF in January. Expect Florida to really focus on Diggs and Agholor down the stretch, as the Gators have a good shot at at landing Agholor.

@haycameronhay: Do you think the Gators finish in top 5 in recruiting?

A: Seven of Florida’s 17 verbal commits are ranked in the ESPNU 150, and the Gators are ranked No. 4 in the ESPNU class rankings. With top prospects such as Diggs, Agholor, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Jonathan Bullard all remaining on Florida’s board, the Gators have an excellent chance to finish among the top three classes in the country.

Pauljay87: The state is loaded on 2013 running backs. How would you rank them (maybe top 3 or 5)?

The 2013 running backs might be the best group of backs to come out of Florida in quite some time. You could take the top five or six running backs and make an argument that anyone could be considered the top back in the state. Based on what I’ve seen and heard from various sources, this is how I would rank them:

1. Greg Bryant (5-11/200, Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage)

2. Adam Lane (5-7/206, Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven)

3. Kelvin Taylor (5-11/200, Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Central)

4. Alex Collins (5-11/180, Plantation, Fla./South Plantation)

5. Derrick Henry (6-3/230, Yulee, Fla./Yulee) - Georgia commit

6. Ryan Green (5-11/185, St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic)

7. Tarean Folston (5-9/190, Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa)

alvarez16 and briamos1: How many recruits do you think realistically end up in this class -- 25?

A: Florida can count early enrollees back toward their 2011 signing class. Realistically I think you can expect Florida to sign between 24 and 28 players. That being said, Will Muschamp will not reach for a prospect just to fill up the class. He proved that last year. So don’t be surprised either if the Gators keep it at around 24.

Joakim4Prez9713: Can you add any clarity to the Bullard situation?

A: ESPN.com’s Dave Hooker said in his update on Bullard on Tuesday that sources have told him Bullard is leaning towards committing to UF. Bullard, however, wasn’t 100 percent sure, and that was the reason for the delay. From everything I've heard, I now believe Bullard will commit to Florida sometime after Christmas. That being said, anything can happen between now and then, but I like Florida’s chances a lot more now than a few weeks ago. The rumor that Bullard silently committed to Florida when he took his official visit to UF is false. That never happened.