Uncertainty has Florida commits considering options

Now that Urban Meyer’s resignation as Florida’s head football coach has been downgraded to an “indefinite leave of absence,” the question is how all the uncertainty is affecting recruiting?

Hard to tell so far. As of this writing the Gators’ Class of 2010 — ranked No. 3 nationwide by Rivals.com — remains intact. Some of the 20 pledges expressed relief from Sunday’s news that Meyer was not flat-out quitting. However, there is definite uneasiness among some other pledges, a few of whom had our local teams under serious consideration during their recruitment.

Topping the list is five-star safety Matt Elam, one of three seniors from Dwyer High in West Palm Beach to commit to Florida. His mother, Addie Lewis, told The Sporting News Today that Elam is “in a daze” over the situation and the Palm Beach Post reported that Elam is now considering staying at Dwyer High another semester instead of enrolling at Florida early as was his original plan. Elam also has been concerned about the recent departure of Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong.

“I’m going to sit and wait and weigh my options and see how things shake up,” Elam told the newspaper.

Elam, it should be noted, has been heavily recruited by Georgia and took an official visit to UGA on Nov. 14. In fact, nine of the Gators’ commitments for next year have official offers from the Bulldogs. Among those are Florida’s two commitments from this state, tailback Mack Brown of M.L. King High and defensive end Neiron Ball of Jackson. Brown says he plans to stick with the Gators “at this moment” and Ball hasn’t said anything. Both players also were recruited by Georgia Tech.

Georgia also offered West Palm Beach TE Gerald Christian; Bradenton ATH Jonathan Dowling; Fort Washington, Md., DB Jordan Haden, Fort Lauderdale CB Cody Riggs, Miami DE Lynden Trail and Cape Coral DB Jayden Watkins. The Bulldogs got official visits from Riggs and “Florida lean” Chris Dunkley, a wide receiver from Pahokee.

The Post also reported that West Palm Beach wide receiver Robert Clark, who Meyer talked into flipping on West Virginia in order to commit to the Gators, has also decided to put early graduation on hold and take other visits. He has now scheduled a January trip to Tennessee.

In somewhat related news, it might behoove Georgia to pick up another commitment from Florida. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Bulldogs are about to lose DE/LB B.J . Butler of Kissimmee-Osceola to Louisville.

111 comments Add your comment

GTman

December 28th, 2009
6:34 am

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 28th, 2009
6:41 am

Shreveport by the numbers

2 Wal-Mart’s,
4 Waffle Houses
1 Motel 6
11,693 deer stands
48,545 seat Stadium (no kidding)
6,230 of 12,000 georgia ticket allotment sold
5:00PM start time
Peachtree TV # 2
#5 offense nationally facing #70 defense with 2 grad assts at the helm
7 recruits likely switching

Unlike Georgia, Texas A & M does not think the Herschal Walker and Lindale Scott led, 42-0 win in Athens on Sept. 13, 1980 will play a role in this game.

BBro

December 28th, 2009
6:53 am

It doesn’t matter who’s at the coaches spot at UF they’ll find a good coach if needed and have a great season and I’m sure the commits can see all that as well.

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 28th, 2009
6:55 am

I post the same thing on every blog because I am so witty and clever. I can’t wait for the giant tickle pile after the Orange Bowl after we play those big sexy midwesterners! MMMM!!! I know we are going to win, because I casted a level 2 charm spell on those beefy boys from Iowa!

st simons

December 28th, 2009
6:59 am

30-24. It still hurts, doesn’t it? Are you even making the trip?

Bobbi Dud

December 28th, 2009
6:59 am

Meyers will leave after the new recruit signing period! Johnson is interested in the Florida job! Tech needs a defense!
With all the money going to Hewitt with his lifetime contract..we will never be back in basketball as we were with Cremins!

Keith

December 28th, 2009
7:00 am

Keith

December 28th, 2009
7:00 am

damn i meant 8th

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 28th, 2009
7:07 am

48,545 seat Stadium (no kidding)

I am so jealous of the Shreveport stadium, I wish our stadium held that many. At least we can brag on having the biggest tickle piles in the country! I hope Haji and Alibaba from my Trig class can make it to this one!!!! It’s going to be a real humdinger!!!

James

December 28th, 2009
7:08 am

B. J. Butler needs to know when to shut his mouth. It’s ok to look at other schools but it’s another thing to basically tell a team who believes in you (paying for your college education) that they are second string. If I were CMR I would pull the offer and find someone who wants to play for UGA.

JB

December 28th, 2009
7:21 am

48,000 seats…….Grant field West, only this one will be full.

mike

December 28th, 2009
7:21 am

Grow up little boy.

GEORGIA97

December 28th, 2009
7:25 am

So that trade school on North Avenue FINALLY gets into a BSC bowl game and this “$1.4 million Shreveport” jacka$s keeps talking about how much money the nerds will be getting. I guess he “conveniently” forgets that Georgia has played in 3 BSC bowl games under Richt so how about you crunch those numbers and get back to me? Maybe those games the bugs played on the blue turf in Idaho paid better than I thought. Tech is the only school that I know of who TORE DOWN seats in their stadium after winning a co-national championship that was awarded by a now defunt poll. These guys have the IQ of Tickle-Me-Elmo. Bunch of pickle smoochers, they are.

al

December 28th, 2009
7:39 am

Hey geniuses, ALL bowl money is divided among all the teams in the conference. SEC=2BCS bowls, ACC = 1 BCS bowls. That divides a lot better nerds.

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

December 28th, 2009
7:41 am

Kevin Steele’s defense didn’t look too shabby last night…am I the only one who noticed that ??

Big time?? Not

December 28th, 2009
7:44 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes. You can’t even sell out your crappy little acc stadium unless the Dogs are there.

georgia tech 5th place in the SEC East !!!!!!

CJJScout

December 28th, 2009
7:49 am

We need to kick this Butler kid to the curb. Discipline problems and obviously not a committed Dawg, we don’t want or need him.

German Shepherd Dawg

December 28th, 2009
7:51 am

So much comity here…Is this the Senate? Is that you, Al Franken?

I (platonically) love my Bulldogs, and will pull for them tonight, but in the end it’s a game, guys. People aren’t going to die if their team loses.

We’ve firmly established that Tech will get a bigger payout this year from their bowl game and some adolescent minded UGA fans question others sexual preference. Both of you should consider the source.

We just had a nut try to blow up an airplane. It’s a crazy world out there. Don’t you all have better things to do?

German Shepherd Dawg

December 28th, 2009
7:54 am

P.S. A belated Merry Christmas to one and all regardless of collegiate affiliation.

I do assume you are an American, or at least don’t hate us and Christmas. If you do, don’t let the door hit your fanny on the way out of the country.

GatorNation

December 28th, 2009
8:11 am

Why would a fan from a overrated & overranked silly ACC team like Georgia Tech even post here. The Florida Gators laugh at Georgia Tech. They play in a third rate conference that is no better than the Mountain West! GA Tech can’t even stand up against mediocre SEC competition. Tech struggled to win against the two last place teams in the SEC, yet won the lowly ACC. What a pathetic joke.

Remember this Tech fans….the GatorNation thinks you are a pathetic joke with your tiny stadium that is never full and your high school schedule.

Bobby Dodd Stadium

December 28th, 2009
8:12 am

Only 55,000 seats and it is never full.

DScottGT91

December 28th, 2009
8:13 am

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, GSD. I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of the juveniles in both our fan bases, as well as what is really important in the world these days.

And I will gladly hold the door open for all who don’t want to reside in the greatest nation in the HISTORY OF THE EARTH.

Best wishes….

Topp Dogg

December 28th, 2009
8:15 am

Blow Job Butler would be better suited for trucker CPJ and Warcraft Nerdville

pAuL JoHNsoN

December 28th, 2009
8:31 am

Espn is reporting that Urban Meyer has accepted the DC position at UGA. When contacted Tebow started crying and expressed much man love for Urban.

OK OK … I’m kidding….

I'd reconsider too!

December 28th, 2009
8:34 am

Gee! Urban Meyer has proven his heart is not in it anymore. He may or may not be back in 2010. Even if he does come back in 2010 he may leave before 2011.

dd

December 28th, 2009
8:44 am

dwh

December 28th, 2009
8:49 am

Did you hear the one about the kid that asks his parents about the origin of the family?
The mother was a UGA grad and the father was a tech grad.
Mom told the kid about adam and eve and dad told the kid that the family began as monkeys and evolved.
The kid went back to the mom and said he was confused.
She told him that’s because I’m telling you about my side of the family and your father is telling you about his side of the family.

30-24

Lord of The Lizards

December 28th, 2009
8:53 am

Things will settle down in the next few weeks and be fine at UF. I think the players reaction of Meyers decision to leave and then to (eventually) return says it all about the relationship between Coach Meyer and his players. Rare.

The General Feeling

December 28th, 2009
8:57 am

The majority of Tech students, graduates, and Alumni could care less about its sports teams. They are too busy managing companies, building the next rocket, and developing a cure for cancer. UGA students, graduates, and Alumni (on the other hand) live for football Saturdays and bragging rights to college tennis and gymnastics because they have little else to do and even less to contribute.

NolesAreBack2010

December 28th, 2009
8:58 am

The Semionoles are gonna get some CRAZY recruits!!! Sorry Miami

BG

December 28th, 2009
8:58 am

CALEB KING JUST SCORED AGAIN! 30 to 24 all year baby.

Les W. Moore

December 28th, 2009
9:01 am

Wow. Meyer is an emotional train wreck. He needs to spend a few years with Ray Goff and Jim Donnon and just chill out.

NolesAreBack2010

December 28th, 2009
9:03 am

So, Tebow leaves – No chance for the Dynasty. Boo Hoo Meyer for the Criesman

GT45

December 28th, 2009
9:03 am

The Chan Gailey doldrums are about to hit UGAG!

Ehhhh

December 28th, 2009
9:04 am

I am not buying it. Florida is still one of two places in the SEC that everyone would love to play for. The other being Bama. These kids know they have a chance to win a national title, and be huge pro prospects. Trust me, they are staying put.

NolesAreBack2010

December 28th, 2009
9:06 am

Ehhh: You are going to be buying it soon. Jimbo Fisher has already locked in 3 of the recruits that were on the FENCE about where to go. GO NOLES!!

Chew on this one

December 28th, 2009
9:08 am

GT45,

Not many people know that UGA offered Gailey the head coaching job before Richt. The only reason he did not take the job was because he wanted to finish coaching the Dolphins through the end of the season and UGA would not let him. Just think how those 7 years would have went if that had played out..

Ehhhh

December 28th, 2009
9:13 am

NolesAreBack2010,

I said the SEC!! I agree the Noles will be back, just not in 2010, and I don’t think they will take any recruits from UF this year. As for the ACC, I think that one of the two Tech teams (Va or Ga) will handle the conference for the next couple of years. The first team to challenge them however, will be the Noles. It just won’t be in 2010… Jimbo will be good for the program..

KJ

December 28th, 2009
9:14 am

“The majority of Tech students, graduates, and Alumni could care less about its sports teams. They are too busy managing companies, building the next rocket, and developing a cure for cancer.”

Oh look, it’s this retarded argument again. I’ll bet you were one of the ones bleating “45-42″ all last year, too. Riddle me this, Mr. Gates: what’s the difference between “graduates” and “alumni”?

Now you’d better run along, that hard drive isn’t going to format itself, you know.

D&D fan

December 28th, 2009
9:24 am

The majority of Tech students, graduates, and Alumni LIVE IN INDIA STUPID! thats why they don’t care about football, now if GT had a Cricket team, woah look out…. lol stupid nerds

GATOR CHOMP

December 28th, 2009
9:26 am

Stop crying Mutts and enjoy that azz whipping tonite.You losers are still popping off at the mouth as usual.Holla at me when you cowards get into a REAL BOWL GAME so until then good luck in those ATHENS TRAILOR PARKS.GATORS OR DIE!!!

pensacola dawg

December 28th, 2009
9:42 am

Coach Cryer wanted to leave because he would not be able to spoon with Tebow any longer!

Joe Coxs' shadow

December 28th, 2009
9:43 am

I think Meyer is coming up with this crap because he can’t lose with dignity (nobody i know does either) tebow is leaving him all alone there in Gainesville, and he won’t have him to snuggle up to on those cold nights there…..The tide will turn back to Athens and us Trailer Trash….sic….will make you suffer more than ever because we laugh at you dumb asses.

BJohnDawg

December 28th, 2009
9:59 am

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

We will give it to you. You are going to a better bowl this year. Its a fact.Congrats

Now to the other facts:

1) you lost to Georgia 30-24
2) your best team in a decade lost to Georgia’s worse team in a decade.
3) you have lost 8 of the last 9 to Georgia
4) Your defense is horrible. And will be next year. And because of that, next year, Georgia with all those returning lineman and backs will run that ball down your throat again next year. Just like this year.

Enjoy your one shot a decade BCS game.
Next year its back to the Emerald nut bowl for you.

George O'Leary

December 28th, 2009
10:07 am

I would like to submit my resume to UF

BILLY JACK

December 28th, 2009
10:07 am

GATOR CHOMP-YOU SIR ARE THE COWARD-PLEASE NEVER FORGET THAT.

Mayor of Miami

December 28th, 2009
10:10 am

I personally want to welcome all 1356 Tech fans that fellowed their team !!!

Brian in Athens

December 28th, 2009
10:16 am

“The majority of Tech students, graduates, and Alumni could care less about its sports teams”

If they could care less it means they care quite a bit, and because their level of caring is so high they are bothered by it and could (meaning it is possible to) care less. What you meant to say is that they couldn’t care less. Which means they care very little and have better things to worry about and it is impossible to care less about it. However, that is not what you said. I think what you actually said, not what you meant to say is the truth, and you can’t stand it. So you make this stuff up to make you feel better about it. What was was that score again? Oh yeah, you don’t care, sounds like my 9 year old when my 7 year old wins a game.

Freddy

December 28th, 2009
10:23 am

2008 Chick-fil-A LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3
2007 Humanitarian Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 28
2006 Gator West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
2005 Emerald Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
2004 Champs Sports Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14
2003 Humanitarian Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10
2002 Silicon Valley Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21
2001 Seattle Georgia Tech 24, Stanford 14
2000 Peach LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
1999 Gator Miami 28, Georgia Tech 13
1998 Gator Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28
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2008 Capital One Georgia 24, Michigan State 12
2007 Sugar Georgia 41, Hawaii 10
2006 Chick-fil-A Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24
2005 Sugar West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
2004 Outback Georgia 24, Wisconsin 21
2003 Capital One Georgia 34, Purdue 27 (OT)
2002 Sugar Georgia 26, Florida State 13
2001 Music City Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 Oahu Georgia 37, Virginia 14
1999 Outback Georgia 28, Purdue 25 (OT)
1998 Peach Georgia 35, Virginia 33

bob

December 28th, 2009
10:33 am

Last year Georgia’s #1 preseason team, it’s best in probably 25 years, lost to an upstart Georgia Tech team that is only better this year. Meanwhile UGA has trended downward. Losses happen but trends need to be the things fans get excited for or decide to worry about.

I mean, is it worse for GT to lose to UGA for the first time in 2 years or for UGA to lose to Kentucky at home for the first time in 20? UGA fans are pathetic. I mean, UGA beat GT so they must be ACC champions right? Wait, they lost to UK who lost to Clemson who lost to GT twice. So riddle me this UGA fans who make this stupid argument, where does that leave you now?