Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: January 19th edition

Florida Gators recruiting receiver target James Robinson at the Under Armour game- GatorCountry photo taken by David Bowie Gator Country’s popular Florida Gators recruiting mailbag is back to its weekly spot on Thursday’s as we answer your recruiting questions.

The Gators recruiting class is marching towards the end and with only a few weeks left there is still plenty of spot open in the class.

This week members had a lot of questions on the status of the Class of 2017 and we answer your questions here.

Remember to get your questions in on Tuesday for the Florida Gators recruiting mailbag each week.

JacobRenda: Chances with Oliver Martin, Devon Hunter, Levi Jones, Kai-Leon Herbert, and Jacob Phillips?

AS: I think Hunter winds up at Virginia Tech. I like Florida’s chances with Herbert heading into the visit. With Martin and Phillips it depends on if and how the visit goes. Levi Jones likes Florida a lot and the Gators have momentum but with a lot of visits to go it will be something to watch. I think it comes down to UF/FSU though.

Gatorfan228: What’s the story behind the recruitment of Phillips the Oklahoma LB commit? Here we are needing linebackers and less than a month before signing day we finally offer one of the best in the country. Is that all on Geoff Collins?

AS: He had a great senior year and Randy Shannon liked his film so they offered. Also Drew Hughes had been talking to him behind the scenes a lot so when Shannon was promoted the offer came.

Subtle_gator: Why is James Robinson stating that Oklahoma is leader but we feel very confident? Can he qualify?

AS: He hasn’t named a leader since the Under Armour game when he said Oklahoma and Florida were his leader. I think it will be close on him qualifying but there’s some people who feel he will qualify.

Dman26: What’s the read on Kendall Randolph? And if he’s such a Bama lock, why visit and why are we entertaining?

AS: I think he sticks with Alabama but if he visits then that causes Alabama to have to spend more time with him and less on others. It’s always a battle in recruiting.

Davelite93: Which recruits does the lack of staff actually affect? Assuming there aren’t any hires by the time you answer this. AS: It only hurts in the fact that offensive linemen want to know who they’re going to get coached by and who a new coach could potentially attract to Florida. As far as Florida getting out and seeing everyone, they’re doing that now and Drew Hughes is a guy that does a great job on the road filling in for others. Mikegator10: How confident do you feel about LaBryan Ray? AS: I still believe this a Alabama/Florida battle here but with Parks now looking like he won’t end up at Alabama that means the battle is going to be tougher for Ray. I will say that Ray really has a […]