Published January 25, 2012 - 12:45pm
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That sensation you just felt? Its Déjà vu
Didn’t think you’d be feeling this way nine days before National Signing Day? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, most of Gator Nation wasn’t expecting this (or at least they acted like they weren’t).
In a way that would almost make you think that Urban Meyer had been hired as the new recruiting coordinator, Florida has seen a significant increase in activity on the recruiting front.
Not only are premier players flocking in droves to campus, 3 five-star prospects visited this weekend alone. But there has been a flurry of commitments; on Saturday and Monday the Gators received verbal commitments from three-star DE’s Bryan Cox Jr. and Alex McCalister, respectively.
But the Gators didn’t stop there; they also received their first verbal commitment for the 2013 recruiting cycle in Adam Lane, a beast of a running back from Winter Haven, Fl.
Since we’ll have an entire year to discuss Adam Lane’s impact, let’s focus in on who the recent 2012 commits are and what they’re all about…
Bryan Cox Jr., 6’3” 240 lbs., DE, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Before you even lay your eyes on Bryan Cox Jr. you know he is a serious prospect just from pedigree alone. His father, Bryan Cox, was a 3x All-Pro linebacker in the NFL from 1991-2002. The family moved from Ohio to Florida enrolling Cox Jr. at the defensive prospect factory known as St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, the same high school as current Gators Marcus Roberson & Cody Riggs and former Gator Major Wright. Florida has been very fortunate with St. Thomas Aquinas recruits transitioning well to the college game and I don’t’ expect anything less from Cox. With good size and great speed off the edge, Cox will be counted on to play either defensive end or the vital Buck linebacker position.
Alex McCalister, 6’7” 212 lbs., DE, West Forsyth, Clemmons, North Carolina
Another day, another defensive end, and with the lack of pass rush that was generated last season these two prospects could not have come at a better time for the Gators. This time the coaching staff finds themselves in familiar territory with another commit from North Carolina. The fourth on the board from the state—along with Jonathan Bullard, D.J. Humphries, and Rhaheim Ledbetter – McCalister brings superior height and average speed to the defensive effort. Though mainly a defensive end in high school, McCalister has already stated that the coaching staff will use him in a versatile fashion similar to Bryan Cox Jr., “In a 3-4 scheme I’ll be a linebacker and in a 4-3 I’ll have my hand on the ground rushing the passer.”