Tag:Bryant Young
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:10 pm

Alex McCalister commits to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida has been looking to close out their impressive class of 2012 and added another talented defender on Monday when Clemmons (N.C.) defensive end Alex McCalister committed to the Gators at an announcement in his high school.

"It's definitely a dream come true," McCalister told InsidetheGators.com. "If you would have asked me about two years ago, I wouldn't have known what to say about college football. It's all a blessing, having the opportunity to play."

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound edge rusher will also stand up and play linebacker at times for Florida. He held offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina and other schools but felt most comfortable with the Gators coaching staff.

"First, it's in the SEC, and they have great coaches," he said. "Coach [D.J.] Durkin, coach [Dan] Quinn, d-line coach [Bryant] Young are all great guys. Florida really hasn't signed anyone at my position yet. I feel like that is my best opportunity to get on the field if I do what I have to do to be successful."

McCalister gives Florida 20 commitments for the upcoming class, seven of which are defensive linemen.

"Alex shows very good athletic ability and gets good leverage for a 6-6 pass rusher," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Needs to add weight and strength but has that great first couple of steps and burst that the college scouts are looking for. He can bend off the edge and has been blessed with super long arms and quick hands. A good, steady high school player who could develop into an outstanding pass rushing DE in college."
Posted on: February 14, 2011 6:21 pm

Florida making inroads after first Junior Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Florida head coach Will Muschamp tweeted on Saturday that it was the first full week his entire staff had been together in the office. Without a doubt, one of the things they were doing was preparing for the Gators’ first Junior Day this past weekend.

It appears the staff bonding paid off in the eyes of the recruits as Junior Day was well received by many of the players in attendance.

“It was great,” offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker told the Gainesville Sun. “I really enjoyed myself. Excellent experience.”

Dunker would be a big pickup for the Gators given their offensive line depth chart and they rightfully showed him plenty of attention over the weekend. Muschamp and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill gave Dunker a full tour of campus before he attended the basketball game against Tennessee with freshman quarterback Trey Burton.

Florida commit Omari Phillips was also impressed with his unofficial visit on Junior Day. The defensive tackle and MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 watch list member enjoyed the one-on-one time with the new coaching staff.

"I got a chance to talk to (defensive line coach Bryant) Young personally in his office,” Phillips told Gatorbait.net. “He sat us down and showed us some highlights and how I would be used and what my duties will be on defense. He seems like a great dude who knows what he's talking about. I'm glad to have a coach who played the position that I'll be playing. He seems like a real humble dude who I can be a mentor.”

The visit helped Phillips reaffirm his commitment to the school after making his original commitment to former head coach Urban Meyer.

Local cornerback Chris Bivins was also shown a lot of attention by the staff. Although he doesn’t have an offer from the Gators, he is getting looks from fellow SEC programs Tennessee and Arkansas among others and could be in line to get a coveted scholarship offer over the summer.

With a full week and a Junior Day under their belt, expect Muschamp’s new staff to start grabbing a few more commitments in the coming weeks. After seeing Miami gain a few players for the class of 2012 this week, the staff will likely be pressing for a few to get some in-state momentum on the recruiting trail.

Perhaps we'll even see a few "Boom's" out of Muschamp following the Florida's next Junior Day.

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