Florida had an incredible pull on junior day, landing six commitments.
Some, like Kelvin Taylor, the son of Fred Taylor, were expected. Taylor is a 5'10", 190-pound running back out of Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day. He has been a workhorse back, with many games of over 30 carries. Taylor is not big enough to carry the rock that many times in the college game, but he does have a nice blend of power, speed, quickness and natural instincts (thanks, Dad!). Taylor is a four-star recruit and chose the Gators over Alabama.
Also committing was Nick Washington, a four-star prospect who is also a very good baseball player. Out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, the 6'0", 182-pound Washington is liked as a safety by some scouts, and a corner by others. At Florida, he'll likely be a safety, as the Gators run a lot of man coverage, though cornerback is not completely out of the question, depending on the situation. Washington is a four-star recruit and Florida is loaded at defensive back.
Quinton Powell, a top linebacker recruit out of Daytona (Fla.) Mainland also jumped on board. The 6'2", 200-pounder is a four-star recruit and a huge playmaker for Mainland. Some believed he was the best player on a defense that also included 6'5", 260-pound four-star defensive end Leonard Williams, who chose USC over Florida and others. Powell has great speed and agility, making him very difficult to block. Most services have given him a four-star rating.
Florida got big news from a top receiver commitment as well when Rodney Adams joined the fray. Adams stars for St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood, the school from which Florida signed Dante Fowler in the previous cycle. Adams holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma and others. He is 6'1" and 172 pounds, placing him firmly in the speed mold. Adams may be able to play outside at Florida, but if not, he is a more than capable slot receiver.
But the Gators weren't done yet, as safety Keanu Neal also committed to Florida. Neal stars for Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter. He is 6'0" and 200 pounds, and will be an in-the-box type at the strong safety position. Neal also holds offers from Duke and Georgia Tech, which, while not football powerhouses, does speak well of his academic qualifications. Neal likes to hit, and some have speculated that he will need to move to linebacker. I disagree, provided that the Gators don't ask him to do things contrary to his skill set. Neal is rated three stars by most services, but remember, it is way too early to take many of these rankings seriously.
To cap the day, Florida reeled in intriguing linebacker prospect Dillan Lawson, of Crestview (Fla.) High School. Those who have seen Lawson say that he is very athletic. I got my first look at Lawson on Sunday morning when someone forwarded me his film, and it is impressive. Lawson has good quickness and plays with violence. He also has several highlights consisting of him chasing down the play from the backside, which shows a good motor. Lawson will play the "buck" position at UF, a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end spot. Lawson is unrated by most of the major services, but that is only because they have not had the opportunity to evaluate him. Remember, it is still early.
Florida now has 10 commitments and, at this point, what most consider the top class in the country.