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Gators pick up commitments after hosting junior day
Florida hosted its junior day event over the weekend, welcoming dozens of recruits to Gainesville.
That gives Florida five commits for the Class of 2019.
— Jammal. A (@headhHunterr) February 25, 2018
— Dionte Marks (@yg_coolieee) February 25, 2018
Meanwhile, other recruits gave their impressions of Florida coach Dan Mullen and the new coaching staff.
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In other Florida football news …
- Florida running backs coach Greg Knox provided his first impressions of Jordan Scarlett and the rest of the Gators’ rushers.
- Former Florida QB Luke Del Rio had a strong opinion on the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting. See what he had to say here.
- The Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Murschel wrote that “familiarity with Florida gives new Gators coach an edge.”
- 4-star Class of 2019 cornerback DJ Turner II, from Suwanee, Ga., tweeted about his experience at Florida’s recruiting event this weekend.
- Trent Whittemore, a 3-star safety from Buchholz High School in Gainesville, reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators while posting a photo with Mullen.
On the court
- The Florida men’s basketball team earned a major boost Saturday night when it beat No. 12 Auburn, 72-66. That snapped a three-game losing streak for the team. Read all about it here.
- There ended up being a few notable highlights from that game, but it’s hard to top KeVaughn Allen’s 65-foot buzzer-beater to end the first half. Watch the play from multiple angles and see what everybody said about it afterward.
- Here’s more on how Florida coach Mike White and teammates prodded Allen to bounce back after a scoreless game at Tennessee earlier in the week.
- CBS has Florida as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while ESPN hasn’t updated its bracketology projections since Feb. 22, when it had the Gators as a No. 7 seed.
- The Florida women’s basketball team lost 63-43 at No. 19 Georgia on Sunday, falling to 11-18 overall and 3-13 in the SEC this season.
On the diamond
- Florida’s Kelly Barnhill became only the fifth pitcher in program history to throw a perfect game, which she did Sunday in an 8-0 win against Georgia Southern. Barnhill, who threw a no-hitter last week, has been as dominant as ever to start the season. Read more about her latest gem here.
- The Florida baseball team took two out of three games at Miami over the weekend, winning 7-3 and 8-2 before a 2-0 loss Sunday. Gator Country’s Nick de la Torre had a recap of the finale. He also wrote about the wins in Game 1 and Game 2.
What they’re saying on Twitter
- Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin pays his respects to softball star Barnhill:
A no-hitter followed by a perfect game!
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) February 25, 2018
- White made a point to thank the fans Saturday night:
— Michael White (@MikeWhiteUF) February 25, 2018
- Gators senior tight end C’yontai Lewis with a message about the upcoming season:
MY TEAMMATES LOVE DA ENERGY I BRING. THEY SAY CEELEW WHY YOU BE SO HAPPY & U BARELY TOUCH THE BALL I SAY BC MY BLOCKS LEADS TO TOUCHDOWNS & BEFORE YOU RUN YOU HAVE TO WALK. I BELIEVE IN WORKING FOR EVERYTHING & I KNOW SOMEONE WILL NOTICE ME. DA BEST CAN BLOCK & CATCH WBL pic.twitter.com/0MsaP8tnVj
— C'yontai Lewis (@idunklewis) February 25, 2018
- Florida 4-star WR signee Jacob Copeland looking ahead to his freshman season:
One team. One goal. One swamp. #GoGators
— Jacob Copeland (@JCope1era) February 25, 2018
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