GatorBait Newsletter #3. Seeing Some Stars In Gainesville. Stand Back And Let The Big Gator Eat.

Updated: 3 days ago


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The biggest “get” was the flipping of a four-star edge rusher from St.Petersburg Lakewood. Florida’s seventh 2023 commit was 6-foot-4, 215-pound Isaiah Nixon.


By BUDDY MARTIN GatorBaitMedia.com Editor


For all the talk about four-or-five-star quarterbacks and the likes, Billy Napier and his recruiters quietly laid some solid bricks in the foundation of his Gator football program this week, that could have a significant impact.


The biggest “get” was the flipping of a four-star edge rusher from St. Petersburg Lakewood. Florida’s seventh 2023 commit was 6-foot-4, 215-pound Isaiah Nixon. And who would have thought getting a flipper from UCF would be such a big deal?

Meanwhile, of the seven 2023 commits Florida has added, four will play in the trenches — three offensive linemen and Nixon the edge rusher… the last three road graders averaging 6-5, 330.


Hopefully this will help tranquilize the terror among the recruiting crazies, who need to learn to chill and let Napier’s staff do its thing. There are no quick fixes.


CHEW ON THIS ONE IN AUBURN


Matt Hayes dropped the name of Urban Meyer on Tuesday’s Paul Finebaum Show as the leading candidate to replace Brian Harsin should Auburn fire him. Given his dislike for Urban, you can imagine how Finebaum gagged. So that will be a hot topic leading up to SEC Media Days.


IT SEZ HERE: A trio of NCAA titles led 11 top-10 team finishes as the University of Florida athletics program placed fifth in the 2021-22 LEARFIELD Directors' Cup standings. This is Florida's 13th consecutive top-five national all-sports finish. Florida is the only program to finish among the nation's top 10 in each of the last 38 national all-sports standings.