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Tuesday January 14, 2014 Muschamp optimistic about 2014 recruiting class as 9 early enrollees arrive

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators will unveil their 2014 recruiting class Feb. 5 on National Signing Day.

However, the nine newest members of the Florida football team are already on campus and participating in offseason workouts that started Monday.

Will Muschamp

“Having nine guys in mid-year says a lot about these kids academically, being ready to go,’’ Gators coach Will Muschamp said.

As for Florida’s progress heading toward National Signing Day, Muschamp is pleased at the way the 2014 signing class is coming together.

“I feel like considering we didn’t have a great season, I feel very comfortable where we are recruiting-wise,’’ he said.

Of the nine early enrollees who will participate in spring practice, six of the players are on offense, three on defense.

For those of you who follow recruiting closely, you know their names. For those of you who don’t, here are links with stories on each from the various websites:

--Freshman quarterback Will Grier set all sorts of records during his career at Davidson (N.C.) Day School writes Ken Bradley of The Sporting News.

--Freshman tight end DeAndre Goolsby joins the Gators after a productive career at Derby (Kan.) High writes Derek Tyson of

--Freshman offensive lineman Kavaris Harkless flipped to the Gators from Louisville writes Chris Hays of The Orlando Sentinel.

--Freshman offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher chose the Gators over Clemson writes Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army.

--Freshman running back Brandon Powell, from Deerfield Beach, flipped from Miami to Florida writes Zach Abolverdi of The Gainesville Sun.

--Junior-college transfer offensive lineman Drew Sarvary made impact in only season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College.

--Freshman defensive lineman Taven Bryan comes to Florida from Wyoming writes Adam Silverstein of

--Freshman defensive back Duke Dawson grew up in Dixie County and chose Florida over FSU as The Gainesville Sun’s John Boothe goes A to Z with Dawson.

--Freshman defensive back Jalen Tabor of Friendship Collegiate in Washington, D.C., signed with the Gators over Arizona writes Roman Stubbs of The Washington Post.

For a look at Florida’s updated roster, click here.

As for the newcomers, will be doing Q&As with the players leading up to National Signing Day.

Also, check out on National Signing Day for exclusive content throughout the day.

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