Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida Football team has received signed 2004 National Letters of Intent from the following student-athletes:

Name Position Height Weight School
Michael Brown Line 6-5 265 Atlanta, GA (Westlake)
Tate Casey Back 6-7 225 Longview, TX (Longview)
Javier Estopinan Back 6-3 235 Miami, FL (South Miami)
Dawayne Grace Back 6-2 180 Jacksonville, FL (Ed White)
Dane Guthrie Back 6-3 230 Miami, FL (Killian)
Derrick Harvey Line 6-5 235 Greenbelt, MD (Roosevelt)
Cornelius Ingram Quarterback 6-5 215 Hawthorne, FL (Hawthorne)
Kyle Jackson Back 6-1 190 Neptune Beach, FL (Fletcher)
Tony Joiner Back 6-2 190 Haines City, FL (Haines City)
Michael Mangold Line 6-3 250 Merritt Island, FL (Merritt Island)
Markus Manson Back 6-1 195 Tuscaloosa, AL (Hillcrest)
Michael McIntosh Back 6-2 180 Jacksonville, FL (First Coast)
Derrick McPhearson Back 6-1 185 Hyattsville, MD (Dematha)
Drew Miller Line 6-6 305 Sarasota, FL (Riverview)
McIntosh Nicolas Back 6-2 190 Immokalee, FL (Immokalee)
Eric Rutledge Back 6-1 230 Gainesville, FL (P.K. Yonge)
Brandon Siler Line 6-2 215 Orlando, FL (Orlando Evans)
Jim Tartt Line 6-4 320 Crawfordville, FL (Wakulla)
Phil Trautwein Line 6-7 310 Voorhees, NJ (Eastern)
Jason Watkins Line 6-9 300 Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson)

SIGNEE BIOGRAPHIES

Michael Brown | Back to top
6-5, 265
Line
Atlanta, GA (Westlake)

Listed as the No. 22 rated DT in the nation and ninth best DT in the South by TheInsiders.com…A member of TheInsiders.com Southern Hot 100…Rated the ninth best prospect in the state of Georgia in SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked as the 15th top defensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com…Played on both the offensive and defensive line in high school…Earned All-Metro honors a senior…Runs a 4.9 40-yard dash…Can bench press 300 pounds and squat 425…Also considered Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and LSU in the recruiting process.

Tate Casey | Back to top
6-7, 225
Back
Longview, TX (Longview)

One of the nation's top tight end prospects…Rated 49th best prospect in the state of Texas by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Rivals.com rates Casey a three-star athlete and the seventh best tight end prospect in the nation…Also ranked as the top tight end prospect from the Big 12 Conference region by Rivals.com…Member of TheInsiders.com Big 12 Conference Hot 100 (No. 49 overall)…Brought in 14 catches for 272 yards for a 19.4 yards per catch average as a senior…Had 19 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns as a junior averaging 19.2 yards per catch in a run-oriented offense…The bulk of those yards came in the playoffs, where he caught six passes for 113 yards and two TDs…His 31-yard scoring pass helped open the flood gates as the Lobos stunned previously unbeaten Garland 45-0 in bi-district…A pro baseball prospect that throws a 90-plus MPH fastball…In a national showcase held at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the right-handed pitcher was clocked at 94 miles per hour…Coached by Pat Collins at Longview High School…Decided to forgo the hardwood court after his sophomore year and concentrate on just football and baseball… Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash …Father played at Texas Tech…Older brother Taylor is an all-conference linebacker at the University of North Texas, and sister Lindsey plays basketball at San Diego State University… Texas, Miami, Texas Tech, Arizona, LSU and UCLA were among his other possible choices.

Javier Estopinan | Back to top
6-3, 235
Back
Miami, FL (South Miami)

The No. 21 ranked linebacker in the country and sixth-best prospect in the South (TheInsiders.com)…A member of TheInsiders.com Southern Hot 100…Rated 71st best prospect in state of Florida in SuperPrep's All-America issue…As a senior recorded 112 tackles (22 for loss), five sacks, three caused fumbles and had two interceptions (returning one for a 42-yard touchdown)… Selected first-team All-Dade county as a junior…Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash…Can bench press 315 pounds and squat 485 pounds…Has a 31-inch vertical leap…Had a 45-0 record in wrestling as a junior and won the 3A state title after an injury kept him from winning the championship as a sophomore…Considered Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and NC State in the recruiting process.

Dawayne Grace | Back to top
6-2, 180
Back
Jacksonville, FL (Ed White)

Honorable Mention selection to Florida's Class 5A All-State team…Preseason selection to The Florida Times-Union Super 11 team… Rated the 13th best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com… Ranked as the No. 21 rated cornerback in the country and fourth best in the South by TheInsiders.com… Member of TheInsiders.com Southern Hot 100…Participated in the Florida-California All-Star game…During a injury-shortened senior season ran for 567 yards as a quarterback and had two interceptions and 61 tackles as a cornerback…Rated No. 46 on the Orlando Sentinel's list of top 100 recruits in Florida… Runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical leap…Teammate of current Gator Dee Webb in high school…Coached at Ed White High School by Dan Disch…Considered Miami, Florida State and LSU.

Dane Guthrie | Back to top
6-3, 230
Back
Miami, FL (Killian)

Listed as the 15th best tight end in the country by Rivals.com…Ranked as 73rd best prospect in state of Florida in SuperPrep's All-America issue…Reached Class 6A state semifinal as a senior… Earned All-Conference and All-Dade County honors as a TE and DE as a senior…Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash…Brother is former Boston College standout Sean Guthrie who currently plays for the New York Giants…Competes in track as well in both the discus and shot put…Also considered Miami, Auburn, Boston College and Rutgers.

Derrick Harvey | Back to top
6-5, 235
Line
Greenbelt, MD (Roosevelt)

An All-American selection by Tom Lemming, EA Sports, Riddell and SuperPrep…Second team All-American defense selection by USA Today…Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year…No. 3 rated DE in the nation and No. 1 rated DE in the Atlantic region by TheInsiders.com…Member of TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 (five star) and a First Team All-Atlantic region selection by TheInsiders.com …A five star defensive end and the second best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com…Tabbed as the No. 3 prospect nationally by TheInsiders.com…Ranked No. 1 prospect in Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep's All-America Issue…The Rivals.com 100 list has him at No. 8…A team captain who played defensive end and tight end and was one of the most heavily-recruited players in the nation… As a senior had 150 tackles and a Maryland state record 31 sacks as well as five forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and five batted down passes…Received first team All-State honors by the Associated Press for his efforts…Helped team post a 12-1 record in 2003, losing its only game of the season in the 4A state semifinals…Wingspan is 82 inches…Has a 39-inch vertical jump …Can bench press 350 pounds bench and squat 500 pounds…Played football for the first time during his junior season…Also lettered two years in basketball…Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash…Also considered Ohio State, Maryland and Tennessee.

Cornelius Ingram | Back to top
6-5, 215
Quarterback
Hawthorne, FL (Hawthorne)

Listed as a four-star athlete and the 11th best quarterback prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com…No. 75 on TheInsiders.com Hot 100 list…Listed as a four-star athlete and ranked No. 62 on the Rivals.com 100 list…Rated the 3rd best quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com as well as No. 22 on their Southeast Elite 88 list…Ranked No. 1 quarterback and overall player in the GatorCountry.com Pre-Season Top 101 list…No. 49 in The Sporting News's Top 100…Wants to play both football and basketball, and threw for over 1400 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2003 and averaged 25 points per game at shooting guard as a junior…Runs a 4.6 40-yard dash…Also considered Florida State, South Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina in the recruiting process.

Kyle Jackson | Back to top
6-1, 190
Back
Neptune Beach, FL (Fletcher)

Rated ninth best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked as the second best safety and 51st best player in the nation by Rivals.com…Rated as a four-star athlete by Rivals.com …Member of TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 and rated the second best safety in the country as well as the top-rated safety in the South…Member of TheInsiders.com Hot 100 and Southern Hot 100…Florida Sports Writers Association Class 5A first-team defense All-State selection… Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…As a senior recorded 106 tackles and six interceptions, giving him a school record of 25 interceptions, leading Fletcher to a district title and the regional finals of Class 5A… As a junior earned All-state honors at FS as he totaled 106 tackles (17 for loss), nine picks and seven batted down passes…Chose Florida over Florida State, Michigan, LSU, North Carolina and Georgia Tech…Former teammate of current Gators tailback Ciatrick Fason who compares him to former Gator Keiwan Ratliff.

Tony Joiner | Back to top
6-2, 190
Back
Haines City, FL (Haines City)

Rated 25th best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked the 20th best safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com …Ranked as the 13th best safety in the country by TheInsiders.com…Ranked 42nd on TheInsiders.com South Hot 100…Over last two seasons of high school recorded 200 tackles and 10 interceptions…Runs a 4.58 40-yard dash…In high school played quarterback, linebacker, wide receiver, as well as basketball and baseball…Selected to first-team All-County along with Florida's first-team All-State…Selected for 2003 CaliFlorida Bowl where he had a standout performance in recording nine tackles, one interception, four pass breakups and three tackles for a loss…In high school played quarterback, linebacker, wide receiver, as well as basketball and baseball… Runs a 4.58 40-yard dash…LSU, Ole Miss, North Carolina and NC State were among his choices…Cousin of former Gator Larry Kendrick…Also a pro prospect in baseball.

Michael Mangold | Back to top
6-3, 250
Line
Merritt Island, FL (Merritt Island)

Rated 68th best prospect in the state of Florida and the 31st best prospect at his position by SuperPrep's All-America issue… Listed as a four-star athlete and ranked the 11th best defensive end prospect in the country by TheInsiders.com… Member of TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 (No. 94 overall)…Also ranked 24th on TheInsiders.com South Hot 100…Participated in 2003 CaliFlorida Bowl…Missed more than half of his senior season yet managed to make 11 sacks…Helped Merritt Island reach the Class 4A Finals his senior season… As a junior, Mangold made 95 tackles including 25 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks…70 of his 95 tackles were solo efforts…He earned first-team All-County, first-team All-Conference, first-team All-Area, and third-team All-State honors as junior…Attended Green Acres John I. Leonard High School as a junior and transferred to Merritt Island right before his senior year…Coached by Paul Friel his senior season…Runs a 4.6 40-yard dash…Chose Florida over Virginia Tech, NC State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee…Uncle, Jim Weaver, is the athletic director at Virginia Tech.

Markus Manson | Back to top
6-1, 195
Back
Tuscaloosa, AL (Hillcrest)

Rushed for 1,701 yards in his senior season and led the Patriots with 22 touchdowns…A Super 12 selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2003 and was named to The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News' Super 11... Rated fourth best prospect in the state of Alabama by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked the 15th best running back prospect in the nation and ninth in the South by TheInsiders.com… Also ranked 39th on TheInsiders.com South Hot 100…Rated as the 11th best running back prospect by Rivals.com as well as 55th on their Southeast Elite 88 list…Listed as a four-star athlete…Ranked 34th on Gator Bait's Top 50…Carried the ball for 1,910 yards and had 20 touchdowns as a junior, also had seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown during the 2002 season…Also a star in track and field running the 55 meters, 100, 200, 4x100, long jump and triple jump…He won the indoor Class 6A state championship in the long jump and 55 meters in track in February 2003…Best 100 time is 10.7 seconds…Finalist for Alabama's Class 6A Back of the Year… Named MVP of the Class 6A AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships…Runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and has a 39.2-inch vertical jump…Chose Florida over Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

Michael McIntosh | Back to top
6-2, 180
Back
Jacksonville, FL (First Coast)

One of the top receivers in the nation…Rated as the 12th best receiver in the country and a four-star athlete by Rivals.com… Has had over 1,000 yards receiving and 23TDs in the past two seasons…As a senior, caught 27 passes for 507 yards and seven touchdowns and also played defensive back…Needed at quarterback his junior season he passed for over 600 yards while rushing for another 400-plus yards and 10 touchdowns...In addition, caught 10 passes including three touchdown passes…Was an All-Conference selection as a junior…Has a 4.4 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical leap…Also interested in Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and LSU.

Derrick McPhearson | Back to top
6-1, 185
Back
Hyattsville, MD (Dematha)

10th rated wide receiver in the nation and second ranked WR from the Atlantic region by TheInsiders.com…A member of TheInsiders.com national Hot 100 (No. 61 overall) and TheInsiders.com Atlantic Hot 100 (No. 12 overall)…Rated fourth best prospect in Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked as the 42nd best wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com…As a senior had 38 receptions for 778 yards and eight touchdowns, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and made 23 tackles and three interceptions in limited action on defense…Benches 285, squats 475 pounds, and has a 38-inch vertical…Would like to major in criminal justice…Also a top baseball prospect who is a standout outfielder (.400 batting avg. with five home runs his senior season)…Runs a 4.38 40-yard dash…Also considered Maryland, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech in the recruiting process.

Drew Miller | Back to top
6-6, 305
Line
Sarasota, FL (Riverview)

Played tackle in high school…Member of the 2003 USA Today All-American second team offensive unit…Rated a four-star athlete and the sixth best offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com…Checks in on the Rivals.com 100 as the 61st best prospect in the nation…Played in the U.S Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio… Rated the seventh best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue… Ranked 11th in the Orlando Sentinel's top 100 recruits in the state of Florida …Named to Florida's Class 5A first team All-State…High school teammate of current Gator offensive lineman Steve Rissler… Graded out at nearly 90 percent as a junior and had 70 pancake blocks…One of the top shot putters in the state with a toss of 53' and has thrown the discus 152'…Won the district in both events last year…An Olympic style weightlifter (a style that combines clean and jerk as well as snatch lifting)…Will compete on March 15, 2004 in the USA Junior National Weightlifting Championships in Chicago…Holds the Florida state records in snatch and clean and jerk as well as total (combines the two)…State champion the last four years in Florida…Has qualified for the last five national championships…Started lifting at age 12…Bench presses 355 pounds…Also considered FSU, Miami, Tennessee and Georgia.

McIntosh Nicolas | Back to top
6-2, 190
Back
Immokalee, FL (Immokalee)

Regarded as one of the fastest prospects in the Southeast…Runs a 4.22 40-yard dash…Played both defensive back and wide receiver on the prep level… Rated 18th best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue…TheInsiders.com No. 33 rated cornerback in the nation and eighth-rated corner in the South…Ranked 16th in the Orlando Sentinel's top 100 recruits in the state of Florida…Named to the 2A All-State team as a wide receiver…As a senior, caught 23 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns to help guide the Indians to the state finals…The 2003 Florida state 100-meter (10.3) and 200-meter dash champion…Coached at Immokalee by John Weber…Considered Pittsburgh, LSU, FSU and Michigan State in the recruiting process.

Eric Rutledge | Back to top
6-1, 230
Back
Gainesville, FL (P.K. Yonge)

Primary position is running back although he has lined up at linebacker and quarterback as he spent a fair amount of time under center in high school…Named the Gainesville Sun's Class 2A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2003…Received Class 1A All-State and first-team All Area honors as a junior…As a junior rushed for just under 1,500 yards…Team posted a 7-4 record in 2003 before dropping a 19-7 decision to Jacksonville Trinity in the third round of the state playoffs as he scored the squads only touchdown… Helped the Blue Wave to a 12-1 season in 2002 before losing in the regional finals to eventual class 1A state champs Jacksonville Trinity…As a sophomore, banged up his leg in the second game of the year and was shelved for the remainder of the season…Also a starter on the basketball team that made it all the way to the Class 2A final in 2003…Also recruited by East Carolina and South Carolina…Coached by Florida graduate John Clifford…Has lived in Gainesville his entire life and is a lifelong Gator fan.

Brandon Siler | Back to top
6-2, 215
Line
Orlando, FL (Orlando Evans)

Ranked fourth best outside linebacker in the nation and a four-star athlete by Rivals.com…Rated 26th best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue …Ranked as the 14th best linebacker in the country and the fifth-rated LB in the South by TheInsiders.com…Member of the TheInsiders.com Southern Hot 100…Listed 21st on the Orlando Sentinel's list of the state's top 100 prospects…Florida Sports Writers Association Class 6A second team defense All-State selection…Along with linebacker, played tight end and defensive end in high school…Had 103 tackles, five sacks, four fumbled recoveries and 70 carries for 530 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior… Named MVP of the 2003 CaliFlorida All-Star game where he made two interceptions…Runs a 4.52 40-yard dash …Has a 4.2 GPA…Coached by Max Purcell…Picked the Gators over Tennessee and Maryland.

Jim Tartt | Back to top
6-4, 320
Line
Crawfordville, FL (Wakulla)

Rated as the 26th best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com…Listed as the No. 32 rated offensive lineman in the country (No. 6 in the South) by TheInsiders.com…Member of TheInsiders.com Hot 100 list…Rated 64th best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue… Ranked 18th in the Orlando Sentinel's top 100 recruits in the state of Florida …One of the state's top high school powerlifters who can bench press 450 pounds and clean 325 pounds…Recruited by FSU, Clemson, Central Florida and Iowa State.

Phil Trautwein | Back to top
6-7, 310
Line
Voorhees, NJ (Eastern)

One of the top offensive line prospects in the state of New Jersey…Ranked as 7th best prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep's All-America issue…Rated as a three-star athlete and 28th best offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com…Rivals.com also ranks him as the ninth best prospect from New Jersey and the No. 56 on Rivals.com Atlantic East Amazing 80…Philadelphia Inquirer first-team All-South Jersey lineman…Led Eastern to first South Jersey, Group 4 championship…Runs a 5.1 40-yard dash, bench presses 275 pounds, squats 350 pounds, and has a vertical of 22 inches…Earned second-team All-Group 4 honors following his junior season last year…Has a 3.7 GPA…Coached by Dan Spittal…Excels in wrestling as well, and finished third in the region in his weight class as a junior…Considered Tennessee, Virginia, Boston College, and Michigan State.

Jason Watkins | Back to top
6-9, 300
Line
Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson)

Rated 16th best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep's All-America issue… Rated as the 22nd best offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com as well as No. 77 on their Southeast Elite 88 list…TheInsiders.com has him listed as a three-star athlete and the 36th best offensive tackle prospect in the nation and seventh in the South…Member of TheInsiders.com Southern Hot 100…No. 41 on Tampa Bay Online's State Top 50 list…Named to Florida's Class 4A All-State first team…Has played only two season of football… Selected to first-team All-County and Florida's first-team All-State…Participated in 2003 CaliFlorida Bowl…Runs a 5.0 40-yard dash…Was recruited by Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn and Michigan State…Moved to Lake Gibson from LaPlace, La., prior to his junior season…His junior year was the first time he played football.