Outside of Chris Walker and Kasey Hill, the Florida Gators two signees in the 2013 recruiting class, the Gators’ plans to close out this year’s recruiting cycle have been somewhat of a mystery.
At one point, current Stanford signee Schuyler Rimmer was committed to the Gators, but he eventually back out of his commitment and the Gators were left with only Hill and Walker. While Florida is certainly in a good position already with Hill and Walker, two five-star prospects, will the Gators pursue other options to shore up their depth over the next few seasons?
GHR has been chronicling the Gators’ interest in 2013 PF MiKyle McIntosh over the last few weeks. McIntosh’s head coach Ryan Schmidt informed GHR that Florida was highly interested in the 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward and were looking to offer at some point in the near future.
However, after receiving an update from Schmidt, it looks as if the Gators have backed off some. Florida head coach Billy Donovan, let alone his assistants, have yet to be able to see McIntosh play or meet with him personally. Frankly, it could be due to busy schedules as the Gators did plan on seeing McIntosh, but it just never really worked out.
In recruiting, things can change at the drop of a hat, but time is running out and if the Gators have yet to see McIntosh, the chances of them extending an offer decrease every day if they don’t see him.
As far as other options go, there aren’t too many more recruits left in the 2013 class. There have been rumors of Florida being in contact with small forward Harold Givens and power forward Demetrius Henry. In my conversation with Givens, he told me he hasn’t spoken with the Gators and quite some time and even lost their number. I also haven’t heard anything about Henry to this point and with him deciding in two weeks, it doesn’t seem likely that the Gators can sneak in this late in the game.
That leaves the option of transfers for the Gators and that is a scenario that wouldn’t play out, if it does at all, until the season has concluded and coaches are hired and fired around the country. Realistically, it’s tough to pinpoint or predict which players transfer out, let alone would consider to Florida as a possible destination, but it’s obviously something to keep an eye out for during the next month or so.
As always, be sure to check back with GHR for your latest Florida Gators basketball recruiting news if anything does break in the future.