The Unversity of Florida announced the eight members of the 2013 recruiting class to have enrolled for the spring semester.
They are: linebacker Alex Anzalone, defensive tackle Darious “Bear” Cummings, defensive lineman Joey Ivie, linebacker Daniel McMillian, offensive tackle Tyler Moore, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, linebacker Matt Rolin and running back Kelvin Taylor.
While Moore is a transfer from Nebraska and Cummings is a junior college transfer, the other six players have completed their high school academic requirements and can get a jump acclimatizing to the demands of distractions of college.
Each player will be able to participate in offseason conditioning and spring practices. Getting a sense of the grind, the speed of the game and the complexity of the playbook can give an early enrollee a big jump on the rest of the incoming freshmen.
In 2006, my last season covering the team prior to 2012, Tim Tebow enrolled early and would make some key contributions on a national title team. Then again, Percy Harvin arrived that summer and made an significant impact, too.
Here's a look at each of the newcomers already on campus:
LB Alex Anzalone (6-3, 233),Wyomissing (Pa.) High School: Anzalone changed his commitment from Notre Dame to Florida last week. The decision drew the ire of Irish fans and gave the Gators five linebackers in the 2013 class.
Anzalone is a four-star recruit considered among the top 10 LBs and top 100 overall prospects in 2013. With more than 100 tackles in 2012, he was named Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year and led his team to an unbeaten season and state title.
DT Darious “Bear” Cummings (6-1, 310), East Mississippi CC: Cummings spent a season at East Mississippi Community College after two seasons at Florida State. A native of Titusville, Cummings attended Astronaut High – the same school that produce Gators’ legends Wilbur Marshall and Cris Collingsworth.
Cummings should add depth to the middle of the Gators' defense.
In 2012, he tallied 26 tackles, three sacks and two quarterback hurries for an 8-2 team that finished ranked 15th in the national polls. With Cummings as its anchor, East Mississippi’s defense yielded an average of just 74.2 rushing yards.
At FSU, Cummings appeared in three games as a true freshman and two games as a sophomore before an injury cost him most of the 2011 season.
DL Joey Ivie (6-4, 269), Pasco High School, Dade City: Ivie is a three-star recruit with a high motor and the potential to put a lot more weight on his frame. The qualities will give Will Muschamp and Co. the position flexibility with Ivie coaches seek in a defensive lineman.
Ivie helped helped his team to a 25-2 record during his final two seasons.
Daniel McMillian (6-2, 220), First Coast High, Jacksonville: McMillian has been timed in the 4.6-second range in the 40-yard dash and should be a rangy, athletic player capable of playing outside or inside.
ESPN ranks him No. 31 in its top 150, third among Florida recruits. Since 2008, six players from First Coast High School have signed with Florida State, so the Gators were pleased to get McMillian's signature.
OT Tyler Moore (6-5, 312), University of Nebraska: Moore, a four-start recruit in Countryside High School in Clearwater, should step into a starting role immediately. In 2011, he played in nine games, including four starts, as a true freshman at Nebraska. He was named to ESPN.com’s All-Big Ten Freshmen team.
Projected to be the Cornhuskers' starting left tackle, Moore decided to return home last summer, citing personal reasons.
Demarcus Robinson (6-2, 200), Peach County High School, Fort Valley, Ga.: The four-star recruit kept things interesting until the end.
Robinson originally committed to Clemson, but flipped to the Gators. A few days later, Robinson switched back to Clemson, but enrolled last Tuesday in Gainesville.
Fans hopes Robinson is an elusive on the field because the Gators are in dire need of playmakers in 2013. In 2012, just two wide receivers caught touchdowns as Florida's passing offense ranked 114th nationally.
Of Florida's five wide receivers in the 2013 class, Robinson, ranked No. 53 on ESPN's 150, will be the only one to enroll early. He is regarded as a strong, polished wide receiver who can stretch the field.
Matt Rolin (6-4, 209), Briar Woods High School, Ashburn, Va.: Rolin changed his commitment from South Carolina to Florida in December, a little less than a month after he suffered a torn ACL in his knee.
Now at Florida, Rolin can work with Gators' medical personnel and training staff to rehabilitate the injury and likely set his sights on the 2014 season.
When healthy, Rolin is a tall, rangy and explosive player capable of playing the run or pass. He also played wide reciever in high school, so he also has good ball skills.
Kelvin Taylor (5-11, 216), Glades Day High School, Belle Glade: The son of former Florida and Jacksonville Jaguars great Fred Taylor, Kelvin Taylor was born to be a Gator running back.
Taylor will have big shoes to fill - his father totaled 3,792 yards (3,075 rushing) at Florida. The younger Taylor does not have the top-end speed of his father, but has many of the tools - footwork, instincts, balance, toughness - he will need to make his own mark with the Gators.
Taylor, who ranks No. 8 on the ESPN top 150, rushed for 12,121 yards and scored a state-record 191 touchdowns in five seasons at Glades Day, including as an eighth-grader. He led his team to state 2A titles in 2009 and 2010.