FOUR BITS: Lochte, Tebow, softball, Watkins

By Adam Silverstein
July 26, 2011

1 » Continuing his efforts in replacing Michael Phelps as the face of USA Swimming, former Florida Gators standout Ryan Lochte defeated the 14-time Olympic gold medalist by 0:00.35 to win the 200-meter freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in China. Lochte, the owner of four world records, took home gold in the event as he continues his trek to the 2012 London Olympics.

2 » The Denver Post reported early Tuesday that the Denver Broncos have been entertaining offers for veteran quarterback Kyle Orton after putting him on the trading block, setting the stage for former Gators signal caller Tim Tebow to take the reigns in Mile High. Tebow, who arrived for the first day of practice at 7:45 a.m. even though the doors did not open until 8:01 a.m., was the second player to make it to the facility (a practice squad offensive lineman got there minutes earlier).

3 » USA Softball won the 2011 World Cup of Softball on Monday, defeating Japan 6-4 in the finale of the event at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK. Florida junior right fielder Brittany Schutte contributed a sacrifice fly to plate a run in the contest; Gators senior center fielder Michelle Moultrie was also a member of the team.

4 » Friday Night Lights, though it has not directly resulted in any commitments as of press time, made quite an impression with a number of top players who visited for one of Florida’s biggest recruiting nights of the year. Four-star defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, NC), the No. 8 player at his position and a member of the Rivals100, told The Gainesville Sun that the Gators bumped their way up his list, which also consists of Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina. Florida three-star safety commit Rhaheim Ledbetter (Boiling Springs, NC), Watkins’ friend and fellow North Carolina product, believes the player’s most recent trip may have turned him to the Orange & Blue. “I think Friday Night Lights might have just did it for him,” he said on Saturday. “I told him once you get down to Florida and you see that place, you’re gonna love it.” Ledbetter is recruiting both Watkins and five-star defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, NC) hard, hoping both of his friends join him in Gainesville, FL. “He always gives me the Gator Chomp when he sees me,” Watkins said about Ledbetter’s recruiting tactics. “He wants all of us to come there.”


  1. GatorNsc says:

    Good work Rhaheim, keep it up!!1

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    It is safe to say that USA may not even have been in the finals without Moultrie. I didn’t see the game last night, but in the first game against Japan and the game against England she was huge. Especially the catch she made laying out in left field against England. She did her thing in those games, got on base in timely situations and stole 2nd a lot.

  3. SB says:

    Moultrie scored a run yesterday I believe although she missed an easily catchable ball in LF that would have ended the game with a 6-2 win.

  4. npgator says:

    I love Ledbetter’s efforts in getting Bullard and Wilkins to join him at UF!

  5. npgator says:

    I meant Watkins!

  6. ziggy says:

    I love all of the recruiting interest from defensive prospects and I know defense wins championships, but I’m ready to see the big time offensive skill position talent start to roll on in. A few outstanding offensive lineman is a must also.

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