The biggest buzz leading into the weekend has been the talk at running back. The Gators already have one top commitment from a running back in Adam Lane who just informed us he will not be in attendance, but a twitter-fest by Kelvin Taylor (5-10/205) of Belle Glade, FL (Glades Day School) has Gator nation in a buzz. Taylor is the son of Gator great Fred Taylor and has announced to the world via Twitter that he will make his college choice this weekend. Conveniently enough, he will be in Gainesville for the festivities.
Staying in-state, Florida State legacy running back Ryan Green (5-11, 190) of St. Petersburg, FL (St. Pete Catholic) is also expected in and is a big time player being sought after by many of the top programs in the south. Florida is looking to take at least two running backs in the class after settling low in 2012 with only one.
Another huge position of need is receiver and the Gators are expecting a boat load of pass catchers in. The Gators Will Likely sign at least four receivers in 2013 after signing only three total in the last two years. They could do much worse than signing from this group.
One of the newer names that has become one of the more prominent names on the recruiting board is receiver Rodney Adams (6-1/162) of Saint Petersburg, FL (Lakewood HS). Teammate of recent signee Dante Fowler Adams has become a hot topic lately in terms of Florida recruiting. Another star receiver usually linked hard to Florida is Alvin Bailey (5-11/175) of Seffner, FL (Armwood HS). Bailey is a serious threat to score every time with the ball in his hands.
Eric Carter (5-11/ 180) Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson HS) is an under publicized receiver from a very gator friendly area. One of the best in the nation is also expected to attend in Stacy Coley (6-1/ 175) of Oakland Park, FL (Northeast HS). Coley is a super electric receiver and has good size as well.
A couple of receiver teammates are also expected in this weekend. Florida just signed Raph Andrades in 2012 from Tallahassee Lincoln and a couple of others from his school are expected in to take part in the festivities. Reggie Davis (5-11/180) and Taj Williams (6-3/195) of Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln HS) are two guys with speed while Williams also has the height that attracts some of the best programs around.
Staying local, Chris Thompson (6-0/ 170) of Gainesville, FL (Gainesville HS) is a jitterbug guy and is going to be a big time player at the next level. Reggie Wilkerson (5-11/ 165) of Citra, FL (North Marion HS) is a former teammate of 2012 signee Latroy Pittman.
We are still awaiting word on All-American receiver Ahmad Fulwood (6-4/ 200) of Jacksonville, FL (Bishop Kenny HS). A week ago one of his friends told FightinGators.com he was going to try and drag Fulwood to Gainesville for Junior Day.
One area of concern with numbers at Florida is also on the offensive line. Florida has only signed two linemen in each of the last three years and needs to sign a minimum of four. There aren't many expected in this weekend, but there is a quality list.
The headliner is of course Laremy Tunsil (6-6/ 282) of Lake City, FL (Columbia HS). Tunsil has recently announced he has a top two programs of Florida and Georgia. The monster tackle lives about an hour away from Gainesville and in north Florida where the Gators are really doing well in the 2013 class.
A trio of guards from out of state are also expected in. Josh Cardiello (6-2/270) of Buford, GA (Buford HS) is one that the gators are really concentrating on at the moment. Jack Kurzu (6-5/302) of St. Louis, MO (Mary Institute And Saint Louis) is the son of Bob Kurzu a Gator great from the early 80's. Joshua Outlaw (6-3, 270) of Lithonia, GA (ML King HS) is another one that is really making waves in the recruiting front and Florida would love to have a shot at in the end.
We expect more in this weekend, but the lone defensive tackle we are expecting for sure is Gators' commitment Caleb Brantley (6-3/285) of Crescent City, FL (Crescent City HS). Brantley is expected to come in and really put the full court press to try and land some future teammates this weekend.
A trio of in-state defensive ends are expected in this weekend. Devin Washington (6-3/220) of Orlando, FL (Jones HS), Jordan Sherit (6-3/235) of Tampa, FL (Hillsborough HS), and Stacy Thomas (6-3/ 225) of Miami, FL (Gulliver Prep) are all ends that have drawn the attention of our readers here on Fightin' Gators.
Florida also seems to be working the Peach State hard. One defensive end from Georgia they are working hard is Carl Lawson (6-2.5/245) of Alpharetta, GA (Milton HS). He is also expected in this weekend.
Florida will need to sign about four linebackers in the 2013 class and are off to a good start with two in the fold. Middle linebacker James Hearns (6-3/235) of Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln HS) committed to Florida just after signing day and will be making a return trip to Gainesville this weekend. Keith Kelsey (6-2/ 215) of Gainesville, FL (Gainesville HS) is the son of Gator Great by the same name and the younger Kelsey would bring good size to the position along with Hearns.
The other committed linebacker is SAM / BUCK specialist Daniel McMillan (6-3/ 225) of Jacksonville, FL (First Coast HS). McMillan will be rated as one of the top players in America when the rankings get sorted out and he committed just after signing day as well.
Tw more outside linebackers from the state of Florida expected in are Quinton Powell (6-2/220) of Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS) and Ryne Rankin (6-1/ 215) Orlando, FL (East River HS). Powell is highly regarded while we are still getting a bead on Rankin at this time. Mario Mathis (6-1/ 222) of Thomasville, GA (Thomasville HS) is the lone out-of-state linebacker we know is expected in at this time.
Florida has done well at safety but is still looking to add two in the 2013 class. A quartet of good ones is expected in. Marcell Harris (6-1/195) is the son of Gator great safety Mike ‘Mud' Harris and is one of the more feared hitters in high school football. Keanu Neal (6-0/204) of Bushnell, FL (South Sumter HS) is a recent find on our site and hits like a big time linebacker. Nick Washington (5-11/170) of Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian Academy) is an All-American candidate and recently named Florida his leader. He is a heady player with great instincts for the safety position.
Florida would like to sign two cornerbacks in the 2013 class. A couple of all-star prospects are due in with Mackensie Alexander (5-11/185) of Immokalee, FL (Immokalee HS) who is currently committed to Tennessee and do-everything Will Likely (5-8/ 170) of Belle Glade, FL (Glades Central HS) who is an excellent return man as well for the Raiders.
It is a star-studded list expected in Gainesville Saturday, and they expect more than 40 total on the day. It is a list Florida would love to snag most of on signing day 2013.