Florida hosting huge prospects for Vandy

The Florida Gators will be back in The Swamp for the first time in over a month on Saturday when they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. With the home game comes a list of prospective recruits that the Gators host and this week is big. Three of the top prospects on Florida's entire board are expected in attendance including two top defensive ends on the list and a big time play making receiver.

It should be a nice cool day in The Swamp, even for a noon game. With Florida looking to add some much needed help all across the roster, they will host several prospects from multiple recruiting class years.

At the head of the list is the current 2014 class and the Gators have a trio of big timers expected to make official visits to Florida.

The Gators are in such a need of play makers at receiver and the #2 receiver in the country is expected to be on an official visit this weekend. 5-star Devante Noil of New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr otherwise known as "Speedy" is a guy that Florida could use and his skill set is something they just do not currently have on campus. Speed and quickness are his game and he has it in droves.

Riding along with Noil is teammate and fellow 5-star defensive end Gerald Willis. The #4 defensive end in the nation on Scout.com, Willis has visited Gainesville at least three other times, all the way from New Orleans. He has the primo size that Florida likes in a defensive end. Standing 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, he uses his strength and unique quickness to make him a hard matchup for anyone.

For both Noil and Willis, LSU is thought to be the leader, but the Gators have so much to sell in terms of playing time, they can make a dent in what these kids think this weekend.

The last expected official visitor is another 5-star defensive end. Da'Shawn Hand. Hand is from Woodbridge (Va.) and has the size, 6-foot-5 and 264 pounds to play a little bit inside at defensive tackle, in a pinch. He is explosive and strong.

Defensive line coach Brad Lawing is the point man on Hand's recruitment with a big assist from running back coach Brian White. The two will be working hard on Hand and his father who is expected on the trip this weekend. Hand may be favoring Alabama at this time.

Florida just received a commitment from 4-star tight end DeAndre Goolsby who made an official visit earlier in the year. He won't be here this weekend, but some other possibilities at the position are expected for unofficial visits and the Gators may be looking to add numbers at the position until they figure it out.

A new tight end on the radar comes in the form of Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard's Elkanah Dillon. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Dillons has the type of size that Florida covets at the position. He was just offered by Arkansas last week and is only 40 miles down the street from the Florida campus.

Two more big receiver / tight end type prospects from the 2014 class are expected in. Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla play maker Jordan Franks has been to Gainesville a number of times. Still waiting on a Florida offer, Franks who stands 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, may be close to getting that at this point. Moral Stephens of Perry (Fla.) Taylor County received an offer from Florida earlier this week. Both of these prospects are quick for the tight end position and have good hands, they do lack the premium size that we feel the Gators normally look for.

Another area of concern for the Gators right now is the offensive line. Several offers have gone out along the offensive line in the last few weeks as the Gators need to add numbers at the position. A new name of interest is Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden offensive tackle Derrick Kelly. At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Kelly is already committed to Kentucky, but expected to visit Saturday.

Class of 2014 safety Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln is also expected in. A heady safety, Randolph has dozens of offers from some of the biggest programs in college football. Randolph has favored Louisville but doesn't have an offer from the Gators just yet.

A couple of prime time defensive ends from the 2015 class are expected. A major focus in the 2015 class is Macclenny (Fla.) Baker County athletic end CeCe Jefferson. The 5-star Jefferson likes the Gators, but remains open at this time. 4-star defensive end Arden Key of Lithonia (Ga.) should be here and is certainly a prospect Florida would like to get in on.

For the class of 2016, we have been able to confirm that Jordan Franks brother Feleipe Franks is expected in. Franks is a 6-foot-5 quarterback that already has an offer from Florida. He is strong armed and athletic and acts as his teams kick off man and field goal kicker.

There will be more that arrive and we will keep you posted on what we see and hear on FightinGators.com.

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