Earlier this week, really pre-camp, Florida hosted two of the more coveted prospects on the recruiting board when the nation's top defensive end CeCe Jefferson from Baker County made his way to Gainesville for what has to be his 10th plus visit to see the program in the last year or so. Having not talked to Jefferson yet, he never is disappointed with the trips he takes to town, and it is always a good thing when he wants to come on his own time and money.
The second big prospect Florida is entangled with in the process is Ray Ray McCloud. He visited Wednesday along with Jefferson and stayed extremely late that evening before heading out. The super athlete is a running back target for Florida, one that rushed for over 2300 yards as a junior in 2013.
Saturday, Florida will host a skills camp for some of the best prospects out there, some huge targets for Florida.
First and foremost because of the imminence of the situation s quarterback Sheriron Jones from Moreno Valley (Calif.). Jones will be in Gainesville for a at least a couple of days and wants to work out with the coaches at Florida. There seems to be a lot of whispering going on about his situation and it would not be a surprise if something happened with Jones while on his visit. The 4-star quarterback is a great fit for what Florida likes to do on offense.
Another one to watch closely is Mobile (Ala.) cornerback Jalen Thompson. He arrives Friday and will be at the skills event on Saturday as well. Thompson told me that he won't be committing until August 7, but Florida has been the leader for a while with Georgia seemingly making a really big push at the moment.
Florida commitment Tyler Jordan is a big recruiter for the gators in the class. He will be on hand on Saturday doing what he can to persuade some of the best prospects out there to be Gators. A couple of huge offensive lineman prospects will be there for him to help with. Massive offensive tackle Abdul Bello from Montverde Academy will be at the skills session. New Smyrna Beach offensive guard Jalen Merrick will also be there. Both are high priority linemen with offers from the Gators.
Super four-star receiver Van Jefferson of Brentwood (Tenn.) is expected in on Saturday as well for the skills portion of things.
One prospect that has been catching fire as of late and without a Florida offer is Jacksonville Ed White cornerback Javarious Davis. Davis is a very athletic player that the Gators are taking a long hard look at and could earn that scholarship on Saturday.
A couple of 2016 offensive stars are also due in on Saturday. Four-star WR Ahmmon Richards of Wellington will be here and will work for the scholarship offer. He has several already. An unknown running back out of Montverde will break it big this year on the football field. Tirrek Hooten is a 6-foot, 285 pound load of a runner with good size and speed. He will be in attendance.
We have touched on it already but Friday night several top prospects will participate in the return of the 7on7 tournament. Neptune Beach Fletcher receiver Kalif Jackson is one to watch on Friday. Miami Booker T Washington brings a bevy of talented prospects as well. 2015 receiver Antonio Callaway and cornerback Davante Davis are two prospects gaining a lot of attention. Callaway claims a Florida offer and says the Gators lead. 2016 running back Mark Walton is a four-star already and committed to Miami. 2016 cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams is another to watch and has multiple offers as a junior to be.
On Sunday some others arrive. Gator tight end commitment Camrin Knight of Tallahassee Lincoln will be in attendance.
Four-star linebacker Adonis Thomas of Lawrenceville (Ga.) will be in Gainesville on Sunday and stay until Tuesday. He won't be participating in the camp, but his coach is working the camp and he will be getting the royal treatment while on campus.
Thomas will be in Gainesville for three days
On Monday, super electric running back Trey Sneed from Orange Park Fleming Island will be camping. Sneed has 20+ offers just after his sophomore year and he is looking to add more to that list. He is an all-around talent, but a do everything at the running back position.
Three prospects that will show up later in the camp period are Gator commitment and Winter Garden West Orange cornerback Jalen Julius, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr and LSU committed defensive end Isiah Washington, and New Lenox (Illin.) receiver Miles Boykin.
There will certainly be more prospects on hand in the two week camp sessions. Plans will change, more names will come out, etc. Regardless, the list of prospects planning on being in Gainesville early this week and beyond is a tremendous one and bodes well for future recruiting.