Team Alpha Pro is a very important group in terms of the Gators. No less than six prospects the Gators are after are on Alpha Pro including a few we expect to see in the class that the Gators eventually sign in February.
We can start the list with 4-star receiver Derrick Dillon (6-0, 174) of Pine (La.). Dillon arrives in Oregon with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Scout has the Gator commitment rated pretty high actually, but a couple of services have him ranked lower, mostly because of the competition he plays. I watched Dillon at Florida's camp go against some pretty good competition and I will be really surprised if he doesn't light it up this week at The Opening.
To help him be a star at Florida, Dillon may want to help in recruiting an Alpha Pro teammate George Campbell (6-4, 187) of Eastlake. Campbell is a 5-star receiver and quite a different player than Dillon with his size. The two would be a great compliment on the field at the collegiate level and should be this week. You can't double team both guys, so they really could help each other.
A prospect that Florida would love to have is running back Mark Walton (5-10, 185) Miami (Fla.) Booker T Washington. Walton has re-classified to the 2015 class and is currently committed to the University of Miami, who already has three commitments at the position. Walton came to Florida's camp in the 7on7 tournament last month and really looks the part. Florida's recruiter for his area, Travaris Robinson was on him pretty good during the visit. With Treon Harris as his quarterback last year and now enrolled at Florida, this is one to watch.
Te'Von Coney (6-3, 220) of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) is another tremendous player on this squad and a linebacker Florida would surely love to land. Coney has visited Florida a couple of times and is due back with his mother sometime in July. He's a legitimate athlete with a bit of South Florida swagger to him.
Jaquan Johnson (5-10, 181) of Miami (Fla.) Killian is another big timer that Florida has their eye on. He's been to Florida a couple of times and the 4-star safety has that south Florida swag mentioned earlier. Florida will recruit well in the secondary regardless, but Johnson is a big timer that has been a high rated prospect for a few years now.
Tarvarus McFadden (6-3, 195) of American Heritage was a Gator lean at one time but has become enamored with Florida State. He's on a team of possible Gator leans, so some of these guys could lean on McFadden in Oregon. Again,
Team Mach Speed
Four-star running back Ray-Ray McCloud (5-10, 178) of Tampa (Fla.) Sickles may just be the top prospect on the board at the position. He is electric with the ball in his hands and is a guy that, even as a running back, should show well in Oregon. Some believe he is a big lean to Florida, some others believe other things like Clemson is the team to beat.
Receiver Auden Tate (6-4.5, 202) of Tampa (Fla.) Wharton is the latest 4-star on the network and a good one. Florida was one of the latest to offer and has since made it clear they would take him as a receiver and not just at the B position. He had a terrific IMG Tournament last month and is one of a handful of big time receivers in the Tampa area that the Gators really want.
Offensive guard Quarvez Boulware (6-3, 281) of Friendship Collegiate (DC) doesn't currently have a Gator offer but the Gators remain in the hunt for the athletic big man. The four-star lineman was a teammate of current Gator Jalen Tabor in high school.
Super outside linebacker Adonis Thomas (6-3.5, 214) of Central Gwinnett (Ga.) is at the top of the board at linebacker where the Gators want to sign 3-4 in 2015. Thomas is planning on committing publicly on August 1, and it appears the Gators are the team to beat. He has visited a few times since spring and if you believe his strong lean to Florida is true, he could very well work on others in Oregon.
The number one running back in the country is Damian Harris (5-10, 202) Madison Southern (Ky.). He still lists the Gators as one of his teams he likes, but this one seems like a long shot at this time.
The Gators are looking to sign five offensive linemen in 2015 and Matt Burrell (6-5, 305) of Hylton (Va.) is a prospect that continues to list the Gators among his top schools.
Rasheem Green (6-4, 289) of Gardena (Calif.) Serra is a 5-star defensive end the Gators continue to recruit and he continues to list the Gators among his favorites. This is one a certain quarterback committed to Florida can help out with.
Team Fly Rush
Team Fly Rush is another that seems to have more possibilities in terms of future Gators than most of the other squads. This is another group to pay attention closely this week.
Another Miami commitment, running back Dexter Williams (6-0, 189) of Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange, is certainly high on the Gators wanted list. Williams has been to Florida a few times and he is high school teammates with current Florida commitment Jalen Julius. He's a great fit with what Florida wants to do with his explosive running style and agility. He's fast and has good size. He is due back on campus this month.
A true speed demon, running back Bryce Love (5-10, 180) of Wake Forest (NC) is expected to visit Florida later this month. We are talking about a national class speedster and speed is something the Gators covet more than anything on the offensive side of the ball this recruiting cycle.
Four-star linebacker Roquan Smith (6-2, 201) of Macon County (Ga.) is another big target that has visited the Gators multiple times in the off-season. It looks to be a Florida-Georgia battle for Smith and there are a few guys on Team Fly Rush that could bond with him to possibly help tilt the scales in the Gators' favor.
Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart (6-3, 254) of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood is also a big time target for Florida. He has recently stated Oregon is his favorite, but he continues to visit the Gators during the off-season. Cowart is an integral part of what Florida wants to build in the 2015 class and he knows it.
Neville Gallimore (6-2. 300) of Canada Prep Academy (Ontario) has skyrocketed up the rankings with terrific workouts at combines and camps. His athleticism for his size could actually allow him to play some defensive end, but a prospect that agile inside is a big time weapon. Being from the Great White North, Florida could very well have a chance and he does list the Gators among favorites at this time.
Team Vapor Carbon
I am not sure how the number one player in the country ended up on such an obscure team but Martez Ivey (6-5.5, 268) of Apopka (Fla.) is certainly not obscure to the Gators. Another one where Florida is considered the front runner despite him not naming a leader, he is of course a huge target for Florida on the offensive line.
Another California big timer, John Houston (6-3, 211) Serra (Calif.) is a 5-star #3 ranked outside linebacker in the country. The Gators will have their hands full trying to land this one, but are assured of a spot on the list of favorites moving forward as of recently.
Team Land Sharks
It is a little bit of a different recruitment for 4-star cornerback Marcus Lewis (6-1.5, 187) Gonzaga College (DC), since he committed to Florida back in March. He has openly displayed his fondness of Oregon since then and he has cancelled a move to play his senior year at the IMG Academy in Florida. This means he also won't graduate early and enroll in January. It is also a more likely scenario that he will eventually stay at home and play, but he hasn't publicly wavered from his commitment as yet. There are a lot of Gator friendly prospects around to get in his ear this week.
Yet another big timer in California looking the Gators way is Keisean Lucier-South (6-4.5, 218) Orange Lutheran. There is a lot of work to do here on this one for Florida.
The Wild Card
Last month, Florida got the commitment of Sheriron Jones (6-3, 184) of Rancho Verde. One huge asset of Jones is that he is a very popular prospect among his peers. This environment could be huge for that reason and the last real time that there will be an unbiased venue with talent like this until January at the all-star games when most of these prospects will have already made up their minds.
The Opening does something unique with the quarterbacks in that they don't add them to a roster until after the Elite-11 portion of the week. So, we will have to wait and see exactly where he ends up.
A quick look and it would be beneficial for him to end up on the Alpha Pro or Fly Rush squads where he could really get to know the prospects on either.