The Florida Gators have a huge game on Saturday and will host a quintet of big time players for official visits over the weekend. An official visit can last up to 48 hours and the program can host the visitors and family members and pay for their stay at the school for the weekend including foot, lodging and travel for one person.
Receiver Derrick Dillon is a big time four-star commitment from Louisiana that has been in the Florida class since the summer and is such a huge need as a play maker in the slot position. Dillon has been to Florida four times previous to Saturday’s trip. Arkansas commitment K.J. Hill of North Little Rock is another play maker at the position. The 4-star prospect will make his first trip to Gainesville and will be alone on his official visit.
Offensive is another big need and the Gators could sign six or seven in this recruiting cycle. A t the top of the list of prospects is the nation’s number one offensive tackle in Apopka’s Martez Ivey. Ivey has been to Gainesville several times, but the last visit was in late July at Florida’S Friday Night Lights camp. It looks to be a Florida and Auburn battle for Ivey at this time.
A couple of big time linebackers will also be on official visits. Florida commitment and Ohio native Jerome Baker will be in attendance and this is a big visit for Baker. In recent weeks he has visited home state Ohio State and is expected to officially visit the Buckeyes later as well. He is the Gators top rated commitment at this time and at a real need position. They need to settle any bad nerves Baker may have about his commitment over the weekend.
Also taking his official before he makes a public commitment next week is Palm Beach Gardens linebacker Te'Von Coney. Coney has been a priority for the Gators for quite some time and this one has become a two team race between Florida and Notre Dame. Coney is expected to make his college decision next week and getting the last visit before he makes his choice seems like a good thing.
While that concludes the official visitors for the weekend, and the first five guys that Florida has hosted officially for the 2015 class, the list of unofficial visitors is a bit on the ridiculous side.
Big time backs expected…
At running back alone Florida will host a slew of four-star prospects and other big time players as well. The four-star list of backs includes North Carolina stars Bryce Love and Johnny Frasier (FSU commit), Tampa Sickles star Ray-Ray McCloud (Clemson commit) and Orlando Timber Creek star Jacques Patrick.
A pair of 4-star backs from the 2016 class is expected in as well as North Carolina star junior Antonio Williams and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy star Tony Jones plan on being in The Swamp. Auburndale junior Artavis Pierce is another one to watch next year and he says he will be in Gainesville as well.
Play makers galore at receiver…
A trio of slot type receivers are expected in and honestly this might be the three at the top of the board right now. St. Petersburg Lakewood super athlete Ryan Davis, Booker T Washington speedster Antonio Callaway, and Jacksonville Ed White do everything Javarius Davis are maybe the three most coveted prospects at receiver for the Gators. All three are electric and would be an instant difference maker on the Florida roster.
Jax Atlantic Coast star athlete David Gardner is being recruited to Florida as a receiver. No offer yet for Gardner, but he has been to Florida multiple times, although this is the first game he has been to.
The underclassmen expected in are a big time group as well. Jax Raines athlete Ricky Wells will make it in and Wells has been to a couple of games already. Miami commitment Dredrick Snelson is a super playmaker and says he is coming. Viera High School star Tre Nixon will be at his third Gator game this season. IMG Academy star T.J. Chase is a big play maker that will visit this weekend. Niceville’s Eli Stove is another 4-sar receiver that will be in attendance. Pinson (Ala.) receiver Tyrrell Pigrome will make his first trip to Gainesville. And finally 2017 athlete Bruce Johnson of Cocoa is expected in as well.
At the B position, the Gators want a tight end / receiver hybrid and they feel like they have a good one in commitment Kalif Jackson of Neptune Beach Fletcher. Jackson will visit Florida again this weekend after a couple of visits for game already this season. Fellow tight end commitment Camrin Knight of Tallahassee Lincoln will make it back again for his third time at a Gator game. The Gators will look forward to hosting 4-star Miami Booker T Washington stud Devonaire Clarington for his first game this season. He’s a super athletic tight end that also plays defensive end in high school. Finally, the 2016 class will be represented at the position by 4-star Jacob Mathis of Tampa Berkley Prep.
Bringing in the ‘Big Uglies’…
As we mentioned the Gators will look to sign 6-7 offensive linemen in the 215 class and they can go a long way in the class this weekend with the visitors that are expected in. Commitments Tyler Jordan of Jax Bishop Kenny and Brandon Sandifer of Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside are two big parts of the class that will be on hand and no doubt trying to help lure other big time prospects to join them as Gators.
One frequent visitor they will be after is New Smyrna Beach 4-star offensive guard Jalen Merrick who will make his second Gator game of the season and has visited Florida several times since the summer.
A quartet of offensive linemen committed elsewhere are among the other expected attendees and they include Montverde Academy 4-star offensive tackle Abdul Bello (FSU commit), Jacksonville First Coast offensive tackle William Sweet (UNC commit), and IMG linemen Mirko Jurkovic (Nebraska commit) and Tyree St Louis (Miami commit).
It is a real nice list of big and talented offensive linemen that should be here Saturday.
Two staples at Florida football games and really any time on campus have been 5-star defensive ends CeCe Jefferson of Glen St Mary (Fla.) Baker County and Byron Cowart of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood. Most say Florida is the leader for both 5-star guys, and having them on campus for another trip is always a good thing. The only other defensive end of consequence expected in is Ocala Trinity Catholic 2016 star Jordan Woods. From just 40 miles away, Woods is another that has been to Florida a lot and the Gators are the expected front runner at this time.
Another defensive lineman that has been on campus a lot and the Gators are favored for is Jacksonville Trinity Christian star defensive tackle Kendrick Norton. This will be Norton’s third Gator game to attend during the season. Peach State 4-star defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney is part of the 2016 class and he is expected in attendance as well.
The guys in the middle...
A trio of linebackers with offers highlight the unofficial list as well. Joining the official visits of Jerome Baker and Te’Von Coney, Jax Trinity Christian’s Jeff Holland, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County 4-star Roquan Smith, and Hardee County head bister Derrick Graham are all supposed to join the crew in Gainesville this Saturday night. The gators would take any and all of the list if they could.
A couple of 2016 linebackers are also supposed to be here. Jaleel Laguins of Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County is a 4-star beats of a linebacker that is back again to visit the Gators. Orange Park Oakleaf 4-star Shaq Quarterman, a Miami commitment says he will be in attendance as well.
We have already seen the need at cornerback this year on the Gators roster. Even without any seniors, Florida would like to land at least two corners in the class. One that seems close to making himself part of the class is Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh speedster Jeremy McDuffie. McDuffie should be here and for the first time since earning a scholarship at camp back in June. Local Gainesville Buchholz star Naquan Howard has the elite size Florida likes in the position. No offer yet, but they are continually watching Howard and he will visit for the game. Miami Booker T Washing stud 4-star corner Davante Davis visited Gainesville just before the start of the season and likes the Gators. He should be in attendance Saturday. And finally, Josh Norwood is a Cincinnati commit from Valdosta (Ga.) that should visit for the game.
The 2016 class is also well represented at the position. Led by Gator commits 4-star Chauncey Gardner of Cocoa, Tre Jackson of Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab School, and 4-star Tyler Byrd of Naples, the Gators are off to a fabulous start in 2016. The Gators also expect 4-star Mecole Hardman of Elberton (Ga.) 3-star Craig Watts of St. Petersburg Gibbs, Josh Dunn of Lake Wales, and 4-star Khalil Ladler of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson to be in attendance at the game.
The Gators would like to add one safety ion the class and the big name from 2015 expected Saturday is the Bayou State’s own Hunter Dale from powerhouse River Ridge John Curtis. 4-star safety Marquez Callaway of Warner Robins (Ga.), 4-star Romeo Finley of Niceville (Fla.), and 3-star Dylan Singleton of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer round out a super group of safeties Florida expects in attendance Saturday night.
In all it looks to be one of the best groups of visitors for a game in recent memory. Certainly the sheer number of quality prospects rivals any the Gators have had come in. A strong showing and a raucous crowd Saturday would go a long way in helping to secure many of the treasured prospects listed above.
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