Nice visitor list Saturday for Gators

Par for the course since Drew Hughes took over as the guy in charge of recruiting for the University of Florida, the Gators will have another big group of visitors this weekend as they host South Carolina in the Swamp in a key matchup for both teams.

Included in the list are three official visitors and key targets for the Gator staff as we head into the last two and a half months of madness before signing day.

Miami Booker T Washington receiver Antonio Callaway headlines the offensive official visitors. Callaway is having a stellar senior year and his offer list has skyrocketed to include just about every big time program in the south. Recent offers from Auburn and Alabama have caught his eye, but the Gators remain firmly in the mix for the elusive, but strong receiver.

In the secondary, Miami Westminster Christian safety Tim Irvin has been labeled a Matt Elam type of safety by the Florida staff. It just so happens that Gator great Elam will be the guest “Mr. Two Bits on Saturday. Irvin is another big timer that the Gators would love to land in this class.

Mike Hughes of New Bern (N.C.) is an intriguing visitor this weekend. The Gators have always been one of his top schools and the feeling is mutual. Recently he named Florida his leader and this could be a very important to the speedy and athletic Hughes. This is definitely one to watch moving forward and he is the last of the official visitors.

One position the Gators haven’t had many bodies visiting has been quarterback. This weekend, 2016 Riviera Suncoast signal caller Matt Dame is a guy that is planning to be in attendance. The South Florida rocket arm camped with the Gators back in June and is certainly one they like for the next class.

It is ultra-important for Florida to get a big time speed running back in the class and maybe the top of the list is current Clemson commit Ray-Ray McCloud. The Tampa Sickles star is making his second visit for a game at Florida since committing to the Tigers and is a guy that is being heavily recruited by the Florida staff, but also future Gators that want him to join them in Gainesville.

What we have is a ‘maybe’ so far from Florida State commit and Orlando Timber Creek 4-star running back Jacques Patrick. He’s a big back that could see a real opportunity at Florida if junior Matt Jones decides to skip his senior year with the Gators.

Maybe the most needed position on the roster is a play maker or two at receiver. St. Petersburg Lakewood super athletic wide out Ryan Davis is expected to be in attendance Saturday for the game. He is another one the Gators really covet and would like to say yes to what they hope is a new found successful offense.

Florida tight end commitment Kalif Jackson of Neptune Beach Fletcher is expected to make a return trip. He will be coming in after a road playoff game Friday night.

The two biggest recruiters, both literally and figuratively, in the 2015 class will be at the game Saturday. Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods offensive tackle George Brown and Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny center Tyler Jordan will have their recruiting hats on with the receivers and backs in attendance, of that you can be assured. Both commitments are stars in their own right in this class.

We have another ‘maybe’ for Seffner Armwood 5-star defensive end Byron Cowart who has been to Gainesville for almost every contest so far. We’ll see if he makes it, but odds are he will.

Four-star 2016 defensive end Jordan Woods of Ocala Trinity Catholic has really turned in a terrific junior season and has his team in the playoffs Friday night. Woods has been to Florida several times and the somewhat local product says he will be at the game Saturday as well as an unofficial visitor.

Woods teammate, Darrien McNair is a Mississippi State commitment and has been difficult to get on the Florida campus, despite how close he is. That said, he told this week that he is planning on being at the game Saturday.

The secondary is usually well represented, and it will be again, but just by one prospect on Saturday. The Gators have a star commitment in 2016 defensive back Chauncey Gardner of Cocoa and the four-star has been announcing for a while that he will be in Gainesville again this Saturday. This will be his fourth game of the season that he has visited.

Finally athlete Artavis Pierce of Auburndale is a 2016 prospect that is both a running back and linebacker. He has also been in Gainesville already this year and a prospect the gators continue to watch for the future.

There will likely be more big time prospects on campus, but these are the ones we expect so far. Stay tuned to Fightin’ Gators as we catch up with the prospects following the game on Saturday.

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