Gators want solid first visit weekend

The Florida Gators have had just one commitment in the last few months and with only eight total on board and three weeks left in the recruiting cycle, they want to get this train rolling. That starts this weekend when six official visitors are expected in and a few they would certainly hope to land.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain and his staff were all over the place on Thursday, the first day of the open recruiting period and really the first chance of an almost complete staff to do so. This weekend they will host their first big recruiting weekend as a staff.

Just six official visitors are expected in, but some very important ones at that.

Two committed prospects are due in and both along the offensive line. Center Tyler Jordan of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny and guard Mike Horton of Atlanta (Ga.) Lakeside will finally take their official visit in Gainesville. There may not be a more important position in this class than the offensive line where the Gators need to sign six and would like to likely sign seven in the class.

Jordan comes in as the biggest recruiter in the class and has been since he jumped on board. Horton has talked about taking other visits, but hasn’t set any other visits up, so getting him locked down will be a priority. They both know the numbers issue at Florida in the trenches.

Jordan and likely Horton should be trying to push Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast offensive tackle Christian Pellage in this direction this weekend. The South Carolina commitment also knows of the lack of linemen in Gainesville, he and his family have a really good relationship with offensive line coach Mike Summers, and Gainesville is much closer to home. The Under Armour All-American will have a lot to think about on his trip this weekend.

The Gators have a couple of monster sized running backs on the board right now and a huge one will be visiting this weekend. Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes 6-foot-4, 241 pound bruiser Jaason Lewis is expected in town and is definitely nothing like the Gators currently have on campus. He’s currently committed to Arizona State but has already changed commitments once. The Gators will be showing everything they have about the offense they are going to run when this big guy gets into town.

Finally the cornerback position is also hurting in terms of numbers. The Gators would love to get two to three corners in the class to help with those numbers and assistant coach Randy Shannon has helped right away with finding a couple of good ones that could be possible to land and also visit this weekend.

Rashad Fenton of Miami (Fla.) Carol City and Jeremiah Dinson of Hialeah (Fla.) American are two athletic and good sized prospects that have seen their recruitment pick up from several schools lately.

Dinson considers himself a verbal commitment to Kentucky right now but has picked up quite a few new offers lately including Florida and Auburn. Fenton is still waiting on an offer from the Gators, but this weekend will be huge for him and the school in terms of his recruitment.

LATE INFO ON NEW VISITOR.... Defensive end Jabari Zuniga of Marietta (Ga., a North Carolina State commitment will also be visiting this weekend officially. He's 6-foot-3 and 255 pound with terrific athletic ability and was offered a week ago by the Florida staff.

Other Notes…

Offensive guard Brandon Sandifer was due in this weekend for his official visit but became sick and cannot make the trip. The Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside mauler has re-scheduled his visit for next weekend and should be in then.

Several of the Gators top targets will be in Auburn this weekend. Linebacker Jeff Holland athlete Javarius Davis, and defensive ends CeCe Jefferson and Byron Cowart are all going to be on official visits to Auburn. Offensive tackle Martez Ivey has changed things up and is now expected to be on an unofficial visit to Auburn this weekend as well. Nail biting time for Gator fans as that group visits.

Miami will host several top targets as well. Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton who isn’t really listing the gators any more but being recruited is headed to Miami. Running back Jordan Scarlett is also visiting the Hurricanes as well as offensive linemen Tyree St. Louis and Fredrick Johnson. The Miami Booker T Washington duo of receiver Antonio Callaway and corner Davante Davis will visit as well. Scarlett, Johnson, Callaway, and Davis are all expected in Gainesville next weekend.

One we should watch carefully is Pine (Louis.) receiver Derrick Dillon. The Gator commit is visiting LSU this weekend and that appears to be his only other visit on his list. The home state school has made a big push for him. Florida’s Director of Player Personnel Drew Hughes visited with Dillon last night in place of a receiver coach to be named later and helped secure an unofficial visit to Florida for next weekend.

One prospect moving up the charts for Florida is 4-star offensive guard Quarvez Boulware from Washington (DC) Friendship Collegiate. Boulware has cancelled his official visit to Alabama this weekend. He is expected at Florida for an official on January 30.

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