It is definitely a star studded ensemble this weekend in Gainesville. The Florida staff is almost completely assembled now and they have had a practice run last week with a smaller group pf prospects. This time around they should be more on their game and it is a good group to be prepared for.
Quarterback Deondre Francois is currently committed to Florida State, but a huge target for the Gators. The quarterback position is certainly wide open next season and with a new staff the opportunity for a freshman with talent to come in and play is easy to comprehend. Francois has all of the throws in his arsenal and is a special talent as a drop back passer, but he can run as well. The Under Armour All-American was a star all week during practices and the game and FSU really didn’t want him to visit this weekend. He is expected in and the Gators will be able to show him just how open the depth chart is right now especially with no current player knowing the offense.
Jordan Cronkrite is a big time running back and a guy the previous staff recruited for quite some time. He visited in the fall for a home football game and has been to campus twice total. The new staff got on him really hard about a month ago and he has been looking towards the Gators ever since. Florida should be the heavy favorite here so a big weekend could seal the deal and maybe get Cronkrite to pull the trigger for the good guys.
D’Anfernee McGriff is just a super big athlete. Recruited as a running back, he could play safety or linebacker on defense as well, but possesses great skills with the ball in his hand. An Auburn commitment, we weren’t sure that McGriff would visit until earlier in the week even though he has talked about it for a while. There is a chance he could flip from his Auburn commitment and this would be the weekend to do it.
Jordan Scarlett is the do-everything back the Gators are looking for and has the elite speed that is lacking on the current Florida offense. The Miami commitment has been looking around for a while and will visit Florida this week and FSU next weekend. The Gators appear primed to take this one away from the Hurricanes and would be elated to get a back of his stature on the roster.
Ryan Davis changed up his plans last night and decided to visit Florida this weekend instead of Alabama. The best offensive skill player in the Tampa area this year, Davis broke several area records on offense as a dual threat quarterback. The gators want him a slot receiver and he would be very unique to the Florida offense with his particular skill set. Davis plans to go to signing day with his decision and the Gators have a really good shot here even without currently having a wide receiver coach.
Camrin Knight is a big bodied tight end that has been committed to Florida for a while. The Tallahassee native has been to Gainesville numerous times over the last year and will be in town to see the staff as a whole for the first time.
Tyler Jordan will be making an unofficial visit this weekend coming in on Saturday and staying through Sunday. Jordan visited officially last week and the biggest recruiter in the Florida class will be back again to help out with this weekend. Jordan is slotted to be the center in the 2015 class.
Brandon Sandifer is a mauler of a guard that was supposed to come in last weekend but became ill and couldn’t make the trip. Another solid Gator commitment that will get to see the Florida staff as a group for the first time when he shows up for his official visit Friday.
Having taken an official visit to Florida in the fall, five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey will be making an unofficial trip to Gainesville this weekend. Ivey is a huge target for the 2015 class and some would say the biggest target because of need in the entire class. The number one tackle in the country visited Auburn a week ago and it is a battle between the Gators and Tigels for the big man. This weekend, Florida would love to sow things up with Ivey.
Cancelled on Thursday, Steven Clark had a change of heart and decided to make the trip to Gainesville this weekend. The Syracuse commitment is a tweo-way player that could play offensive or defensive line at the next level. Florida may give him a look on defense first, even though offense is such a necessity.
Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart will make the ever-anticipated official visit with Florida this weekend and the Gators can go a long way making up ground with a new staff that has been feverishly trying to get to know him. Cowart made it known that it is a Florida-Auburn battle for his services. He visited Auburn last week and came away really liking what the Tigers had to offer. Now it is Florida’s turn and the big thing is for he and his mom to really get to know the Florida staff better than they already do.
Rayshad Jackson was a nice addition to the recruiting board and all the way from Miami. Florida assistant Randy Shannon has been recruiting Jackson for a while and now Jackson is really liking the Gators. The need for linebackers is not a secret and Florida should put the press on this athletic prospect from a super-hotbed of recruiting.
A straight dozen prospects, but we expect a surprise or two to show up before all is said and done. This group of prospects will go a long way in shaping the Florida class, one way or another.