Gators host several prospects on Friday

Jim McElwain and the football staff at Florida have done a nice job of getting big time prospects on campus since his arrival here in December. That has extended into this spring and Friday they expect several big timers in.

Friday isn’t your normal day to host a lot of big time prospects. Classes are going on, the staff is shuffling in between watching practice film with the players and then a practice somewhere around 4 pm will also take place. But, this is spring break time for a lot of prospects and this is when they can get out and about to visit. Couple that with a big 7on7 tournament in Tampa on Saturday, the Gators will host several prospects on Friday where they should get an eye full of how things really go on with college football players during a normal day.

The Gators haven’t hosted a lot of quarterbacks yet and they really need one or two in the 2016 class. Friday they have two and they are part of different recruiting classes.

Woody Barrett is crazily gifted dual threat quarterback from Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange. His skill set is certainly something to behold and although he is raw, he has the intangibles including leadership that the Florida staff is looking for and needs moving forward. Barrett also comes from a program that is quickly on the rise and well-coached.

One of the most gifted quarterbacks in all of the 2017 class is Todd Centeio of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer. Centeio is already committed to Miami and has been for a few months now. He’s another dual threat quarterback but more of a pure passer than Barrett is at this point. So young, he has a very high ceiling and is set to have a crazy good last two years of high school.

At receiver, Gator commitment Rick Wells of Jacksonville Raines says he will be in Gainesville. Wells has been soaking in the fun as a Gator commitment and will continue to be that guy in the class that nobody has to worry about.

Barrett’s teammate and target at West Orange, Eddie McDoom is expected in, the two will likely be playing in the tournament on Saturday.

Centeio’s big target Isaiah Johnson at Dwyer is a little bit of a different story. Like Centeio, Johnson was committed to Miami just a week ago. Then he visited Florida last Saturday, went home and de-committed, and now is due back in Gainesville on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 204 pound monster receiver could be in for making some news on Friday. That is something to watch out for.

Another West Orange prospect, offensive tackle Stone Forsythe is also visiting. Forsythe has the frame you are looking for in an SEC lineman and his offers are really starting to pick up. The Gators will likely sign at least four linemen in 2016, so he will continue to be pursued.

In the 2017 class offensive tackle Blake Vinson of Ocala Trinity Catholic is a very nice looking prospect that actually transferred from West Orange to Ocala. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds and still two years of high school left to play, he will be a big timer before all is said and done.

The Gators started the day off strong last Saturday at Junior Day when Jacksonville Raines defensive end / linebacker JaQuan Bailey was offered and committed quickly after the offer. Bailey is a pass rushing force, but could be a nice fit at linebacker for a squad that will be looking for at least a few linebackers in this class.

Finally, safety Spencer Perry Bradenton of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy is expected in Friday. The 6-foot-3, 185 pound head busting safety is originally from Auburn (Ala.) but recently named Florida his leader. There has been a lot of chatter this week that something could go down this weekend in Gainesville. He has our attention.

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