The offensive line is still a major point of concern for the staff as they look to build numbers and even find guys that could possibly play right away. The Gators have two commitments coming in for their official visits this weekend and two more prospects that are highly coveted.
Bottom Line: He’s the state’s top center and an Under Armour All-American who won the starting job for his team in the big game. The Gator commit is physically strong enough to play at the college level and he’s as technically sound as you will find. Redshirting is a possibility, but it might be difficult to keep Heggie off the field at some point in his first year.
Bottom Line: The latest offensive line addition to the Florida class. Taylor rebuilt his body during the season and earned a Florida scholarship of which he accepted a little while later while also de-committing from Miami. He’s a big bodied guard that moves the pile and a needed addition to the class.
Bottom Line: From South Carolina, Simpson is another monster guard and is highly coveted. Florida is not likely in the lead here and so they have some ground to make up this weekend. Clemson seems to be the lead choice at this time and they are of course much closer to home. Florida needs to show the opportunity to play, which they have.
Bottom Line: He’s another big time offensive lineman visiting on the weekend. Dickerson has yet to visit Gainesville and the Gators need to turn on the charm. He can play any position on the line and that kind of versatility is invaluable. Most believe Florida State or Tennessee is in the lead, but when you talk with Dickerson you get the feeling that anything is possible. The Gators would love to make it happen.
Bottom Line: Four coaches travelled to see Polite on Thursday. He is one of the big pieces on the defensive side of this recruiting class that is already committed. He’s a terrific pass rusher and should be able to put some more good size on him making him a versatile player up front for more than one position. The Gators would like to get him to cancel a later trip planned for USC.
Bottom Line: Jackson is a primo linebacker from the Under Armour All-American Game and we all understand the need for the position at Florida after only signing one linebacker total in the last two classes. Jackson has elite size and athleticism for that size and would be a huge addition to the class. The word on the street is he is likely to stay closer to home, but when talking to the young man he likes what the Gators have to offer.
Bottom Line: Another big bodied linebacker that is currently committed to the University of Georgia. Laguins opened up his recruitment a little and is taking visits since the firing of Mark Richt at Georgia. In the end, most believe he will stay with the Bulldogs, but getting him on campus is a big deal.
Bottom Line: He’s a teammate of Jackson and another real talent. Florida offered him late and getting him here on a visit is a bonus. Not much is known about the interest between him and the Gators, so the weekend might be telling.