A year ago there was no time for any of this. They were scrambling to put a recruiting board together and there were 15 prospects visiting the last week with about that many committing in the last seven days before signing day.
Florida will host over two dozen of the Florida and Georgia’s top athletes on Saturday and show them what being a Gator is about.
Story Line: Allen is the 4-star commitment recruiting for the Gators and bringing his 5-star teammate for junior day. Perry is the local out of Ocala that is committed to Miami. Allen visited Florida several times in the fall, Perry has also been to the Swamp being so close. In all likelihood Florida is set with Allen as their gut for 2017.
Story Line: It is hard to go wrong with this group of running backs. The number one player in the country has UF in his top four right now, but should be considered an LSU lean after moving away from Louisiana to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton. Sermon and Lemons are definitely two guys the staff is hard after. It is a great year in the state of Florida for running backs, and Davis is just one of the good ones to keep an eye on.
Story Line: Green is committed and a big time talent. Grimes is the number one player in the state at the position and a big time receiver with height and feet. The staff has visited Landers’ school twice in January. Pouncey is related to the former Gators’ Pouncey twins. Davis is an unrated star of the future.
Story Line: Terrific group here. Judson visited The Swamp at least four times last year as an Ohio State commit and he is uncommitted now. Dallas is a terrific two-way player out of Georgia who has been to Florida a couple of times already. Smith got an offer in November and this should be his second trip to the Swamp. Don’t know much about Burch, but certainly one to follow now.
Story Line: McKitty is a former Miami commitment that has been to Florida a few times. He didn’t see the field a lot on a loaded IMG squad, but looks to do so now that Isaac Nauta is gone. He has to be the top tight end target on the board for Florida at this time.
Story Line: It is actually a very good year in-state for offensive linemen, but the Gators have managed to lure a good out-of-state prospect in for Junior Day. He's been interested in Florida and I believe has visited before. Florida will take at least two offensive tackles in the 2017 class and that should be much easier this go around.
Story Line: The first is a big time out-of-state prospect that has visited before. The next two are big time defensive tackles from nearby Newberry. Parks is committed to FSU, Durden is leaning that way. Durden actually came to every Gator home game a year ago so there is a legitimate shot there. Parks has been a little more difficult to convince to visit. Webb is a big time out of state prospect that has already been on campus, so that is a big thing.
Story Line: An out-of-state linebacker and at a position that the Gators will likely take three next year if they can. It is not a very good year in-state at linebacker yet again, so look for Florida to search the southeast for the position in 2017.
Story Line: Wright is Gator Great safety Major Wright’s brother. That said, he is a Florida State lean at this time. Florida has to do some work on this big time safety. Poole currently has Florida as his leader. He visited twice last year, so there is definitely some interest. He has been looking forward to this trip. Henderson and Brini are two south Florida defensive backs, where there always seems to be aa handful of good ones.
BOTTOM LINE: The name of the game in recruiting is to get them on campus and show them what you are made of. If that isn’t what they are looking for, you will know soon enough and can move on. The Gators have done a great job of bringing in a lot of prospects to see campus on their own dimme over the last year and that trend seems to be continuing. They will host another junior day in mid to late February.