The dead period is almost over, which means Florida will soon welcome several official visitors starting next weekend. Before we get to the expected visitor list this month, there are several noteworthy news coming out of all the All-Star games this past month.
Before we take a look into the future, the Jim McElwain and his staff did welcome several new faces to campus the past few days. Shawn Davis, Kemore Gamble, Kadarius Toney, James Houston IV, Kyree Campbell and Kadeem Telfort have all enrolled at Florida.
There were some late minute dramatics to Telfort's enrollments, including Louisville's presence. During Under Armour, the buzz around the offensive tackle from South Florida was that the Cardinals were becoming very confident they were going to be able to flip Telfort. However, Telfort's mom played a huge role in bringing her son to Gainesville this week. After a delay in his paperwork, Telfort finally enrolled on Thursday.
Big Time Visitors Flocking to Gainesville
Devon Hunter is one of the top athletes in the country, and the five-star safety is expected to be on campus next weekend. Hunter has already taken visits to Virginia Tech and North Carolina, however, he will also take trips to Auburn (Jan. 20) and Alabama (Jan. 27.) Many still believe the Hokies are the team to beat, however, with Hunter pushing back his decision from Christmas Eve to National Signing Day things are hopeful for another team to step in... the Gators were among the favorites before he first decided to make an early decision.
STORY LINK from Army practices.
The Gators have a big chance to add another offensive lineman this month, Kai-Leon Herbert. The Michigan four-star pledge is set to visit on Jan. 27 after taking officials to Auburn on Jan. 13 and Miami on Jan. 20. The Gators are looked upon the team with the best chance to flip Herbert from the Wolverines. Michigan is not confident Herbert will remain part of its 2017 class.
Jarez Parks is not an easy man to read. The four-star defensive end has already visited both Alabama and Florida State this fall, however, will visit Auburn and Florida this month. USC or Notre Dame are the two schools vying for the final visit.
Aubrey Solomon is still slated to visit the final weekend, however, that visit maybe up in the air. In a recent interview with Scout's John Garcia at Army practices, the five-star defensive tackle said Alabama is his leader and although USC (Jan. 13) and Auburn's (Jan. 20) official visits are set, his OV to Florida on Jan. 27 is subject to change.
STORY LINK from Army
Kendall Randolph was expected to take an OV to Florida on Jan. 20, however that visit is also up in the air. He is expected to visit Alabama, the school he is committed to, on Jan. 27.
Tedarrell Slaton is now focusing his attention on becoming a defensive tackle in college, which put Florida as a favorite to land the five-star. The Gators and Kentucky are the two schools that have stepped up in speaking with the American Heritage star about playing on defense rather than offense. He is expected to visit Florida Jan. 20, while he is also working out visits to Kentucky and Baylor.
STORY LINK from Army
Four-star defensive end LaBryan Ray will head to Gainesville in the final weekend. Ray will also visit Tennessee on Jan. 13 and Alabama on Jan. 20. Although the Crimson Tide have been the favorite for a long time, and yes they would take both Parks and Ray, the Gators are firmly in the mix and are the ones that could play spoiler on signing day.
Scout 300 athlete Christopher Henderson is set to take his official visit to Florida on Jan. 20, the week following his official to Alabama. The Gators continue to be the team to beat for the South Florida native. Miami is also in the mix, however, remains the long shot in landing the playmaker.
Things have been looking better and better for Florida with Levi Jones. The Texas native will visit the Gators on the first weekend and has not decided on his other two visits. He will decide between Texas A&M, Florida State USC and UCLA for the final two visits.
Jones and his family is close with Florida defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who coached Jones' father at the Miami Dolphins. The four-star linebacker will decide on National Signing Day
STORY LINK from Under Armour
The Gators are also sitting well with No. 17 wide receiver James Robinson is also set to visit Florida next weekend. UF is the favorite to land the wide out from Lakeland High School. He has already visited Oklahoma, another top contender, but will also visit Alabama (Jan. 20) and Ole Miss (Jan. 27).
Official Visit Weekend Breakdown
**Note: Clemson has begin to talk to Davis. He might take a visit there.
Tucker Day has only recently been in contact with Florida, but told Scout's Allen Trieu at Army practices he hopes to take an offcial visit to Florida this month. He has two others official visits already scheduled for Jan. 13 and Jan. 20., Mississippi State and Rutgers respectively, so I assume Jan. 27 would be the date he chooses if the visit is scheduled.
Things seem to have cooled down for wide receiver Henry Ruggs. At one point it looked like an Alabama and Florida battle for this wide out, however, in a recent interview, the four-star says he has only set up two officials, Alabama (Jan. 20) and Florida State Jan. 13).
He is not sure if he will take any more OVs due to his basketball schedule. If he were to take another visit he lists the remaining members of his top five as possible destinations: Auburn, Florida, and Penn State
Jedrick Wills says he is considering an OV to Florida, however, the four-star offensive lineman Alabama pledge has not mentioned any dates for this trip to Gainesville.