Florida is opening its doors for the first time this month for official visits. There will be some big heavy hitters in Gainesville and the Gators could very well make some moves.
One of the biggest headliners for this weekend is undoubtedly Devon Hunter. At one point it looked like the Gators were completely out of contention when he was meant to announce his decision on Christmas Eve. However, when the five-star safety decided to postpone his decision, Florida was given hope.
The Virginia native is now set to announce next weekend and despite what is being reported elsewhere says he has no other visits set after his trip to UF. He says the only visit he knows he will take this month is the one he will take this weekend to Florida - that means Auburn and Alabama might not land a visit. He has already visited Virginia Tech and North Carolina and the Hokies continue to be the favorite among many.
This visit to Florida in my opinion can change things. Nothing is firm until that dotted line was signed and it was often thought if Hunter was set to leave the state, UF would be his choice.
Levi Jones is another big visitor for this weekend. The four-star linebacker from Texas has a close connection to Randy Shannon, however, Florida State will get the final say with Jones. At Under Armour, Jones told reporters he would not completely rule out committing before taking all visits, but then he tweeted out days later that he will make his decision public on National Signing Day.
I will not be surprised if Florida pushes James Robinson on this visit. The wide receiver has been a little more reserved after saying UF was a leader a few weeks back, however, the Gators should feel like they remain the top team in Robinson's recruitment.
Another Scout 100 playmaker expected to be in Gainesville is Jarez Parks. The four-star defensive end is still considered an Alabama lean, however, Florida and Florida State are two suitors trying to lure Parks away from the Crimson Tide.
Cam Spence is a relative new name to the board for Florida. He decided to schedule his official visit to the Gators recently despite being committed to Maryland. Although the visit should be considered as Spence showing a true interest in UF, the four-star defensive tackle is thought to be very solid to the Terps. However, with his position coach gone, things can change.
Another out of state target visiting Florida is Eric Stokes. The athlete from Georgia is also high on Ole Miss and Iowa State.
The Gators will also host two pledges this weekend: cornerback Elijah Blades and linebacker Ventrell Miller. Although Miller is considered as solid as can be, Florida will hope to persuade Blades to shut things down this weekend. The California native is still scheduled to visit USC and Nebraska.
Movers and Shakers
Several Florida targets are set to visit other schools this weekend as well:
- Four-star defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe is expected to visit Tennessee this weekend
- Four-star OT Caleb Chandler is set to visit Louisville.
- Three-star defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell is set to visit Louisville.
- Four-star OT Kai-Leon Herbert is set to visit Auburn.
- Four-star cornerback Christopher Henderson is headed to Alabama.
- Four-star cornerback Brad Stewart will visit Arizona State.
- Three-star safety Brian Edwards will visit Louisville.
- Four-star DE LaBryan Ray will visit Tennessee
- Three-star linebacker Nick Smith is visit Michigan State.