Big time Lakeland talent James Robinson left Florida from his official visit two weeks ago and loved it. He’s been recruited by Florida for years and now all that time seems to be paying off. A visit to Ohio State last weekend wasn’t a pleasant one and this one seems to be heavy in the Gators favor right now.
We confirmed with him earlier his week that Oklahoma commitment Charleston Rambo will visit this weekend. He certainly is a surprise to visit and basically came out of nowhere to do so. Rambo is quick as lightning and a big time talent out of Texas that certainly fits the play making mold the gators want on the field. There seems to be a shot in getting him, so we will have to see how his visit goes this weekend.
Another surprise to the visitor list in the last few weeks, Oliver martin is expected in at Florida this weekend. He’s missed his last two visits elsewhere, so this is one to watch and see how it pans out. Another terrific talent, Martin was a star at the Army All-American practices and game competing against the best players in the country. Our understanding is that he is coming in open minding and we feel there is a real legitimate shot for Florida to land Martin on signing day. Let’s make sure he makes that visit first.
Florida has a commitment from Hillsborough County’s career rushing leader in Malik Davis, a lightning quick ball carrier with instincts to hit the long ball often. They really love the talent of Adarius Lemons and they are still in the evaluation mode with him because of some off-the-field issues.
You would think there would be more names at the position and a few weeks ago there were. But, it appears the Gators are going all-in on Kai-Leon Herbert. With commitments from Kadeem Telfort and T.J. Moore already in the fold, Herbert will be a top priority regardless of position because just how good he is and the position he plays. Herbert already has two teammates committed to the gators in linebacker James Houston and cornerback Marco Wilson. They have been working him hard. The outlying issue is the fact that the Gators are still waiting to ink an offensive line coach. That seems to be something holding Herbert back. The staff will have to ease his mind on that this weekend when he visits.
Tedarrell Slaton visited Florida last week and had a very good visit. Most are projecting a Florida lean in a big way right ow. He is also teammates with Herbert, Houston, and Wilson and the two commits have been all over him as well. The only thing keeping Slaton from committing is a visit to Georgia this weekend and they will throw out all the stops. I think the gators should feel good, but they need to get past this weekend. Listed as an offensive guard, he plays both ways and is a monster on both offensive and defense. He really likes Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph and says that he really wants to play defense in college, of which the Gators were first to offer him that chance.
A Georgia commitment, Scout’s Chad Simmons has listed Wyatt as one of the top five possible flip prospects in the south. He’s due in this weekend to Florida for a visit and the Gators certainly like the big man. South Carolina is also in the race with Wyatt and also has a real shot of getting him.
Elijah Conliffe visited the Gators last weekend and is another that really likes Chris Rumph. He sees the opportunity in terms of playing time at Florida and is giving the Gators a great look. Conliffe is a star and a big time prospect that told me he could play nose, three technique, or even defensive end. He would be a huge get for Florida and Tennessee and Penn State seem to be the teams to be possible hurdles. We believe there is a good shot for Florida to land Conliffe.
Cam Spence was another surprise visitor for the Gators this January. A Maryland commitment, Florida gave him a lot to think about, especially with all the possible early playing time. Spence is still committed to Maryland but publicly stating that he has totally made up his mind. The big deal with Maryland is that they don’t have a defensive line coach. I think he likely sticks with the Terps, but this one isn’t over yet.
Breyon Gaddy and Brandon Gaddy are definitely a package deal. You won’t get one without the other and the Gators love them both. They too are currently committed to Maryland but have been pretty open about liking what the Gators have to offer. The two are expected in to Gainesville this weekend for their official visit. This very athletic defensive tackle combo is one to watch in terms of what happens this weekend. We feel a very strongly that the Gaddys could flip to Florida over the weekend or after.
We are still trying to get more verification from Truesdell that he is coming in to Gainesville this weekend, but we expect it. Unlike a lot on this defensive tackle list, he is one that the Gators have been recruiting hard for a long time. The Gators seem to have a good standing with Truesdell from all of his latest interviews, so we will have to watch how the weekend goes with him.
K’lavon Chaisson is another pretty new guy to the board as we know it. As it turns out there is a relationship with the staff that we were unware of that has come to light now. Chaisson would be a major get and a big time pass rushing specialist. He visits this weekend and we feel there is a legitimate shot because he hasn’t seemed sold on anyone yet and because of that staff relationship.
LaBryan Ray is a strong side end from Alabama who the Gators are fighting hard with Alabama over. It is never easy pulling an in-state kid from the grasps of the Crimson Tide and this one is a tough one. He hasn’t tipped his hand as to where he is leaning and been rather quiet since visiting Alabama. He is due in to visit Florida this weekend. The Gators want to make sure they impress.
Jarez Parks seems to be another Florida-Alabama fight. This one has been a strange recruitment and it is hard to get a read on where he stands with any school. Florida State may have a shot here as well, but most people believe Alabama is the favorite.
Levi Jones visited in the first week in January. The Texas big timer has a connection to Florida through his father Robert Jones, who played for Randy Shannon with the Dolphins. He left Gainesville with the Gators in the lead, but since has evened things out with all the teams he is visiting. He just left USC and UCLA and the last visit this weekend is set for Florida State. The people on this side of the country favor FSU in the race, the people out west favor USC. This one could go any which way in the end.
Nick Smith left Gainesville this past weekend from an official visit after previously de-committing from NC State. The underrated linebacker form central Florida is certainly at a need position and the staff loves him. This one seems destined to come to Florida and maybe sooner rather than later.
Christopher Henderson visited this past weekend and left very high on the Gators. But, his one-time committed Miami Hurricanes have raced back into the picture big time. He says it is a three way race between Florida, Miami, and Alabama, but this looks like two in-state teams are really going to battle. He’s a big time athletic talent and the need at Florida can’t be clearer in terms of the position. Florida will stay him until the ink is dry.
Brad Stewart is another cornerback that the staff has been on for a long time. The Louisiana native favored Florida back in the summer and looked to all be heading here and then it didn’t happen. Still, he has remained in contact and most believe Florida is the place he will land. He’s versatile and could be a big corner, a nickel, or even a terrific safety. With the numbers at the corner position he should a good look on the outside if he makes his way to Gainesville.
Eric Stokes is a relatively new one added to the board. He got an offer from Florida back in camp season and visited in the first visit weekend this month. The Georgia native is the fastest football player in The Peach State and Florida likes him at corner. The Gators are recruiting against the home-state Bulldogs and Ole Miss for Stokes. He is a signing day decision.
Brian Edwards is a long safety from south Florida who is yet another Florida-Miami battle. He will visit the Gators this weekend and has certainly been on the Florida radar for a very long time. Florida likes the defensive backs with size and he certainly fits that mold of what they are looking for.