RECRUITING: On the trail with Coach Locksley

Coach Mike Locksley carried on his duties as an assistant coach at Florida by traveling the last week and a half looking and talking to star recruits. Below is a small list of kids he visited and a snippet about each.

Kalvin Bailey FB/RB from Seffner Armwood is a huge physical specimen with absolute magnificent athletic ability. He and his team will get a chance to see Gainesville this Saturday as they play for the state championship. Urban Meyer is not afraid of using the fullback in his offense and it may be a chance for the Gators to get a shot at the 5-11, 245- pound dynamo.

Quentin Brown is an offensive lineman from Edgewater HS.in Orlando. Overshadowed by teammate Matt Hardrick, Brown is up there on the Gators wish list. The Gators will get a first hand look of Brown in action as his Edgewater team also plays in the state championships on Florida field on Saturday.

Eddie Haupt of Merritt Island HS is expected to announce for the Gators soon. Haupt was a wunderkind at the Florida Lineman Camp this summer and has continued to impress on the gridiron the entire football season. Haupt writes monthly recruiting journals for Scout.com and has been a favorite of Gator fans ever since he showed interest in the Gators.

Chris Scott is a massive offensive lineman from Lovejoy HS in Georgia. The 6-4, 315-pound lineman has been a major target for the Gators for quite some time. With the need for quantity of linemen, it is easy to see why Locksley has a lot of them on his visit list.

Duke Robinson is another massive lineman from Washington HS in Atlanta , Georgia. The 6-5, 325-pound lineman has also been on Locksleys hit list since the beginning of the recruiting cycle of this class.

Brandyn Young of Tucker HS in Georgia was visited by Locksley. He doesn't currently show the Gators on the radar, but with the possible loss of Justin King and Demetrice Morley as commits, the defensive backfield is looking a little thin. This is a position where a young player can come in right away and make a case for playing time next year.

Derrick Williams, the current number three recruit in the nation according to Scout.com would be the gem of the Gator class if the Gators could garner his commitment. Locksley would almost certainly have to stay on staff for the Gators to secure his commitment, and that just may happen. Williams supposedly has a renewed interest in the Urban Meyer led Gators.

Doug Worthington, Scout.com's number four rated defensive end in the country, got a visit from Locksley. The Ohio state commitment would be an awesome although improbable addition to the class. Worthington will probably has heard plenty of negatives due to possible NCAA violations against Ohio State, so the St. Francis HS (Anthol, NY) all-star may actually be amenable to an offer from the Gators.

Andre Mathis, the Erie, Pa. four-star linebacker, lists Florida as a possible college destination. The Gators, ultra-thin at linebacker, could use a shot in the arm from a recruit like Mathis. It remains to be seen what the effect of urban Meyer and his staff will have on his recruitment. Locksley didn't pass on a chance to visit him.

Kyle Moore of Warner Robbins HS in Houston County, Ga., told us earlier in the week that the Georgia Bulldogs are no longer high on his list. The four-star defensive end got a visit from Locksley earlier in the week. With the apparent commitment of Justin Mincey to Florida State, Moore may become a higher priority for UF.

Locksley made a trip to Hargrave Military academy to check on a few athletes. Five-star offensive lineman Jared Gaither, a Maryland commitment, was a certain target of the wily recruiter. He isn't hard to miss with at 6-8 and 330 pounds. Hargrave Defensive tackle Brian Simmons was also on campus when Locksley made his visit to Hargrave. The four-star lineman wasn't going to get away without at least a greeting from Coach Locksley. Derrick McPhearson is probably the original target of Locksley on his visit to Hargrave. McPhearson, who signed with the Gators last season, spent this season with Hargrave to get his academics in order to get into school. If Locksley stays, look for McPhearson to give the Gators a second chance.

Roanoke, Virginia linebacker Darryl Gresham is someone we have called frequently here at Gator Country. The Virginia Cavalier commitment has decided he will still take some visits and has openly stated that he is willing to give the Gators a chance to sway his thinking on his commitment. Again, a position of real need for the Gators, so look for the new staff to try and sell Gresham hard about coming to UF.

As is apparent, Mike Locksley was everywhere on the map recruiting for the Gators in the last week and a half. He continues to do a stand up job in this part of his chosen career. Time will tell how his work has paid off.


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