RECRUITING: Gators added to Demp's list

There was a time when LSU was the team to beat for Pensacola Washington's Jon Demps. He's got a brother at LSU and that helped the Tigers take the lead for's number 24 nationally rated linebacker. Now, however, Demps has added two more schools at the top of his list and with three more visits to go, the 6-4, 228-pounder has a couple of favorites, but he's left the door open for some of the other schools on his list.

Gator caught up with Demps Tuesday night. He was watching the national championship game between Oklahoma and Southern Cal. The game was a blowout for Southern Cal, but it didn't come as a surprise to him.

"I knew USC was going to win because Oklahoma doesn't play anyone," he said.

The same four schools that have been on his list all season are still there, and even though he's got co-leaders, there is room for more investigation before he settles on one school on National Signing Day.

"Mainly I still have the same ones (Miami, FSU, Auburn, LSU) but I am now thinking about Florida and Ole Miss," he said. "One of them will get the last visit. Other than that I still have my visit to Auburn and I trip to Florida State this weekend (Jan. 7-9)."

Demps has already taken official visits to LSU and Miami. Miami is one of his two leaders along with Florida State.

About Miami, he said, "I like their whole atmosphere and team" while Florida State "is close o home, has a rich tradition, a legendary coach, and great players."

He will soon get a visit from Les Miles, the new coach at LSU.

"The new coach is coming down here Thursday," he said, noting that his brother (on the LSU team) "hasn't met him yet."

Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was due in the Demps household on Wednesday.

"Yeah, Coach Strong will be here tomorrow (Wednesday)," said Demps when Gator Country talked to him Tuesday night. "I liked Florida when Coach Zook was there and I always liked Coach Strong."

Linebacker depth and the chance to get early playing time will factor in for Florida should he decide his future is in Gainesville.

The situation at Ole Miss is reminiscent of Florida.

"They have the same as Florida with only two linebackers on the roster," he said. "I talked to Coach (Ed) Orgeron. He is coming to visit me this week."

He is academically on track to get into the school of his choice this year. Jon Demps is a big time quality linebacker which is a need position for the Florida Gators. Florida will have only four scholarship linebackers on the spring roster, so the Gators should put the full court press on him.

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