Of utmost importance this recruiting season is the fact that certain positions on the team are weak in numbers of quality players. One of them is definitely the offensive line. The Gators graduate five offensive linemen this year and five next, so it's possible Florida may sign as many as seven offensive linemen on signing day. Two of the top players on Florida's offensive line board are in this weekend. Here's a list of the give that made it in.
Curtis Crouch: He is a 6-6, 316-pound mammoth from Fayetteville (NC) EE Smith. Rated four stars by Scout.com, the big offensive lineman is considered the number 18 player in the nation at his position. Even one day ago it was thought Crouch would not be able to visit Florida, but he was able to show that he has made sufficient academic progress and he got the okay to make the visit. He is being pursued by the likes of Clemson, North Carolina State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. He could line up on the field with any of them. At this point, it's anyone's guess who he favors.
Chris Scott: Scott is a 6-4, 315-pound four star lineman from Lovejoy Georgia. He's rated number ten among OL in the nation and has been selected to play in next week's US Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas. Scott has narrowed his choices to Florida and Tennessee. Scott always talks about academics. He wants to be an engineer and he's well aware that Florida's engineering school is rated one of the best in the country. He has not had the chance to get acquainted with the new Florida staff until this weekend so this visit could be decisive. Mike Locksley has been recruiting him from the beginning and because of that there is a comfort level there.
Darryl Gresham Jr.: If the name sounds familiar it's because this 6-3, 230-pound, three star linebacker from Roanoke, Virginia, is a Gator legacy. His dad (Daryl Sr.) was a Gator basketball player in the early 80s. Gresham plays a position critical for Florida's recruiting efforts since the Gators have only four scholarship linebackers returning. The Gators 4-3 defense can't even field a two deep at the position until the class is signed. Gresham has been a soft verbal commitment to Virginia for quite some time but word is the Gators have a real shot. Gresham has also been recruited all the way by Coach Locksley.
Richard Gordon: This 6-4, 240-pound defensive end from Miami Norland is a real physical specimen. Scout.com has him rated four stars and the number 16 defensive end in the nation. Gordon is a great athlete with huge hands. He played tight end in the Cali-Florida All Star Game in Miami last Sunday. Florida may be the only in-state school with a real shot at landing him on signing day.
Nyan Boateng: This 6-3, 190-pound receiver has almost unlimited potential. He has incredible speed to go with his four stars and number 14 national ranking. He's one to talk the game as well as play it, too. It seems the US Army All American doesn't mind making up a story or two to get people thinking one way or another about where he'll wind up on signing day. Gator fans are hoping he was telling the truth when he told Scout.com last week that he was 90% Gator. Look for Boateng to make a decision soon.
Safety Randy Phillips of Belle Glades was supposed to make it in this weekend, but apparently did not.
This is the Fab Five for the first recruiting weekend in January. While this group is small in terms of quantity, there is no doubting the quality. If the Gators land even one of them, it will be a happy day. There's a better than average chance Florida will land all five.