Quality High, Quantity Low for Recruiting Weekend

Once again the quantity will be small when the Florida Gators host their second recruiting weekend, but just as last week, the Gators are making up for a lack of numbers with quality.

Offensive lineman Simon Codrington of South Miami will be one of the visitors. He is said to be favoring Florida State and North Carolina State. The Gators like Codrington's potential and are hoping that the many departures due to graduation over the next couple of years will influence Codrington to make the Gators his top choice. Codrington is rated three stars by Scout.com

According to the Scout.com database, the highest rated player coming in this weekend, should be defensive end Doug Worthington from Athol Springs (NY) St. Francis. He has a five star rating and is considered the number four defensive end on the country. He is a public commitment to Ohio State but still, he is taking visits. When Worthington visited Alabama and Wisconsin, his parents did not accompany him, but they will be coming to Gainesville this weekend. He is a recent addition to the Gator recruiting board.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania running back Mikell Simpson is yet another recent addition to the UF recruiting radar. Simpson received his first call from the Gator staff recently, and shortly thereafter, scheduled a visit.

Simpson told Andrew Bone of Scout.com, "It's basically the last opportunity for me to go visit a place before I make my decision. I know they are in one of the top conferences in the country. I like the offense Coach (Urban) Meyer is going to bring to Florida. I want to meet with all the coaches. Florida speaks for itself. It has been one of the top programs in the country for the last several years."

Those are pretty nice reviews from a guy no one on Gator Country knew less than 10 days ago. Scout.com lists Simpson at four stars and the number seventeen rated running back in the country. The lack of depth at the running back position would make him a prime candidate for early playing time as a Gator.

Although the Gators have brought in just a few players in the first two recruiting weekends, it is partly because the new staff is still trying to learn its way around campus and Gainesville. They hope to have the recruiting weekend put together so well that during the next two weekends they will be able to handle a large number of visitors effortlessly. The weekend of January 28 will be the biggest weekend of all for the Gators, and in the days immediately thereafter, Gator fans will be able to start putting together a fairly good idea of what the recruiting class of 2005 will look like.

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