RECRUITING: Big Time Talent For Friday UF Camp

The University of Florida football team will be hosting a Senior Development Camp tonight (July 22). Dubbed "Friday Night Lights" by the Gator coaching staff, the camp will begin at 8 p.m. under the bright lights of The Swamp. Some of the top high school talent in the state and southeast is coming to Gainesville for this big event, the second big all-star event on the UF campus.

On June 4, the Gators hosted a Junior Day that featured an all-star cast of athletes that was followed by 10 days of camps that saw even more talented players show off their skills to the Florida coaching staff. For the athletes, these camps are opportunities to show off their skills against top flight competition with a hopeful end result of scholarship offers.

  • Tim Tebow
  • Jarred Fayson
  • John Brantley, Jr.
  • C.J. Spiller
  • James Poe
  • Jamar Hornsby
  • Tim Hawthorne
  • Justin Williams
  • Brandon Caleb
  • Lattarius Thomas
  • Donald Bowens
  • Johnny Patrick
  • Sam Young
  • Lee Tilley
  • Daron Rose
Tonight's camp will feature skills and technique instruction with some of the best high school players in the country going head to head. Here is a look at just some of the talent that will be in hand.


Two members of the National Hot 100 players are expected. Tim Tebow of St Augustine (FL) Nease will be one of the bigger names in attendance. He is the third rated quarterback in the nation, a five-star recruit who was in Gainesville June 4 and for another day of camp later on in June. Tebow, who just returned from a Christian mission in Asia, has been a visitor to UF many times in the off-season. Another member of the top 100, Jarred Fayson of Tampa Hillsborough should also be in attendance. Fayson is a gifted dual threat quarterback who hopes to stay under center at the next level. However, he's such an outstanding athlete that wherever he goes, he will see the field at some position quickly. John Brantley Jr. is a junior from Ocala (FL) Trinity Catholic who is expected to participate. He will be one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country in for the 2007 recruiting class.


This is a position low on quantity but high on quality. C.J. Spiller of Lake Butler (FL) Union County is a five-star player who is rated the number four running back nationally. He will be at the camp although he will not participate. A player to watch is James Poe of Orlando Freedom. He's 6-3, 220 and his future is likely at linebacker, probably the only position he would have a chance at playing at Florida.


Two national top 100 wide receivers are expected in with Jacksonville Sandalwood's five-star rated Jamar Hornsby and Tim Hawthorne of Homewood (AL), another big time receiver. Hornsby has taken many visits to the Gainesville campus but it will be a first for Hawthorne. Four star wideout Justin Williams of Folkston (GA) Charlton County was expected but it is possible he will not make it to Gainesville. Highly touted Brandon Caleb of Fork Union (VA) Military Academy is expected. He has the speed to play wide receiver and the size to play linebacker at the collegiate level. A player to watch is Lattarius Thomas of New Smyrna Beach. He's a tall receiver who had an impressive day at the Jacksonville combine.

Donald Bowens was perhaps the most impressive receiver at the combine in Tampa in May. The St. Petersburg High School receiver is tall and with a gift for going after the ball once it's in the air. DeLand's Johnny Patrick has great speed and kick return abilities. He was recruited hard early in the spring by the Gators. His future may be at cornerback.


Two national top 100 players are expected in Friday night and a third highly touted lineman should make it. Sam Young of Ft Lauderdale St Thomas Aquinas will be making at least his third trip to Gainesville since March. Lee Tilley, a massive offensive lineman from Springfield (OH) is another National Top 100 player who is expected. Daron Rose of Tampa Jefferson is a four-star rated tackle who was the best pass blocker at several camps over the summer. Rose was at the June 4 Junior Day so this will be his second visit to UF.

Look for the defensive list, a much longer one here on Gator Country later this afternoon.

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