RECRUITING: Spikes to officially visit Gators

Fresh off a 13-7 second round state playoff win, Shelby (NC) Crest linebacker Brandon Spikes, is having to juggle visit plans for next weekend with his team's success. His seven tackle, sack, and interception performance along with the win means the original plan for Spikes to visit Gainesville for the Florida – Florida State game for an unofficial visit will be altered.

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The 6-4, 230 pound US Army All-American will still make the game as planned. However, he will make this an official visit and fly in Saturday so that he won't miss the contest. Spikes is ready to see the state of Florida civil war.

"Oh yeah, I am going to be able to make it," Spikes said Sunday night. "I can't wait 'til that game. I am going to go ahead and make this an official visit. I just can't wait to get down there and watch a game in The Swamp. Carl Johnson, Tim Tebow, and others should be there."

There is no loss for his appreciation of the University of Florida. Spikes has kept in contact with the Florida staff.

"Coach Holliday, Coach Meyer and Coach Strong have been talking to me," he said. "I always liked the Gators."

Last week he visited Alabama and came away very impressed with the visit. At the time right after his visit, the Tide led for his services. A little bit of that charm may have worn off. He mentions all of his favorites at the moment.

"Florida, Alabama, Virginia Tech and NC State are all at the top of my list," he said. "Alabama was leading, but I don't know… I liked that visit more than I thought, but that was only my second official. I will also probably take an official visit to NC State."

Linebacker is such a need position for the Florida Gators. The large and strong middle linebacker that Brandon Spikes represents is something that the Florida coaches would love to land for the class of 2006 to fill that need.

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