RECRUITING: Two Expected In This Weekend

The University of Florida football team is expected to host two football prospects this weekend. Tampa-Berkeley Prep offensive lineman Jim Barrie and Highland Springs (VA) linebacker Jarrell Miller will be the first to visit on a non-football game weekend this recruiting season.

Barrie, who has a large family of Gator graduates, is a 6-5, 305 pound offensive lineman who is still considering Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. He will visit the Gators this weekend before taking his final visit next weekend to Florida State. The Gators are hoping to add Barrie to the strong offensive line they are building for the future.

Barrie attended the game against Florida State last weekend where the Gators blew out the Seminoles. He enjoyed himself.

"The atmosphere was great," he said. "Obviously it was The Swamp and it's tough to compare because of that. They played really well and pretty much beat Florida State on both sides of the ball."

Miller is a four-star linebacker from Virginia. The Gators have two linebacker commitments but really need to sign a handful of linebackers this recruiting season. He is a big backer and would play at middle or strong side on the Gator defense. Miller was supposed to visit Gainesville last week, but the Gators changed the visit so that his family could visit with him. He has never been to the state of Florida. He is still considering Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and North Carolina and the Gators are considered a long-shot.

"They like me as a middle linebacker and they want me to come down there and play in the middle of their defense," Miller said last week. "I love watching Brandon Siler, he's a great player. Florida is a school on the rise. With Coach Meyer they are going to have a good defense and will be strong."

This should be a little less hectic weekend with the recruits than what the coaching staff has been used to. One change is some of the staff should be on the road to watch a few high school playoff games over the weekend, but otherwise there will be a lot more personal time with recruits and families.

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