Spiller, 3 OL To Visit Florida This Weekend

With the class of 2006 almost filled up and signing day just 20 days away, both quality prospects and available slots for Florida's recruiting class are severely limited. The Gators are pinpointing positions of need when they host a handful of prospects for the January 13 recruiting weekend. Only one already committed player will be in Gainesville but three offensive linemen are visiting.

With four wide eyed true freshmen already on campus in Tim Tebow, Carl Johnson, Maurice Hurt, and Chevon Walker and the afterglow of Florida's bowl game victory over Iowa, the Gators should have a good ambience for the weekend's official visitors. While on campus, the visitors will probably take in basketball at the O'Connell Center where the second ranked Gators will host Auburn Saturday evening along with a trip to the university's Lake Wauberg property.

The only prospect already committed to the Gators that is due to visit is cornerback Markihe Anderson of Ft. Myers Dunbar. The 5-10, 175-pound speedster played wide receiver at Dunbar this year but came to camp and earned a scholarship offer as a cornerback.

Georgia Military College sophomore Josh Johnson is headed to Gainesville for the weekend. The one-time Georgia Bulldog outstanding linebacker left Athens and will finish his AA degree at GMC in the spring. It is believed the 6-2, 235-pound linebacker still has three years of eligibility left and could compete right away for a spot in the rotation at Florida.

Running back C.J. Spiller, fresh off of his US Army All-American Bowl appearance will make the short trip to Gainesville this weekend from nearby Lake Butler. Spiller scored 30 touchdowns this season while leading Union County to the state quarter-finals in Class 2A. The 5-10, 185-pounder is rated the number three running back in the country by Scout.com. Spiller has breakaway speed like no other Gator running back.

The offensive line loses four senior starters so holes have to be plugged immediately, especially since the Gators signed only three linemen in last year's class. Among the visitors this weekend will be the under-publicized Orlando Franklin of Delray Beach Atlantic. Franklin may not have all the press clippings but the 6-6, 300-pounder has an offer from each of Florida's Big Three.

Five star tackle Antonio Logan-El of Forestville (MD) was at one time committed to Maryland but he thought things over and has opened the door for other schools to recruit him. The 6-6, 310-pounder still has Maryland high on his list along with Penn State but Florida remains in the picture. The Gators will have good weather to show off the campus in what amounts to their last shot at landing this big guy.

A somewhat new name in Gator recruiting circles is Ian Symonette of Houston (TX) St. Pius X. The tallest recruit for the Gators this season at 6-9 and 330 pounds, Symonette seems wide open at the moment with five schools still on his list of suitors. Florida is a late comer but the Gators have been closing ground rapidly with this native of the Bahamas who has been playing football just two years. His mother will fly in from the Bahamas to join him this weekend.

All in all it's a short list for the staff and players to host this weekend in Gainesville. The Gators will be trying to get a yes from several of the players coming in and show Anderson that he made the right choice. It is a nice tune up for what will be a huge visit weekend on the 20th.


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