RECRUITING: Call This Gator Love Weekend

Just call this the Gator Love Weekend. Sixteen of the best high school football players in America will be visiting Gainesville for the University of Florida's biggest recruiting weekend of the recruiting season. Ten oral commitments that are already accounted for in Florida's recruiting numbers will be there along with six outstanding prospects who loom large on the Florida recruiting radar.

The combination of committed prospects and potential members of the recruiting class makes this a weekend that could seal who will fill the final slots in Florida's almost full class. With 27 already committed, there are perhaps just two or three slots available.

Four of the commits that will be in Gainesville are offensive players, a list headed by five star wide receiver/quarterback Jarred Fayson of Tampa Hillsborough. Fayson, a member of the US Army All-American team, will probably spend some time at quarterback in his first year at Florida but his future is definitely at wide receiver. Also due to visit are Justin Williams of Folkston (GA) Charlton County, a four star wide receiver/cornerback who may be a two-way player, tight end Trent Pupello of Tampa Jefferson (three stars) and four star offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert of Ft Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas.

Six of the commits are defensive players, headed up by US Army All-American tackle Corey Hobbs of Oviedo (four stars). He will be joined by defensive tackle Terron Sanders (three stars) of Bradenton Southeast, five star safety Jamar Hornsby of Jacksonville Sandalwood (US Army All-American), four star safety Bryan Thomas of Zephyrhills and a pair of four star linebackers, Dustin Doe of Live Oak Suwannee and A.J. Jones of Tampa

With six uncommitted prospects coming in and Florida's class sitting on 27 commitments, it appears there are three slots available at the most so the Gators do not have the luxury of taking all six players if they want to come to the University of Florida. The Gators are bringing in three offensive and three defensive players.

One name mentioned since the start of recruiting season in Gator circles is four-star running back Mon Williams of Mesquite (TX) Horn. The 6-2.5, 198-pound Williams is a bruiser who ran for a tough 1,658 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2005. Williams is a lifetime Gator fan who has had the Gators as favorites almost the entire recruiting season.

Knowshon Moreno of Middleton (NJ) Middleton South is another big tailback who can mash it between the tackles. At 6-1, 205 pounds, the four-star back ran for more than 1,500 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior.

Rounding out the offense is tackle Daron Rose of Tampa Jefferson. The 6-5, 310- pound four-star tackle, who dominated in the recent CaliFlorida Bowl, is said to not have allowed a sack in his high school career. People rave about his technique. Recruiting experts say he favors Michigan and Florida State.

Of the three non-committed defensive players coming in, all play in the secondary, a list headed up by Patrick Robinson of Miami Gulliver Prep. Robinson is a 5-11, 180 pound four-star cornerback with blazing speed. He played wide receiver for Florida in the CaliFlorida Bowl. Two of his Gulliver teammates are committed to FSU.

The other two defensive prospects are both committed to other schools. Allen Walker of Olive Branch (MS) is a dynamic playmaker known for his punishing hits. He is a four-star athlete who could easily play offense or defense at the next level. He is committed to Ole Miss.

Probably the biggest surprise attending the weekend is 6-0, 175-pound cornerback Raeshon McNeil of Mocksville (NC) Davie County. The four star corner moved way up the recruiting charts with outstanding showings in the Carolina Shrine Bowl and the US Army All-American Bowl. He was the defensive MVP for the East squad in the Army game. McNeil's interest is a recent surprise. He is committed to Notre Dame.

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