Andre Smith Heads Weekend Visit List

The University of Florida football staff was supposed to take this weekend off. It is the last visit weekend for recruits and the staff planned to sit back, make a couple of in-home visits with committed players, and then relax for the rest of the weekend. Well, when the number one offensive lineman in the nation says he wants to visit it's amazing how quickly a college staff can change its plans. The Gators will now host two for the weekend.

The big prize is Andre Smith, the 6-4, 315-pound US Army All-American who has won just about every imaginable award for an offensive lineman this year. He just may the most talked about offensive lineman in recent recruiting history. Smith had one last open visit date and he took his time getting around to making a decision where to take that last trip. In the last few days he settled on Florida and so he is expected to come to Gainesville for the weekend.

The word on the street is there is actually more than just a budding interest from Smith, who spent a lot of time in San Antonio at the US Army All-American Bowl with his pals Tim Tebow and Carl Johnson, both of who are already enrolled at Florida. The three were teammates on the East team along with Gator commitments Jarred Fayson, Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes.

Recent rumblings around Gainesville indicate Smith has a sincere interest in Florida and this visit, while a surprise to many, isn't just a cool way to spend the last recruiting weekend. Before he chose to visit Florida, Smith eliminated his childhood favorite, Florida State from contention. He never even took a visit to FSU and the Seminoles thought he was a lock to visit on their awards banquet weekend.

In and about Smith's home state of Alabama, it's said that the big guy from Birmingham Huffman is a mortal lock for the University of Alabama. Smith and his family both deny that he's a lock for any school and that he's still wide open. You can bet Florida will do everything possible to make this weekend special so that Smith's biggest and most lasting impression is of Gainesville.

The second visitor expected for the weekend is Naples Lely cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis. Although not a household name, this 6-0, 176-pounder is already somewhat of a celebrity on our message boards at Gator Country.

Pierre-Louis is reported to have 4.32 speed in the 40-yard dash. He's a superb track athlete with state championships in the long jump and triple jump to his name. Already committed to West Virginia, he is a surprise visitor for the weekend.

The Gators have only four scholarship cornerbacks on roster and three are seniors with very little experience. It is unknown if Pierre-Louis is coming in with an offer, but the fact is the Gators have only one non-senior on the current roster so they need to load up at the position if possible.

Meyer and his Florida staff will also be juggling some recruiting visits, stopping off in Springdale, Arkansas to see Damian Williams and Virginia Beach, Virginia to see Percy Harvin.

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