225 QBs Among 700 In For UF Camp This Week

The Florida Gators will be hosting more than 700 this evening as the individual session of their camp begins. The camp, which goes on until noon Wednesday, features some 225 quarterbacks, all part of the Kerwin Bell, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel passing camp which has joined forces with UF to make this one of the most exciting summer football camps in years.

The Gators are off to perhaps the best recruiting start in school history with nine verbal commitments already. Coming to camp this week are quite a few kids who have offers plus a host of others that are coming in with the intention of impressing the Florida staff enough to get a committable offer.

The Gators are looking to sign at least one high school quarterback to go with junior college commitment Bryan Waggener. At the top of Florida's list is Tampa Jefferson's Stephen Garcia, who is as impressive with his feet as he is with his arm. Another quarterback to watch this week is G.J. Kinne of Gilmer (TX). His dad is a coach at Baylor. He's got Florida listed in his top three even though there is no offer from the Gators yet. With a good camp, he could get the offer he's seeking.

The headliner among the running backs is Caleb King of Lilburn (GA) Parkview. He was down last summer for the Friday Night Lights so he's no stranger to the UF campus. Darius Marshall of Milledgeville (GA) Baldwin will be in Gainesville for the second time in a month. He was a teammate last year of Gator O-lineman Maurice Hurt and he was in town for a May combine. He's looking to get an offer this week as is Raishawn Wilson of St. Augustine. Wilson was a teammate last year of Gator signees Brandon James and Jacques Rickerson. Little known Lathanial Sowell of Jasper Hamilton County is expected to make it in. He doesn't have a big name but he has big time skills that could open the door for an offer.

Florida's wide receiver board is topped by Deonte Thompson of Glades Central. He's one of the fastest players in the entire nation and rated first or second on every ranking of wide receivers in the state. Dion LeCorn of Ocala Trinity Catholic will be in, hoping to build on a strong performance at last summer's Friday Night Lights when he caught everything thrown his way. Another of Maurice Hurt's former teammates, Wayne Bonner (Milledgeville (GA) Baldwin County) is back on campus for the second time in six weeks. He's a tall, smooth wide receiver that has Florida at the top of his list. He'll get a chance to show his stuff against some outstanding DB prospects.

The lone offensive linemen that's prominent on Florida's recruiting board that is expected to make it in is tackle Elvis Fisher of St. Petersburg Catholic. Fisher showed up big at the Scout.com combine in Jacksonville back in March. Most of the top linemen made it in to Florida's lineman camp last week so Fisher will have a chance to get a lot of attention from the Florida coaches.

Some heavy hitters from Florida's defensive lineman board are expected to make it in including Von Miller of Desoto, Texas. He's got the Gators prominent on his list of favorites. A star of the combine in Boca Raton, Adawale Ojomo of Hialeah, could project as a linebacker with his speed and athletic ability. A couple of others to watch will be defensive end Jack Dinardo of Hinsdale (IL) and Corian Garrison of Starke (FL) Bradford County isn't well known, but he's got size and athletic ability that merits a long look.

Allen Bailey of Darien (GA) McIntosh Co. Academy is probably the top middle linebacker on the Florida recruiting board. This is his third trip to Gainesville since the spring so it's fairly obvious that he likes Florida and Florida likes him. A dark horse for a scholarship offer is Aaron Oliver of hometown Gainesville High. He plays defensive end for GHS but his size and athleticism scream linebacker. He is my surprise choice to earn a scholarship as a linebacker this week. DeNoris Searcy Decatur (GA) Towers has gotten rave reviews. He'll have a chance to compete against some outstanding talent this week so he's one to watch closely. Madison County has a couple of top prospects in Tony Slaughter and Demarius (D.J.) Folsom that could impress this week along with Sacoby Carter of Hawkinsville, Georgia.

Local standouts Andronicus Lovett of Gainesville High and Vince Brown of Gainesville Eastside are two cornerbacks that could get some attention for their athletic ability. Brown is the younger brother of former Gator Vernell Brown. The headliner among the defensive backs is probably Johnny Lee Dixon of Glades Central. He's a big time hitter that committed to Auburn last week. Another DB to watch is Bernard Brinson of Madison County.


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