Last year FNL was tantamount in getting many future Gator signees together to compete and interact among themselves. The coaching staff at the University of Florida would like nothing better that to see that duplicated or maybe surpassed with the group that is coming in.
Participants should expect loud music, a highlight film on the jumbo-tron, and lots of intensity from the Gator staff and the other participants. The closing of the event ends in a cookout, of which last year many campers raved about the hamburgers. Each participant pays their own way to Gainesville and has to cover expenses for food, insurance, and instruction at the camp.
It is truly amazing to see the amount of big time prospects that are expected to be in Gainesville on their own dime. The college world is no doubt sitting back and taking notice at the innovations of the Florida Gator football staff. Innovations that are the culmination of hard work that result in a group of big time players of this caliber showing up on campus.
The quarterback position will be well represented with three Scout.com South Top 100 quarterbacks. Stephen Garcia of Tampa Jefferson, Cam Newton of Atlanta (GA) Westlake and Travaris Cadet Miami Central headline a stunning athletic group of quarterbacks that will be on display at Florida field.
New Port Richey Gulf quarterback Alton Voss and Panama City Bay quarterback Bert Reed make this probably the most athletic group of kids at he quarterback position to be on any college campus this summer.
The running back position is filled with national prospects that are expected to participate tonight at Friday Night Lights. Headlining the group as members of Scout.com's Southeast Top 100 list are Armando Allen of Hialeah Miami-Lakes, Caleb King of Lilburn (GA) Parkview, Jonathan Dwyer from Marietta (GA) Kell, and Lynn Haven Mosley running back Enrique Davis.
Other running backs that would be rated higher any other year at the running back position include Oakland Park Northeast's Bo Williams, Greg Williams of Naples Barron Collier, Jacksonville Jackson running back Troy Pollard, Rudell Small of nearby Ocala Trinity Catholic, Rai-Shawn Wilson from St. Augustine and Lemuel Walker of Folkston (GA) Charlton County.
The wide receiver position that should be on display at the camp is like an embarrassment of riches. The Scout.com Southeast Top 100 wide receivers expected to make it are Gator commitment Chris Rainey from Lakeland high school, Kamar Aiken of Hollywood Chaminade, Deonte Thompson of Belle Glade Glades Central, Greg Little of Durham Hillside (NC) Dion LeCorn of Ocala Trinity Catholic, and Israel Troupe of Tifton (GA) Tift County. All are members of Scout.com's South Top 100 list.
Joe Haden of Ft. Washington (MD) Friendly High School is a part of the Scout East Top 100 and is expected in. Terrance Tolliver of Hempstead (TX), James Kirkendoll from Round Rock (TX), and Ahmad Paige from Sterlington (LA) are all members of Scout.com's Southwest Top 100 and are expected to take part in the camp.
Gator commitment and wide receiver Paul Wilson of Lakeland high school is a prospect that hasn't received much deserved attention but he will be in Gainesville Friday night. He will be joined by outstanding prospects Matt Clements of Naples Barron Collier and Winter Park's Darnell Williams.
The offensive line group is another group that is expected to have its fair share of big time prospects on hand. Five members of Scout.com's Southeast Top 100 are expected to make an appearance tonight. The group is headlined by Gator commitments Michael Pouncey and Maurkice Pouncey from Lakeland. Georgia commitment Trinton Sturdivant from Wadesboro (NC) Anson, Hollywood Chaminade's Emeka Nwankwo Elvis Fisher of St Pete Catholic round out the Scout South 100 expected attendees.
Folks, that was just the offensive list. The defensive prospects that are expected are a big time quality group themselves.
Headlining the group on defense expected to make it in are Gator commitments and defensive linemen D'Angelo McCray of Jacksonville Jackson, Jerry Howard, and Sidell Corley from Alabama. McCray and Corley are both Scout.com Southeast Top 100 members. Torrey Davis recently committed to FSU, and the Seffner Armwood defensive tackle is expected in.
Duke Lemmens of Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian is a member of the Scout West 100 and is already in Gainesville. Luther Davis of West Monroe (LA) and Rolando Melancon from Lutcher (LA) are both big time defensive linemen and members of the Scout Southwest 100.
Big time defensive tackle Ian Williams of Longwood Lyman told me this morning he is planning on being here. Lakeland Lake Gibson defensive end Claude Davis should also represent. Marrero (MS) defensive tackle Drake Nevis is expected to attend.
The linebacker group will be represented with depth if not ability. Some big names are expected although most are still seeking the recognition they deserve. The lone Scout
Southeast 100 prospect at linebacker that is expected in Gainesville Friday night is Lynn Haven Mosley's Carlton Johnson.
Gator commitment Steven Wilks from Lakeland headlines the rest of the group that includes the likes of star to be Jacksonville Forrest linebacker Brandon Hicks. Immokalee linebacker Brian Rolle brings his hard hitting ways as does Kyle Jackson of McDonough (GA) Union Grove.
The safety position won't have many attend, but some huge names in Gator recruitnik circles. Orlando Edgewater's Lorenzo Edwards and Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas safety Major Wright are both members of Scout.com's Southeast Top 100. They are expected to be joined Friday by Ocala Trinity Catholic's Antonio Allen and LSU commitment Delvin Breaux of New Orleans (LA) McDonough.
The cornerback spot will have numbers and quality on hand. A couple of highly rated players in North Miami Beach's Doug Wiggins and Hollywood Chaminade Madonna's Akeem Auguste represent the Scout Southeast Top 100. Gator commitment Ahmad Black of Lakeland may be the best of the bunch. Chris Culliver of Garner (NC), Jamire Williams of Jacksonville First Coast, Vance Cuff of Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County. Aaron Henry of Immokalee, Andronicus Lovette of Gainesville. Lionel Breaux (LA)
Dallas (GA) East Paulding punter Chas Henry is expected in and puts a cap on the expected attendees for Friday Night Lights.
It should be a great evening with a lot of excitement. This is going to be one heck of a week covering Gator football recruiting.