The nation's No. 2 rated strong side linebacker is Brendan Beal. Beal is from Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty High School. He is 6-3, 236-pounds and runs in the 4.5 range. Florida and Southern Cal will battle it out for his services over the next month. Beal was in Gainesville with his father last weekend and enjoyed his time in Gainesville. Right now things are up in the air on where he ends up but if I were a betting man, I would lay even money on the Gators being the team to beat.
Defense wins championships. With five-star prospects Brendan Beal and Will Hill in town to watch the Gators host the Volunteers most would think that is enough, well it's not. Five-star defensive end Chancey Aghayere will make the journey to Gainesville from Garland (Texas) High School. If it sounds familiar, it is because that is where Brandon Antwine played. Many feel that he will not leave the state but do not count out the Gators just yet. He is planning to announce on his birthday, which is September 17. It is always nice to have a prospect in for a visit the day before he is set to make his official announcement. Aghayere is 6-3, 220-pounds and runs in the 4.6 range.
Four-star safety prospect Spencer Adams will make his first ever trip to the Swamp on September 15. Adams is from Matthews (N.C.) David W Butler High School and is 6-2, 175-pounds. He lists seven schools, but I am going out on a limb and saying that in the end it will be Florida, Clemson and Virginia Tech for his services. Adams just recently set this trip up with Coach Doc Holiday and could not have picked a better game to attend. He speaks very highly of the Florida staff and loves the fact that the coaches are used to coaching up kids with his kind of speed.
Keeping consistent with the defensive theme the next prospect scheduled to be in town for his official visit the weekend of September 15 is four-star corner back Jeremy Brown. Brown from Orlando (Fla.) Boone High School has been a hot topic from message boards stretching all the way from South Bend to Gainesville with stops in Athens, Auburn and North Carolina. Brown is 5-10, 180-pounds and runs in the 4.4 range. Brown, like Hill is looking to get this decision out of the way so he can concentrate on his senior season. If all goes well I would expect a call from the Brown family say oh around 8 p.m. I know "if" is a big word indeed but I believe that in the end Browns heart is with the Gators. He does have family ties in the North Carolina area and had good times at Georgia and Auburn so anything is possible. The Brown family has great respect for Coach Brown and the Notre Dame family but believe it will end up being too far from home.
The lone offensive player that I am talking about is offensive linemen Barrett Jones. Jones, a four-star prospect out of Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian High School has a short list of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. I believe that order is how he would rank the schools on his wish list. Jones recently confirmed that he speaks with the Florida staff often. He has strong ties to the Crimson Tide program and many believe that is where he spends the next four or five years of his life. The Gators have some ground to make up but with a strong showing versus the Volunteers and the chemistry that he will build with the other top players that are coming in town you never know how these things will play out. Jones is 6-5, 270-pounds.