Recruiting Roundup

With the start of the college football season just a little more than a week away, some of the attention has moved away from the recruiting trail and on to the gridiron. But that doesn't mean that the world of recruiting has gone silent.

Throughout the recruiting process, message boards are filled with talk of the projected class of 2008 for the Gators. Brandon Harris, T.J. Lawrence and Harry Adams are three that most people have penciled in. I have stayed away from a projected class due to a couple of reasons that I will go in detail on later. For now, keep an eye on these three as they begin their senior seasons.

Coach Urban Meyer has stated repeatedly that he wants to field the fastest team in the nation. One player that would go a long way in making that a reality is wide receiver Harry Adams. Adams is from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard High School. He is a 5-10, 185-pound speedster with legit 4.35 speed. Adams is probably one of the rawest wide receivers that the Gators are looking at this year. He has speed that kills and can take it to the house at any given time. Adams knows where he intends on spending the next four to five years of his life, but only a select few actually know where that is, including the school. As his senior season is steadily approaching, Adams has plenty to say.

"Practice is going great," Adams said. "We have our first game coming up against Bay Central High School. They got us last year 21-20 so are team is hyped up to get one back from them. We just finished three-a-days, but now that school is starting, we are back to once a day. We have been going from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. The team is coming together better than most expected."

How is his recruiting process going?

"Recruiting is going great," he said. "I stay in constant contact with Minnesota, Auburn and Florida. All of them want to see how practice is going and how I am doing off the field. I just want to prove to everyone that I belong in conversations when people talk about great wide receivers. I am working hard on all my routes but especially the come backs, digs and square ends."

Adams is a player that will put tremendous pressure on opposing defenses and no one is more excited about the opener than he. We will have updates on how the opener goes over the weekend.

Another wide receiver that the Gators are looking at is T.J. Lawrence. Lawrence is bigger than Adams, measuring in at 6-1, 195-pounds, but is not as fast with 4.55 speed. Lawrence is from Kathleen (Fla.) Kathleen Senior High School and has the Gators at the top of his wish list followed by Virginia Tech and South Carolina. South Carolina is the only one that he has not visited. Kathleen Senior hosts Lake Region this Friday and then takes on Lake Gibson after that.

"It is very exciting to get back on the field," Lawrence said. "We are looking nice right now. Two-a-Days were tough but it was something that we needed to do to get where we want to be. We just want to get on the field and show people what we can do."

Florida is on top of both Virginia Tech and South Carolina at this time. If signing day were to end today, both Adams and Lawrence would be in the class of 2008. Things can obviously change when it comes to recruiting, but that is where I stand on these two at this time.

Another prospect who finds himself in most mock classes by the people who cheer for the Orange and Blue is a standout defensive back from Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington High School, Brandon Harris. I spent a lot of time with both Harris and his father, Coach Harris at Friday Night Lights and both are exceptional individuals to speak with. Harris remains open at this time but plans to narrow things down to a top five as early as this weekend. Harris is 5-10, 185-pounds with 4.45 speed. He has great instincts, hips and athletic ability. Harris and the rest of his Booker T. Washington teammates are loading up on Thursday for a trip to South Carolina for a nationally televised showdown with Summerville High School. Summerville is home to one of the nation's top wide receivers, University of Georgia commitment A.J. Green.

How excited is Harris to start his senior season?

"We play Summerville High School Saturday on ESPN at noon," Harris said. "We have been working extremely hard in the off-season and we cannot wait to leave Thursday and play Saturday and show everyone what we have. We have been looking forward to this game since the beginning of the summer. It is a lot more intense than a regular season game. It will be a playoff type atmosphere."

Defensively, Booker T. Washington is loaded.

"We are strong as ever on that side of the ball," Harris added. "We have depth at every position and all the guys are ready to get on the field with Summerville and show them just how good our defense is. All of the guys can really play and get the job done."

With his ability, many think that Harris will be matched up with the opponent's top wide receivers.

"We have so many great corners on this team; the coverage will just depend on what the other team is running. At times, I will be matched up against the number one receiver but we have great talent at the other secondary positions. With me being recruited as heavily as I am I think that some of our guys are going under the radar a bit but they will be ready for the challenge, I can promise you that."

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and closer for Harris.

"I have been on varsity for four years," he said. "I can honestly say that this off-season has been the most intense summer that I have been associated with. We made it through the summer and two-a-days and now we just need to bring it all to the field. Our coaches are fired up and have done a great job getting us ready for our march to the state title."

Since his junior season, Harris said his leadership is what he's improved on most.

"Leadership abilities, without question," Harris said. "I have also become extremely stronger than what I was last year. I have improved my strength by about 70-pounds on the bench. The other thing that I have done is become a great film room guy. I spend a lot of hours watching film and trying to pick up certain tendencies that will help me during the season."

Harris is still open in his recruiting process.

"I am 100 percent open with all the teams that have interest in me," he said. "I am going to sit down with my parents this week at some point and try to break down my top-five. I know that I will take all of my official visits and then commit some time after that last visit. I want to narrow it down to five so I can go ahead and set up my official visits."

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