Saturday Roll Call - Defense

The game on Saturday is as big as it gets in recruiting circles. The Florida Gators will take on the Miami Hurricanes for bragging rights and to make an impression on prospects that might be looking at both schools. FightinGators.com has worked hard to bring you the latest on who will and won't be coming to the game on Saturday. One look at this list and you will not be disappointed.

The Gators don't have a large class to sign in 2009, but that isn't keeping some of the very best from that class from attending the game on Saturday. However, the list of 2010 prospects attending the game is very impressive indeed. FightinGators.com was able to catch up with most of these prospects in the last couple of days to get their plans for the weekend.

We finished with the offensive list, here is the defensive expected list of attendees.

The Gators are looking to sign up to three defensive linemen in the class of 2009. Saturday they will be hosting a few of the bigger names on the board. One that is expected in is defensive tackle Isaac Holmes (6-3, 290) from Hoboken (NJ) who will be on an official visit.

The Gators have already secured a commitment from defensive tackle Gary Brown (6-4, 280) of Greensboro West Gadsden. Brown was here last week for the game against Hawaii and he is eagerly anticipating the game Saturday.

"I can't wait till next weekend they say its going to be crazy with ESPN GameDay and it's a night game in The Swamp...and it's always the loudest at night," Brown said.

Speed off the edge is always something the staff at Florida is looking for in recruiting circles and Dyron Dye (6-5, 225) of Sanford Seminole brings the speed and tenacity.

"I am real excited. Me and my dad are gonna go up with Andre (Debose) and his dad, the coaches want us to get there early so we will probably get to Gainesville around 11 a.m.," Dye said.

Another big tackle possibility looms down south in the neighborhood of the visiting Hurricanes. Antwan Lowery (6-3, 325) of Miami Columbus is expected to make it to the big game on Saturday and told FightinGators.com, "Yes, I will be there and I can't wait!"

One of the premiere prospects in the country Craig Sanders (6-4, 235) of Anton (AL) is a physical freak. Both parents are Gator fans and Sanders says, "I am so ready to get to The Swamp and watch this game. I can't wait."

Todd Chandler (5-11, 265) of Miami Northwestern and Curtis Porter (6-1, 320) of Charlotte (NC) Trinity Christian are not expected in for the game on Saturday. Porter is committed to Miami.

The 2009 board at linebacker for the Gators is not very big and there is a chance that both main targets will be there. Stay tuned to FightinGators.com as we are trying to pin Jon Bostic (6-2, 225) of Palm Beach Central and Jarvis Jones (6-4, 225) of Columbus (GA) Carver down on whether they will make it in or not.

One big name linebacker standout for the 2010 class will not be able to make it Saturday. The father of Tyrone Cornileus Jr. (6-1, 171) of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson said, "We will not be attending, Junior has a game Saturday night, his first game he had seven solo tackles, five assisted tackles, one interception and one sack."

All-American safety prospect Ray Ray Armstrong (6-3, 220) of Sanford (FL) Seminole is expected in Saturday and said is "very excited" about the game.

Zeke Motta (6-3, 210) of Vero Beach (FL) is another hard hitting safety and should attend. Motta told us, "I am really looking forward to being up there in The Swamp on Saturday night to see a great game and be around some of the players."

Frankie Telfort (5-11, 205) of Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep is expected in, and we are in the process of confirming him for a visit.

The 2010 list of safeties/linebackers is an extremely good one and this game should host a few of the very best. Gideon Ajagbe (6-2, 192) of Coconut Grove (FL) Ransom Everglades is a big safety/linebacker type and he told us, "It is going to be live, raw and uncut and I can't wait. I am coming up with my dad and my coach."

One of the more athletic safeties in the country for the 2010 class is Matt Elam ( 6-0, 180) of Palm Beach (FL) Dwyer. Elam can not wait to get to Gainesville this weekend.

"I am so excited I can't tell you how excited I am. There aren't words to describe it," he said.

One missing prospect will be the younger brother of Gator starting cornerback Joe Haden. Jordan Haden (5-11, 192) Ft. Washington (MD) Friendly has a conflict and Joe Haden Sr. says he will be ready to visit some time down the road.

"Jordan has a game Saturday night and will not be able to make it but will make the next three Gator home games including the road game at Tennessee," Mr. Haden said.

The Gators are looking to be picky at cornerback in 2009, but that doesn't mean there aren't some excellent possibilities. Florida Gator commitment Greg Reid (5-9, 180) of Valdosta (GA) Lowndes County could play corner or on offense and the Under-Armour All-American is expected to attend on Saturday.

Michael Carter Jr. (5-10, 165) of Pompano Beach (FL) Ely has a lot of ties to Gainesville and has camped and visited many times. Carter is excited about coming to see the big game on Saturday.

"Yes, we are looking forward to attending the game Saturday night in The Swamp and checking out all the players," he said.

The Gators are in early on 2010 cornerbacks and will definitely be shopping next year for at least a couple. A hand full will dot the stands on Saturday including Garry Peters (6-1, 180) of Conyers (GA) who told FightinGators.com, "I am really looking forward to being there this weekend ever since I was a little kid."

Nickell Robey (5-9, 165) of Frostproof (FL) is another excellent cornerback athlete and is expected up.

"From the level of one to ten it's a ten. I can't wait until this weekend. I wish I could come up now and be with the guys," Robey said.

Lo Wood (5-11, 163) of Apopka (FL) is a name that will be bandied about on Gator recruiting boards throughout the process. Wood is expecting to have some fun on Saturday.

"My excitement level is just too high I am so ready for this game. I want to see this game so bad and I just can't wait to get to The Swamp to check it out. I want to see how many people come to the game and how loud it can get," he said.

Marsalis Teague (5-10, 175) of Paris (TN) will not be in attendance, but is expected to make it to the LSU game later in the season.

Stay tuned to FightinGators.com as we continue to keep up with the rest of the prospects on the board for both the 2009 and 2010 recruiting classes.


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