Big visitor for UK weekend

Well, it doesn't get much bigger than this for Homecoming. The Gators are hosting one of their last few home football games of the season and in the stands to watch will be the top prospect on the recruiting board board for 2009. Florida Basketball Coach Billy Donovan will likely be close by as All-American guard Kenny Boynton makes his official visit this weekend.

Maybe football isn't the sport that Gator fans usually get all lathered up about when facing Kentucky, but it does seem appropriate that the Wildcats are the opponent on Saturday when the Gators host their top prospect for the class of 2009. Kenny Boynton (6-2, 185) of Plantation (FL) American Heritage is a scoring machine and a piece of the puzzle the Gators would like to piece together for this recruiting class.

To say that Boynton is a coveted player is a mild understatement. Scout.com basketball analyst Dave Telep had this to say about Boynton in his latest update on the super shooter.

"There's been a lot made and tons written about Boynton over the years," Telep wrote. "We've covered him extensively and for good reason. Some kids you hope impact winning, others are merely great prospects with an eye on the next step. Boynton, well, he's a winner and he's going to impact the win column in a big way."

Big words from a guy that has covered basketball recruiting at the highest level for years.

Boynton is certainly something the Gators are in search of. A rough year shooting from long distance last season, Florida hopes to improve in the 2008-2009 season. They have added some help on the perimeter, but actually more inside help for the time being.

For the 2009 class, the Gators also already have commitments from forwards Erik Murphy (6-9, 210) of Southborough (MA) St. Marks and DeShawn Painter (6-9, 195) of Chatham (VA) Hargrave Academy. These will be added to the help already on campus from freshmen bigs, Eloy Vargas, Allan Chaney, and Kenny Kadji.

The missing ingredient for this young roster seems to be that lights out shooter and that is exactly what you have in Boynton who Telep describes as follows, "One of the top scoring threats in his class. Boynton is widely considered an elite level player...Hunts his shot and sticks difficult jumpers. Might be the most clutch shooter/maker in the nation. End of game situations, Boynton commands the basketball."

Florida is the third official host for Boynton, having already taken official visits to Southern Cal and Georgia Tech. He will visit Texas a week after his Florida official and conclude his official visit tour with a trip to Duke on Nov 11th. Boynton plans on making a decision early and signing in the early signing period. Billy Donovan and company hope to make a huge impression this weekend. Gator fans can go a long way in solidifying that impression with a festive Homecoming weekend.


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