Gators Recruiting the Trenches Hard

The Florida Gators are hosting 11 of America's best college prospects this weekend on official visits. Three players rated five-stars by are expected in this weekend, as well as seven highly sought after prospects in the trenches. It's the biggest recruiting weekend of the recruiting season and the Gators are hoping to capitalize on a great football season, starting with this group.

When looking at the expected visitors the eyes wander to the guys in the trenches. On the offensive line, Jonotthan Harrison, Nick Alajajian, and Jon Halapio are expected to make it in. All three are already committed to the Gators. Alajajian is rated the No. 1 player in the country at his position by Harrison is a four-star lineman that earned his stripes at camps in the summer and then played extremely well during his senior season. Halapio is somewhat of a sleeper, but may be the most physically ready to play of the group.

Staying in the trenches, the staff at Florida look to host a mean group of defensive linemen. Junior College four-star defensive tackle Edwin Herbert already visited and should be headed to Tennessee for the rest of the weekend. Four-star Latu Heimuli of Utah is making a long trip to Gainesville and has become good friends with Halapio, who is busy trying to sell him on being a Gator. Detroit (MI) defensive tackle William Campbell finally caved in to a visit with Florida and the Gators would love to make an impression on the five-star defensive tackle before his visit is over. Finally, defensive end Kedric Johnson is already committed to the Gators and should help with some of the others that are not committed already.

Five-star linebacker Jelani Jenkins is the No. 2 rated weakside linebacker in the country. He comes in from Olney (MD) and is a huge target for the Gator coaching staff this weekend. Word on the street is that the Gators have made up huge ground in his recruitment over the last month and a half.

Four-star safety Dee Finley is actually making a second official visit to Florida after barely failing to qualify last season and enroll in Gainesville. Finley attended prep school this year and is a beast of a safety. The Gators should be excited to have him in this weekend. Staying in the secondary, cornerback Michael Carter Jr. of Pompano Beach Ely is a highly sought after corner and one the Gators have recruited hard from the beginning of the process.

The lone offensive skill player in this weekend, should be four-star quarterback Denard Robinson of Deerfield Beach. Robinson directed his team into the third round of the playoffs this year. He is as athletic as they come at the quarterback position and can also throw a rope when he has to. The Gators are one of the only schools recruiting Robinson as a quarterback and would like to see him finish out that position in this recruiting class.

It should be a fun weekend for this group of big time prospects. The Gators will be hoping for some big news following their visits. The staff at Fightin' Gators anticipates maybe one or two commitments after the weekend visits and in the early part of next week. Hold onto your horses folks, the fun is about to begin.

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