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The Florida Gators picked up a huge verbal commitment from one of the nation's best JUCO defensive tackles when Edwin Herbert decided Florida was the right place for him. The class of 2009 is sitting at 14 verbal commitments.

The Gators are starting to get into a real numbers crunch only because of all the players that want in, which is a good problem to have. Make no mistake about it, some very talented players are going to be left out of this class. One thing to remember - it speaks volumes about the players that are committed and the ones that are about to commit. Florida is taking the best players possible at each position, so if you see a player that is in or that gets in, they in the coaches' eyes have worlds of potential.

The Gators hosted a number of official visitors this weekend and had a very good blend of committed and un-committed players. Jon Halapio, Jonotthan Harrison, Kedric Johnson and Dee Finley made up the committed players. Nick Alajajian was not able to attend due to some family issues, nothing serious though.

Some of the top un-committed players across the country made official visits this weekend with everyone of them having a great time.

***** Jelani Jenkins is the nation's No. 2 ranked weakside linebacker from Olney (MD) Our Lady Good Counsel High School and all indications are that both he and his father had an outstanding time.

***** William Campbell is the nation's No. 4 ranked defensive tackle from Detroit (MI) Cass Technical High School and despite many saying that he is a long shot I believe that the Gators have a real good shot here based on how this weekend's trip went for him.

**** Denard Robinson from Deerfield Beach (FL) is one of the most electric players you will find this year with the ball in his hands. He is also one of the quietest players you will ever talk to. From what I was told, he looks to take an official trip to Michigan this weekend and could decide soon after returning home. I feel real good about this one with the way things stand right now. Could he fall in love with Michigan and the spread with the speech that they will lay on him about not having a quarterback and coming in and playing from day one? Who knows but I for the life of me just cant see him going to Michigan. Anyone know what the temperature will be this weekend in Ann Arbor by the way?

*** Corner Michael Carter from Pompano Beach (FL) Blanche Ely High School made it in this weekend as well. Everyone I hope read the story that I did yesterday with Mr. Carter. Things look good based on how that conversation went.

**** Defensive tackle Latu Heimuli was the third and final defensive tackle that visited this past weekend and like William Campbell was scheduled to fly out of Gainesville today. Heimuli from Salt Lake City (UT) Highland High School is the nation's No. 10 ranked defensive tackle prospect. At the end of the day, Gainesville is a long way away from Utah but Latu does have some relatives in the Ocala area.

The Gators have had some big recruiting weekends but we may look back one day and say that this one ranks right up there with the best of them when it's all said and done. he Gators are HOT right now in every sense of the word and kids are starting to pop up all over the place. For example, a couple of weeks ago players such as William Campbell, Randall Carroll and Edwin Herbert seemed to be an after thought.

The board is VERY crowded with talented players at every position and some will be left out no question about it so trust the coaches. They are the ones that know what is best for the team. Regardless of what you read, there will be players that a lot of you will be somewhat shocked about that don't make it in IF things fall the way they are looking at the present time. Sit back and enjoy the ride because I think the Gators will close stronger than any team in the country between now and National Signing Day.

As always I will hold my normally scheduled recruiting chat tonight from 10-11:00 p.m.


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