All-Star Weekend Recruiting Prospects

Last year covering the all-star game in Orlando, it was evident from day one where certain players were going to announce based on who they stayed close to. Brandon Harris stayed with the Miami players and then there was the Florida contingent with Dee Finley, Will Hill, Omar Hunter, T.J. Lawrence and Janoris Jenkins.

This year should be no different and the ratio of committed and uncommitted Florida prospects in these three games sets up for a perfect blend for the Gators.

The Under Armour game in Orlando has three Florida commitments at this time with defensive tackle Gary Brown, cornerback Greg Reid and wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson. Possible future Gators that will be in Orlando are linebacker Jelani Jenkins, safety/linebacker Frankie Telfort, running back Jaamal Berry, running back Trent Richardson, safety Ray Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Marlon Brown, wide receiver Andre Debose and wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.

Last year current Gators worked the crowd to no end and this year will be no different. With practices only taking up around three hours a day there will be a lot of down time for the prospects and families to get to know each other a little better. It is during this time where the chemistry factor comes into play and goes a long way in determining where some of them ultimately end up. Reid, Brown and Richardson will have their hands full in Orlando.

The game in San Antonio is where the biggest splash could be made on Saturday when four of the top players are set to announce with defensive tackle William Campbell, linebacker Jon Bostic, offensive linemen Xavier Nixon and defensive end Ryne Giddins. Make no mistake about it, these players can all be impact players at the next level and are being recruited by some of the top programs from across the land. The Gators have an excellent shot to land three of the four with an outside shot at the big defensive tackle William Campbell. I still think that LSU is the team to beat for Campbell but the Gators are the team that everyone else is trying to catch for the other three.

Many teams would be happy with one of those three and the Gators look to land the trifecta come Saturday. Due to a recent foot injury it is unclear as to whether or not Giddins will make the trip to San Antonio. Current Gators Nick Kasa and Nick Alajajian will be making the rounds in San Antonio whenever possible. The best of the rest in San Antonio are tight end Orson Charles, linebacker Jarvis Jones, wide receiver Randall Carroll, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes.

The third all-star game of interest to many Gator fans lies in Myrtle Beach where the offense defense game is being held. Two current Gators find themselves in that game with offensive linemen Jonotthan Harrison and tight end Desmond Parks. Two more possible Gators are scheduled to play in the same game with quarterback Denard Robinson and defensive tackle Luther Robinson.

The point is simple, some of the best recruiters for the University of Florida are the players themselves and the Gators have seven that are playing along side some of the top remaining prospects on the board. This week has the potential to truly be a special week if things unfold the way that I believe they will.


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