The Florida Gators are looking to climb up the recruiting rankings and the list of possible Gator prospects in the US Army All-American Bowl will have the staff's attention. The Gators are currently recruiting 11 on the list and also have two that are already committed. Here is a general outline of each player and a synopsis of what we feel about their recruitment to Florida.
With 14 commitments already in the 2009 class, the Gators would like to secure more from this weekend. There are four possibilities on Saturday with public announcements set for live television. Xavier Nixon, Jon Bostic, Ryne Giddins, and maybe even William Campbell could make the call for the Gators on Saturday joining Nick Alajajian and Nick Kasa who are already committed to the orange and blue.
Breakdown: Nastiest OL in the class and he's all Gator. Alajajian should be recruiting for Florida while in San Antonio. The early enrollee will be there with a chip on his shoulder because critics say he plays in a terrible area for football.
Breakdown: Signs seem to point to Florida for Nixon who has his father in San Antonio on leave from the Army in the Middle East to watch Xavier to commit to the school of choice. It is down to LSU, Miami, and Florida and the Gators seem to be the front runners here.
Breakdown: Charles is expected to trim his list this week to five schools and start taking official visits a week after arriving home after his trip to San Antonio. He is a beast of a player and has tried to keep close to the vest throughout the recruiting process.
Breakdown: By his actions and words, Carroll seems content to give up his commitment to USC and look around. He has still not scheduled a visit date to Florida but has told FightinGators.com that a visit is imminent. He is one of the more electrifying players in the country.
Breakdown: A soft commitment to Tennessee, Stokes also plans on visiting Florida in January. He is a record setter in the state of Pennsylvania and has some of the best hands in high school football. This week will be interesting to see how Stokes performs among the elite and also what other prospects will be trying to recruit him to their school.
Breakdown: Giddins apparently had an accident of sorts in the last day or two and may not be able to play in the game. It is still unknown at this time if he will be able to attend any part of the Army All-American week and if he will announce for his school of choice during the game. He is currently down to Florida and South Florida according to previous interviews.
Breakdown: Kasa is one of the latest Gator commitments and will be trying to show off what the great state of Colorado has to offer in terms of quality football players. He is one of only three players the Gators are recruiting from the West squad in San Antonio.
Breakdown: Campbell surprised everyone by all but eliminating Michigan from his choice of schools and is currently down to L:SU, Miami, and Florida. We shall see on this one as the Michigan elimination is a shocker to most. He is a big timer with great size and strength and the gators would love to land this monster.
Breakdown: Bostic is expected to make an announcement on game day and then enroll two days later at the school he chooses. He needed to finish one English class over the holiday break and that was expected. Florida is believed to be the favorite here.
Breakdown: Jones will arrive in San Antonio with a soft cast on his hand, but is expected to play in the game on Saturday and practice throughout the week. He is a menace on the field and creates havoc wherever he goes. He will also be a signing day decision and really hasn't eliminated anyone from his list. Depending on who you talk to, several teams feel like they have the inside track. This one looks to be a Florida-Texas battle to us here at FightinGators.com.
Breakdown: Probably the consensus top cornerback in the country, Kirkpatrick has continually listed Florida in his top five throughout the process. It is going to have to be some miracle recruiting to pull him away from Alabama in the end, but the gators are going to do what they can and try.