Gators Hitting Top 100 Hard

The final Top 100 prospect list for the class of 2009 is out and the Florida Gators look to be making a move to secure a good portion of the list. No less than 15 of the Top 100 players in America are still considering the Gators just three weeks away from signing day. That list could grow in the next three weeks. Florida is poised to make a strong run for the finish line.

At the top of the list for the Gators is five-star Fayetteville (NC) offensive tackle Xavier Nixon (#5). Nixon was an Army All-American and starred at the week long practices held for the big game in San Antonio (TX) earlier in the month. Nixon also committed on live television to the Gators during the game.

Five-star linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#7) of Olney (MD) Our Lady of Good Counsel was an Under Armour All-American and is still in the business of selecting his school of choice to spend his college career. The Gators feel they have a good shot with the nation's number one weak side linebacker. He has already visited Florida officially and has an official visit planned for Penn State this weekend. He hasn't made plans to visit any other school but still lists others in the mix.

Five-star defensive tackle prospect Gary Brown (#9) of Greensboro (FL) West Gadsden was a big mover in the 100 after a terrific week in Orlando at the Under Armour festivities. Brown is the Gator that has currently been committed the longest to the school and should be making his official visit on January 23. He will finish ranked number two in the country at defensive tackle according to

Five-star running back Trent Richardson (#13) of Pensacola (FL) Escambia also had a good showing in Orlando at the Under Armour event. Richardson has been committed to Alabama since before the season but is taking official visits around the country. He will stop in at Florida this weekend and will continue on to LSU later in the month. Richardson finished ranked second among running backs.

Memphis (TN) Harding Academy wide receiver Marlon Brown (#28) used his superior size and good speed at the Under Armour week to move up to the number two receiver ranking on The five-star will be visiting Florida on January 23 and is also considering Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio State.

The most electric receiver in the class. Andre Debose (#30) of Sanford (FL) Seminole, moved up a few notches on the wide receiver list to number three overall. The five-star Debose excited everyone watching the under Armour game with a big time 90-yard touch down reception. He also committed to the Gators on national television during the contest. Debose will be making his official visit to Florida this weekend.

Tight end Orson Charles (#45) of Tampa (FL) Plant is one of only two five-star tight ends in the Scout rankings. Charles had a great season in 2008 and also showed well in San Antonio at the Army All-American game week practices. Charles will visit Florida officially this weekend. He is still wide open in his recruitment and visited Florida State last week and has visits scheduled for Georgia, LSU, and USC to finish off his recruitment.

Gadsden (AL) cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (#50) is another big time player that was a star at the Army All-American Bowl week. The five-star defensive play maker has all the tools for a prototype cornerback as he heads off to college. Long believed to be an Alabama favorite, Kirkpatrick will be making his official visit to Florida this weekend.

Super athlete Greg Reid (#56) of Valdosta (GA) Lowndes County moved up significantly in the rankings after a big time season and huge all-star weeks in the Georgia HS All-Star game and the Under Armour All-American game. A very high four-star prospect, Reid dropped his commitment to the Gators in recent weeks, but is still considering Florida. He visits Gainesville this weekend after just visiting FSU. He will finish off with trips to Alabama and Georgia to end the process and will make his decision known on February 3.

University of Florida commitment and early enrollee Jon Bostic (#60) of Palm Beach (FL) Central is a big time play maker at linebacker. The Army All-American had a strong showing in San Antonio and is currently enrolled in classes at the university of Florida so he can compete in the spring for playing time.

Four-star jitterbug receiver Nu'keese Richardson (#61) of Pahokee is yet another Under Armour All-American that will be wearing Gator orange and blue in 2009. Richardson follows former teammate Janoris Jenkins to Florida and will enroll in June.

The Gators would love to get a look from Jaamal Berry (#69) of Miami (FL) Palmetto. The blazing fast and elusive Berry is yet another Under Armour All-American. He is currently committed to Ohio State, but is slated to make a trip to Florida on January 23.

Army All-American offensive lineman Nick Alajajian (#70) of Naples (FL) finished off as a four-star prospect but is considered one of the crown jewels of the Gator class. Alajajian is already enrolled in classes at Florida and will get a chance to compete for playing time this spring on an offensive line that lost three seniors.

Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln safety Jawanza Starling (#71) has been one of the more quiet prospects on the recruiting front. A big time hitter, Starling is recently returned from a visit to Stanford. He will visit the Gators and is also considering Georgia, FSU, Notre Dame, LSU, and USC to end the process. Starling is a prolific student and academics are going to be big for the four-star prospect.

Columbus (GA) Carver linebacker Jarvis Jones (#72) finishes off the current list of Gator prospects in the top 100. Jones is a nasty hitting linebacker and an Army All-American. Jones is looking at Florida, where he will be visiting this weekend. He is also considering USC, UGA, and LSU in the process.

In this crazy world of recruiting there will more than likely be a few surprises along the way. It is very possible another name or two pop up from the Top 100 and take a visit to Florida. Whatever happens, the Gators are poised to have another big time class for 2009 and the finish should be fun.

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