Gators Host Nine Official Visitors

The Florida Gators are hosting several of the top players from the southeastern United States this weekend on official visits. Fresh off of a national championship, the Gators are looking to reload to make a run at more championships down the road. Five-stars are on the menu this week as the Gators look to close strong for the 2009 recruiting class.

The Gators are looking to land a little of everything in the 2009 class. Done on the offensive line, almost every other position is a need for the Gators as they reload and retool to try and repeat as National Champs. here is the group of young men that are expected in for the weekend.

January 16-18 Official Visitors
Mike Gillislee Deland (Fla.)
RB |
Breakdown: Recommitted to Florida, this unheralded gem is one of the main pieces of the puzzle for the 2009 recruiting class. Gillislee has great speed, quickness, and size and should be a viable candidate for early playing time when he arrives at Florida
Gator CommitmentMike Gillislee Profile
Trent Richardson Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia
RB |
Breakdown: Richardson is currently committed to Alabama and the Gators would like nothing better than to impress him enough to make a switch. The Gators are a little shy at the running back position and are in need of signing at least one more in this class. Richardson's size, speed, and strength fit the bill perfectly.
Trent Richardson Profile
Greg Reid Valdosta (GA) Lowndes County
CB |
Breakdown: Recently removed from his commitment to the Gators, Reid is in town to see once again Gainesville and the Gators have to offer. Once thought of as the most solid of commitments, Reid has been getting the full court press from several programs after a big time season and all-star circuit afterward. Getting reid sealed up and back on track as a Gator is a big priority for this weekend.
Greg Reid Profile
Orson Charles Tampa (Fla.) Plant
TE |
Breakdown: Charles is in the Cornelius Ingram mold at tight end and would make a spectacular fit in an offense that currently has one tight end on the roster. The Gators have shown the propensity to use the tight end and they will be looking to make an impression on the All-American during his visit.
Orson Charles Profile
Jarvis Jones Columbus (GA) Carver
LB |
Breakdown: Jones is a big time linebacker and will certainly be one of the main targets for the weekend. Will the return of Brandon Spikes for his senior season be a big detractor for Jones? That is something we should be able to find out shortly after his visit to Gainesville.
Jarvis Jones Profile
Frankie Telfort Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep
LB |
Breakdown: Telfort is one of those players that could play a number of positions on the football field. His most likely position is at linebacker and he would be one of those fast agile backers that the Gators love to utilize on the outside of their defense. That he is from Miami is an added bonus and reason enough to want to sign the Under Armour All-American.
Frankie Telfort Profile
Jawanza Starling Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
Saf |
Breakdown: Starling has been keeping his recruitment very quiet so far. He actually lets others do the talking for him when talking about his recruitment. He is a big time hitter from a big time program. Starling is being looked at by a ton of major schools in the south and beyond and has not shown a favorite for any of them.
Jawanza Starling Profile
Dre Kirkpatrick Gadsden (AL)
CB |
Breakdown: Kirkpatrick was the consensus number one cornerback heading into the season. This will be his third visit to Gainesville as he visited over the summer for a camp experience and also during the season for the game experience. A prototype cornerback in size and speed, Kirkpatrick would be a nice one for the Florida staff to snag away from home state Alabama.
Dre Kirkpatrick Profile
Luther Robinson Ft. Pierce (FL) Westwood
DT |
Breakdown: Currently committed to Miami, Robinson plays at a position the Gators would certainly ike to sign one more at. He committed early in the process to the Hurricanes and it seems that he is pretty solid in that commitment. However, the fact that he is visiting the Gators this late in the process means there is a little window of hope in snagging him away from his childhood favorite team.
Luther Robinson Profile

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