Friday Night Lights; Offensive Plot Lines

Every year the Florida Gators host the premier college football camp in America. The 2009 edition of "Friday Night Lights" looks to take the cake with all the stars that will be assembled on Florida field. The Gators look at this event as a showcase, but also as a measuring stick to their recruiting and one for the prospects on hand. There are also a lot of stories to be told.

As the sun starts to set Friday and the clock gets closer to 8 o'clock, Gator fans in attendance at Ben Hill Griffin stadium will start to see the best players in high school football start to stroll out on the field. The new HD big screen jumbo trons will be firing off by this time and the speakers will start to heat up with music and the sound of the highlight reels from last year's national championship.

As all of this will get the crowd amped up, on the field a lot of little sub plots among prospects will take place and by the end of the 2-3 hour event, there will be more stories to be told than anyone can imagine. Here is just a bit of what you might want to pay attention to before, during,and after the big event.

At quarterback, we all feel by now that Trey Burton is likely the only quarterback in this Gator class. That could change if some hot shot has a great senior year and the Gators get on him quick, but Burton is a great fit for what Meyer does on offense and they couldn't be happier with him.

That brings us to next year. There will be a bumper crop of 2011 prospects at Friday night Lights and maybe none will get more looks and chances to shine that Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was the starter for Northwestern as a sophomore and has the tools to be a big time quarterback at the next level.

Bridegewater has expressed a negative opinion about the Florida offense even though he was a Gator fan of sorts a youngster. Now he will find himself under the tutelage of Gator quarterback coach Scot Loeffler and will see first hand what Loeffler can do for and with him as a coach. Bridgewater will be one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in 2011 and getting a good start on that class would be nice for Florida. His night is definitely one that should be watched.

There are plenty of intriguing stories going on at running back. The number one target will be on hand in Mack Brown, but he will not work out. That could leave the door wide open for guys like Marcus Shaw, Corvin Lamb, or the under publicized Tahj Kimble. Shaw is a beast of a back and is on the short list of prospects the Gators are looking hard at in case they miss on Brown.

The 2011 group of running backs include three of the very best nationally. Isiah Crowell, Mike Bellamy, and Shon Carson are Georgia's, Florida's,and South Carolina's best running backs respectively. All three will be highly sought of for the class of 2011.

One very fun story line for Gator fans will be a couple of legacy running backs that are expected in attendance. Kion Williams is a hard runner for Palatka and the class of 2011 running back is the son of Gator Great fullback John L. Williams. Not to be outdone, the 2012 class has a superstar on the horizon and he is the son of Gator Great running back Fred Taylor. Kelvin Taylor was a monster of a back for Glades Day as a freshman and will enter his sophomore year as one to reckon with at the state level.

A lot of fan's eyes will be on the wide receivers. We all know that James Louis wants to be a Gator and this could be the weekend that actually happens. Louis is one of many big time receivers that will be in attendance from the class of 2010. Louis is from Delray Beach Atlantic and would give the Gators another piece of the stronghold they have in Palm Beach County.

Another Palm Beach stud is Pahokee's Chris Dunkley. Dunkley has been to Florida too many times to count and is seriously considering the Gators. He joined our chat room Thursday evening to give us a preview of what to expect from him.

On a national scale, Kansas' Justin McCay and Texas' Darius White are two five-star receivers that will be in attendance. McCay has been looking forward to working out with all the Florida speed for a long time. White has decided to not work out, but he's a competitor and something tells me he will lace up the cleats before all is said and done.

Christian Green is the state of Florida's highest rated receiver and this FSU legacy will be in attendance. Green is very high on Florida and still has a big soft spot in his heart for his child hood favorite and the school where his uncle played. Still,this should mark the eighth visit for Green to the Gainesville campus.

Gator commitment Solomon Patton is likely to outshine everyone. The speedster from Alabama will lace up his cleats and see what Florida's best has to offer.

Three of the favorites on the night at the slot receiver position will be Bradenton's Ace Sanders, Daytona's OJ Ross, and Palm Beach Garden's Robert Clark. All three could play the wide receiver/ kick returner role that will be vacated by Brandon James at the end of the 2009 season. These three are very explosive and very fun to watch.

The vocal Tehvyn Brantley from North Carolina and the controversial Markeith Ambles will also be on hand for the event. One name you won't know going in is Miami Southridge's Lavaughn Wigham, but I bet you will after the event.

Sammy Watkins is the 2011 receiver most likely to get noticed at the camp. Watkins is the younger brother of gator commitment and cornerback Jaylen Watkins.

Both committed gator tight ends will be on hand and Gator fans will get to see which of Gerald Christian and Mike McFarland resemble Aaron Hernandez or Cornelius Ingram. Jacksonville's Neil Basford is also due in and he can play at the SEC level.

As for 2011, Belle Glade athlete Kelvin Benjamin will be one of the more sought after prospects in the entire class. He is a smooth and very tall tight end and will be easy to notice on the field Friday night.

On the offensive line,look for Chaz Green and Gator commitment Ian Silberman to hold down the fort for most of the night. Miami Northwestern's Torrian Wilson is expected in with his teammates, including Bridgewater.

As for a look at the 2011 offensive line, the gators will have a big timer in if La'el Collins makes it in as expected. The Gators are looking to sign three linemen in 2010, but expect a large class on 2011.

Next up, a look at the defensive side of the ball.

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