Spring Game Recruiting Tracker

The annual Orange and Blue Game is scheduled for this Saturday, and numerous prospects from around the country are scheduled to be in attendance. Not only will Saturday be a big deal for the prospects, but this entire week has been a very big one for the Gators as they have established inroads with many of the nation's top prospects.

The nation's top quarterback, 6-4 200-pound signal caller from Huber Heights (OH) Wayne Braxton Miller was scheduled in this week. Miller is one of the top athletes in America and runs in the 4.47 range. The last time we spoke with Miller he told FightinGators.com he would be in Gainesville on April 6. However, today Miller told us he would not be able to make it in this week due to the SAT and will try and reschedule.

Outside linebacker Norkeithus Otis spent three days in Gainesville and walked away saying it felt like home. The 6-3, 200-pounder from Gastonia (NC) Ashbrook has been compared to current freshman outside linebacker Neiron Ball.

Otis wasn't the only outside linebacker to end up in Gainesville this week as Richmond (VA) Hermitage superstar Curtis Grant was at Florida this week. The 6-3 and 215-pound standout came in with one of his coaches and projects on the outside and could play some with his hand down. I caught up with Grant last night and this morning and he should arrive around 3:00 p.m. today.

The nation's No. 5 ranked outside linebacker is 6-3 and 220-pound Stephone Anthony from Wadesboro (NC) Anson. The five-star defensive standout holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Virginia Tech and a host of others. Anthony told me this morning that he should be in Gainesville around 3-4:00 p.m. today.

Another player set to arrive Wednesday/Thursday is quarterback Max Wittek. The 6-3 and 210-pound signal caller from Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei will be making his first trip to Gainesville. Wittek was on campus today.

Running back Chevelle Buie left me a message earlier today to tell me he was at Florida today. Buie is a 5-10, 165-pound tailback with sub 4.4 speed from Cocoa (FL).

6-1, 180-pound WR/DB Malcolm Mitchell from Valdosta (GA) was also in attendance at today's practice.

The state of North Carolina is well represented this week as one of the top defensive ends for the class of 2011 will also visit with the Gators. 6-3 and 250-pound standout Jeoffrey Pagan from Ashville (NC) and four of his teammates will be accompanied by one of their coaches as they visit the University of Florida Thursday through Saturday. 6-3.5 and 275-pound senior Maurice Harrison, 6-1, 170-pound freshman Justin Fritts, 5-6 and 180-pound freshman Josh Irby and 5-10 and 235-pound freshman Jacob Wright will all make the trip with Pagan.

If you are fortunate enough to be on hand for this year's Orange and Blue Game there will be in the neighborhood of 200 prospects in town to check out what the Gators have to offer. Some players you may or may not bump into over the weekend would include safety Corian Hamilton from Orlando (FL) Olympia. Hamilton could play either linebacker or safety and the next level and checks in at 6-2 and 210-pounds.

Defensive end Clay Burton will be on hand to watch as older brother takes the field for the first time this Saturday in a game environment. The younger Burton stands 6-4 and 235-pounds and holds offers from Clemson, Notre Dame, Stanford and South Florida to name a few.

The Florida coaching staff is well aware of where Groveland (FL) Southlake is located with players like Jeff Demps and Jonotthan Harrison on the current roster. The next in line could be 5-10 and 165-pound cornerback Nick Waisome. Waisome came in today with coach Walter Banks and will leave tonight but be back for the game on Saturday. Waisome holds offers from the big three and just about everyone in the Southeastern region.

"Everything is going real good right now. We are hear eating and went on the tour and love the facility we are having a good time getting ready for practice."

Fullback Hunter Joyer was on hand Monday and is set to come back and workout for the coaching staff. Joyer is 5-11 and just under 250-pounds. If he shows the ability to hit, block and catch he could earn his offer in early June. Joyer is from Tampa (FL) Catholic.

Other players that should be in attendance at this weekend's game are 5-10, 180-pound running back Mike Bellamy from Punta Gorde (FL) Charlotte. "Me and Coach Meyer talk everyday and I am supposed to go up this week."

6-3, 205-pound outside linebacker/defensive end Ryan Shazier from Plantation (FL) is coming up with a large group from the South Florida area. Shazier has made multiple trips to Gainesville and has the Gators near the top of his wish list.

Safety/wide receiver prospect Ja'Juan Story. The 6-3, 190-pound Story is from Brooksville (FL) Nature Coast Technical. "I spoke with Coach Johnson from Ohio State, we talk a lot but the recruiting process is going good. I spoke with Urban Meyer on Saturday about coming up."

Arguably the state of Florida's top signal caller for 2011 is Ovideo (FL) Hagerty superstar Jeff Driskell. The 6-4, 230-pound Driskell will likely be on hand for Saturday's contest.

"It's going good. I don't have any set dates for visits as of now. I speak with Coach Loeffler once or twice a week. Recent offer from Alabama. Most of our players are returning and are working hard to try and improve from last year."

Defensive end Deiontrez Mount from Ft. Walton Beach (FL) will be on hand this weekend and checks in around 6-5 and 210-pounds. Jeremy Cash, Gerrod Holliman, Andrew Johnson, Eli Rogers, AJ Sebastiano, Lynden Trail, Quinton Dunbar, Michael Taylor and Mack Brown are all scheduled to be on hand this weekend as well as many others including Sammy Watkins. James Wilder has been battling an illness and is unclear if he will be in Gainesville this weekend. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan should be in The Swamp on Saturday.

A few players that are not scheduled to be in Gainesville this weekend:

Jabari Gorman, Ray Drew, Bobby Hart, Rashad Greene, Brandon Fulse, Teddy Bridgewater, Malcolm Mitchell, Curt Maggitt, HaSean Clinton Dix, Dee Hart, Mike Blakely, Charone Peake, Jabriel Washington and DeAnthony Thomas.

Recent Recruiting Roundup:

WR Kasen Williams, 6-2, 200-pounds Issaquah (WA) Skyline

"Recruiting is going good. I have been talking to a few colleges but the main ones would be Washington, Cal and Notre Dame. I have not talked to Florida in a while."

RB Jameel Poteat, 5-11, 200-pounds Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt

"I talk to Coach Heater about every week. Recruiting is going great and I am loving it right now and my senior season I am going to get that state championship for my coach."

WR Damiere Byrd, 5-10, 165-pounds Erial (NJ) Timber Creek

"Right now it kind of died down (recruiting) for the most part. I have not had any new offers or anything like that. May 16 I will be in Gainesville. I want to get out to West Virginia, Oregon, Cincinnati and Louisville. The strength of my team is experience. We have a lot of young guys who had a chance to play last year. Our linebackers and quarterbacks come back but the only thing is we lost a lot from the offensive line."

Safety/Outside Linebacker Edsel Caprice, 6-2, 200-pounds Cape Coral (FL)

"The recruiting process is going well, lots of schools are showing interest. I talk with coaches from Minnesota, Iowa State and South Florida every week or so. I plan on visiting schools for their spring game, just haven't decided who yet. I think my senior season will be good, we lost some good players but we have a strong junior class."

WR Malcolm Mitchell, 6-,0 180-pounds Valdosta (GA)

"I'm doing great and everything is going good. So far the recruiting has been good every coach I talk to is great and seems to like me a lot. I talk with Georgia, Alabama and Florida coaches the most and as far as my senior season I feel deep down in my soul we will play great every game. We are going to have the best three linebackers in the state but I think our overall defense and pass game on offense is going to be our strong points."

OT Kiaro Holts, 6-4, 270-pounds Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central

Holts received an offer from the Gators earlier today and said it was huge for him and plans to set up a visit in the near future. Nick Temple and Eric Robinson Berry are two more players from Warren Central to keep an eye on moving forward.

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