The Opening: Day Two Florida Notebook

Here's a day two notebook about the Florida recruits from The Opening.

Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) as favored two teams for some time now in Auburn and Tennessee. What is news is that a new team is coming on the scene for this 6-foot-4, 207-pounder. It’s Arizona from the Pac 12.

”Right now the plan is to make an official visit there in September,” Gibson said. “They haven’t offered yet.”

Gibson got intrigued with the Wildcats after befriending defensive tackle Khalil McKenzie (Concord, Calif./Clayton Valley). The two met on twitter and later video chatted.

”We have talked a lot since,” Gibson said. “Now we may team up. He’s the one that got me interested in Arizona. We will see.”

McKenzie, a five-star recruit, will announce his decision tomorrow at The Opening. His finalists are Arizona and Tennessee.<.P>

It’s not just those three teams for Gibson. He also likes Ohio State and LSU. In fact, he plans on camping and visiting with the Buckeyes later this month.

Decision coming soon
Ray Ray McCloud (Tampa Sickles) is one of the most explosive recruits in the country in the class of 2015. He plays running back but projects highly at [slot] wide receiver and on defensive as well as a cornerback. Here at The Opening he’s mainly playing wide receiver.

”I love it out here. The weather is so different,” McCloud said. “Everything is good well. I think tomorrow I will be playing some defense.”

It’s McCloud’s second trip out to the West Coast in the last few weeks. He visited UCLA and USC late last month.

”That was a great trip for me and a new experience,” McCloud said. “It was fun. I love the coaches at both schools.”

One of the teams McCloud is very high on at the moment is the Bruins. He wants to get back out to L.A. and see UCLA once again.

”I was there for one night and didn’t get to really experience everything,” McCloud said. “An OV [official visit] would take care of that. I love the coaches and the academics are off the charts.”

Following his trip to see UCLA and USC, McCloud flew across the country to visit Maryland. There, he was with his Tampa buddies George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Ryan Davis (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) and Byron Cowart (Seffner, Fla./Armwood).

”That was another good visit,” McCloud said. “It’s another place that was just different. We spent two nights there and had a great time. Coach [Mike] Locksley is recruiting me. He’s a great guy. I like those coaches a lot.”

McCloud’s plan is to announce his college choice on July 28th. Some of his finalists are Florida, Clemson, USF, Maryland, South Carolina, UCLA, North Carolina and Miami. Florida and South Florida are are two teams that are high on his list.

“Those are two programs with great coaches,” McCloud said. “USF brought in a great class and they are doing it again with this class. With Florida I love coach [Will] Muschamp and T-Rob. They are great people and it’s the SEC. Both of those schools have really good programs and the coaches are great.”

Many feel Clemson could ultimately be the team to beat. He’s an ideal fit in their scheme and his good friend, Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech) recently committed to the Tigers.

”We are very close,” Cain said. “He’s like a brother. He doesn’t put any pressure on me and knows I have to make my decision.”

Between now and his decision day McCloud does have at least one more visit planned and that’s to Tuscaloosa to visit the Crimson Tide (July 17-20).

Jaquan to visit FSU
Safety Jaquan Johnson is 5-11, 184-pound safety that is very non-committal when talking about recruiting. He does plan on one visit later this month.

”I know I am going to check out Florida State sometime after I get back,” Johnson said. “I have been Miami of course. They are right done the road. This fall I would like to see Alabama, LSU and South Carolina for official visits. All of those schools are kind of the ones that stand out to me.”

Johnson a four-star recruit, is the No. 10 rated safety in the class of 2015.

QB now likes four
Add another school for quarterback Deondre Francois. This four-star signal caller from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy was supposed to announce his decision later this month between Auburn, Florida State and Oregon. Now you can add Notre Dame.

”They have been coming at me real hard of late so I decided to add them to the mix,” Francois said. “Notre Dame kept showing me the attention and a lot of interest. So at some point I need to visit them before the end of the month.”

Francois has been to Florida State and Auburn. He also plans to come back to the West Coast and visit the Ducks in the next few weeks.

”The plan is still to commit sometime this month in July,” Francois said.

Francois, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, is the No. 15 ranked quarterback. He’s the top quarterback from the Sunshine State in the Class of 2015.

Taking a break
George Campbell has really taken a big step back in the recruiting process. He's not talking much recruiting to media, players, and even coaches. Campbell said he's just really burned out in the process, especially after the early commitment to Michigan, and he wants to just play football. He's truly put his recruitment on the back-burner and will think more about it this fall. From the outside, Florida looks to be in a good spot, but Campbell isn't ruling any out.

Some leaders but...
Byron Cowart is also not ruling any out. Florida and Oregon are the two at the top, but he loved his recent Notre Dame visit and also said to seriously not count out Maryland. The Tampa guys (Campbell, Auden Tate, and others) all visited Maryland together and have talked about bringing some Florida football flavor to the Terps.

Committed but looking
Jordan Cronkrite is still committed to Miami, but he maintains that he is still open to others schools. He named Ohio State, West Virginia, and South Carolina as schools recruiting him as hard as the 'Canes. He plans to take it all into consideration down the road. Cronkrite hopes to visit Ohio State and South Carolina later this month.

Dexter on the field
Dexter Williams, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury since May, made it to The Opening but didn't participate in the SPARQ portion of The Opening. But he surprised many by playing in the 7v7 on Wednesday. He suited up and caught some passes in live action and even scored on a long draw play early on yesterday.

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