Class of ’09 targets

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Florida has been relatively quiet with recruiting since the regular season began. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because of the relatively small class UF is expected to have in 2009. Here some news and notes concerning some of the Gators’ targets:

Wellington, Palm Beach Central linebacker Jon Bostic was supposed to take an official visit to Knoxville over the weekend for the Florida-Tennessee game but didn’t because his father was unable to attend. Bostic told The Sun that he isn’t sure when or if he will try to reschedule a trip there, but he will be taking an official to Auburn this weekend for the Tennessee game. Bostic also plans to visit Florida again this fall.

With the potential hit UF is expected to take at the wide receiver position (Louis Murphy will graduate and junior Percy Harvin could declare for the NFL Draft) the Gators could be looking to get a couple of playmakers to fill the position. Marlon Brown, of Memphis’ Harding Academy took an unofficial to Tennessee this weekend. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver is the ninth-ranked receiver in the country, according to Rivals.com, and is also being recruited to play basketball. Brown is expected to take an official to UF this fall. He had 41 catches for 861 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He also ran the ball 58 times for 629 yards and 10 touchdowns. – UF is also in the running for Tupelo, Miss., receiver Chad Bumphis. Bumphis has UF on his list, but the battle looks to be between Mississippi State and Alabama at this point. Bumphis visited Alabama for the Tulane game a couple weeks ago and could make a trip to Gainesville at some point this fall. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver finished his junior year with 630 yards off 31 catches and had five touchdowns.

UF is still making a strong push for the Rivals No. 1-rated tight end – Tampa, Plant’s Orson Charles. Charles recently showed a lot more interest in Michigan and is looking to take an official to Ann Arbor after his season, when he will take his remaining officials. The interesting thing about Michigan is that Charles is being recruiting there as a tight end and defensive end.

Broomfield, Co., Legacy defensive end Nick Kasa is still undecided on his future. Kasa camped in Gainesville over the summer and was very high on the Gators from the start. It seemed like the coaching staff felt the same way. But as time has passed, Kasa has fallen off for the Gators. He still claims to have UF as one of his top schools, along with Colorado. He’s looking to visit UF for the LSU game. Kasa also lists California, Oregon and Notre Dame as schools of interest.

The play in Knoxville of current Gator running back Emmanuel Moody was certainly a step in the right direction in terms of UF showcasing a primary back in its offensive. That can only help the Gators land a top-notch running back in the near future. Whether that will impact the 2009 class is yet to be seen. Jamaal Berry, of Miami, Palmetto, and Trent Richardson, of Pensacola, Escambia, are already committed to Ohio State and Alabama, respectively. Richardson still lists his commitment to the Tide as soft. He’s yet to visit UF this fall but is said to be interested in coming at some point. – Another name UF is looking at is Beaumont, Texas, West Brook running back Christine Michael. The damage from Hurricane Ike has limited Michael’s team at this time, but that hasn’t stopped the communication with schools. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound bruiser lists LSU and Texas A&M as his top schools. LSU has yet to offer, but he is expected to get on campus in the next couple weeks. UF and Oklahoma are also in the mix, but this will most likely come down to A&M and LSU, with the edge to LSU if and when it offers. Michael put up solid numbers as a junior, rushing for 1,171 yards on 180 carries with 28 touchdowns. – The Gators are also looking at Miami, Killian running back Lamar Miller. Miller ran for 1,122 yards a junior and had 12 touchdowns. He has yet to pick up an offer from UF but visited for the Miami game.

West Virginia verbal commit Logan Heastie told The Sun via text message that he is still a solid commit to the Mountaineers, despite the team’s porous start. The Chesapeake, Va., Great Bridge receiver was once very high on UF and even said at one point that he would commit to UF once it offered. But the offer came too late and Heastie committed to West Virginia in March. Heastie said Saturday that “at the moment” he isn’t interested in UF and is ready to be an immediate contributor to the Mountaineer’s offense.

Williston senior running back Travis Evans is not that well-known in the recruiting world, but there is no mistaking his talent. He has a very slender frame, but is very quick on his feet and has been clocked at a sub-4.4 40-yard dash. He has yet to get any offers but told The Sun that he has a lot of interest in Georgia Tech and thinks they are on the verge of offering. He camped there over the summer and currently has Tech as his top school. Evans put up 224 yards off 17 carries and had two 55-yard touchdowns against a solid Trinity Catholic defense Friday night.

2010 Ocala, Trinity Catholic receiver Kadron Boone is certainly the real deal. He has great size (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) and speed and he’s only a junior. He torched Williston’s defense for 171 yards off eight catches and had three touchdowns.

“Boone is unbelievable,” said Trinity Catholic coach John Brantley following Trinity’s 63-42 win Friday night. “I’d like to see his work ethic get better, but he’s coming. Not that it’s bad, but I know what it takes to get to that next level and I’ve seen enough of them and I’ve talked to (his son and current UF quarterback) Johnny (Brantley) enough about the transition from high school to college, so I know what it takes.”

Boone is still open, but said Friday that he is high on UF, Oregon and UCLA. He also lists interest in Georgia, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Auburn, Nebraska and Kansas.

Get used to the name Ted Meline. The Miami, Westlake Prep receiver could end up being one of the top players to come out of South Florida next season. The junior receiver currently has offers from FSU, Boston College, Georgia and Central Florida. He lists interest in UF but might not get an offer until UF sees him perform at camp.

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