Big recruiting weekend
Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 1:53 p.m.
Rider High School (TX)
Nelson is a big receiver who can also run. He had a soft verbal commitment to Notre Dame early in the recruiting season, but has backed off of it lately after the firing of former coach Tyrone Willingham. Said his decision will come after his visit to the University of Florida this weekend. Is favoring Florida and his hometown school, Texas. If the New England Patriots win in the National Football League playoffs Sunday, Notre Dame could be dropped off of his list, because Notre Dame head coach/Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will be unable to commit all of his time to recruiting. Ranked as the 39th overall receiver by GatorCountry.com and the 27th best wide receiver by Rivals.com. Has also been offered by Iowa.
Lakewood High School (St. Petersburg, FL)
Murphy already has verbally committed to the Gators. One of two receivers to verbal to UF (Nyan Boateng) already. Senior season hurt by the season-ending injury of Lakewood's quarterback. Murphy is also a gifted basketball player for Lakewood. He is ranked as the 46th overall wide receiver by GatorCountry.com and the 37th overall by Rivals.com. Has been offered by Duke, Iowa, Louisville and Maryland, though it looks as though he will most likely be in a Gator uniform in 2005.
Don Bosco Prep School (NJ)
Roche, who is projected as a guard in college, is a top lineman on one of the best high school football teams in the country. Rated as the 22nd overall offensive guard by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming, the 21st offensive lineman by Rivals.com and the 50th overall offensive lineman by GatorCountry.com. Roche is leaning towards both Louisville and Notre Dame, which gives Florida only a small chance, if any at all. In addition to Louisville, Notre Dame and Florida, Michigan State and North Carolina State have offered Roche a scholarship as well.
Apopka Senior High School (FL)
Sledge has verbally committed to South Carolina, citing head coach Steve Spurrier, yes, the "Old Ball Coach," as his main reason. Sledge did not have great statistics in his senior year, attributed mostly to the run-oriented offense he played in. He is still slightly interested in both Florida and Louisville, though it seems that he will sign with South Carolina. He is rated as the 27th overall wide receiver by Rivals.com and the 60th wide receiver by GatorCountry.com. The loss of Sledge can be withstood by the signings of Boateng, Murphy and a few other talented athletes.
Edgewater High School (FL)
A dominant offensive tackle for one of the top teams in the state of Florida, Brown has drawn the interest of many schools around the country, including the Florida Gators. He seems most interested in Florida, Florida State and North Carolina State, who he says are his top three. Brown says he will not make a decision until after he takes all of his visits. Brown has said that there is a chance he and his teammate, Matt Hardrick, will go to the same school to play. Hardrick will be joining Brown on the recruiting trip to Gainesville this weekend. Brown is ranked as the 35th best offensive tackle by Rivals.com. A good visit to Gainesville could help the Gators' chances to land Brown.
Tight end, offensive lineman, defensive lineman
Glades Central High School (FL)
5.17 40-yard dash
Duhart has given a solid verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh after visiting them in December. Even though his father played for the Gators, chances look slim of Florida landing the projected lineman. He is not ranked in the top 100 of any positions by the major recruiting services, but that may be because of his versatility and his lack of position at the moment. Along with Florida and Pittsburgh, Rutgers and South Florida have offered Duhart scholarships.
Edgewater High School (FL)
4.45 40-yard dash
Another member of the talented Edgewater High School team, Roberts is a quick, good-sized, three-year starter at cornerback. He favors Florida over North Carolina State, Central Florida and South Florida. Number two to the Gators, according to Roberts, would probably be N. C. State. He played in the CaliFlorida All-Star Game, in which he had two interceptions for the Florida team. Roberts is ranked as the 51st overall cornerback in the country by Rivals.com. With a little more work, Roberts could help solidify the Gators secondary in a couple of years.
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