Blog: All quiet on the recruiting front

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.

Usually following a big visit weekend in Gainesville, lots of things start popping for the Gators. Not this time. After entertaining nine prospects in the biggest recruiting weekend of the year, there has been little news - and no commitments for Florida.

In a way, this was expected because the Gators already have 16 commitments and now are targeting some of the nation's elite prospects, most of whom are waiting until signing day (or later) to make their decision known.

Of the nine who visited last weekend, one (DeLand athlete Mike Gillislee) is already committed to UF. Of the other eight, the Gators look to be in good shape with linebacker Jarvis Jones, but he could be the only other commitment to eventually come from the weekend.

Tight end Orson Charles is telling everyone he had a great visit, but UF has trailed with him throughout the process. Now that Miami is trying to move back in on him, it appears doubtful he'll fall Florida's way. He could end up at Georgia, where high school teammate Aaron Murray is already enrolled.

Dre Kirkpatrick, the stud corner from Alabama, is seriously considering Florida, but even he admits it's hard for a top prospect in Alabama to leave the state. Many will be shocked if he doesn't sign with the Tide.

Greg Reid, the long-time Gator fan and the first commitment for the class of 2009, looks like he's completely cooled on the Gators after de-commiting a few weeks ago. Reid's visit was so-so, and the Gators can't offer him the promise of early playing time with young starting cornerbacks Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins solidly entrenched. Reid wants to play right away, and he doesn't see that happening in Gainesville. Georgia could be the benefactor here.

Pensacola Escambia tailback Trent Richardson, a five-star recruit, seems enamored with the Gators following his visit, but he's been committed to Alabama for months and that's the school he's expected to sign with on Feb. 4.

Luther Robinson, the defensive tackle from Fort Pierce, remains a solid Miami commitment after his visit, and that likely won't change.

Jawanza Starling, the star safety from Tallahassee, is a longtime UF fan, and the Gators still have a chance, but he is favoring Florida State and Georgia at the moment, so this is a reach.

Frankie Telfort, the undersized linebacker out of Miami Gulliver Prep, is said to be down to UF and Southern Cal, but he's visiting Ohio State this weekend, so this one is far from settled.

Overall, it's been a quiet week, and it could be more of the same next week.

Only six prospects are expected in this weekend, and four of them (wide receiver Andre Debose, wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, quarterback Jordan Reed and defensive tackle Gary Brown) are UF commitments. As for the other two (Memphis wide receiver Marlon Brown and Irvington, N.J., athlete Joshua Evans), the Gators' best chance appears to be Evans.

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