UF set to host Junior Day
Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:38 p.m.
Florida will take a day off Saturday from the 2009 recruiting class to focus on some of the top 2010 talent at its annual Junior Day.
UF will host visits for many 2010 prospects that already have a lot of interest in the Gators. The list of juniors expected in Gainesville is around 40 names, helping UF get an early jump in the recruiting game.
UF currently has four verbal commitments for 2010 and that number could grow in the next few months as the focus turns away from the 2009 class.
“Looks like (UF) will change their strategy up a little bit and go harder earlier, as far as getting kids” Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg said. “Having a Junior Day at this time of the year is important for all the schools because recruiting accelerates so far in advance from where it was three, four or five years ago.”
Aside from UF’s four current commits – Venice, Fla., quarterback Trey Burton, Fleming Island, Fla., offensive lineman Ian Silberman, West Palm Beach, Fla., Dwyer athlete Matt Elam and Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., Boyd Anderson defensive back Demar Dorsey – a few of the big names already expressing interest in UF include Ocala, Fla., Trinity Catholic receiver Kadron Boone, Tampa Catholic quarterback Christian Green, Miami Northwestern running back Corvin Lamb, Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King running back Mack Brown, Miami, Booker T. Washington receiver Ted Meline and Mount Dora, Fla., Mount Dora Bible School receiver Cornelius Whitehead.
Lamb and Brown are two backs who possess speed similar to what the Gators have in their backfield currently.
“Corvin Lamb’s a real speed back,” Rivals.com Southeast recruiting analyst Barton Simmons said. “He’s got legit sub- 4.4-second times and the more touches he gets this year at Northwestern the more his recruitment is going to go up. He’s one of those Florida scat backs that would do well in Florida’s system.”
Said Adam Gorney of Rivals.com of Brown: “A lot of people fabricate their 40-yard dash times, but Brown has real speed and that's one reason why Florida and Georgia recently offered,” he said. “He’s definitely in the low 4.4-second range and has run faster before that. He's definitely one of the top players in the state of Georgia next season and it should be a good SEC battle."
Both Gorney and Simmons said they believe Boone and Meline will be a couple of the elite receiver prospects in this year’s class.
"Boone is slowly picking up offers and is being targeted as one of the top receivers in the state of Florida for next season,” Gorney said. “He had the luxury of playing with Purdue commit Rob Henry last season so that helped his stats but he is a phenomenal player. Boone has great hands, runs great routes and has an air about him that you can tell he's just a very solid prospect."
Said Simmons of Meline: “Ted Meline is definitely one of the elite receivers in Florida,” he said. “That makes him one of the elite receivers in the country. He’s a smooth, fast, really athletic receiver and he’s got a lot of natural ability.”
Green and Whitehead figure to be the top overall athletes that will be in town, and Simmons projects their national recognition to grow soon.
“He’s going to be one of those Andre Debose-like athletes,” Simmons said. “That’s definitely a guy to watch in terms of recruiting. Cornelius Whitehead is one of those freak athletes. I think he’s still trying to learn the sport. He’s real raw right now, but he’s an excellent athlete.”
Whether UF gets any verbals out of this weekend or not, Newberg said he believes the early groundwork has been laid for UF to have one of the elite classes next year.
“All indications are that Florida’s in line for a very, very strong 2010 class,” he said. “Typically, you see the work for winning a national title for next year (in a top recruiting class). You are certainly seeing that with LSU this year. They have the top class in the nation right now and you’ll see that more so with Florida next year.”
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