Eleven UF football commits set for official visits


Florida commit Marqui Hawkins waits his turn to run a drill during Friday Night Lights on July 27. Hawkins is one of 11 UF commitments visiting this weekend.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

Prior to this month, Florida had used just 12 of its allotted 56 official visits for prospective student-athletes.

Facts

Florida's official visitors

*RB Kelvin Taylor, 5-11, 214, Belle Glade/Glades Day
*RB Adam Lane, 5-8, 216, Winter Haven
*WR Ahmad Fulwood, 6-4, 189, Jacksonville/Bishop Kenny
*WR Marqui Hawkins, 6-2, 190, Columbus, Ga./Carver
*DT Caleb Brantley, 6-3, 295, Crescent City/Crescent City
*DL Joey Ivie, 6-4, 270, Dade City/Pasco
*DE Jordan Sherit, 6-5, 234, Tampa/Hillsborough
*LB Daniel McMillian, 6-3, 220, Jacksonville/First Coast
*LB Quinton Powell, 6-2, 200, Daytona Beach/Mainland
*CB Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-11, 185, Tampa/Wharton
*S Nick Washington, 6-0, 183, Jacksonville/Trinity Christian

The Gators will have almost a dozen this weekend as UF holds its annual football banquet. The keynote speaker for Friday night's event will be ESPN college football analyst Kevin Carter, who was a standout defensive end at Florida from 1991-1994 and played 14 seasons in the NFL.

All 11 official visitors are commitments to Florida's 2013 class, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN with 22 members.

Coming down will be running backs Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade/Glades Day) and Adam Lane (Winter Haven), receivers Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville/Bishop Kenny) and Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver), defensive linemen Caleb Brantley (Crescent City), Joey Ivie (Dade City/Pasco) and Jordan Sherit (Tampa/Hillsborough), linebackers Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville/First Coast) and Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach/Mainland), and defensive backs Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa/Wharton) and Nick Washington (Jacksonville/Trinity Christian).

Each one of these prospects has attended a home game this season, but this trip will offer them a different experience in Gainesville. In addition to the banquet, they will spend a whole weekend with the UF coaches and players and get exposed to all aspects of college life.

“I can't wait to step on campus and have fun with everybody,” Sherit said. “It won't be like a gameday where everybody is busy and has stuff going on. There will be a lot of time to hang out with the coaching staff and the team so we can get a feel of what it's going to be like for us these next four years.”

The Gators are also hosting 2014 quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) and 2014 cornerback Duke Dawson (Cross City/Dixie County), who will be two of the top prospects at their positions in the next recruiting cycle. Both have Florida leading and want to make their decisions as soon as possible.

“I'm just looking forward to see the coaches, players and commits again,” said Dawson, who will choose between UF and FSU sometime in January. “Maybe one day I'll be on the same team with those guys, so it will be great to get to know them some more.”

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