Several '13 football recruits to make presence on UF campus this weekend
Published: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:11 p.m.
Two-thirds of Florida's 2013 football recruiting class is scheduled to be in Gainesville this weekend.
The eight early enrollees on campus will be joined by 10 verbal commitments, including official visitors Alvin Bailey, Marqui Hawkins, Octavius Jackson, Keanu Neal and Antonio Riles.
Five others — Caleb Brantley, Ahmad Fulwood, Vernon Hargreaves III, Jordan Sherit and Nick Washington — are unofficially visiting.
Those 18 future Gators will all be recruiting Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the nation. The five-star defensive end from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson is a heavy lean to Ole Miss because his brother, Denzel, plays for the Rebels. Their mother, Beverly, is a state legislator in Nigeria and prefers for them to attend the same school so she doesn't have to make two trips when she visits the U.S.
The Gators have their work cut out for them, although several UF commits befriended Nkemdiche during Under Armour game week and helped convince him to officially visit Florida. The former Clemson commitment plans to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 25 and LSU on Feb. 1 before making his decision on National Signing Day (Feb. 6).
UF will also host fullback Kennard Swanson (Lakeland Lake Gibson) and Auburn defensive end commit Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata) on official visits this weekend.
Swanson has said he will pledge to the Gators if given the green light by Florida's staff. The hold up for the former LSU commit is academics, but his high school finished its first semester this week and the UF coaches should know soon whether or not they can accept his commitment.
Bower claims to be a soft verbal to the Tigers and is giving other schools a serious look, including Florida. The ESPN150 member visited Florida State last weekend and heads to LSU on Jan. 25.
UF currently has 27 commits and three more scholarships available with the recent attrition.
Per SEC rules, 25 is the most a class size can be. However, that number can be exceeded with early enrollees that count toward the previous recruiting cycle.
The Gators had eight this spring, so the maximum number of recruits they can sign in February is 33. To reach the max, they would need three more players to leave between now and when the signees report in June.
Defensive line is the biggest priority remaining for Florida, and the top targets in addition to this weekend's visitors are five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County), JUCO Ole Miss defensive tackle commit Jarren Reed (Scooba East Mississippi C.C.), defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie West Centennial) and defensive end Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind.).
Adams and Reed visited UF earlier this month, while Bostwick and Daniel plan to visit Feb. 1. However, the latter two have grade concerns.
A likely addition to Florida's class could be New Smyrna Beach receiver James Clark. He was offered by the Gators following his unofficial visit to UF on Jan. 6 and is scheduled to return to Gainesville for his final official visit Jan. 25.
Florida is also still in contention for running back Alex Collins (South Plantation) and USC cornerback commit Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), both of whom officially visited UF in the fall.
2013 UF verbal commitments
(in alphabetical order)
Name, Position, School, Height, Weight
*Alex Anzalone, LB, Wyomissing (Pa.), 6-3, 233
Alvin Bailey, WR, Seffner Armwood, 5-11, 175
Caleb Brantley, DT, Crescent City, 6-3, 295
Trenton Brown, OL, Milledgeville Georgia Military, 6-8, 350
*Darious Cummings, DT, Scooba East Mississippi CC, 6-3, 305
Jarrad Davis, LB, Camden County, Kingsland, Ga., 6-3, 215
Cameron Dillard, OL, Canton (Mich.), 6-3, 290
Ahmad Fulwood, WR, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, 6-4, 189
Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Tampa Wharton, 5-11, 185
Marcell Harris, DB, Orlando Dr. Phillips, 6-1, 209
Marqui Hawkins, WR, Columbus (Ga.) Carver, 6-2, 190
James Hearns, LB, Tallahassee Lincoln, 6-3, 230
*Joey Ivie, DE, Dade City Pasco, 6-4, 270
Octavius Jackson, OL, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, 6-4, 304
Roderick Johnson, OL, Delray Beach Amer. Heritage, 6-6, 315
Adam Lane, RB, Winter Haven, 5-8, 216
*Daniel McMillian, LB, Jacksonville First Coast, 6-3, 220
*Tyler Moore, OL, St. Petersburg College, 6-6, 305
Keanu Neal, DB, Bushnell South Sumter, 6-1, 203
Antonio Riles, DE, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer, 6-4, 267
*Demarcus Robinson, WR, Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach Co., 6-2, 200
*Matt Rolin, LB, Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods, 6-4, 209
Jordan Sherit, DE, Tampa Hillsborough, 6-5, 234
Max Staver, QB, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, 6-6, 238
*Kelvin Taylor, RB, Belle Glade Glades Day, 5-11, 216
Chris Thompson, WR, Gainesville, 6-0, 170
Nick Washington, DB, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 6-0, 183
* — early enrollee