Undecideds visit this weekend
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:07 a.m.
Heading into the final weekend of the 2013 recruiting cycle, Florida coach Will Muschamp already has the nation's No. 1-ranked class on ESPN with 26 verbal commitments.
But he's still trying to add a few more prospects on National Signing Day (Wednesday), and some of those targets are visiting UF this weekend.
Four-star defensive tackle and ESPN300 member Jay-nard Bostwick (Port Saint Lucie/West Centennial) is the biggest name — and body — coming to campus. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder has previously visited Alabama and Miami, but his coach, Ron Parker, said Bostwick is down to the Gators and Hurricanes.
“Miami is close to home and he's familiar with the school, but his best relationship is with the Florida coaches,” Parker said. “Now he has to build a relationship with the Florida players, because Miami's were great to him on his visit there.
“But I think Florida just has to sell their program. The biggest thing to me is the SEC over the ACC. But they can't tell him he's guaranteed to play as a true freshman. Jay-nard is the type of kid that wants to earn it and doesn't want anything given to him.”
Another recruit who doesn't want to hear playing-time promises is New Smyrna Beach receiver James Clark. His focus on this weekend's unofficial visit, his second to UF in less than a month, is academics.
“The first unofficial was to get close with the coaching staff. Now I want to see what Florida can do for me academically and the information to back it up,” said Clark, who plans to major in finance.
Clark has taken official visits to Clemson, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue. He will announce a Top 3 on Monday after his trip to UF.
“I have two schools in mind that will make the cut,” Clark said. “I'm going to see what Florida has to offer and maybe they can become my third finalist.”
The Gators are also hosting receiver Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin) and JUCO quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Yuma, Az./Arizona Western C.C.), who transferred from South Carolina last August and has three years of eligibility remaining.
Florida quarterback commit Max Staver (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), who is visiting this weekend as well, won't waver if UF lands McEvoy.
“It doesn't bother me at all,” Staver said. “I will have to compete at Florida regardless. The coaches said they were looking to go that route and I understand. They want someone with experience because of Jacoby Brissett transferring.”
Timmons is expected to choose between Florida and Kentucky, while McEvoy is down to UF, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The four uncommitted visitors this weekend are scheduled to make their decisions on National Signing Day.