Many top prospects to attend Friday Night Lights
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.
When Friday Nights Lights first began in 2005, it had the feel of a top-secret showcase where top high school talent would come to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and compete against each other in front of Florida's football staff.
Friday Night Lights
When: Friday, 6:15 through 9:30
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
— The stadium will be open to the public.
Over the past few years, the event has become more about the big names who show up rather than the action on the field. Most of the elite prospects no longer work out when they attend, choosing instead to treat it like an unofficial visit and spend time with the UF coaches, players and verbal commitments.
This year, the Gators are scheduled to host some of the nation's best from the class of 2014 and 2015.
None will receive more attention from than five-star Adoree' Jackson. It will be his first trip to Gainesville, and UF is believed to be the leader for his services. The two-sport athlete is being recruited by Florida for both track and football (receiver and cornerback).
Duke Dawson, one of seven UF commits coming, plans to put the full-court press on Jackson as well as in-state corners Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson to join him in Florida's secondary.
“I went to The Opening with those guys and they're all great players,” Dawson said. “So I'm definitely going to talk up the Gators and show them how great the school is.”
Consensus four-star linebacker Richard Yeargin III, Wilson's teammate, will also be on hand along with defensive end Trent Harris, who calls Florida and Miami his co-leaders and plans to make a decision in late July or early August.
As for offensive recruits, Alabama running commit Bo Scarbrough is the one to watch. He's making his second visit to Gainesville in as many months with his cousin and UF tight end commit, C'yontai Lewis.
“I think we can get him,” Lewis said. “He likes Florida a lot. He just needs to be blown away when he comes this weekend, and I'll make sure that happens.”
The Gators will bring in more than a dozen highly ranked 2015 prospects, including five who are in the top 13 of the ESPN300. Offensive tackle Martez Ivey, who is fifth overall in the rankings, camped at UF in June and looks forward to returning.
“I enjoyed myself the last time I came and I can't wait to be back,” Ivey said. “I grew up a Gator fan, so it will be fun to see what it's like to play in The Swamp.”
The event starts at 6:15 p.m. and runs through 9:30.The stadium will be open to the public.
QB Will Grier, 6-2, 180, Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day
RB Dalvin Cook, 5-11, 192, Miami, Fla./Central
OL Travaris Dorsey, 6-3, 314, Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
TE C'yontai Lewis, 6-6, 211, Alabaster, Ala./Kingwood Christian
DT Khairi Clark, 6-2, 325, Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna
CB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 188, Cross City, Fla./Dixie County
CB J.C. Jackson, 5-10, 180, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
RB/FB Cortavious Givens, 5-10, 220, St. Petersburg, Fla./Admiral Farragut Academy
RB Tony James, 5-9, 175, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville
RB Bo Scarbrough, 6-2, 225, Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa County (Alabama commit)
WR Johnnie Dixon, 5-11, 197, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer
WR Travis Rudolph, 6-1, 188, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
WR/TE Moral Stephens, 6-3, 205, Perry, Fla./Taylor County
DE Trent Harris, 6-2, 227, Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park
DE Dewayne Hendrix, 6-4, 264, O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon
LB Richard Yeargin III, 6-3, 225, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School
CB Adoree' Jackson, 5-10, 182, Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
CB Chris Lammons, 5-10, 171, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation
CB Quincy Wilson, 6-1, 197, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School
QB Christian Alexander, 6-3, 205, Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian
RB Jacques Patrick, 6-2, 225, Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
RB Jordan Scarlett, 5-10, 190, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School
RB T.J. Simmons, 6-0, 195, Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian
WR Da'Vante Phillips, 6-1, 189, Miami, Fla./Central
OL Martez Ivey, 6-6, 271, Apopka, Fla./Apopka
DT Trenton Thompson, 6-3, 263, Albany, Ga./Westover
DE Michael Barnett, 6-4, 245, Dorchester, S.C./Woodland
DE Byron Cowart, 6-3, 248, Seffner, Fla./Armwood
DE CeCe Jefferson, 6-3, 260, Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County
LB Jeffery Holland, 6-2, 226, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian
LB Sherrod Pittman, 6-1, 215 Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
CB Tyrek Cole, 5-10, 165, Miramar, Fla./Miramar
CB Kevin Toliver II, 6-1, 183, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian (LSU commit)
DB Hunter Dale, 6-0, 175, New Orleans, La./John Curtis