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.

Facts

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.

Notable visitors:

COMMITS

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

TARGETS

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

2015 PROSPECTS

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

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