Gators entertaining high-profile visitors for Tennessee game
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
The Florida-Tennessee game may not be the big rivalry it once was, but it still attracts top high school football prospects.
The Gators will have close to half of their 2014 verbal commitments in attendance and four targets officially visiting, all of whom took a trip to UF in the summer. Three of them are in the top 50 overall of the Rivals.com rankings.
The headliner is five-star prospect Lorenzo Carter, the consensus No. 1 weakside defensive end.
He visited Gainesville in June and named the Gators his leader shortly afterward.
Carter learned about Florida's defensive scheme and the school's academics on his previous trip. Things will be a bit different this time around.
“My last visit was during the summer, so there weren't that many people there,” Carter said. “I know it won't be like that on Saturday. I'm excited to see all the fans and the gameday atmosphere. I've never been to a Florida game, but I've heard it's crazy.”
The Gators will need that crazy atmosphere to impress Clifton Garrett, the third-best inside linebacker according Rivals and ESPN. They are in second place behind LSU, but his leaderboard isn't set in stone.
“I'm looking for the 'wow factor' on my visit,” Garrett said. “If I experience that, who knows? I could see Florida becoming my top school.”
UF is considered the favorite for Rivals' No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, who is the godson of Florida receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips. He officially visited Texas A&M last weekend, and the Aggies are believed to be the biggest threat to the Gators.
The final official visitor is Rivals250 member DeAndre Goolsby. UF would like to add a second tight end to its class in addition to commit C'yontai Lewis, and Goolsby is the most realistic option remaining on the board.
Speaking of Lewis, he is coming to Saturday's game with three-star defensive end Cory Thomas of McCalla (Ala.) McAdory. Florida currently trails Mississippi State and Tennessee for his services.
Bradenton IMG Academy running back Bo Scarbrough (Alabama commit) and Jacksonville Providence offensive tackle David Sharpe both plan on attending but are unsure if they will be able to make it.
The Gators will have at least 10 elite prospects from the class of 2015 on hand, including offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive end CeCe Jefferson and LSU cornerback pledge Kevin Toliver II.
TE DeAndre Goolsby, 6-4, 221, Derby, Kan./Derby
DE Lorenzo Carter, 6-5, 234, Norcross, Ga./Norcross
LB Clifton Garrett, 6-2, 224, Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South
DB Jamal Adams, 6-0, 204, Lewisville, Texas/Hebron
QB Will Grier, 6-3, 185, Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day
OL Travaris Dorsey, 6-3, 314, Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
TE C'yontai Lewis, 6-6, 211, Alabaster, Ala./Kingwood Christian
DE Justus Reed, 6-3, 215, Clearwater, Fla./Central Catholic
CB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 195, Cross City, Fla./Dixie County
CB J.C. Jackson, 5-10, 180, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
RB Jacques Patrick, 6-2, 225, Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
OL George Brown, 6-6, 255, Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods
OL Jake Fruhmorgen, 6-5, 256, Tampa, Fla./Plant
OL Martez Ivey, 6-6, 271, Apopka, Fla./Apopka
DT Kendrick Norton, 6-2, 275, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian
DE Michael Barnett, Ridgeville, 6-4, 243, 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
CB Kevin Toliver II, 6-1, 183, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian (LSU commit)