Top recruits to visit for FSU-UF
Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
Florida’s losing season hasn’t deterred recruits from making plans to attend Saturday’s rivalry game against No. 2 Florida State.
The Gators are expected to host a dozen members from the Rivals250, eight of whom are ranked in the Rivals100.
That group includes linebackers Raekwon McMillan, Nyles Morgan and Dwight Williams. They will be three of 11 official visitors this weekend.
The Gators do not have any LB commits for 2014, so getting these three on campus could help change that. Williams has been favoring Florida since the summer, while McMillan and Morgan appear to be long shots for UF.
Five-star defensive Lorenzo Carter will be in attendance along with defensive tackles Khairi Clark and Thomas Holley.
Carter is making his third trip to Gainesville this year and once called the Gators his leader. He has since decided against naming a top school.
Holley visited UF over the summer, but is considered a heavy lean to Penn State.
Clark, a UF commit, will be in the ears of Carter and Holley.
“I’m definitely going to be talking to those guys and trying to get them to come play on the defensive line with me at Florida,” Clark said.
On the offensive side of the ball, receiver targets Eric Lauderdale, Travis Rudolph and Ryan Sousa (Florida State commit) will be on hand. The Gators have only one wideout committed (Ermon Lane) and are looking to add another to their class, with Lauderdale being the most likely candidate.
Another important visitor is Arizona State running back commit Darrel Williams, who was offered by UF last week. With Dalvin Cook wavering on his pledge to Florida, the Gators will need to put themselves in good position with Williams.
But the biggest recruit on the visitors’ list, both in need and size, is offensive tackle David Sharpe. He will be on his official visit to UF after attending the Arkansas game earlier this fall.
Sharpe is expected to pick the Gators when he makes his decision next month.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to The Swamp,” he said. “Even though Florida’s having a down year, there’s still going to be a crazy atmosphere for this game.”
WR Eric Lauderdale, 6-1, 195, Mission Viejo, Calif./Saddleback C.C.
WR Ryan Sousa, 6-0, 180, Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona (Florida State commit)
TE C’yontai Lewis, 6-6, 211, Alabaster, Ala./Kingwood Christian (Florida commit)
OL Travaris Dorsey, 6-3, 314, Jacksonville, Fla./Raines (Florida commit)
OL David Sharpe, 6-6, 288, Jacksonville, Fla./Providence
OL/DL Taven Bryan, 6-5, 250, Casper, Wyo./Natrona County (Florida commit)
DT Thomas Holley, 6-4, 300, Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln
LB Raekwon McMillan, 6-2, 242, Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County
LB Nyles Morgan, 6-2, 225, Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee
LB Dwight Williams, 6-1, 212, Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
CB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 195, Cross City, Fla./Dixie County (Florida commit)
QB Will Grier, 6-3, 185, Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day (Florida commit)
RB Darrel Williams, 6-0, 218, Marrero, La./John Ehret (Arizona State commit)
WR Ermon Lane, 6-2, 193, Homestead, Fla./Homestead (Florida commit)
WR Travis Rudolph, 6-1, 188, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
DT Khairi Clark, 6-2, 325, Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna (Florida commit)
DE Lorenzo Carter, 6-5, 235, Norcross, Ga./Norcross
CB Quincy Wilson, 6-1, 197, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School (Florida commit)
RB Jordan Scarlett, 5-10, 190, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School
OL Triston Hoge, 6-4, 285, Pocatello, Idaho/Highland
OL Martez Ivey, 6-6, 271, Apopka, Fla./Apopka
DT Trenton Thompson, 6-3, 283, Albany, Ga./Westover
DE Byron Cowart, 6-3, 248, Seffner, Fla./Armwood
DE CeCe Jefferson, 6-3, 260, Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County
ATH Shawn Burgess-Becker, 6-1, 185, Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch
ATH Deon Cain, 6-2, 190, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech
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