Top recruits to play in all-star game
Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.
Florida typically has a half dozen verbal commitments or more at the Under Armour All-America Game, but these are not typical times for Gator football.
As a result of a 4-8 season and an unstable coaching staff, the Gators have just three commits competing in this year's game.
There were four until Tuesday night, when running back Dalvin Cook (Miami Central) flipped to Florida State after being pledged to UF for eight months.
Now left are his close friends from South Florida — athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee), receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead) and cornerback Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale University School).
The only one solid to UF is Wilson.
“I'm going to be Gator chomping every time I make a play,” he said. “I just want to represent Gator Nation and show out for the fans.”
Jackson and Lane, who are cousins, were standouts during the Under Armour practices but have been wavering on their commitments to Florida.
Jackson took several trips to Miami this fall and is a potential flip for the Hurricanes, while Lane is scheduled to officially visit FSU on Jan. 31 and will likely join Cook in Tallahassee.
Florida is in the running for two out-of-state recruits making their announcements. Safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and defensive lineman Gerald Willis III (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr) both have UF and LSU as their finalists, but they are expected to pick the Tigers.
West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman receiver Travis Rudolph is also committing during the broadcast, but the Gators are a long shot.
Florida is in much better shape with a pair of five-star prospects in the game. Defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.) and athlete Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) both had UF leading in the summer and are still high on the Gators. They will make their decisions on signing day (Feb. 5) along with five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), who recently gained interest in Florida and is officially visiting Jan. 17.
Under Armour All-America Game
Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Team Nitro (Green)
No. 1 Ermon Lane, WR
No. 3 J.C. Jackson, ATH
No. 8 Lorenzo Carter, DE
No. 26 Quincy Wilson, DB
No. 33 Jamal Adams, DB
Team Highlight (Red)
No. 21 Adoree' Jackson, ATH
No. 55 Damian Prince, OT
No. 90 Gerald Willis III, DL