Light weekend for visits to UF

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With just two more “big” recruiting weekends left before National Signing Day (Feb. 2), Florida won’t be having the most impressive list of visitors this weekend.

As of Friday morning, Florida’s coaches will only be hosting two official visitors — Jacob Fisher and Marcus Roberson. However, both are big prospects still left on the Gators’ 2011 recruiting board.

Roberson is the more well known of the two. The Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback recently committed to Texas Tech after his uncle Otis Mounds was promoted to the defensive backs coach in Lubbock, Texas. Rivals.com ranks Roberson as the nation’s second-best corner.

Even though Roberson committed to the Red Raiders earlier this week, he still decided to visit Florida, which was one of his finalists along with Auburn. Florida was Roberson’s early leader last summer and he’s always shown a lot of interest in the Gators. The fact that Florida is getting a visit means this is far from over. Roberson will also visit Auburn on Jan. 28, so this one will definitely come down to Signing Day.

As for Fisher, he recently cut ties with Michigan. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackle was committed to Michigan last July, but his high school coach, Tim Wooer, said he reneged on that commitment because of the firing of former Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez.

“There’s not that relationship with the (new) coaching staff he had,” Wooer said of Fisher’s feelings toward new coach Brady Hoke and his new staff.

According to Wooer, Fisher had always had some interest in Florida and once Rodriguez was let go, he sent Fisher’s film down to Gainesville for coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Frank Verducci to see. Wooer said Florida’s coaches contacted him “immediately” after getting Fisher’s film to talk about meeting him.

Wooer said Verducci visited Fisher last weekend and that Fisher has a had a slew of visitors this week.

“Which school hasn’t been into see him lately?” Wooer joked.

Besides Florida, coaches from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Oregon traveled to Traverse City this week.

Wooer said there doesn’t seem to be a leader for Fisher, but he visited Michigan State last week and will visit Oregon next weekend. He added that Michigan “isn’t out of the picture” for Fisher, but has a lot of ground to gain on MSU, Oregon and Florida.

The distance to Eugene, Ore., and Gainesville won’t be factors for Fisher, Wooer said. The main thing for him is finding the right fit and finding a place where he’ll get a chance to contribute.

“Jake is a pretty mature kid and wants to challenge himself for a great opportunity,” he said.

22 COMMENTS

  1. I know Will and the staff were up against some pretty big odds starting behind the 8 ball and all, but it appears that we have done nothing. I’m not going to have any high expectations from here on out for NSD, if we get some good players GREAT, if not Oh well. We will have a fresh start next year, and after the next batch see that our coaching staff is the real deal then maybe that will pave the way to the number 1 class next year. I’m not blaming the coaches, they were put in a bad situation from the word go. I know they will pull a few out of the fire, but I fully expected after coach Muschamp named his staff things would fallinto place shortly afterwards. That didn’t happen, so we keep moving forward. Go GATORS!!!

  2. Jack, are u still talking crap? I guess after being whipped for half a decade it feels pretty good to become relevant. One of the main reasons State is having success is because of the coaching change and ssecondly State needs players that badly and recruits see it as an oppurtunity to get immediate playing time. Please don’t think that you guys will do the same next year. After the dust settles here, we will back to pounding you guys on a regular basis.also if you notice noone on this blog talks crap about State unless we are trying to defend our team. Do you really think that it is all because you are doing so well in recruiting? He is the oldest tenured coach in Florida besides Oleary and the schools in the ACC aren’t after the same athletes w/ the exception of Clemson. You guys didn’t even win your conference and you are running your trap. Get a ring first before you start claiming legitimacy. What an Idiot! !!

  3. On another post I ask All Gator Fans to Not Responnd to JACK and all his other names. Now JACK is actually Claiming that someone is acting in his sted. Lets talk about Gators and not be distracted by the outsiders and their comment.

  4. I’m going to wait until after February 3 to pass any kind of judgment. I have a feeling that some surprises are in store. If not, it’ll be no problem moving on. Long term relationships are important to resruiting and Coach Muschamp knows how to recruit. So does his staff.

    FSU fans are coming out from under their rocks, but what did you expect after being dominated for six years in a row? Even the Zooker put one on them on his way out. They’re easy to laugh off.

    Good blog Ed.

  5. FSU 31 UF 7 Big bad SEC team got whipped, smashed, beat down by some poor little ACC team. All that Florida fans have left are history lessons, conference alligence and some overrated qb in Denver. Fact is Florida State is a better team. GO NOLES!!!!!

  6. Ed there are 4 players that could step up and make a real difference in this years defensive play, could you update a status on them:
    Leon Orr… what position is he going to play
    Lynden Trail..has he gained any weight?
    Earle Okine…is he ready to step up?
    Kedrick Johnson..great potential and speed

  7. I agree with Mark. We’ll get a few more good ones on NSD and I think we’ll end up in the top 20. Meyer’s first class wasn’t great and then he killed it. WM will do the same next year… I mean look at our staff… a bunch of proven winners. Kids will flock to us in the future. Its always great to be a florida gator!

  8. HEYS GUYS — STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE RANKING # — AND START LOOKING AT THE “AVERAGE STAR VALUE” OF THE PLAYERS WE ALREADY HAVE ! WE ARE AR 3.53 — WHICH PUTS US AT #8 ! WITH ANY SUCCESS ON NSD —- WE WILL BE TOP TEN IN FINAL “STAR VALUE” . IN THE BIG PICTURE< THAT MEANS MORE ! ANYONE CAN SIGN 25 GUYS WITH A 3.0 STAR VALUE AND BE "TEAM POINT VALUE" AHEAD OF US , BUT THAT IS ALL ABOUT TOTAL# OF COMMITS — THE "AVG.STAR VALUE" IS WHAT TRULY DETERMINES THE STRENGTH OF THE CLASS — AND OURS WILL BE TOP TEN !!

  9. This recruiting class is not Dud. Just because it’s not the #1 ranking means nothing. We have some tremendous recruits coming in. Remember, this only builds on what we already have at FL. Not everyone in this recruiting class is in the starting lineup for next year. FL will be really good. You just watch. Go Gators!

  10. You guys should not let those FSU girls get you riled up, they deserve their day. We have dominated them for six or seven years do you really expect them to be meek and humble after this year? This is their best time to push their chest out and say ” we’re not the p…..ys NO MORE” and they deserve the chance to boast AND brag. It should only be background noise to you, let them enjoy their day in the sun though they live in the SUNSHINE state they have seen very little sun in the last six years. Enjoy it NOLES though it be short lived. Go GATORS!!!

  11. Hey guys, Jack reminds me of one of those obsessed fans who have nothing better to do. This guy is begininng to become quite the entertainment. I retract my statement and say let him stay. He continuosly shows why FSU is one of the worst schools academically in the nation. He makes baseless and pointless coments and still haven’t proven anything on the field except that they fold in the big games and can only beat Florida when they’re mediocre. Against tuogher competion they fold.