Five officials for Florida this weekend

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This weekend will have half as many visitors as last Saturday’s football banquet, but it’s going to just as important for Florida.

The Gators are hosting five prospects on official visits, including two of the top targets for UF coach Will Muschamp.

Arriving in Gainesville today will be running backs Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) and Alex Collins (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation), receivers Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) and linebacker Jarred Davis (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County).

JUCO defensive tackle commit Darious Cummings (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.) and 2014 receiver commit Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) are also joining UF pledges Lane, Hawkins and Robinson.

But the focus this weekend is on Collins and Davis, who are both taking their first trip to Florida as recruits. Collins, a former Miami commit, is believed to be down to the Canes and the Gators. With an official scheduled to Coral Gables on Jan. 18, this visit will be critical for the UF coaches if they’re going to have a chance with Collins. One person who might be able to help Florida out is Lane. He is one of the better recruiters in the class and has tried to sway FSU running back commit Ryan Green in the past.

With the loss of Quinton Powell on Monday, UF is looking to add another outside linebacker and Davis is certainly a possibility. He’s currently committed to Auburn and doesn’t have an offer from Florida, but that could change while he’s in Gainesville. Davis is not solid with the Tigers and the Gators have been showing a lot of interest in him during the Contact Period. He visited Ole Miss last weekend and also plans to take officials to Auburn and South Carolina in January.

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  1. I was surprised with Bailey. I really liked his potential. Pool and Maye are the better players so at least they are staying. Powell decommitting helped us out. Would like to see a FB/RB, TE and maybe a DE or CB in this class.

  2. IMO Bailey was a project and he didnt develop as quick as the coaches would have liked. Now days freshman have to be able to come in and play because as you can see with the class we have coming in he’ll just get pushed down the depth chart. VHIII will play as will Harris right away.

  3. Football is a business, make no mistake about that and as money gets tighter we will see that become even clearer. Good recruits equal wins, wins equal money. Projects take up space, as Muschamp’s squad becomes filled with better and better players, projects just wont get offers, and only the best of the best will want to come in, just like Bama….. this is why the GATORS are inevitably going to crush everyone else….

  4. LOL – I get a kick out of the quasi-conspiracy talk. This is a simple case of quality competition rising to the top. Some kids have it and others don’t. We only see game day performance, these kids see the competition in the weight room and practice every day. I’m sure Willie Bailey saw where he stacked up against the others and figured he’d have a better shot at playing somewhere else. @Human Race — you’ve stated the obvious. Of course it’s about money. As soon as Muschamp’s butt hit the HC chair the proverbial gun was pointed at his temple. He has to put the best product on the field ASAP or he’ll be hitting the bricks. He has, and will keep bringing in the best kids at every position and let the on-field Darwinism work it’s magic. Call it evil, heartless, or whatever. If you guys like talking about Gator wins every week this is the way it has to be. Nick Saban has come pretty close to perfecting the process.

  5. Guys, remember that every and all transfers are welcomed right now. Especially for those who haven’t contributed yet. Normally I hate transfers but it’s good this year. Coach BOOM has more to push out make no mistake. Business is business. Wish each and every one the best of luck and success wherever they land. Go Gators!! Muschamp is fulfilling all expectations!!!