With Florida getting started earlier this year in gathering verbal commits, that means you should expect to see even more young guns patrolling the streets of Gainesville this spring. Last year, the Gators hosted just a few top prospects throughout spring ball – most of them showed up for the Orange and Blue game. But this year, kids are coming from all over already to get a look at the Gators, in hopes of snatching up an offer before someone else does.
Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge defensive end Chase Rome visited Gainesville for UF’s first spring practice of the year on Wednesday, March 25. He’s currently ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and is a big dude. He’s listed as a DE, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved inside once he got to college.
Columbus, Ga., Hardaway quarterback Marcus Smith is about as committed as you can be without actually being committed. He said all week that he was going to pledge his verbal when he got in town, but the coaches then told him they want to see him play some his senior year before anything happens. He showed up happy to be with the team and left just as happy knowing that there’s a spot for him in the future. He passes the eye test in my book, but I’ve never seen him play quarterback and with UF going after a couple of other guys at that position – including already having Venice quarterback Trey Burton committed – Smith could move to another position.
Tampa Catholic teammates Christian Green (quarterback) and Chaz Green (offensive tackle) showed up last Saturday for UF’s first scrimmage. Both are looking hard at UF and both are four-star guys, according to Rivals. Florida State looks to be in front for Christian, but UF is very much in the picture. Chaz is being courted by some of the top programs in the country and UF is definitely one of them.
As the Green duo watched practice they were surrounded by four current Gator commits on hand – Burton, linemen Ian Silberman and Leon Orr and safety Jonathan Dowling. Oh, and 2009 darling recruit Andre Debose was in town for a couple days as well.
Burton’s little brother Clay (2011 prospect) was even there and is surely getting the business from Trey about becoming a Gator in the near future.
More guys are expected in town over the course of the next few weeks and I’m sure the staff will plan to have some of its current commits on hand to schmooze.