Junior Day this weekend

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It’s another big recruiting weekend for Florida coach Will Muschamp and his staff.

But this one won’t include any 2012 kids.

UF is having it’s first ‘Junior Day’ of the recruiting of the 2013 cycle and will be hosting a dozen prospects from next year.

With the SAT taking place Saturday, this weekend won’t be as packed as Florida’s second Junior Day (Feb. 18). Nevertheless, a couple of these visitors may very well end up Gators when all is said and done.

Atop that list is defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City). The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman grew up a Gators fan and picked up an offer from Florida on Tuesday. If anyone commits this weekend, it would likely be Brantley. He will be coming down with his mom.

A trio of Tallahassee Lincolin teammates — linebacker James Hearns and receivers Taj Williams and Reggis Davis  — are making the trip to Gainesville. The 6-foot-4, 165-pound Williams is one of the top WR prospects in the state and should be high on Florida’s wish list. All three hold offers from UF and participated in Muschamp’s summer camp. Williams and Davis are coached by former Florida receiver Jacquez Green. Green’s nephew, Kingsland, Ga., Camden County cornerback J.J. Green, will also be on campus hoping to gain an offer following a solid junior season.

Florida is hosting Gainesville linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr., the son of former Gator Keith Kelsey. The 6-foot-1, 219-pounder competed in Friday Night Lights and is still working toward a UF offer.

The last in the line of Florida connections is wide receiver Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is the teammate of 2012 running back commit Matt Jones and visited UF last weekend. An offer from the Gators would him 10 thus far.

Here the rest of Saturday’s expected visitors:

LB Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast)
McMillian had an impressive performance in the 2011 FHSAA State Finals and will be one of the top in-state linebackers next year. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder currently hold offers Alabama, Arkansas and Florida, among others, but he favors FSU early on.

ATH Jordan Leggett (Navarre, Fla./Navarre)
The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder currently has two offers with many more on the way.

CB Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee)
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound corner committed to Tennessee on Jan. 11.

LB Darren Hambrick (Brooksville, Fla./Hernando)
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker has amassed nine offers.

DT Rod Crayton (Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville)
The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has offers from Auburn, LSU, Miss St and Ole Miss.

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  1. And Hambrick is the son of the former Gator linebacker of the same name who played some for Dallas in the NFL, as I recall. One question: Can any 2012 recruits also take visits while this event takes place? We’ve been told about some of the last propsects out there taking visits to other campuses January 27. CAn you clarify when the non-contact period begins? Thanks for your great job of keeping us informed, Zach!

    • Yes. Florida was scheduled to host QB Paxton Lynch and Auburn WR commit JaQuay Williams this weekend. But Lynch went to Memphis instead (Mornhinweg) and Williams doesn’t have the grades to get into UF.

      The quiet period begins on Feb. 3 and runs through April 14, but recruits can still take official visits during that time. They actually have until April 1 to sign their LOI, everyone just does so on NSD.

      From the NCAA website …

      “Quiet period is a time when the college may not have any in-person talk with the prospective student-athlete or the parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch the prospect play or practice.The prospective student-athlete can visit college campuses during this time and a coach may write or telephone.”

  2. I think you missed a Gator connection with another of the recruits. I’m guessing Darren Hambrick is related to the Darren Hambrick from Brookesville who was a Gator LB in the mid 90’s before being thrown off the team for fighting with a teammate at a Sugar Bowl dinner.

  3. Zack, what is this BS about Powell going to Marshall now? Really? Do you know anything about that? PS Mark, I saw that fight in New New Orleans, was actually out on the street with another player…pretty awesome. However, we lost 2 players from the team because of it.

  4. Hey Zach,
    Follow up to g8ter27, whats up with jeremi powell? Rivals has him as a soft verbal and he went to marshall on the 27th.. I know I seen something about him having one complaint or something in a blog post but fill us in on what you have. Keep up the GREAT work!!

  5. I’m feeling these two 2013 commits. Adam Lane is a true, bruising, between the tackles back, with a stocky frame similar to Maurice Jones-Drew. Watch Caleb Brantley’s highlight video: he’s either absolutely unblockable, or teams are just afraid to even try to block him.

  6. Four-star linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, FL), who committed to the Gators almost a year ago, recently visited the Marshall Thundering Herd and enjoyed his trip. According to HerdNation.com, it has become a legitimate landing spot for him because of the school’s H.E.L.P. Program which provides “educational support, remediation and mentoring to individuals” with specific learning disabilities or disorders like ADD/ADHD. Powell must pass one more high school class and improve his ACT score in order to get into UF, obstacles that could have him instead decide to commit to Marshall.

    Read more: http://www.onlygators.com/category/football/#ixzz1kyByk9yg
    ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive

  7. Is this Chandler Register crap a joke? Mr. and Mrs. register, your son looks like a good ball player in the state class 1A rankings, but that poor boy would get his lunch packed, ate, and sent back to georgia if he came to the mighty SEC. The best us Gator fans can hope for is that he gets picked up by the Bulldogs. We have enough guys here to fill our practice squad, and we sure don’t need another 5.0-40 non-juking white boy on our radar. Your son will make a descent Div.3 special teamer, but please quit promoting him on our message boards!

  8. In the very recent past, UF had a super support program for student-athletes with learning disabilities. Steve Spurrier used it as a recruiting tool to land a top QB prospect- OK, he never did anything on the field- in the mid-’90s. It was a great program for players in all sports and the coaches even learned new teaching techniques.

  9. Hey GBBolt, thanks as you seem to know everything about potential prospects! As far as passing, you did not watch the whole tape. Wonder if you would have said the ames thing if he were Black, you MORON!

  10. I saw the video on Register. He looks like to me he can play, deceptive speed, good hands, nice size with growth potential. Sounds like some racial prejudice tones from GBBolt?? Imagine the uproar that would be heard if the the same comment was made with the word “black substituted for white”? Gator fans, remember Chris Doering, the McGriff wide recievers and Cris Collinsworth. I guess I don’t like GGBolt’s reverse racial prejudicial statement, whether Register becomes a Gator prospect or not.