Defensive end is the top remaining priority for Florida in its 2013 class, and now the Gators have to find another defensive tackle with Caleb Brantley’s decommitment on Wednesday.
The next 10 days could go a long way toward meeting those needs.
Under Armour All-American defensive linemen Montravius Adams, Elijah Daniel and DeMarcus Walker all have upcoming trips scheduled with UF.
Adams, a five-star defensive tackle, will officially visit Florida this weekend following the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday.
It will be Adams’ second stop in Gainesville. He attended Florida’s 14-6 upset over LSU, which is still his best recruiting trip to date.
“If you wanted to see the game, you had to stand up,” Adams said. “It was a great game and it made a big impression on me.”
This weekend’s visit will be more for his mother, who hasn’t built much of a relationship with the UF coaches yet.
“I’m just looking forward to getting my mom down there, seeing how she likes it and get her bond (going) with the coaches,” Adams said. “I just want to chill with the players and get to know them.”
Adams will officially visit Clemson on Jan. 11, Alabama on Jan. 18, Georgia on Jan. 25 and possibly Auburn or Ole Miss on Feb. 1. He plans to release his Top 5 in about two weeks but will not name a leader.
Adams will announce his decision on National Signing Day (Feb. 6).
“I want to go to the best place for me to get my business degree and in the future make it to the league,” Adams said. “A place that me and my mom love and feels like home.”
This weekend will also draw Walker for an unofficial visit. The Tide commitment and early enrollee has been taking a second look at the Gators since Jeremy Pruitt, his primary recruiter at Alabama, departed for FSU.
Walker said he wouldn’t be visiting UF if Pruitt hadn’t left.
“It helped the Gators a lot,” Walker said. “Football players go through so much (in college) and your parents are there. If I went to Alabama, I would be nine hours away and I can’t just drive to my parents. Talking to coach Pruitt every night, me and him bonded with each other. I had the best connection with him out of all the coaches that recruited me.”
In order for Walker to flip to Florida and enroll in classes on Monday, he has to reach the same comfort level with the staff and school in general.
“I would to have to feel comfortable with the atmosphere, the campus and the coaches (to switch),” Walker said.
Daniel is the No. 2 target at defensive end for UF, and he officially visits on Jan. 11.
The Gators are the favorite to land him, but he doesn’t have any public leaders at this time.
“I like how they play,” Daniel said. “They play fast and they play together and they play with a swag.”
What will Florida have to do to become his top school?
“Just show me what I want to see and tell me what I want to know,” Daniel said.
When the former Clemson commit visits Gainesville, he wants to see the strength and conditioning facilities, learn more about Florida’s academics and find out how he fits into Florida’s defensive scheme.
He also hopes to grow closer to UF defensive line coach Bryant Young, his primary recruiter.
“We’ve got a pretty good relationship,” Daniel said. “He’s came up to see me a lot of times and I like his NFL experience. That says a lot about who he is. He knows what it takes to get there and stay there.”
Daniel will take an official to Arizone State on Jan. 18 and has previously visited Marshall, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He plans to make his decision sometime in January.
Florida will also host four more defensive linemen on official visits before National Signing Day — Ole Miss JUCO DT commit Jarran Reed (Jan. 11), Auburn DE commit Tashawn Bower (Jan. 18), USC DE commit Jason Hatcher (Jan. 25) and DT Jaynard Bostwick (Feb. 1).