The Opening and Elite 11 preview


The Opening and the Elite 11 quarterback competition, two of the premier events for the nation’s top recruits, kicks off this weekend at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

Florida has two fewer verbal commitments attending than it did in 2012 (7), but the five future Gators going this year could provide more excitement for fans tuning in on ESPNU.

That’s because UF has a quarterback pledge participating in recording-setting passer Will Grier, who is taking part in both events and will look to make his case as the No. 1 QB in this recruiting cycle. The Elite 11 workouts start Saturday and continue Sunday.

The Opening, which kicks off Monday and runs through July 3, features four commits in addition to Grier — running back Dalvin Cook, cornerback Duke Dawson and defensive tackles Khairi Clark and Anthony Moten.

The combine will be televised by ESPNU on July 1 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 2 from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and July 3 from 9 p.m. to midnight (all ET). Coverage includes the SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7-on-7 pool play, the Lineman Challenge Finals and the 7-on-7 Semifinals and Championship.

There are also two prospects announcing who list Florida as a finalist, but don’t expect either to pick the Gators. Ponte Vedra linebacker Dillon Bates is Tennessee-bound unless he pulls a shocker, and Clemson is in the driver’s seat with Tarpon Springs East Lake receiver Artavis Scott.

Here are the other UF targets in attendence:

2015 WR George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake)
WR Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)
WR Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas)
WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead)
WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr)
WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman)
OL Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal)
OL Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City)
OL Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara)
OL Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood)
DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln)
DT Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington)
DT Gerald Willis III (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr)
DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
DE Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge)
DE Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy)
LB Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South)
LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty Co.)
LB Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley)
LB Dwight Williams (Gardena, Ca./Junipero Serra)
LB Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School)
DB Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron)
DB Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
DB Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation)
DB Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy)
DB Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School)


  1. I don’t know how good Bates is but most of the time you expect kids to follow the tradition of the father-son trail. I’m glad we got Kevin Taylor and others that have followed their father the the UF. Good hunting for Bates (if thats his route) he will be innline to evaluate his Gator class(would have been teammates) up close and personal soon. GO GATORS!!!!

  2. Tennesee is selling immediate playing time and the opportunity is legitimate. Let’s face it, if there is a positive to being awful it is opportunity for recruits.
    I would rather have talent on hand and sell winning.

  3. Bates is just a Tennessee legacy that’s why he’s going there. They have a hundred 3 stars committed. only difference is that they are getting them early, nothing more.
    As far as lane much that I’ve heard is that it will be a battle between UF and Bama

  4. I don’t even know why rankings come out on recruiting classes this early. Real Gator is right, stocking up on a bunch of 3 and 2 star guys now doesn’t really mean much.

    It is worth noting though, that Bama and Notre Dame are doing well with the 4 and 5 star kids. The fact Kentucky, Texas, and Tennessee are hauling in a bevy of 2 and 3 star kids means nothing.