UF hosted top targets in recent days


Florida has hosted some of its top targets on campus in recent days.

The most important visitor was Plantation American Heritage’s Torrance Gibson, who is the No. 1 priority for UF at quarterback in this recruiting cycle. His trip Friday was the last of a week-long college tour that also included stops at Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

With the additions of Will Grier and Treon Harris in the last class, the Gators will have a hard time signing the consensus top-50 overall prospect. Moreover, Florida wasn’t one of the schools that stood out to him the most during his spring break visits.

UF, however, did impress Georgia linebackers Roquan Smith (Montezuma Macon County) and Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville Central Gwinnett) on Saturday.

It was the second trip to Gainesville for both this year, and Thomas reportedly named Florida his leader afterward. That could mean good news for the Gators as he and Smith, a Rivals100 member, would like to play together in college.

UF hosted two more prospects Saturday — offensive lineman Abdul Bello (Montverde Academy) and defensive end Isaiah Washington (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr).

It was Bello’s third trip to Florida in four months, and he appears to be leaning toward the Gators at this time. Washington, an LSU commit who was offered by UF on March 10, is from the same high school as defensive end signee Gerald Willis III.

Another lineman, Bradenton IMG Academy offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis, visited Sunday. The Orlando Rivals Camp OL MVP told The Sun the Gators are one of his favorites.

Lastly, Gibsonton East Bay defensive end Marques Ford made a trip to Florida today. He’s an unrated prospect on Rivals but holds offers from Miami, UCF and USF, among others.

Below are some tweets by Gibson and Thomas from their visits.


  1. I must be losing it, I didn’t know I had already posted. Whoever you are, if you want to imitate me, I don’t use symbols, so don’t give yourself away. UF is in for a very good year recruiting as long as they improve on the field. With the boys in Apopka, Seffner Armwood, and others, it looks like a monster year. I’m not impressed with Gibson as quarterback, but he’s a great athlete that could play elsewhere. Until Harris or Grier actually do anything on the field, it shouldn’t be a problem getting another quality quarterback. That is valid if Driskel remains the starter, but I have a feeling that he will stink it up as usual and by mid-season someone else will become the starter. I know some people have predicted Morningweg to transfer but he will probably be the number two quarterback going into the fall because Grier is nowhere close to being a college quarterback right now. Maybe Harris will be more ready to play when he arrives in the fall, but those of you expecting great things from Grier are going to have to be patient because he is a long way from being able to play at this level, this ain’t small-school football in North Carolina.

  2. All the hate Gator “fans” are posting and you’re wondering why people say you’re not true fans?? Haha. Let me fill you in. People say you’re not true fans because 1. You don’t have anything good to say. Seriously what true fan lives to bash his own team. 2. You want to be right about Muschamp so bad you’re actually rooting for the Gators to fail. What kind of fan roots against his own team. And finally you clearly don’t follow the team enough to know anything about what’s going on. You just see 4-8 and hope it’ll be the same next year. We had problems last year no doubt (that’s why changes were made), but do you really think without 30 injuries we’re a 4-8 team?? If we stay healthy last year, we’re 8-4 at worst. Contrary to ignorant opinion, this team doesn’t have that far to go. All the talent is their, the defense will be one of the best as usual, and Roper already has our offense light years ahead of where it was at the end of last season. By the time the season rolls around this will be a very dangerous team. You can count on it. So Shariff, dub, snowprint, etc, take off the Gator mask you try to hide behind and show your true colors. And admit to yourself that those colors are garnet and gold.

  3. If someone is getting excited over Spring, they haven’t been paying attention the last few years. To say Roper has the offense “light years” ahead is pretty stupid when we won’t know until UF plays a real game against a quality oponnent, which won’t happen until the fourth game of the season. We’ve heard this B.S. from the coaches before.Just an example is we heard the same crap about Demarcus Robinson last year and when given the opportunity in a real game he has alligator arms that were the cause of an interception. The injury excuse is just that, an excuse. An example of why that is so is Oklahoma, they were devastated by injuries as well and still won a BCS bowl game against Alabama, also do I have to mention Georgia Southern and their injuries? One of the biggest reasons UF sucked last year was the poor leadership on thee team, after Easley went down there didn’t seem to be any leaders left on the team. More than anything, this team needs to develop leaders this Spring, usually that comes from your upperclassmen, but guys like Driskel are poor leaders so it may need to come from younger players like Hargreaves. Like Patton when he took over the American forces in North Africa, you can see the problem with this team from a mile away, they aren’t a team, just a group of individuals. It starts at the top, when your leader throws the offense under the bus after the defense gets rolled by Georgia Southern, how in the world can you develop a team concept?

  4. As a Gator fan, I am rooting for great year for the Gators football team. Less Injuries and better play at the offensive line and quarterback could lead to a big turn around in their record. I thought the Gators did very well with their recruiting last year and Guessing they do very well again.

  5. snow, if you really think you can’t learn anything from spring. If you really think 30 injuries doesn’t change things(which I find funny because you say it’s just an excuse, but then use Easley’s injury as to why we didn’t have leadership. Stop contradicting yourself bro), if you really think Oklahoma had anything like the injures we had. I you really believe what you just said, well you just showed your great ignorance. Again I have admitted and stated several times that injuries weren’t the only problems. We had deeper issues, which is why changes were made over the offseason, nobody doubts that. But if you really think this team was not affected by losing Driskel, Easley, Jones, quite a few linemen, Roberson for certain games, most of our linebackers, etc etc, then you must not have followed the Gators at all last year. If you can look at the Miami game (even though we had the turnover bug, reminder same thing happened vs UGA last year and we were still a great team, just a bad game turnover wise and killed us) and then look at the GaSo game and really think that’s the same team, then you need to go back and learn a little about football. We had more issues yes, but injuries was definitely the biggest one. Injuries is why we were 4-8 instead of average to slightly above average. And if you don’t think you can take anything away from spring, then really what do you suppose you know about football?? If we can’t learn anything right now might as well sit down and shut up and wait for the season to start because we really don’t know anything. IF that’s your belief then I would suggest you be an example and just wait until football season, instead of bashing your team (or so you claim to root for them on here) when you believe yo know nothing. But then again I forgot you don’t need to learn anything from spring do you. You all the all knowing God of football and no matter how wrong you’ve been in the past you’re always right. There is plenty we can learn from spring. As far as Robinson goes, his probe was the same as Debose’s: attitude. With the way his prima donna recruitment went, we new we might have to deal with thata little early on. All signs point to both of them being over that. With a better attitude nothing is in their way of using the obvious talent everyone but you sees in them. Things might be a little misleading in sprng because a lot of times it’s designed for the offense to look good, but if you know how it works and what to look for you can take away a lot from spring. Like the fact that Joker is doing a fantastic job with the receivers. Like the fact that Roper has our offense playing with confidence and swagger again. Like the fact that Driskel that Driskel gets it mentally now and should be ready for a HUGE season (if you argue that point you better give me some experience you have being a QB, coaching QBs, or being around elite QBs, and give a full and detailed report about what you’ve observed from Jeff and your qualifications better be better than Roper’s. Otherwise I think I’ll trust him a lot more than you thanks). Like the fact that our defense will continue to be the dominant force it’s been since Muschamp took over. If we stay healthy and keep progressing at the rate we are, we’re looking at at least a 10 win season. But then again I just wasted all this time typing because you won’t even read this. You’ll skim through skipping over what you don’t want to read so you can act like I didn’t say things, still give me no evidence or any kind of facts to back up what you’re saying and just bash Driskel, Champ, and the Gators even more won’t you? Smh