Star-studded group of recruits visiting for LSU

Martez Ivey is one of five official visitors for UF this weekend. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Florida’s biggest recruiting weekend of the year has finally arrived, and the Gators will have a star-studded group of recruits visiting for the LSU game tonight.

A trio of five-star prospects will be on hand in offensive tackle Martez Ivey and defensive ends Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson. UF is considered the favorite for all three, and the matchup with the Tigers will give them an opportunity to see how the Gators stack up against an elite SEC program.

“This game is big,” Cowart said. “It’s going to show you where Florida is at right now and how much talent they have. Everyone knows LSU is loaded with athletes.”

Ivey, who has been to Gainesville more than a half dozen times, is one of five recruits officially visiting UF this weekend. The others are linebacker Te’Von Coney, wide receiver K.J. Hill (Arkansas commit) and Florida commits Jerome Baker and Derrick Dillon.

“I’m definitely look forward to it,” Ivey said of the two-day trip. “I can’t wait until I get up there again. I’ve already done a lot over there, but I just want to see more of the team atmosphere. Just the way the coaches are with their players and watching how they respond.”

Baker, who hasn’t been to Florida since his visit in April, is one of eight commits attending the game (Dillon, Mike Horton, Andrew Ivie, Kalif Jackson, Tyler Jordan, Camrin Knight and Brandon Sandifer).

“I’m just excited to be back in Gainesville,” Baker said. “I’m looking forward to having fun and enjoying being in The Swamp. It will be my first Florida game. I heard the fans get crazy, so I definitely want to see that.”

The Gators are also hosting their top linebacker target Jeff Holland and his teammate Kendrick Norton, a four-star defensive tackle.

In-state wide receivers Javarius Davis and Ryan Davis will be in attendance, and both could be on commitment watch with a big win. Two more recruits to keep an eye on tonight are offensive guard Jalen Merrick and cornerback Jeremy McDuffie.

UF has three important visitors and Miami Booker T. Washington teammates scheduled to visit — wide receiver Antonio Callaway, tight end Devonaire Clarington and defensive back Da’Vante Davis.

Last but certainly not least, the Gators will host three running backs committed to ACC schools in Johnny Frasier (FSU), Ray-Ray McCloud III (Clemson) and Dexter Williams (Miami).


  1. Gators will get off to a hot, fast start. Best opening drive and a score, an early turnover, and, “Boom!” Let’s go Gators!
    And tonight’s the homecoming for my class’ stars: John Reaves, Carlos “the. Cuban Comet”, Mac Steen, “Big ” Jack Youngblood from Monticello, Steve Tannen, Mike Rich, Mike Kelly, David Ghesquire and more. Win another for the Bull Gator Ray Graves! Florida over LSU, 27-17.

  2. How long before the inept play on the field causes a big hit in the recruiting category? I’m afraid these kids aren’t going to want any part of the “comedy of errors” that’s being played out weekly. It should be interesting to watch going forward…

  3. Fire Muschamp now and lock up a coach we deserve early – we don’t lose anyone. The kids listed above from Jax and Orlando are coming to UF no matter what. If they haven’t been driven off yet – getting rid of Coach BOOm won’t do it.

  4. Foley has said that he will judge the season and the coach when the season is actually over. Sounds like a solid and fair plan to me. However, there are some on the OL and some receivers that I wouldn’t mind firing, or at least benching. ———-
    Started the game with a rsSr WR DROP. Ended the game with a Sr TE DROP in the endzone. And the OL couldn’t get the ball in the endzone from the ‘freakin’ 2 yard line. And who was calling those goal line plays anyway???
    As to how the recruiting goes, UF has Academics and the life-long ‘Gator Network.’ Those things should be more important to the smart recruits, considering that only a small percentage of college players ever make to in the NFL anyway. And even among those that do manage to get there, even fewer have long careers. Think before you make life long decisions…. ;~)