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).