Gators draw talent to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights


Florida’s biggest recruiting showcase of the year kicks off in Gainesville tonight at 5 p.m. with the “Next Level Quarterback Camp” and Sophomore Night. The QB Camp will run through Friday.

Along with instruction from coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, the Gators have brought in nationally renowned quarterback coaches Lavelle Durant, Eric Kresser and George Whitfield.

Florida is expected to host more than 15 Rivals250 recruits in the 2017 class and multiple rising recruits in the 2018 class. You can follow me on Twitter for coverage throughout the weekend.

Here’s who’s confirmed for the Quarterback Camp:


2017 QB Jake Allen (UF commit)

2018 QB Zack Annexstad

2018 QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson

2018 QB James Foster

2018 QB Artur Sitkowski

2018 QB Cade Fortin

2018 QB Swift Lyle

2018 QB Mike Penix

2018 QB Casey Thompson

2018 QB Allan Walters

2019 QB Michael Johnson, Jr.



While not a full list, here’s who’s expected to be in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium this weekend.

Notable 2017 recruits: 

QB Jake Allen, 6-3, 200, Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (UF commit)

ATH Tray Bishop, 6-3, 195, Dawson (Ga.) Terrell County

DB Latavious Brini, 6-2, 205, Mater Academy Charter (UGA commit)

DE Zach Carter, 6-5, 250, Hillsborough (UF commit)

DB Shawn Davis, 6-1, 190, Miami Southridge

TE Kemore Gamble, 6-4, 220, Miami Southridge (UF commit)

WR Daquon Green, 6-1, 185, Tampa Bay Tech (UF commit)

OT Alex Leatherwood, 6-5, 300, Washington (FL.) (Alabam commit)

RB Adarius Lemons, 6-0, 195, Clearwater High (UNC commit)

WR Jerry Jeudy, 6-1, 180, Deerfield Beach

LB Ventrell Miller, 6-0, 230, Kathleen High (UF commit)

DE LaBryan Ray, 6-4, 275, James Clemens (Ala.)

DE Jarez Parks, 6-5, 260, Sebastian River

DT Jordon Scott, 6-1, 345, Pinellas Park (UF commit)

OT Kadeem Telfort, 6-7, 300, Booker T. Washington (UF commit)


Notable 2018 recruits:

DB Al Blades, 6-0, 170, Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

WR Amari Burney, 6-1, 210, Clearwater Central Catholic

RB James Cook, 5-11, 195, Miami Central (FSU commit)

WR Jacob Copeland, 6-1, 190, Pine Forest (Fl.)

DE Robert Hicks, 6-1, 220, Booker T. Washington (Fl.) (Auburn commit)

DB Demetrius Ivey, 6-1, 180, South Dade (Miami commit)

DB Josh Jobe, 6-1, 180, Columbus (Fl.) (Miami commit)

WR Mark Pope, 6-0, 165, Miami Southridge

RB Ricky Slade, 5-9, 185, C.D. Hylton (Va.)

ATH Justin Watkins, 6-0, 165, North Marion (FSU commit)

ATH Xavier Williams, 6-0, 182, Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Fl.)