Football recruiting: Gators set to host many top targets at Friday Night Lights
The big targets attending from the 2023 class include five-star cornerback Cormani McClain from Lakeland, five-star edge rusher Samuel M'Pemba from IMG Academy in Bradenton, four-star receiver Andy Jean from Miami, four-star defensive lineman Kamran James from Orlando, four-star defensive lineman Kelby Collins from Alabama and four-star receiver Daquayvious Sorey from Chipley, who would convert to safety if he committed to the Gators.
A number of 2023 UF commitments also will attend the event, including four-star edge rusher Isaiah Nixon (St. Petersburg), four-star defensive lineman T.J. Searcy (Thomaston, Ga.), four-star cornerback Sharif Denson (Bartram Trail, St. Johns), four-star defensive lineman Gavin Hill (Buchholz), four-star receiver Creed Whittemore (Buchholz), four-star linebacker Knijeah Harris (IMG Academy, Bradenton), four-star running back Treyaun Webb (Jacksonville Trinity Christian) and four-star athlete Aaron Gates (Sharpsburg, Ga.).
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Quarterbacks Davi Belfort and DJ Lagway expected to attend
Standouts from the 2024 and 2025 classes expected to attend include four-star 2024 linebacker Myles Graham of Atlanta, who is the son of former Gator running back Earnest Graham. Other Class of 2024 attendees include five-star cornerback Desmond Ricks of IMG Academy in Bradenton, four-star athlete Fred Gaskin III of Ocala and quarterback Davi Belfort of Gulliver Prep in Miami, who has offers from Alabama and Arkansas. Borderline four/five-star quarterback DJ Lagway from Willis, Texas, also is expected to attend, but there is thought he may stay closer to home and commit to Texas A&M.
Two Class of 2025 quarterbacks from Jacksonville are expected to attend — Mandarin's Tramell Jones Jr. and Trinity Christian's Colin Hurley.
Malik Bryant picks Hurricanes
Four-star linebacker Malik Bryant of Orlando Jones High, a top 100 recruit in the Class of 2023, was originally slated to attend Friday Night Lights. But that now appears unlikely after Bryant committed down state to Miami on Wednesday.