This is it.
This is the final big recruiting weekend for Florida’s staff. Starting tonight, Florida will be hosting a crop of top talent, both committed to the Gators and uncommitted. With four spots remaining in already a stellar class, this weekend could go a long way to finalizing this group.
Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King running back commit Mack Brown is expected to take his only official visit, meaning Florida has finally locked up the every-down back coach Urban Meyer has coveted since his arrival.
One prospect not expected in is Cincinnati St. Xavier offensive lineman Matt James. At the last mintue, James decided he won’t be making the trip to Gainesville this weekend, all but eliminating the Gators.
Winter Park Lake Howell linebacker Christian Jones is finally going to make it to Gainesville for a meaningful visit. He’s coming in for the weekend, but he said it will be an unofficial visit because he will only be taking official visits to out-of-state schools. Getting Jones on campus is huge because West Chester, Ohio, Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks seems to be slightly favoring Texas over Florida.
Florida will also be entertaining Tampa Catholic teammates Christian Green (receiver) and Chaz Green (offensive line). Florida was the leader for both prospects, but as the season unfolded they began to look at other schools. Chaz Green heavily favored Tennessee, but with Lane Kiffin headed to USC, the Vols could be out of the equation. However, this could mean that Green could visit USC to check out Kiffin and his staff at his new school. The Gators have a very good shot at turning Chaz Green back to their side this weekend. It could be a little tougher for Christian Green. He’s down to Florida State, Georgia and Florida, and from all accounts the Gators are in third place. Still, this is the time for the staff to make up some much-needed ground. Florida is looking to add at least one more receiver prospect to this class.
There will be two less-heralded, yet very athletic prospects making official visits this weekend. Tampa Leto defensive back Jeremy Deering and Homestead linebacker Darrin Kitchens will be in town. Deering, who also played some time on offense in high school, decided to visit Florida instead of South Carolina this weekend. He could be an offensive option if a couple of the bigger names don’t work out. Kitchens could be an option if Florida’s original linebacker targets — Michael Taylor included — don’t work out. I find it hard to believe that Taylor won’t be a part of this class, but nothing is official just yet.
Here are the committed players headed in this weekend:
- Mack Brown, RB, Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King
- Lynden Trail, DE, Miami Booker T. Washington
- Quinton Dunbar, WR, Booker T. Washington
- Dominique Easley, DT, Staten Island, N.Y., Curtis
- Gideon Ajagbe, LB, Coconut Grove Ransom Everglades
Note: I got word last night that San Diego Mission Bay running back Dillon Baxter is looking to visit Florida at some point this month. He’s still committed to USC. Nothing is official, but I was told that Baxter, who ESPN reported has opened up his recruitment, likes the idea of possibly lining up at quarterback in Florida’s offense.