The south end zone stands inside The Swamp on Saturday are going to be … swamped.
This is the biggest recruiting weekend for Florida’s staff as around 30 prospects from the 2011 and 2012 class will be in attendance for Florida’s matchup with No. 12 LSU.
But before we get to some of the players who will be in Gainesville, UF will be without one of its best recruiters Saturday.
Thursday night, Plantation linebacker Ryan Shazier said that because of transportation issues, he won’t be making his official visit this weekend. Instead, he’ll officially visit after the regular season.
“I wanted to go there really bad because I wanted to hang out with all of the recruits,” Shazier said.
Besides getting an extended stay at UF, Shazier said he was going to use most of his time Saturday night to recruit some of the guys on Florida’s radar.
“I was going to recruit hard and try to get us another top class,” he said. “I was going to show everybody around and show them how great everything is (at Florida).
The guys Shazier said he was targeting were Wadesboro, N.C., Anson linebacker Stephone Anthony and Lakewood, Calif., defensive lineman Todd Barr, who will both be in attendance Saturday.
Here are some of the players expected at Saturday’s game:
QB Jeff Driskel (Oviedo Hagerty)
FB Hunter Joyer (Tampa Catholic)
OL Chase Hounshel (Kirtland, Ohio, Lake Catholic)
WR Ja’Juan Story (Brooksville Nature Coast)
WR Javares McRoy (Lakeland)
WR Latroy Pittman (2012) (Citra Marion County)
CB De’Ante “Pop” Saunders (DeLand)
CB Nick Waisome (Groveland South Lake)
S Chris Johnson (Ocala Trinity Catholic)
DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, Calif.)
WR Quinta Funderburk (Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith)
Some recruits of interest
RB Mike Bellamy (Punta Gorda Charlotte)
WR Kelvin Benjamin (Belle Glade Glades Central)
LB Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C., Anson)
LB Lamar Dawson (Danville, Kent., Boyle County)
DT Tim Jernigan (Lake City Columbia)
CB Marcus Roberson (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
2012 guys of interest
WR Chris Black (Jacksonville First Coast)
WR Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington Palm Beach Central)
DE Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga., Harris County)
DE Dante Fowler (St. Petersburg Lakewood)
DT Omari Phillips (Venice)
DT Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Note: I was told early Friday morning that Bradenton Manatee running back Mike Blakely might make it to Gainesville after he takes his SAT Saturday.