With just two more “big” recruiting weekends left before National Signing Day (Feb. 2), Florida won’t be having the most impressive list of visitors this weekend.
As of Friday morning, Florida’s coaches will only be hosting two official visitors — Jacob Fisher and Marcus Roberson. However, both are big prospects still left on the Gators’ 2011 recruiting board.
Roberson is the more well known of the two. The Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback recently committed to Texas Tech after his uncle Otis Mounds was promoted to the defensive backs coach in Lubbock, Texas. Rivals.com ranks Roberson as the nation’s second-best corner.
Even though Roberson committed to the Red Raiders earlier this week, he still decided to visit Florida, which was one of his finalists along with Auburn. Florida was Roberson’s early leader last summer and he’s always shown a lot of interest in the Gators. The fact that Florida is getting a visit means this is far from over. Roberson will also visit Auburn on Jan. 28, so this one will definitely come down to Signing Day.
As for Fisher, he recently cut ties with Michigan. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackle was committed to Michigan last July, but his high school coach, Tim Wooer, said he reneged on that commitment because of the firing of former Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez.
“There’s not that relationship with the (new) coaching staff he had,” Wooer said of Fisher’s feelings toward new coach Brady Hoke and his new staff.
According to Wooer, Fisher had always had some interest in Florida and once Rodriguez was let go, he sent Fisher’s film down to Gainesville for coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Frank Verducci to see. Wooer said Florida’s coaches contacted him “immediately” after getting Fisher’s film to talk about meeting him.
Wooer said Verducci visited Fisher last weekend and that Fisher has a had a slew of visitors this week.
“Which school hasn’t been into see him lately?” Wooer joked.
Besides Florida, coaches from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Oregon traveled to Traverse City this week.
Wooer said there doesn’t seem to be a leader for Fisher, but he visited Michigan State last week and will visit Oregon next weekend. He added that Michigan “isn’t out of the picture” for Fisher, but has a lot of ground to gain on MSU, Oregon and Florida.
The distance to Eugene, Ore., and Gainesville won’t be factors for Fisher, Wooer said. The main thing for him is finding the right fit and finding a place where he’ll get a chance to contribute.
“Jake is a pretty mature kid and wants to challenge himself for a great opportunity,” he said.