Florida had three top targets on hand for its 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State this past Saturday.
The two official visitors were defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) and JUCO defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.), who committed to the Gators following his trip.
Ogunkdeo visited UF back on June 8 and enjoyed seeing The Swamp this time around.
“That was my favorite part,” Ogundeko said. “It’s a great stadium with a lot of fans. You can’t really ask for more when it comes to a gameday experience.”
The Gators have been Ogundeko’s front-runner since the summer and he said their lead is even stronger after his trip, due in large part to the hospitality of some UF commits and players.
“I sat with Nick Washington during the game and then talked to Caleb Brantley afterward. Both those guys want me to join them. I also had a lot of fun with Dante Fowler and some of the other freshmen. I spoke to Dominique Easley too and he told me I need to come down there and represent New York like him. So I just loved the vibe at Florida and I could definitely see myself playing there,” Ogundeko said.
The ESPN150 member will visit Clemson (Nov. 24), Ole Miss (Dec. 1) and Syracuse (Dec. 8 ) before making his commitment the second week of December. His three leaders (in no particular) behind UF are Arizona State, Clemson and Ole Miss.
Saturday’s game was the second JUCO offensive tackle Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military) has attended this year after officially visiting for the season-opener against Bowling Green.
Like Ogundeko, Brown has favored Florida for months and that’s still the case.
“They showed the same love last weekend they’ve been giving me since the beginning, and that’s what keeping them on top,” Brown said. “I love the loyalty and faithfulness the coaches have and they’ve been upfront with me throughout the whole process.”
Brown spoke the UF staff on Saturday about his shot at early playing time, which is one of the determining factors in his recruitment.
“We had a good conversation, we always do,” Brown said. “Most importantly, they wanted to make sure that I know my opportunity is there to see the field next season. That means a lot to me because I have three years to play two, so I need to go to a school where I can come in and hit the ground running.”
The 6-foot-8, 350-pounder visits Florida State on Wednesday and Oklahoma this weekend, then he will commit sometime next week. He said the Seminoles and Sooners have their work cut out for them.
“They have a chance to be a school I sign with,” he said, “but they’re going to have to do some exclusive stuff to beat out Florida.”