January 3rd, 2013 02:27pm

DL trio of UA All-Americans visiting Florida in Jan.

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Defensive end is the top remaining priority for Florida in its 2013 class, and now the Gators have to find another defensive tackle with Caleb Brantley’s decommitment on Wednesday.

The next 10 days could go a long way toward meeting those needs.

Under Armour All-American defensive linemen Montravius Adams, Elijah Daniel and DeMarcus Walker all have upcoming trips scheduled with UF.

Adams, a five-star defensive tackle, will officially visit Florida this weekend following the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday.

It will be Adams’ second stop in Gainesville. He attended Florida’s 14-6 upset over LSU, which is still his best recruiting trip to date.

“If you wanted to see the game, you had to stand up,” Adams said. “It was a great game and it made a big impression on me.”

This weekend’s visit will be more for his mother, who hasn’t built much of a relationship with the UF coaches yet.

“I’m just looking forward to getting my mom down there, seeing how she likes it and get her bond (going) with the coaches,” Adams said. “I just want to chill with the players and get to know them.”

Adams will officially visit Clemson on Jan. 11, Alabama on Jan. 18, Georgia on Jan. 25 and possibly Auburn or Ole Miss on Feb. 1. He plans to release his Top 5 in about two weeks but will not name a leader.

Adams will announce his decision on National Signing Day (Feb. 6).

“I want to go to the best place for me to get my business degree and in the future make it to the league,” Adams said. “A place that me and my mom love and feels like home.”

This weekend will also draw Walker for an unofficial visit. The Tide commitment and early enrollee has been taking a second look at the Gators since Jeremy Pruitt, his primary recruiter at Alabama, departed for FSU.

Walker said he wouldn’t be visiting UF if Pruitt hadn’t left.

“It helped the Gators a lot,” Walker said. “Football players go through so much (in college) and your parents are there. If I went to Alabama, I would be nine hours away and I can’t just drive to my parents. Talking to coach Pruitt every night, me and him bonded with each other. I had the best connection with him out of all the coaches that recruited me.”

In order for Walker to flip to Florida and enroll in classes on Monday, he has to reach the same comfort level with the staff and school in general.

“I would to have to feel comfortable with the atmosphere, the campus and the coaches (to switch),” Walker said.

Daniel is the No. 2 target at defensive end for UF, and he officially visits on Jan. 11.

The Gators are the favorite to land him, but he doesn’t have any public leaders at this time.

“I like how they play,” Daniel said. “They play fast and they play together and they play with a swag.”

What will Florida have to do to become his top school?

“Just show me what I want to see and tell me what I want to know,” Daniel said.

When the former Clemson commit visits Gainesville, he wants to see the strength and conditioning facilities, learn more about Florida’s academics and find out how he fits into Florida’s defensive scheme.

He also hopes to grow closer to UF defensive line coach Bryant Young, his primary recruiter.

“We’ve got a pretty good relationship,” Daniel said. “He’s came up to see me a lot of times and I like his NFL experience. That says a lot about who he is. He knows what it takes to get there and stay there.”

Daniel will take an official to Arizone State on Jan. 18 and has previously visited Marshall, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He plans to make his decision sometime in January.

Florida will also host four more defensive linemen on official visits before National Signing Day — Ole Miss JUCO DT commit Jarran Reed (Jan. 11), Auburn DE commit Tashawn Bower (Jan. 18), USC DE commit Jason Hatcher (Jan. 25) and DT Jaynard Bostwick (Feb. 1).

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13 Comments

  1. January 3rd, 2013 2:53 pm

    We need Adams now. Read and watched the U/A practices and saw/heard that Brantley lacks a motor. He can penetrate, but he seems to take plays off (see Randy Moss).

    by Craig


  2. January 3rd, 2013 3:02 pm

    based on this body of work Zach,I feel safe saying Brantley will not be back in this class.

    by fanan


  3. January 3rd, 2013 3:13 pm

    After watching the Sugar Bowl I would bet that most of the Gator’s recruits are re-thinking their commitment to UF. With Pruitt coming to FSU I wouldn’t get my hopes up about Walker. Nice choke job Gators…

    by So Sorry Gators


  4. January 3rd, 2013 3:39 pm

    Brantley will be in this class. He just wants some attention. He’s been that way for a long time. Dude bleeds orange and blue too much. willing to bet he makes an announcement during the UA game and “shocks the world” by recommiting to UF only a couple days after decommiting.

    by gatorseverywhere


  5. January 3rd, 2013 4:27 pm

    so sorry.
    And that you are
    .the sugar bowl loss will not change a recruits mind…in fact it shows them that they can have early playing time

    by mcb


  6. January 3rd, 2013 4:37 pm

    Don’t count in Daniels doubt he will ever make it to big time football his grades are not good at all. Regardless of what people say he didn’t decommit Clemson withdrew their offer because of his grades but then again we are talking about the SEC who’s academic standards vary depending on who they are trying to sign so then again you might not have nothing to worry about….

    by D-Mob


  7. January 3rd, 2013 5:10 pm

    Zach, after reading this potentially very good news, I continue to feel as if I am laying completely naked in the strange streets of Louisiana face down in Louisville’s joy! So, with all the strength I can muster, “Thanks Zach”…forgive me if shame won’t allow me to look you in the eye.

    by TigerCatZeroZero


  8. January 3rd, 2013 5:18 pm

    @so
    im guessing ur a fan of that piece of trash we beat 37-26 right? troll a lil harder buddy

    by realgatorfan


  9. January 3rd, 2013 7:10 pm

    D-mob…..

    If so, it will be the first time in history that Clemson turned down a recruit because of grades…..low entrance requirements at Clemson. Just the truth…..sort of like FSU….SO SORRY……

    by Tampa Gator


  10. January 3rd, 2013 7:15 pm

    Heard Brantley also didn’t exactly like how our coaches are chasing Adams and others, especially since he feels threatened by Cummings and that Adams is seriously considering UF.

    by Gator Todd


  11. January 3rd, 2013 8:33 pm

    Adams is a complete beast. Let’s woo em.

    by LewKeys


  12. January 3rd, 2013 11:14 pm

    so sorry,

    How exactly does that beatdown in tallacrappy have those recruits lining up to play for f$u???

    by cggater


  13. January 4th, 2013 7:47 am

    I want Adams like the rest of you, but I don’t see it if this small-town GA kid makes a late trip to Athens. This is a movie we’ve seen plenty of times.

    by Steve


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