Saturday night’s turnout on the recruiting front may not be up to par with the Tennessee game last month, but it’s a big weekend for Florida nonetheless.
The Gators have at least three commits attending in quarterback Will Grier, defensive tackle Khairi Clark and offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher, who will be on his official visit.
Tight end Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) and defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page) are also visiting officially.
UF has never appeared to be a serious contender for Dixon, and UCLA is his presumed leader. The Florida coaches want to add a second tight end in this class and will pull out all the stops with this weekend, but they have their work cut out for them.
The Gators are in much better shape with Featherson, who is considered a Clemson lean. But they don’t trail the Tigers by much, and this will be his second trip to Gainesville after visiting in the summer.
A late — but big — addition to the visitors list is Jacksonville Providence offensive tackle David Sharpe. He was thought to be favoring Florida in June after four visits to the school in as many months.
But a source close to him told The Sun this week that Georgia has pulled ahead as of late. He has attended three UGA games this fall and is impressed with the ‘Dawgs offense.
Had Sharpe not made it to UF on Saturday, he would have been waiting over a month to visit for a game in The Swamp. So getting him to come for the Arkansas matchup is huge for the Gators.
Florida will also host a few 2015 prospects, including Glen Saint Mary Baker County defensive end CeCe Jefferson and Jacksonville Trinity Christian linebacker Jeff Holland.