UDPATE: Speedy Noil did not make it in for his scheduled trip.
Florida is hosting three Rivals100 members on official visits this weekend, including the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect.
That would be Woodbridge (Va.) Senior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, who is making his first trip to UF and last recruiting visit before his Nov. 14 decision.
Hand has previously taken officials to Michigan and Alabama, and the Wolverines are thought to be his favorite.
Florida basically has to blow him away in Gainesville to land his commitment next week. Hand is a huge fan of Will Muschamp and Brad Lawing, and UF has reputable sports management and engineering programs (his desired majors), so the Gators certainly have a shot to sway him their way.
The other visitors are receiver Speedy Noil and defensive lineman Gerald Willis III, who are teammates at New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr and rank in the top 50 of the Rivals100.
UF is battling LSU and Texas A&M for their services. They visited the Aggies on Sept. 9 for their game against Alabama, while the Tigers have yet to host to them officially but are expected to land the in-state duo.
The Gators have their work cut for them even more so with Noil and Willis, but they can sell playing time to both prospects.
Florida hasn’t signed a prep prospect from Louisiana in more than a decade.