January 31st, 2014 07:46am

Contact period: Day 15 notes


Florida visited three of its biggest priorities in the 2014 class Thursday.

The UF coaching staff saw Norcross (Ga.) defensive end Lorenzo Carter, Miami Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris and Plantation American Heritage receiver Isaiah McKenzie, all of whom will make signing day decisions.

Carter received an in-home visit from head coach Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, defensive line coach Brad Lawing and receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips.

The five-star prospect told The Sun earlier this month that Florida hasn’t fallen behind other schools after being his leader in the summer.

But with Georgia getting his last official visit this weekend, there’s the feeling that it could put the Dawgs over the top. Muschamp & Co. will have to had to knock their Thursday visit out of the park to overcome Carter’s upcoming trip to Athens.

Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and South Florida recruiting specialist Travaris Robinson met with Harris and McKenzie.

Harris will visit Miami this weekend after taking officials to Auburn and Florida. Despite being the hometown school, Harris isn’t expected to end up with the Hurricanes because of their pro-style system.

The Seminoles don’t run a spread offense either, which has helped open the door for the Gators and the Tigers. Although Harris is currently an FSU pledge, his decision could come down to those two teams in the end.

McKenzie and Notre Dame parted ways this week after he wouldn’t commit to taking an official to South Bend. He will now visit Virginia Tech, which he calls his dream school and received an offer from Wednesday.

McKenzie also said Ole Miss was “sticking out” for him in an interview with 247Sports Tuesday. Florida is still in the thick of things, but the Hokies and the Rebels appear to be his favorites at this time.

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  1. January 31st, 2014 8:33 am

    Looks like it may come down to Georgia & Florida for Carter. Let’s hope they swayed him enough or put enough doubt in his mind about UGA to sign with the Gators. As for McKenzie-has VT been recruiting him all along? Seems very odd with that being his dream school that they would offer this late in the game. Can’t see how he would accept them coming in so late but Porter did the same so it could happen. Can’t wait for Wednesday to se how it all shakes out. Great job, Zach. GO GATORS!

    by (BRGF) Baton Rouge Gator Fan

  2. January 31st, 2014 8:44 am

    Saw Carter play multiple times this year and while he made some spectacular plays, he would take off too many between and was dominated by a junior OT in the state championship game. He was not even the best player on his defense in my opinion.

    by ga gator

  3. January 31st, 2014 9:09 am

    Hoping we indeed knock the ball out of the park with Carter and a few more of these high priority guys. Actually I’d like us to nab both Carter and Rocel McWilliams, developing one at Buck and the other as a rush end. I have a hunch McWilliams has the motor to become very successful. Does it have to be one or the other of these young men? I am hopeful we land Adoree Jackson and Damian Prince. Think we get Worten but not McKenzie.

    by Gatormac

  4. January 31st, 2014 9:42 am

    Come on signing day!!!

    by Dan Dixon

  5. January 31st, 2014 10:07 am

    Carter is UGA’s to lose IMO, but we still have an outside chance at him because Muschamp can coach defense and puts lots of defensive guys in the pro’s. 60 – 40 in UGA’s favor on Carter. Harris is about 60-40 in favor of picking Florida. I agree that Roper is a big twist to this story but wih Grier coming in and an extra year for Driskel and just one more year for fsu’s QB, I just don’t know, but I think the odds are in our favor.

    McKenzie is something of an enigma. He goes “flavor of the week” on us every week after every visit. This will be his parents’ influence more than anything and they’ll want him closer to home IMO. 55 – 45 in UF’s favor over everyone else.

    by Gator Todd

  6. January 31st, 2014 12:29 pm

    I am not so enthusiastic about a player that labels Virginia Tech as his dream school. He must have small dreams

    by Mark T.

  7. January 31st, 2014 12:40 pm

    I don’t think anyone has an advantage for Carter. The Gators have as good a chance as anyone. I don’t think Harris will flip to anyone. Unlike Worton and Porter, he has not given any indication of not attending FSU. The promise of UF’s offense being change or better is just words, the reality is that UF has been terrible on offense for a long time. Promises are one thing, a track record is more convincing. McKenzie doesn’t sound promising. Regardless, UF has done very well in light of the product on the field. Tabor, Holley, Willis are all very highly rated and were surprise commits to the Gators. To get a top flight quarterback prospect is a plus since UF has been so poor on offense. Powell may be a dynamic playmaker as well. If UF does have a decent offense next year and is a contender for the SEC East, the playmakers will come. Right now all a prospect can go on is a promise of a better offense, with Jeff Driskel as quarterback, that’s not very assuring.

    by ntcrze

  8. January 31st, 2014 1:03 pm

    Zach, after Sunday, is it a blackout for contacting recruits? Will the prospect have to initiate contact if he wants to tell a staff he’s coming? Or will the coaches have to wait until signing day to find out like the rest of us?

    by ntcrze

  9. January 31st, 2014 2:11 pm

    I’m buying it all except Harris, think he sticks with fsu.

    by GG

  10. January 31st, 2014 2:29 pm

    GG – As a quarterback or cornerback? Would think if wanted to play qb he would choose UF as their new system fits him better.

    by Gator863

  11. January 31st, 2014 4:20 pm

    As a qb ….who do they have after next year?

    by GG

  12. January 31st, 2014 6:47 pm

    They have JJ Cosentino a 4 star quarterback (6’5″ 230lb) from Pennsylvania as a verbal commit this year. Definitely a better fit size wise for FSU’s offense. They have a number of other qb’s on their roster. Not sure how good any of them are.

    by Gator863

  13. January 31st, 2014 7:07 pm

    A lot of people seem to get fruistrated at the last minute guys who might choose elsewhere, but they tend to forget all those great kids who committed early and stuck or enrolled early a lot more IMO.

    This class addressed needs especially at OL where we brang in some seriously good, massive guys who have quick feet and athleticism. No less than three of those guys right now could play as freshmen IMO.

    Muschamp has been going after a lot of the higher profile guys with multiple coach visits, throwing everything at them, and an interesting turn of events is that Adoree Jackson decided not to take anymore officials, which is good for UF on NSD too IMO.

    by Gator Todd

  14. January 31st, 2014 10:13 pm

    We get the following recruits:


    by GIGator

  15. January 31st, 2014 11:07 pm

    Anyone who posts under the name Arizona_Gator will have their comment deleted. The real Arizona_Gator, please use another name. If I see comments with different emails and IP addresses that use the same name, I will delete them as well. I’ll also be deleting any comments that attack other posters. I apologize in advance if I don’t get to them soon enough.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  16. February 1st, 2014 7:49 am

    Never been that high on Carter, ya he looks the part but I question his desire to actually play the game. But from a pure talent stand point i’ll take sharpe and make him a rusher period. Rochel has the lowest ceiling but might turn out to be the better player, because of how physical he is…..Im wondering if the commitment of Grier might suede Harris to go else where. Because trust me even if he’s better than Grier, they will never let him start.

    by jay

  17. February 1st, 2014 5:26 pm

    Yes Jay because a coach fighting for his job won’t let the best players star. Smh

    by AZG_77

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