While the Florida Gators host only one official visitor on the final recruiting weekend for the 2014 class, a large, stellar 2015 group is expected in for UF’s junior day. While by no means is this an exhaustive list of all the expected visitor, the following names are a snapshot of some of the top guys coming in.
The group is led by receiver George Campbell, 6’4 185, from Tarpon Springs, Florida East Lake who is ranked 2nd overall in the nation by ESPN. Campbell is a tall receiver with speed. He reportedly runs a sub 4.4 40 yard dash which is fast period but especially for someone that is 6’4. Campbell had made a very early commitment to Michigan but has since backed off of that and the Gators have positioned themselves very well with his recruitment and could be the team to beat. Undoubtedly, he’s the top receiver and top offensive prospect on the Gators board. He’s considered an athlete on many recruiting services because he could very well play multiple positions in college particularly on special teams but for certain the Gators are recruiting him as a wide receiver. He would be a perfect fit to provide the vertical threat the Gators have been lacking for some time now.
Martez Ivey, 6’6 271, is another five star prospect expected to make it in this weekend. The ESPN Top 100 (#7 overall) offensive tackle from Apopka, Florida high is the top offensive line prospect on the Gators board and quite possibly top line prospect in the nation going into his senior year. He was the anchor for the Florida Class 8A runnerup team which won the state title last season. While Ivey has offers from everyone including Alabama, the Gators have built a strong relationship and may be the team to beat here as well.
Right behind Ivey in the ESPN Top 100 is linebacker Jeff Holland from Jacksonville Trinity Christian who is also expected to make the trip down this weekend. Holland, 6’2 224, is the top linebacker on the Gators’ board for 2015 and one of the best in the country in next year’s cycle. He’s a highly versatile player who played running back, receiver, wildcat qb, defensive end, and special teams in addition to linebacker at Trinity Christian. The Gators want him specifically as a linebacker, however. They missed on their top targets at linebacker this year and will be looking to load up again with 4-5 in next year’s class. Holland is the cream of the crop and, like Ivey and Campbell, the Gators have set themselves up real well here.
Quarterback Torrance Gibson, from American Heritage high in Plantation, Florida is the top qb recruit on the Gators board for 2015 and is the 11th ranked player in the nation overall by ESPN. Gibson, the top dual threat quarterback for 2015, threw for 1,865 yards with 19 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while rushing for 1,032 yards and 10 td’s. With the Gators moving to a spread offense for the upcoming season under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, the staff feels Gibson is a perfect fit and he is the main guy they will pursue. If George Campbell is their #1 offensive target, Gibson is #1A.
Probably, there is no other spot on the field that the Gators have recruited better than at defensive back under Will Muschamp, a former defensive back himself, particularly at corner where they have gotten a five star in each of the last two cycles and have three potential first rounders in this year’s NFL draft. They look to continue that streak for 2015 with top recruit and consensus five star Tarvarus McFadden who is also from American Heritage high along with Gibson. At 6’3 188, McFadden is extremely tall for a corner, with long arms, great speed, good hips, and great instincts. Muschamp likes taller corners and McFadden may be the tallest in some time. Despite his height, he appears to be naturally fluid as a cornerback, able to flip his hips in coverage and make plays on balls that most smaller corners cannot make. He’s another that the Gators have really set themselves up well with and expect them to be a finalist for his services as well.
Jacques Patrick is a big running back from Timber Creek high in Orlando. The 6’1 220 pound prospect rushed for over 1,200 yards as a freshman. He then rushed for over 2,000 yards apiece as both a sophomore and a junior. He’s one of the top running backs in Florida for the 2015 class which is loaded with top backs and he’s also one of the Gators biggest targets at the position. However, Florida State and Alabama should provide formidable competition for his services.
One guy that very well could commit this weekend when he visits is outside linebacker Tevon Coney from Palm Beach Gardens high school. Coney, 6’2 215, grew up a huge Gator fan and was excited when he received an offer from them a little over a week ago. He was supposed to visit last weekend but his plans fell through and instead hit up Miami for their junior day. Coney, like Holland, is a speedy outside linebacker with great instincts and good pass rushing skills. The Gators will seek to load up on linebackers in the 2015 cycle and Coney should commit sooner rather than later.
Tampa, Florida Sickles high prospect Ray Ray McCloud is being recruited by Florida at two different positions. At 5’9 175, he’s a little smallish for running back which he wants to play in college but is being recruited as such by the Florida offensive staff. On offense he’s got great moves and speed and is a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball. He’s also getting a look by the Florida defensive staff as a defensive back. Either way he’s a speedy playmaker who the Gators would love to pick up and they will have the opportunity to see him up close this weekend.
Finally, Apopka’s Chandler Cox is a versatile athlete that has a Florida offer and will be in Gainesville this weekend as well. Cox was a backup quarterback who was pressed into duty when the starter went down to season ending injury and led his team back to the state Class 8a title game. He can play multiple positions including fullback, tight end, special teams, and wildcat quarterback. He is also a big Gator fan and likely you will see a commitment from him sooner rather than later.
This weekend will be huge for Gator recruiting for 2015 with so many big name players coming in. The good news for Gator fans is a lot of these players have solid relationships with the Gator staff and will certainly be giving the Gators a good look. It’s quite possible as well that the Gators get a commitment or two coming out of this weekend. Either way these are some of the top names to follow for 2015 moving forward and the Gators’ staff has really set themselves up for another top ten recruiting class next year.
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