The big basketball weekend brought 11 basketball recruits to the O’Dome on Saturday. It also brought two big football recruits in as well.
Five star defensive ends CeCe Jefferson and Byron Cowart both took in the amazing atmosphere of Senior Day at the O’Connell Center. The two have built a considerable bond and appear to be inseparable on the recruiting trail. The latest report is that these two plan on attending the same college. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen but the two sit atop the Gators recruiting board both overall and at defensive end. The good news for Gator fans is that the staff has built a solid relationship with both.
While they are certainly nowhere near a lock for the Gators, I’d have to say the Gator staff has set themselves up well with these two and have to be considered odds on favorite at this point. Of course, there’s still a long way to go before they decide and every major program in America are coming after them.
Having them attend the game yesterday with the rocking atmosphere surrounding a top rated basketball program and a historic day, can’t hurt the Gators chances for sure. It’s good to show recruits that the Gators compete for championships at every level in every sport. Long way to go for these two, who are expected to wait until the all american games before announcing, but the Gators are in solidly in a good position for these two.
Linebacker Adonis Thomas, from Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett high, recently received an offer from the home state Georgia Bulldogs. Reportedly the Dawgs and the Gators are currently recruiting him the hardest.
The Gators really like his versatility as they are recruiting him for the Buck linebacker position which is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end position. He has the length the staff covets with a great frame to add weight and he has good speed and solid cover skills as well as great pass rush ability.
With the Gators seeking three to four linebackers in this cycle, primarily outside linebackers, Thomas and Jeffrey Holland appear to be the top two guys on their board. They really like Thomas and expect the staff to put on the full court press for him. While he lists no leaders, many analysts feel he is a strong Gator lean.
Speaking of Holland, he reportedly tripped to Miami this weekend and appeared to be impressed with what he saw from the Canes program. While they may have made up some ground in his recruitment, he is still likely holding Florida and Auburn at the top of his list. Personally, I’ll be terribly surprised if he doesn’t sign with the Gators in the end.
Florida appears to be getting a look from five star defensive end Mekhi Brown, from Columbus, GA Carver high who is currently committed to Alabama. He is expected to visit this weekend to check out spring practice. The Gators are also recruiting him as a Buck linebacker. While still committed to the Tide, Brown reportedly is checking out his options with a few other schools. Of those schools, Florida will get the first look. While he maintains that he has a strong relationship with the staff, he’s still a longshot for the Gators. However, if for some reason he decommits from Alabama, the Gators might be a favorite to pick up his commitment assuming he likes everything he sees on the visit this weekend.
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