The Florida Gators just finished arguably their biggest recruiting weekend of the 2015 cycle, not so much in terms of number of visitors but more so in terms of star power.
Five star recruits Martez Ivey (OT) and Byron Cowart (DE) as well as four star players Deondre Francois (QB), Jordan Scarlett (RB), Jordan Cronkite (RB), Ryan Davis (WR), and D’Anfernee McGriff (ATH) all made their way to Gainesville this past weekend.
While the Gators came away with only one public commit during the weekend, Miami (FL) Norland outside linebacker Rayshad Jackson, the Gators could be in line for another and possibly a third on Monday.
Three star defensive tackle Steven Clark from Guntersville (AL), a Syracuse commit whom the Gators offered only this past Tuesday, came away from his visit highly impressed and may very well flip to the Gators when he announces his decision which is expected to come sometime on Monday.
Another target whom the Gators recently offered is defensive end Jabari Zuniga, who is committed to N.C. State.
He visited Florida the previous weekend and reportedly was blown away and possibly leaning to the Gators.
This past weekend he visited Arkansas and is now expected to decide between the three schools on Monday.
All signs point to Florida being in a good position here and they could very well receive his commitment on Monday.
Top offensive line target Martez Ivey took another unofficial visit to Florida one week after doing the same to his other finalist Auburn.
The visit appeared to go well as he hung out mostly with offensive line coach Mike Summers with whom he has a longstanding relationship according to Luke Stampini of 247sports.
“I just went around on campus, I didn’t really do much,” Ivey said. I was only there for like five hours or so. I hung out with coach [Mike] Summers a lot today. We didn’t really talk football. We just talked school and life. We were just hanging out.”
Ivey will be a signing day decision and still insists he’s torn between the two and has yet to make a final decision.
Speaking of signing day decisions. It appears after the big recruiting weekend that all of their top targets will be signing day decisions.
What this means is that national signing day could go either way for the Gators. It could be a huge media intensive day or it could be a massive disappointment.
The feeling is that the Gators will get more than their share of good news, particularly from some of the top recruits.
If so, it’s a two team battle for the three between Auburn and Florida.
You’ve got to like Florida’s chances in that scenario as the favorites out of the clubhouse despite a lack of familiarity with the new staff and despite the extensive familiarity with Muschamp and TRob at Auburn.
This ominous tweet from CeCe on January 19th lead to speculation concerning to which program this tweet referred.
The good news for Gator fans is that four star linebacker Jeffrey Holland who most fans had already written off to Auburn is visiting Florida this upcoming weekend after tripping to Ole Miss last weekend with CeCe.
It appears the Gators are still solidly in his recruitment despite loads of speculation otherwise.
D’Anfernee McGriff, an Auburn (RB/Ath) commit, has been strangely quiet after visiting Florida over the weekend.
The normally outspoken and active recruiter for the Auburn Tigers, appeared to have avoided media contact on his Florida trip. Considering how vocal a recruiter he has been for Auburn, the Gators have to be considered a long shot to flip him.
Another quiet visitor was QB Deondre Francois, an FSU commit, who merely remarked to Gainesville Sun reporter Zach Abolverdi
“We will see what happens.”
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher is expected to make an in-home visit with Francois Monday evening.
Will he sign with FSU or flip to Florida on signing day? Depends upon who you believe. Both camps are confident they’ll land him.
Four star wide receiver Ryan Davis, who blew off a scheduled visit to Alabama, had a great visit to Florida this past weekend and will not take anymore visits.
He will make a signing day decision from among Florida, Auburn, Maryland, and Michigan. Most likely, however, it’s a two team battle between Florida and Auburn with Florida holding an edge right now.
While the Gators appeared to secure Ryan Davis’ commitment this past weekend, four star wide receiver Derrick Dillon’s Gator commitment appears to be slipping with many predicting a flip to the home state LSU by signing day.
Nothing official yet with Dillon just a general feeling that distance and familiarity are going to eventually outweigh his commitment to the Gators.
Finally, top defensive end target Byron Cowart shut down his recruitment and shared his frustration with the recruiting process via Twitter.
He’s another signing day decision between Auburn and Florida. Which direction he’s leaning is anybody’s guess at this point.
Stay tuned to Swamp Music for the latest in Florida Gator recruiting news and analysis as we countdown to signing day.