The final weekend before national signing day was a busy one for the Florida Gators.
They picked up three commitments, two offensive lineman and a defensive lineman, and could possibly pick up as many as three more commitments today.
DE/OG Richerd Desir-Jones (6-4 285) from football powerhouse Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas was the first to commit after flipping from FIU.
The Gators are looking at him as an offensive lineman. He’s a thick bodied athletic recruit that the Gators think has a big upside.
Next to go was big Fred Johnson (6-7 300) from Royal Palm Academy in West Palm Beach (FL). He picked the Gators over Miami after visiting both schools the last couple of weeks.
He should anchor the Gators rebuilding efforts along the offensive line where the Gators return only eight scholarship lineman after being decimated by graduation and early draft entry.
Finally, on Sunday, defensive end Luke Ancrum (6-5 240) from Sebring (FL) committed on his official visit to Florida.
He’s another kid that the staff feels could be a steal. He’s got great length at 6-5 with a solid frame to add weight at the next level. He also has great quickness and athleticism and will be counted upon for his pass rushing skills.
Perhaps the biggest news story for the Gators over the weekend concerned a recruit not on a UF official visit.
Four star running back Jordan Scarlett (5-11 222) from Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas backed off of his verbal commitment to the hometown Miami Hurricanes while on an official visit to FSU Sunday morning.
Of course, while not unexpected, the timing of the decommitment led to widespread speculation that he would be flipping to the Seminoles. However, the Gators set themselves up really well in his recruitment jumping on board as soon as head coach Jim McElwain took over.
Meanwhile the Seminoles slow-played him waiting to see if there was going to be attrition from the three running backs previously committed to them. The attrition happened but likely too late to get the flip from Scarlett.
The Gators basically sold Jordan on the prospect for early playing time with only two backs returning as well as being the top guy on their running back board. After a great visit to Florida on the weekend of the 23rd, the Gators feel real good about getting his commitment.
He’s expected to announce Monday evening at 7 on eastern.
Two other recruits expected to announce today are Lilburn (GA) Parkview DE G.G. Robinson, a Louisville commit that the Gators are trying to flip and Gainesville (GA) Athlete Chris Williamson.
Robinson (6-4 260) visited Florida this past weekend along with Williamson and reportedly had a great time.
“I fell in love (with Florida),” Robinson was quoted in a 247sports story by Luke Stampini. “It was perfect. Everything in the Swamp. Basically, the Swamp … They just showed me a lot of love.”
He’s a versatile guy that the Gators are looking at as either a tight end or defensive end.
He now appears to be torn between Louisville and Florida, the only two remaining schools that he is considering.
Williamson (6-1 190) also reportedly had a great visit. He’s another versatile recruit that could play either receiver or cornerback. I believe they really like him on defense but he’ll likely get a look on both sides if he signs with the Gators.
Both recruits are good friends with Gator TE recruit Daniel Imatorbhebhe an early enrollee and all signs point to the Gators picking up both commitments this evening although Robinson is the less likely of the two.
Williamson is set to announce at 10 pm eastern Monday on FoxSportsSouth and his final schools are Florida, Cal, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Although Ryan Bartow of 247sports is reporting he’s actually down to two: Florida and Michigan.
Robinson is expected to announce around 9 pm est via Twitter.
Stay tuned to Swamp Music for more Swamp Rumors and the latest on Florida Gators recruiting as we countdown to signing day.