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WEEKEND INSIDER UPDATES & TIDBITS
This weekend is an anomaly of sorts for Florida coaching staff. Normally, for a monumental match-up between two top ten teams, the Gators would go out of their way to schedule official visits for some of their biggest targets. This year, though there will be many top tier prospects in the Swamp on Saturday, none of them will be in town on official visits. Today Inside the Gators takes an in-depth look at those who are expected to take visits to Gainesville over the weekend.
To begin with just about every verbal commitment for the Florida 2013 class will be making their way to Gainesville for this big match-up. Commits Daniel McMillian, Adam Lane, and Kelvin Taylor are making their first trips of the fall.
Two of the biggest confirmed visitors this weekend are Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams and Lake City (Fla.) Columbia five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
This is Adam's first game visit to the Swamp and his first time back in Gainesville since earlier in his recruiting process. Tunsil, who recently named Alabama and Georgia as his top two, has visited Florida multiple times in the past.
There's no doubt that the coaching staff will roll out the red carpet for these two highly sought after prospects.
One prospect who Florida is very much in the picture for is Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips safety Marcell Harris.
The Rivals100 safety was originally scheduled to take his official visit this weekend, but the UF staff convinced all of the previously scheduled official visitors to come in officially at a later date.
If the Gators are still in the market for another top tier wide receiver they'll have an opportunity to make an impression on one and perhaps even two of the top receivers in the country on Saturday. Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County Rivals100 wide receiver Demarcus Robinson may be committed to Clemson, but still is being recruited by both Florida and Georgia. He will definitely be in town on Saturday.
Also Rivals100 wide out Marquez North is expected to make his first visit to Gainesville. However, as of Thursday, his visit was still up in the air. As of today there does not seem to be any clear cut leaders for North, leaving the Gators very much still an option.
Robinson isn't the only target expected in this weekend who is currently committed to another program.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood Rivals100 defensive lineman Demarcus Walker pledged to Alabama over Auburn and Florida back in September, but the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder said at the time that he would still look around, and will be doing just that this weekend when he visits Florida on Saturday.
Interestingly enough, though Notre Dame is hosting Miami in one of the other premiere match-ups of this coming weekend, Wyomissing (Pa.) Rivals100 linebacker, and Irish commit, Alex Anzalone will be in Gainesville rather than Chicago.
Two more 2013 targets due in for the weekend are three-star cornerback Shaquille Wiggins and four-star corner Will Likely.
With very few spots remaining in the Class of 2013, the Florida coaching staff is taking advantage of their situation to get many top 2014 prospects on campus for this big game atmosphere.
Both of Florida's current 2014 commitments, defensive tackle Travonte Valentine and wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson are scheduled to be on hand.
They are hardly the only two top prospects from their class who will be in the Swamp on Saturday.
Some of the top 2014 kids coming in are Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, who is one of the top signal callers in his class, and one of the top guys on Florida's board. Grier got a chance to watch the Gators earlier this season when he visited Tennessee for Florida's 37-20 win and came away impressed.
Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor has also confirmed he will be in for the game. Tabor is projected as one of the top prospects at his not only his position but nationally for his class.
A pair of 2014 UGA commits are also expected in for a visit. Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X safety Nick Glass and Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek wide receiver Demarre Kitt will be at the game.
A few other big names to watch from 2014 expected in are: Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood linebacker, and LSU commit, Kain Daub, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer 2014 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County cornerback Duke Dawson, Wauchula (Fla.) Hardee defensive end Keyon Brown, Nashville (Tenn.) Beech Senior athlete Jalen Hurd, and Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln 2014 cornerback Kendall Randolph.
Two of the biggest names instate for the class of 2015 will visit UF this weekend. They are Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek athlete Jacques Patrick and Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast linebacker Sherrod Pittman.
This is not meant to be a complete listing of prospects in attendance. To keep up on all that happens over this very important weekend, sign up for our three months for the price of one deal and check back on this feature and the Alley on Saturday and over the weekend for the latest on the visitors.