Published Jan 29, 2016
Weekend Visitor Preview: Two big uncommitted targets due in
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Blake Alderman
Inside the Gators Recruiting Analyst

We are finally here, the last official visit weekend of the 2016 recruiting cycle. For the most part Florida is playing host to prospects already committed to the Gators, but there are two big uncommitted targets due in this weekend.

Here is a rundown of those visiting Gainesville as well as Florida commits and targets tripping elsewhere.


Defensive tackle Shavar Manuel - Florida State

Cornerback Aaron Robinson - Alabama unofficial visit


Offensive tackle Malcolm Pridgeon - Ohio State

Defensive end Brian Burns - Florida State

Linebacker Jaleel Laguins - Georgia

Linebacker Dontavious Jackson - Texas unofficial visit



* Final Florida100 released. Gators have two of top 10 committed

* Weekend Visitor Updates

* Inside the Gators Recruiting Wire



University of Florida Official Visitors January 29th, 2016

* Offensive Tackle Tyler Catalina

Interest: Medium

Others: Iowa State, Auburn, and others

The Skinny: The Rhode Island transfer senior tackle signed a Financial Aid Agreement last month with Iowa State, but has had other school continue to push for his services. Florida recently contacted him and set up a visit in hopes of adding his experience to their young offensive line. Auburn will also get a visit mid-February as well. His brother will join him on the visit this weekend.

* Wide Receiver Tyrie Cleveland

Interest: High

Others: Houston commit, TCU, and Arkansas

The Skinny: Despite his commitment to Houston, Cleveland has been shopping around. He’s taken official visits to TCU and Arkansas and was impressed by both. The Razorbacks seem to be Florida’s biggest competition heading into this weekend's trip to Gainesville. Cleveland is from Jacksonville and still has family living there, so he has ties to the Sunshine State. There is optimism from the Gators side of things in their chances to swing this Rivals100 pass catcher.

* Cornerback Kristian Fulton

Interest: High

Others: LSU and Arkansas

The Skinny: The Gators have their work cut out here if they hope to pull this Rivals100 defender out of the state of Louisiana. However Fulton has high interest in the Gators and their success they have had with defensive backs. His family will be with him, so the staff is hoping to make their pitch to them, who are rumored to favor their son staying closer to home. The Gators next defensive backs coach will likely be the topic of discussion this weekend.

* Safety Quincy Lenton

Interest: Committed

Others: None

The Skinny: Since committing to Florida this summer Lenton has been very solid in his decision. He’s had Mississippi State and Ole Miss reach out to him but never took visits to those programs.

* Cornerback Christopher McWilliams

Interest: Committed

Others: South Florida and Miami

The Skinny: Despite his commitment to Florida, South Florida and Miami - Where he has visited the last two weekends - have looked to flip him. These other programs have McWilliams attention but a visit to Gainesville this weekend should lock him up.

* Linebacker Jeremiah Moon

Interest: Committed

Others: Mississippi State

The Skinny: Despite taking an official visit to Mississippi State a few weekends ago Moon looks as if he will be signing with the Gators next week. He’s very close with defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as well as Director of Player Personnel Drew Hughes. The need the Gators have at linebacker has helped keep him in the fold.

* Defensive Back Antonio Nelson

Interest: Committed

Others: None

The Skinny: Nelson has been very solid in his commitment to the Gators since pulling the trigger. He will be in town this weekend with Alabama native’s Jeawon Taylor, Jeremiah Moon, and LaMical Perine.

* Running Back LaMical Perine

Interest: Committed

Others: None

The Skinny: Despite a late push from Alabama, Perine has remained solid in his pledge to the Gators. He tripped to Florida this past weekend for an unofficial visit. Look for Perine to do some recruiting for the Gators this weekend.

* Safety Jeawon Taylor

Interest: Committed

Others: Georgia

The Skinny: Despite staying solid to the Gators, the Georgia Bulldogs are still in contention with the addition of Kirby Smart as their head coach. He’s taken an official visit to Georgia a few weeks ago but the staff is looking to lock him up this weekend. People close to Taylor feel he will stick with the Gators and sign with them next week.

* Wide Receiver Rick Wells

Interest: Committed

Others: South Florida and Virginia Tech

The Skinny: Wells was the first commitment in the Gators 2016 class, and he’s remained solid since last year. He’s been interested in taking visits to other schools over the past two weeks, but a final visit to Florida should smooth everything over. He’s looking to recruit for the Gators this weekend, so how hard can he be looking around?

NOTE: Defensive end commitment Jachai Polite is also expected in this weekend for an unofficial visit to UF. He has taken official visits in the past to both Florida and Southern California.