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November 7, 2013

Weekend Visitor Preview: Nation's #1 visiting

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Visitor Updates
  • Hand has left campus - ready to decide on Thursday
  • Post Game Recruiting Notes/Tidbits
  • One official visitor didn't make it
  • Alley: Weekend Visitor Updates
  • Four-star tight end commits to UF

    This weekend the Florida Gator coaching staff will have their hands full, between looking to avoid a four game losing skid, winning their annual homecoming game against Vanderbilt while also hosting a multitude of top prospects coming in from around the country.

    Inside the Gators takes a look at just who is expected in the Swamp this weekend.

    One of the most interesting names due in this weekend is Perry (Fla.) Taylor County four-star tight end Moral Stephens. Earlier this week Stephens had plans to officially visit Miami, but that fell through. The Florida coaching staff has shown quite a bit of interest in this Rivals250 member over the last few weeks. There has been some smoke lately that Florida could possibly offer this 6-foot-3, 210-pounder while he is in town.

    Another member of the Class of 2014 who will be making it to the game this weekend is Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln four-star cornerback Kendall Randolph. At this time Randolph does not have an offer from the Gators, but used to hear from them quite a bit. It will be interesting to see what the coaches have to say to Randolph this weekend, and how interested UF is in this Rivals250 member with four cornerbacks currently committed for this cycle.

    Many of the big names that will be in town this weekend for the UF-Vanderbilt are in the 2015 class.

    Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County 2015 four-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson will watch Florida play at home for the first time this season.

    A few other names from the 2015 class that are expected at the game this weekend are defensive end Arden Key, running back Jacques Patrick, running back T.J. Simmons, offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen and defensive end Byron Cowart.

    Commits & Targets Visiting Elsewhere
    Jacksonville (Fla) Providence 2014 offensive tackle David Sharpe will take his first official of the fall to Tennessee when they host Auburn. New schools have been getting involved with Sharpe, who still has Florida in the mix, but slipping.

    Another prospect expected in Knoxville this weekend is Gardena (Cali.) Junipero Serra five-star athlete Adoree' Jackson. This Rivals100 member visited Tennessee unofficially over the summer and spoke highly of the visit. The Volunteers will have to shock and awe him to keep their name in the race with USC, Florida, FSU and LSU.

    Five star linebacker Raekwon McMillan will take his official visit to Alabama this weekend for the Tide's big SEC West match up against the LSU Tigers.

    Two Florida commitments will also be at Alabama this weekend. Florida three-star tight end commit C'Yontai Lewis and four-star cornerback commit Duke Dawson are scheduled to be in Tuscaloosa. Both say they are 100% committed to the Gators and are going only to see a big game between the two teams.
    University of Florida Official Visitors: Nov. 8, 2013

    DA'SHAWN HAND
    6-4, 248 pounds
    Woodbridge (Va.) Senior
    Primary Recruiter: Brad Lawing
    Strongside Defensive End Ranking: No. 2
    Rivals100 Ranking: No. 1


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: MICH & BAMA

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    The Skinny: Many feel that Hand is a heavy Michigan lean at this time, and that Florida can only make things interesting if they can 'wow' him when they get him on campus this weekend. Hand speaks with many of the Florida coaches and is excited for his first ever trip to Gainesville. After this visit there will only be a few days until this five-star makes his commitment on November 14th.

    SPEEDY NOIL
    6-0, 161 pounds
    New Orleans (La.) Edna Carr
    Primary Recruiter: Derek Lewis
    Wide Receiver Ranking: No. 7
    Rivals100 Ranking: No. 49


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: LSU & TX A&M

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    The Skinny: Noil has taken his all of his visits this fall with his teammate, and friend, Willis III. Prior to the visit, the Gators are likely in third place for Noil, and have a slim chance to get his signature, but that is what official visits are for - to roll out the red carpet and change minds.

    GERALD WILLIS III
    6-4, 247 pounds
    New Orleans (La.) Edna Carr
    Primary Recruiter: Derek Lewis
    Strongside Defensive End Ranking: No. 5
    Rivals100 Ranking: No. 53


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: LSU & TX A&M

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    The Skinny: Willis has been to Gainesville a few times in the past and has a close relationship with defensive line coach Brad Lawing as well as area recruiter Derek Lewis. At this point in the process, Florida likely has quite a bit of ground to make up in order to catch the LSU Tigers, who are his presumed leader.



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