UF-UGA recruiting battles for 2013


GatorNation's Derek Tyson and DawgNation's Kipp Adams look at five key recruiting battles remaining between Florida and Georgia for the Class of 2013.

OL Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)

CONSIDERING: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Florida State

THE SKINNY: Tunsil has taken unofficial visits to Florida in two out of the last four weeks. Despite his trips to Gainesville, Tunsil stays firm with his top two schools of Georgia and Alabama. Florida and Florida State remain in the picture for the 6-foot-5, 295-pound five-star tackle, but at this point it looks like Georgia and Alabama will be the teams to beat.

Prediction -- Derek: Georgia, Kipp: Georgia

DL Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County)

CONSIDERING: Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama

THE SKINNY: Adams has taken his mom, a key influence in his decision, to only two colleges so far. Auburn (twice) and to Florida the weekend of the LSU game. Getting her on campus and spending time with the coaching staff was huge for the Gators, and they should be considered a strong contender for his services, possibly second to Auburn at this time. IIf there are any coaching changes for the Tigers, Florid could be positioned to grab the No. 11 prospect in the country. Adams likes the thought of playing for a College Hall of Fame selection in Bryant Young as well. Adams likes Mark Richt and Todd Grantham and Georgia has a lot of support in his hometown. But in order to have a shot to sign the 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle, they will need to get Adams and his mother on campus, and show him he can be a fit as a playmaker in the 3-4 defense.

Predictions -- Kipp: Auburn, Derek: Clemson

DB Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek)

CONSIDERING: Georgia, Florida

THE SKINNY: Wiggins has been committed to Georgia since February but has not hidden his interest in Florida. He had to postpone an official visit to the Gators last week because he had yet to register for the NCAA Clearinghouse, and will make the trip to Gainesville on Nov. 2 for the Missouri game. One thing Florida has going for it is secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who Wiggins connects with as well as any assistant coach. He has legitimate interest in the Gators, but he also likes Todd Grantham, the other commitments going to Georgia in 2013 and the chance to make an early impact in Athens.

Predictions -- Kipp: Georgia, Derek: Florida

WR Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek)

CONSIDERING: Tennessee, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, UNC, Ohio State

THE SKINNY: North does not do a lot of interviews, but he has recently admitted that Tennessee has an early lead because of the opportunity for playing time. Schools like Clemson, Florida and Georgia have more wideouts on campus or committed, so the Volunteers have the advantage in that area. North has taken official visits to Florida and Tennessee, but has yet to step foot on campus in Athens this year.

Predictions -- Kipp: Tennessee, Derek: Tennessee

OL Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College)

CONSIDERING: Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma

THE SKINNY: Brown, once a Georgia commitment, has backed off his pledge to the Dawgs and now has the Gators out in front. The massive tackle prospect has yet to make any new commitment, but at this point the Gators appear to be clearly in the lead. Oklahoma is also in the picture and Brown will take an official visit to Norman next month.

Predictions -- Derek: Florida, Kipp: Florida