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Notebook: Leonard Williams visiting UF

1/24/2012
Most of the SEC has offered ESPNU 150 DE Leonard Williams, but he could be down to Florida and Auburn. Davide De Pas

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators' biggest recruiting weekend of the year has apparently gone into overtime.

After several failed attempts to visit the Gators this year, Florida defensive end prospect Leonard Williams finally made it on campus for an official visit. He arrived on Monday and is planning on returning to his home in Daytona Beach (Fla.) on Wednesday.

Williams visits Florida fresh off another official visit, this one to Southern Cal this past weekend. Most believe Williams will decide between Florida, Auburn, FSU and USC on national signing day.

The Gators have a lot of momentum after a huge recruiting weekend with a verbal commitment from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth four-star defensive end Alex McCalister on Monday.

McCalister was the third commitment of the weekend, joining Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas three-star linebacker Bryan Cox Jr., and 2013 Winter Haven (Fla.) running back prospect Adam Lane.

The Gators also hosted top prospects Stefon Diggs, Tracy Howard, FSU defensive end commit Dante Fowler and Penn State quarterback commit Skyler Mornhinweg. By all accounts the weekend was very successful for the Gators, though most of the prospects who visited won't make official announcements until national signing day on Feb. 1. Diggs, however, is planning to sign his letter of intent on Feb. 10.

The Gators now have 20 verbal commitments with only eight days left until signing day. Expect Florida to sign anywhere between 25 to 27 players in its class of 2012.

Pease checks out 2013 Watch List quarterback

New Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease stopped by Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter High on Monday to check in on 2013 Watch List quarterback prospect Eddie Printz. Printz originally committed to SMU in September, but switched his commitment to UCLA earlier in January.

The Gators are attempting to land a quarterback in the 2012 class, with Mornhigweg the most likely candidate. Florida, however, is trying to get an early jump on next year's class. Pease has also visited another 2013 Watch List QB, Georgia commit Brice Ramsey, since taking the job at Florida.

The Gators have shown interest in Printz, but have yet to offer the 6-foot-3, 195-pound signal-caller.

Ja'Quay Williams not expected to visit this weekend

Auburn wide receiver commit Ja'Quay Williams was scheduled to visit Florida this upcoming weekend, but in a Monday update by Jamie Newberg, William's coach doesn't seem to think he will take that visit.

Barring any last-minute surprises, it appears the Gators have focused their attention on their top two wide receiver prospects -- Diggs and Nelson Agholor.

Coming down to the wire for Josh Harvey-Clemons

Recruiting is really heating up for the No. 1-ranked outside linebacker in the country. Josh Harvey-Clemons visited Florida State this past weekend, and in this Monday update by Jamie Newberg, the prospect's grandfather says it is now a three-team race between Florida, Georgia and Florida State. Also on Monday, DawgNation's Kipp Adams talked to one of JHC's high school coaches, who said he doesn't think Florida's favorable depth chart will be a major factor in his star player's decision.

Harvey-Clemons is expected to make his final decision on national signing day. He is ranked the No. 18 player overall by the ESPNU 150.

Gators finish No. 2 behind Alabama?

Does Geno Smith know something we don't? The Alabama cornerback commit tweeted on Monday night: "The University Of Florida will finish with 2nd best class in the country. #callin it"

Regardless of Smith's prediction, Florida could indeed end up with one of the nation's very best classes with several high-ranking prospects left on its board like Diggs, Agholor, Fowler, Howard, Mornhinweg, Harvey-Clemons, four-star offensive lineman Avery Young and four-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton.

ESPN.com recruiting reporter Derek Tyson can be reached by email at DerekTysonESPN@gmail.com or you can follow him on Twitter at DerekTysonESPN.