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Junior day preview: Big names expected

2/17/2012
Corey Long

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Junior day is where it all begins.

Florida has gotten its class of 2013 off to a great start with four commitments, but the first big junior day always sets the tone for the rest of the recruiting cycle. That day is Saturday.

Five-star safety and ESPNU 150 watch list prospect Nick Washington will be making the short trek from Jacksonville to Gainesville. Washington has seen the Florida campus several times, but he wants to use this opportunity to get his parents acquainted with what Florida has to offer.

"I've been there a few times, but I just plan on getting to speak with the coaches again," Washington said, "and just let my parents see the facilities and the dorms and stuff like that."

Washington's half-brother, Devin Washington, will also be in Gainesville on Saturday. Devin, who has picked up offers recently from South Carolina, Illinois and Ole Miss, is hoping to grab a Florida offer while on his visit.

"I'm just looking forward to getting a better look at Florida," Devin said. "I know a lot since I used to be there all the time when my cousin Major Wright played there. But I just want to meet all the coaching staff and see what Florida really has to offer."

Defensive end Jordan Sherit is another prospect hoping to earn a Florida offer. Sherit said he is excited to see Florida in an environment other than game day.

"I'm looking forward to learning more about the University of Florida," Sherit said. "I came to the game against Alabama, but didn't really get the opportunity to see or learn too much about the program. So I'm definitely excited to be in Gainesville this Saturday."

For offensive guard prospect Josh Cardiello, this will be his first trip to the University of Florida. He said he just wants to see what Florida is all about.

"I'm really just looking forward to going to Gainesville for the first time," Cardiello said, "and just getting to meet with the staff and seeing what Florida has to offer."

Five-star running back Kelvin Taylor, whose father Fred was an All-American at Florida, will be heading to UF this weekend as well. Taylor is expected to make his college decision between Alabama and Florida after his visit. Taylor told ESPN's Corey Long that he is ready to get the recruiting process over with.

"I never wanted to drag out the process or do a bunch of hat ceremonies or make a big deal out of it," Taylor said. "That's not what it's about to me. It's about choosing a place that makes you happy, enjoying that moment with your family and respecting the process."

If Taylor does chose Florida, he will probably try to convince five-star offensive tackle prospect Laremy Tunsil to join him in Gainesville. Tunsil, of nearby Lake City, Fla., will also be making the trip on Saturday.

After missing out on some top wide receivers in the 2012 class, Florida will make the receiver position a priority in 2013 class.

Teammates Taj Williams and Reggie Davis will be making the trip from Tallahassee. The Lincoln High School duo will be joined by teammate James Hearns, a four-star linebacker who committed to Florida on Feb. 1. Five-star receiver Stacy Coley will be the highest-rated receiver visiting.

Another receiver making the trip to Florida is Rodney Adams, a high school teammate of 2012 Florida commit Dante Fowler Jr.

A complete list of expected visitors is on the GatorNation message board.

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