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Spring game recruiting notebook

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive end Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) visited Florida on Saturday to watch the Gators' annual spring game.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker said the visit impressed him enough that he would like to return in the fall.

"I had a great time," Allen said. "It was a great atmosphere for a spring game. I definitely want to get back there for a game during the season."

Allen admitted he considered verbally committing to Florida while on campus, but added that he wants to see another top SEC school before he narrows down his choices.

"Honestly I thought about committing, but I still want to see Alabama," Allen said. "I honestly can't put one in front of the other before I see Bama."

Mercer has Gators on top

Guyton (Ga.) South Effingham running back Josh Mercer said after visiting Saturday that the Gators are still his top school.

"I liked the visit," Mercer said. "They try to run the ball a lot, they like running it. I think I would be a good fit for them. I've got that speed and the ability to run it.

Mercer had a chance to speak with Florida running backs coach Brian White while on his visit.

"He said I was getting bigger and he was excited," Mercer said. "He said he would come to my spring game and watch me play."

Mercer, who plans to camp at Florida this summer, said the Gators lead four other schools.

"Florida is my No. 1 school right now," he said. "I'm still looking at Georiga, Missouri, N.C. State, South Carolina. I still look at those schools, but Florida is my No. 1 right now."

Baker impressed with Florida visit

Hallandale (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep athlete Adrian Baker visited Saturday with his father, and the prospect came away impressed with what Florida had to offer.

"It was a great experience," Baker said. "I had a chance to talk with the coaches. Everything was great, I liked the game, it was very competitive. I was just impressed overall."

Baker also had a chance to speak with Florida's defensive backs coach.

"I had a chance to speak with Coach [Travaris] Robinson," he said. "He was just saying how they would use me. He said he is coming down to see my spring game and that was pretty much it."

In addition to offers from Florida, Florida State, Louisville and Boston College, Baker said he has interest in three other schools.

"Alabama, Ohio State and LSU haven't offered," Baker said, "but they said they are coming down to watch me in the spring, so hopefully they will offer soon."

Baker said he will take all of his visits and likely make a decision around December.

Tyrone Crowder talks Florida visit

ESPNU Watch List offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder visited Thursday through Saturday. The 6-2, 310-pound guard prospect said the Gators made a big impression on him.

"It was great," he said. "It was my first time coming here -- everything was perfect. I talked to Coach Davis and Coach Durkin, they were telling me just enjoy it and take it in."

Crowder, who likely will camp at Florida this summer, said after his visit that the Gators are among his favorite schools.

"They are up there near the top," Crowder said. "I don't have a top five or anything, but they would be up near the top."

Crowder also said that Alabama, Clemson and Georgia are standouts, too.