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Top remaining prospects on Florida's board

8/7/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Last year, after missing on some top prospects on signing day, some Florida fans were concerned with how the Gators closed their 2012 recruiting class. If this year is any indication, fans won't have much to worry about. Less than six months remain until signing day and the Gators have filled almost all of the 2013 class. With only a few spots remaining, here is a closer look at the top five prospects left on the board.

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

The Gators might have fallen slightly behind Georgia for Tunsil, but as long as Florida has not been eliminated, Tunsil will remain No. 1 on UF's board. Elite left tackles are hard to find and with the talented defensive linemen in the SEC, tackles will always be a priority. There is still a long way to go until signing day, but the Gators will have their work cut out for them to land the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country.

DeMarcus Walker, DE, (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)

The four-star defensive end is scheduled to announce his decision on Aug. 24. Florida and Alabama are considered the favorites. Walker has visited each school several times this offseason with the last visit going to the Gators when Walker attended Florida's Friday Night Lights camp in late July. Depsite which team Walker pledges for, his recruitment will be far from over. Walker has the athletic ability to play defensive end in Florida's 3-4 defense and the size to move down to a tackle in a base 4-3 defense.

Marcell Harris, S, (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips)

With Florida already having four defensive back commitments (Vernon Hargreaves III, Nick Washington, Keanu Neal and Tre' Bell), you would think that adding another safety would not be a high priority. But that is not the case. With his physical play and presence, Harris is a unique talent the Gators would love to have. Texas and Florida appear to be out front. Harris is scheduled to officially visit Texas the first week of the season and has visited Florida several times. The Gators have made Harris a priority, but will it be enough to overcome Harris' interest in the Longhorns?

Rod Johnson, OL, (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage)

The 6-foot-5, 312-pound offensive tackle is still technically committed to Florida, but the Gators will have to work hard to keep that commitment. After the abrupt departure of Aubrey Hill, Johnson's primary recruiter, Johnson's commitment to Florida has become shaky. The four-star prospect said he plans to visit Florida State during his school's bye week and has also said that Auburn and South Carolina are both in the picture. Johnson might be Florida's most prized offensive line commit, and the Gators will work hard to keep him in their class.

Beau Sandland, TE, (Woodland Hills, Calif/Pierce College)

The tight end position was once thought to be a luxury position for Florida in its 2013 recruiting class, but after A.C. Leonard transferred just a few short weeks before fall practices began, the position now is one of need. After signing two highly rated tight ends in Colin Thompson and Kent Taylor in 2012, it has been hard for Florida to add a top tight end for 2013. Josh McNeil and Jordan Davis appeared to be the top prospects on Florida's board, but after they committed to Alabama and Georgia, respectively, the Gators now turn their attention to Sandland. With not many other options available, Florida is certain to turn up the heat on the juco prospect.