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Big win opens eyes of top UF targets

10/9/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators hosted several top prospects for their 14-6 victory over LSU on Saturday. Though Florida only had one official visitor, wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), the Gators also brought in five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), Notre Dame linebacker commit Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing), four-star safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips), four-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.) and Florida State offensive line commit Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison Co.).

Denson, the No. 3-ranked guard in the country, was impressed with Florida's offensive line enough that he set his official visit to Florida for the South Carolina game in two weeks. Florida's offensive line paved the way for running back Mike Gillislee, who was named offensive player of the week in the SEC. The Gators have been chasing Georgia and Alabama for Tunsil's services, but after a dominating performance by the line the Gators could be right back in the picture for the talented left tackle prospect.

Anzalone has been to Florida a few times since he committed to Notre Dame. The four-star prospect declined to speak with ESPN's GatorNation because he said Notre Dame coaches asked him not to do interviews after his visit to Florida.

Adams, the No. 11-ranked player in the country, saw a dominant defensive performance by the Gators against LSU. All indications are that Adams enjoyed his visit to Florida and the Gators are in line to possibly get an official visit from Adams after the season concludes.

Though this was a big victory for the Gators, coach Will Muschamp says in recruiting, in the broad scheme of things, one game doesn't mean all that much.

“I’ve never felt like that one game impacts recruiting at all," Muschamp said. "It’s over a test of time. Recruiting is building relationships with people, building trust with people, and one game will not determine -- hopefully -- where a young man goes. If a young man is being determined off one game, I don’t know if you want him on your roster.”

Building relationships is just what Florida is trying to do. In addition to the handful of 2013 prospects in attendance, the Gators also brought in several top 2014 prospects for the game. Quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day), who will likely be one of the top signal-callers in the southeast next year, said he was impressed with what the Gators did on offense.

"They did what they needed to do to win," Grier said. "LSU has one of the best defenses in college football and they mixed up formations and packages and moved the ball up and down the field. I also feel like their offense is one I could thrive in given what I bring to the table."

Another 2014 prospect, offensive guard/center Garrett Brumfield, visited the Swamp with his mom and dad. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound interior lineman said that after his visit, the Gators are high on his list of schools.

"I really like their program a lot right now," Brumfield said. "I wouldn't say I have a favorite, but I really like their program, they are high on my list right now. The schools that I have offers from and are sticking out to me right now are Florida, FSU and LSU."

Though Florida didn't land any commitments during the weekend, the Gators certainly improved their chances with several recruits with their impressive win over the then-No. 4 team in the country.