Monday, December 10, 2012
Gators have big recruiting weekend
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators had a very memorable recruiting weekend. Florida hosted several visitors for their annual football awards banquet. The visitor list was comprised of mostly committed players and several 2014 recruits. But wasn't the visitors that stole the headlines on Sunday.
The biggest news of the weekend came from three prospects that weren't even on campus. Massive 6-foot-8, 340-pound offensive tackle Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College), former South Carolina linebacker commit Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) and four-star offensive tackle Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) gave their pledges to Florida on Sunday.
Brown committed to Florida over Oklahoma and Florida State, Rolin switched his pledge from South Carolina to the Gators and Johnson recommitted to Florida after an in-home visit from Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis.
ESPN 150 linebacker Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), who recently visited Ohio State, reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators. McMillian, the No. 3-ranked outside linebacker in the country, will enroll at UF in January.
Another linebacker commit, Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) also claims he is solid to Florida after visiting Gainesville this weekend. Powell, however, will still visit USC, Miami (Fla) and possibly Oregon.
In addition to all of the committed players in attendance this weekend, Florida brought in top juniors such as wide receiver Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and his offensive line teammate Mason Cole. Quite possibly Florida's top overall target next year, quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day), made yet another trip down to Florida. For Grier, it's at least the third time he's been to Gainesville since he camped at Florida this summer.
Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County defensive back Duke Dawson made the short 40 minute drive over to Gainesville for the weekend. The ESPN Watch List athlete said after the visit he will likely make his decision on Jan. 8, between Florida and Florida State. The Gators hold the lead for Dawson.
With 25 verbal commitments and less than two months remaining until signing day, the Gators can now afford to be selective in who they fill out the remainder of this No. 1-ranked recruiting class.