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Thursday, December 13, 2012
What to watch this weekend

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- This will be a big weekend for Florida recruiting. Not just because Florida is bringing in some key recruits for official visits, but also because the Gators have a few current commits and key targets who are playing for state championships in Orlando.

Demarcus Robinson
The Gators were able to flip Clemson WR commit Demarcus Robinson before his official visit to Gainesville this weekend.
New wide receiver commit Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Co.), a four-star prospect, will take his official visit to Florida this weekend. Robinson flipped his commitment from Clemson to Florida on Wednesday, the same day Gators head coach Will Muschamp and assistants Brian White and Joker Phillips made an in-home visit.

With Robinson now in the fold, the headliner of the weekend might be Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), a former Miami commitment who is officially visiting. The Gators have two four-star running back commitments in Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) and Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), but Collins is too talented not to recruit.

UF will also receive visits from former LSU fullback commit Kennard Swanson (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson), committed wide receiver Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and committed defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer).

Swanson, a three-star prospect, is favoring the Gators at this time. Hawkins is planning on visiting other schools, so Florida could attempt to reaffirm his commitment while he's on campus.

ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) was scheduled to visit Florida this weekend, but postponed his visit until January to focus on his final exams.

FHSAA State Chamionship Games

Here is a look at Florida commits and targets who will be participating in this weekend's state championship games in Orlando:

Class 5A -- Immokalee vs. Tallahassee Godby, Friday 1:07 p.m.

Who to watch -- Immokalee 2013: CB Mackensie Alexander, DT Deadrin Senat, RB Jacky Marcellus (Committed to West Virginia). 2014: WR J.C. Jackson (Committed to Florida State), RB D'Ernest Johnson, ATH Jimmy Bayes.

Godby 2013: ATH Khalid Thomas (Committed to Kentucky), RB Tim Longmire. 2014: DB Dion Singleton.

Class 6A -- Gainesville vs. Miami Central, Saturday 1:07 p.m.

Who to watch -- Gainesville. 2013: WR Chris Thompson (Committed to UF), LB Keith Kelsey Jr., QB Marquis Cato, RB Rapheal Webb. 2014: WR Kenric Young, RB Tony James, S Juan Jenkins.

Central: DB Ahmad Thomas (Committed to Oklahoma), DB Da'Wan Hunte (Committed to N.C. State). 2014: RB Joseph Yearby (Committed to FSU), RB Dalvin Cooke (Committed to Clemson), OL Trevor Darling (Committed to Miami (Fla)).

Class 7A -- Tallahassee Lincoln vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, Friday 7:07 p.m.

Who to watch -- Lincoln. 2013: LB James Hearns (Committed to UF), WR Reggie Davis (Committed to Georgia), WR Taj Williams. 2014: DB Kendall Randolph, LB Travis Hearns.

Aquinas 2013: DT Joey Bosa(Committed to Ohio State), OLB Lance Virgile (committed to Wake Forest), QB John O'Korn (committed to Houston), RB Fred Coppet. 2014: WR Corey Holmes.

Class 8A -- Apopka vs. Cypress Bay, Saturday 7:07 p.m.

Who to watch -- Cypress Bay 2013: RB Matt Dayes (Committed to N.C. State), DB Boaz Joseph. 2014: DB Deion Hallmon.

Apopka 2014: QB Zack Darlington.