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Monday, January 21, 2013
Weekend spin: Shot at Nkemdiche

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators hosted the No. 1-ranked player in the country, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), and his father this past weekend.

The ultra-talented defensive end told ESPN.com's Kipp Adams that the Gators have pulled even with LSU and Ole Miss for his services.

Ole Miss has long been considered the favorite to land Nkemdiche, especially because his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, plays for the Rebels, but the Gators certainly made a favorable impression on the five-star athlete.

Nkemdiche will officially visit the Rebels next weekend.

Three-star fullback Kennard Swanson (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) also officially visited Florida this weekend and said via text message that he enjoyed his trip to Gainesville.

If Swanson's academics are in order, he could soon join Florida's class.

In addition to Nkemdiche and Swanson, Florida also hosted four-star Auburn defensive end commit Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata). The 6-foot-5, 241-pound ESPN 150 member rated his visit an eight out of 10 and said he will make his final college decision on national signing day.

Bower is scheduled to visit LSU next weekend.

While Florida played host to the Auburn commit, the Tigers returned the favor by hosting Florida linebacker commit James Hearns (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) this weekend.

Hearns remains committed to the Gators after his weekend visit, but it appears Auburn made a good impression on the four-star inside linebacker.

Florida wide receiver target James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) said early on Sunday that after his Clemson visit he would no longer take any more visits, including his visit to Florida next weekend. Clark, however, later said he still might take a visit to Ohio State next weekend.

The Gators continue to have the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country, and after the announcement on Friday that Kedric Johnson, Tommy Jordan and Stephen Alli will no longer be with the team, Florida can now take as many as 33 players in its recruiting class.