Thursday, January 24, 2013
Chomp Confidential: UF recruiting notes
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:
- Alvin Bailey still solid?
- Thursday in-home visits
- Biggest needs
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Alvin Bailey wavering?
When Florida wide receiver commit Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) changed his official visit to Florida from last weekend to this upcoming weekend, rumors began to fly that Bailey was wavering and that he was looking at other schools such as Louisville. That is simply not the case. Bailey wants his best friend, Florida freshman running back Matt Jones, to be his host. Jones happened to be out of town last weekend and therefore Bailey rescheduled his visit until this weekend so Jones can be there.
The four-star athlete has been solid to Florida ever since he committed to the Gators back in September and that hasn't changed.
Thursday in-home visits
With less than two weeks remaining until signing day, the Florida coaching staff is making its rounds with in-home visits. Thursday, the Florida coaches are expected to see three key targets.
Wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie, Fla./West Centennial) and Auburn defensive end commit Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata) are all expected to receive visits from Florida coaches.
Bower visited Florida this past weekend. Bostwick is expected to visit Florida on Feb. 1, but that could be pushed up to this weekend. Clark said on Sunday that he will not take any other visits.
Biggest remaining needs
The Gators have 27 commitments and have met a majority of their recruiting needs. With roughly six spots available, the Gators have turned their attention to specific needs.
Defensive end and defensive tackle appear to be the biggest needs at this point. DE Elijah Daniel was very high on Florida, but his grade concerns were too much for UF to overlook. Daniel went ahead and committed to Ole Miss early this week. Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 player in the country, and Bower are Florida's top end prospects remaining. It would take a lot for Florida to pull Nkemdiche away from Ole Miss, but it's not impossible. Bower seems a more likely candidate, but he will be visiting LSU this weekend.
The Gators would also like to add a sixth wide receiver. Clark, as mentioned above, will be visited by Florida coaches on Thursday. He was scheduled to visit Florida this weekend, but canceled that visit after he visited Clemson last weekend. After Clark, the Gators just offered Frankfort, Kentucky Franklin County athlete Ryan Timmons on Monday. Timmons is down to Kentucky, Florida and Ohio State. If the Gators can get Timmons on a visit, that will certainly increase their chances.