Friday, February 1, 2013
Gators weekend recruiting preview
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's the final weekend before signing day, and the Gators are looking for a strong finish to their 2013 recruting class. Florida will bring in three official visitors and two unofficial visitors for this final visit weekend.
Four-star defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./West Centennial) headlines the list of official visitors. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound lineman is down to Florida, Alabama and Miami. With the Gators hosting his last official visit, this could be an opportunity for UF to secure the talented tackle.
A new prospect on Florida's radar, quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, N.J./Western Arizona), will also be making his official visit to Florida. After backup quaterback Jacoby Brissett transfered to NC State, the Gators started looking at McEvoy to try and gain an experienced backup in case starter Jeff Driskel is injured. With less than a week until signing day, the Gators will try and make up as much ground as possible with McEvoy. Oregon, Wisconsin and West Virginia are all in the mix for the signal-caller.
Wide reciever Ryan Timmons (Frankfurt, Ky./Franklin Co.) is the third and final official visitor this weekend. Timmons is familar with new Florida wide receiver coach Joker Phillips, who recruited Timmons to Kentucky during his time in Lexington.
Joining Timmons in Gainesville, will be another wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach). Clark has taken visits to Clemson, Ohio State, Nebraska and Northwestern. Clemson, Florida and Ohio State appear to be the frontrunners for Clark, and with Florida having the last crack on this unofficial visit, the Gators appear to be in good position to land the speedy wideout.
Lastly, committed quarterback Max Staver (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) will be making an unofficial visit to Florida this weekend. Staver has been committed to Florida since June. He is teammates with four-star defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who is torn between Florida, USC and FSU.