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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
GatorNation: Key recruiting dates

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators concluded spring football with a big recruiting weekend last weekend. Led by the commitment of running back Dalvin Cook, the Gators are on pace for yet another top recruiting class.

Now that spring is over, the Florida coaching staff is close to diving in to the spring evaluation period. Here is a closer look at some key recruiting events and dates to know in the upcoming months.

Spring evaluation period April 15 - May 31
According to the 2012-2013 NCAA Divsion I football recruiting calendar: (1) An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period). If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academics evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.

Ermon Lane
Homestead, Fla., wide receiver Ermon Lane will be one of several top prospects participating in the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship.
IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championships April 20-21
Several top teams from Florida will be competing in this event. Top prospects will include Chris Lammons, Quincy Wilson, Ermon Lane, Isaiah Ford, Kevin Toliver II, Kenric Young, Artavis Scott, Kain Daub, among others.

Quiet period June 1 - July 31
A quiet period, according to the NCAA website, is defined as: During a quiet period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and might not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

Florida summer high school football camp June 9-15
The Florida coaching staff has made it clear they like to evaluate talent at their camp before offering a prospect. Last year the Gators offered quarterback Will Grier, wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson and safety Duke Dawson after they both performed well at camp. All three players are now committed to Florida. Other top targets such as Wilson, Johnnie Dixon and Scott also earned offers with solid camp performances.

This year the Gators will likely do the same. You might not see several offers go out for the 2014 class, but rest assure Florida will use this opportunity to get a jump on the 2015 class. With that being said, there are still some 2014 prospects the Gators would like to evaluate such as offensive Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS center Andrew Shofner. The 6-foot-4, 284-pound lineman at one point wanted to join Florida's class, but Florida wanted to evaluate him at camp first. The Gators are sure to evaluate a few other 2014 prospects during camp as well.

IMG 7v7 National Championships June 28-30
Like the SE championships, the national event should feature top talent from all over the country. Last year, this was one of the premier 7-on-7 events in the country and you could expect the same thing this year.

Nike's The Opening camp June 30-July 3
The Opening, held in Oregon, has become the top overall camp in the country. This invite-only camp, brings in the top players from all over the nation to compete in this five day event. Florida commits Cook, Christian Miller and Dawson have already been invited to the camp and several other Florida prospects will also join.

Friday Night Lights camp July 26
This camp is tentatively set for Friday July 26. This one-night camp has been a successful event for the Gators over the last several years. Urban Meyer started the camp during his tenure and Will Muschamp has kept it going during his short time in Gainesville. This camp, that's held in The Swamp, brings out the who's who of prospects and this year will likely be no different.