The last few days closed UF's summer camp with a bang. ESPN 150 DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) visited on Thursday during his swing through the state of Florida. ESPN 150 defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) spent nearly 10 hours on campus on Friday, as the entire Florida coaching staff rolled out the red carpet for Carter and his family.
Camp closed on Saturday with Florida coaches splitting their attention between two major targets. The nation's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect, Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), emerged from his visit with a lot of encouragement for Florida coaches and fans. But the most positive reaction, perhaps throughout the entire camp, came from ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), who raved about his visit and referred to UF as "the top SEC program, hands down.”
Here are some more newsworthy items from Florida's camp:
ESPN 300 DE Lorenzo Featherston has now made official visits to Clemson, Florida and FSU.
Big ESPN 150 DE feels 'welcome'
Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page) visited Florida last Friday, one day after visiting Florida State. Featherston, a shy 6-foot-7, 211-pound athlete ranked No. 26 in the ESPN 150 and the No. 4 DE in the nation, had little to say about his FSU visit other than calling it a good school. He did, however, compare his Gainesville visit to a recent trip to see Tennessee.
"They did more here than they did at Tennessee to welcome me," he said. "[Visiting the Gators] is a new experience. It's different. The campus is great. The coaching staff is great. Everything is great."
As it did with Carter on Friday, the Florida coaching staff pulled out all the stops for Featherston -- tours of campus, facilities and academic interests as well as a snow crab dinner with the coaching staff and their families while Gators highlights played on the two JumboTron screens inside the Swamp.
Featherston drove down with two of his high school coaches, spent the whole day on campus and was joined at dinner by two Gators defensive ends who are also from North Carolina: Jonathan Bullard and Alex McCalister.
2014 UF pledges visit, reaffirm status
Four Florida commits visited Saturday and each said he remains a solid commitment to the Gators -- TE C'yontai Lewis (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge), OG Joseph Paul (New Orleans/St. Augustine), OT Ben Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) and OG Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines), who was the only pledge not to participate in the camp.
Knox and Paul got a lot of attention from UF offensive line coach Tim Davis during position drills. Neither fared particularly well in one-on-ones, however, and went home with a lot of technique to work on. Dorsey, on the other hand, spent some extra time with the coaching staff after the camp and was asked to help more with recruiting others into the Gators' 2014 class.
Tight end commit C'yontai Lewis was one of the standouts in Florida's week-long summer camp.
Lewis, who was visiting UF's campus for the first time, performed well in camp, showing athleticism, good hands and enough speed to gain separation. Later in the day he emerged from the coaches' offices with a big smile after some one-on-one time with head coach Will Muschamp and tight ends coach Derek Lewis.
"It's over, I'm through, I'm a Gator," C'yontai Lewis said of ending his recruitment. Though he lives minutes from Alabama's campus, Lewis said he won't be entertaining any other offers. He also said he plans to work on swaying his cousin Bo Scarbrough, a 2014 Alabama RB pledge who is also his high school teammate.
"He likes Florida a lot, but he just feels like Alabama is the place he needs to be," Lewis said. "But I'm going to still be on him about coming down here."
Scarborough has plans to visit Florida in July, and Lewis said he might join him for that visit.
Visits and offers
ESPN 150 prospect David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence) visited campus Wednesday and met with Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan, who said the 6-6, 288-pound two-sport star could play for both teams at Florida. The nation's No. 2-ranked offensive tackle also talked with Muschamp and met several Florida football players, including former five-star OT D.J. Humphries.
2015 ATH John Burt (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) got a Florida offer on Wednesday. The 6-3, 175-pound playmaker also claims offers from FSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
2014 DE Justus Reed (Clearwater, Fla./Central Catholic) participated in Thursday's camp and earned an offer from Muschamp to play for his childhood favorite school.
2016 QB Feliepe Franks (Crawfordville, Fla./Wakulla) earned an offer after impressing in Friday's camp. The 6-4, 183-pound athlete threw the ball well and performed well as a receiver, too.
2014 Vanderbilt TE commitment Montez Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) participated in camp on Saturday. Though he committed to Vandy in mid-May, he said he still has a lot to consider.
2015 DE Michael Barnett (Ridgeville, S.C./Woodland) a 6-4, 241-pound prospect, earned an offer from Florida after Saturday's camp. He also has offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech and NC State. Barnett said he likes what UF has to offer and plans to return for a game this fall, but said he is in no hurry to commit. He plans to visit Auburn and Virginia Tech in July.
2015 TE/DE Garrett Williams (Orlando, Fla./First Academy) is an FSU legacy who was thrilled to earn an offer from Muschamp on Saturday after standing out in camp as a tight end. The 6-4, 223-pound athlete said the coaches are also recruiting him as a buck linebacker. Williams plans to visit Notre Dame this week and hopes to camp at FSU and Alabama later this summer.
2015 QB Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville), who called Florida one of his "dream schools," flew in for Saturday's camp. The strong-armed QB with offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor didn't get an offer but said he came to campus off Florida's radar. Stidham said UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease told him the Gators would "start recruiting me from here on out. He said I did really well [in camp]. He said they haven't really made their mind up on the 2015 guys." Stidham, who is originally from Kentucky, also said he was offered a UK scholarship last week and plans to camp there in July.
2015 DL CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County), who counts a Florida offer among his impressive list, wrought havoc in Saturday's one-on-ones. The 6-2, 245-pound athlete said Muschamp told him he was the best defensive lineman in the camp. Jefferson is determined to become a national prospect before his senior season and has plans to visit USC, UCLA and Stanford later this month.
2015 OL Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) did not participate in Saturday's camp but spoke to UF coaches during his visit. Ivey, who has a good frame at 6-5 and 271 pounds, said he grew up a Gators fan but doesn't expect that to influence his recruitment. He said the coaches indicated that they'd like him to commit early but did not pressure him. Ivey has added offers from Alabama, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee to an already impressive list.
2015 OL Jeremiah Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles), the youngest of three Theus brothers, worked on long-snapping with Florida special teams coach Jeff Choate during Saturday's camp. The first two Theus brothers play at Georgia.