Friday, July 26, 2013
UF's Friday Night Lights preview
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Friday Night Lights at Florida is arguably the premier one-night camp in the country. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer started the event with great success and Will Muschamp has continued to make it a top destination for high school recruits. This year, as in years past, the Gators will bring in some top prospects from across the country. Here's a closer look at what to expect on Friday evening.
Several top prospects expected
The No. 5-ranked player in the country, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) will be making the trip from the West Coast to check out Florida. It's unclear if he will participate or just come as a spectator, but the fact he's coming, on his own dime, is important for the Gators. Jackson's recruitment is likely to play out for quite some time, so the Gators would like to make a big impression on him.
In addition to Jackson, several other ESPN 300 prospects such as defensive backs Chris Lammons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) and Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School), defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla../Winter Park), Alabama running back commit Bo Scarbrough (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge), wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and local running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) are scheduled to be at Florida Field.
Commits will be on hand
With all the uncommitted talent expected to attend, several of the committed players are coming to help recruit. Led by ESPN 300 prospects including Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day), running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), defensive back J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), defensive tackle Khairi Clark (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) and defensive back Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie County), the current Florida recruiting class will be well represented.
Offensive guard Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) and tight end C'yontai Lewis (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge) are also expected to be in Gainesville.
Expect a ton of 2015 talent
Though several top 2014 prospects will be in attendance, the 2015 field of prospects will be even more loaded. ESPN Junior 300 top-50 prospects Jeff Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), offensive tackle Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka), running back Nick Brossette (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab), defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover), wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) and defensive end CeCe Jefferson (Glen St. Mary, Fla./Baker County) are all expected to be in attendance.
Other ESPN Junior 300 members expected to be at FNL include defensive end Byron Cowart (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), defensive end Michael Barnett (Ridgeville, S.C./Woodland High School), safety Hunter Dale (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), linebacker Sherrod Pittman (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), cornerback Tyrek Cole (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and wide receiver John Burt (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln).