Friday, October 5, 2012
Weekend recruiting preview
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators will be hosting several top 2013 and 2014 recruits when they take on LSU in The Swamp on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Montravius Adams is the No. 3 defensive tackle in the ESPN 150.
The list is headlined by five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), four-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.), four-star safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) and four-star wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), all of whom are in the ESPN 150.
This unofficial visit for Adams comes as somewhat of a surprise. Adams, the No. 11-ranked player in the country, has mentioned schools such as Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, USC, Oregon and LSU, but has rarely talked about Florida. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound tackle said he will take this opportunity to learn about the Florida program.
"I will be looking at everything Florida has to offer," Adams said in a text message. "It's a school I like a lot, but I'm trying to find out a lot on Saturday."
For Florida this will be a chance to make up ground with Tunsil and Adams. Tunsil, the No. 3-ranked player in the country, has had Georgia and Alabama in front of Florida for a few months now, but with an impressive showing, the Gators could start to make a move on the player who lives just 40 minutes from campus.
Harris, who has Florida in his top six, has been to Florida several times over the last two years. The No. 7-ranked safety in the country has already visited Texas and will also visit Florida State next weekend. This will be a chance for Florida to make a strong impression on the talented safety from nearby Orlando.
North's father, Ramondo North, told ESPN's Kipp Adams on Thursday night that his son's visit to UF is his official visit. North was a high school teammate of Florida left tackle D.J. Humphries, the Gators' No. 1 recruit in 2012.
A majority of Florida's 20 committed players will also be in attendance on Saturday. Out-of-state prospects Max Staver and Cameron Dillard are the only two committed players not expected to attend the big showdown on Saturday.
In addition to the 2013 visitors, the Gators will host a handful of top 2014 recruits Saturday.