Florida Gators: Asiantii Woulard

SAN ANTONIO -- In recruiting, players can hate the process one day, love it the next.

ESPN 300 defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) has seen both sides, but is looking to make the process a past discussion.

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Damon Sayles/ESPNESPN 300 DE Joe Mathis is expected to commit on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Mathis is one of seven players expected to announce where they’ll play college football during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. While many feel he’s leaning toward one school, Mathis said he’s eyed four schools fairly evenly.

“Truthfully, I really like Alabama, USC, UCLA and Washington,” Mathis said. “They’re like all even. Everybody thinks Washington is in front, but I really like them all.”

Mathis said many feel he’s a Washington lean because of his recent official visit to Seattle and the campus. He left the trip wearing a Washington beanie, but not because of what some fans believe.

“I took an official up there, and I left my hat because it’s cold up north, so I got a nice beanie,” Mathis said. “Since then, people think I’m Washington.”

Mathis, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound end, has an idea of which school he wants to choose, but he said he will take his decision all the way to the morning of the game -- possibly even through his scheduled time to announce.

“It’s going to be a hard decision,” he said. “I mean, it’s the next four years of my life.”

Mathis said he is being recruited by offensive line coach James Cregg (USC), secondary coach Demetrice Martin (UCLA), defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi (Washington) and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (Alabama).

Newsmaker: ESPN 150 wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and ESPN 150 quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) arrived in San Antonio around lunchtime on Thursday. However, neither player will play in the game per bowl officials.

North (6-3, 210) is the No. 12 receiver and No. 133 player overall. There have been whispers that he could announce at the game. He has taken official visits to Florida (Oct. 5) and Tennessee (Oct. 19). North also has offers from Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and others.

There have also been whispers that Woulard (6-3, 205), the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, could also announce. Woulard took an official visit to NC State on Nov. 9. In addition to the Wolfpack, he also has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Pitt, South Florida, Syracuse, among others.

Notable: Alabama commitment Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) didn’t think he would make the trip to San Antonio because of a pre-existing knee injury. However, he decided to fly in Thursday and will be at Saturday’ game but will not play. … After a shortened afternoon practice for the West, ESPN 150 quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and three-star wide receiver Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian) were spotted getting some extra work in by running routes. Browne, a December high school graduate, has signed his scholarship papers to USC, while Robinson, the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, is committed to Notre Dame. … Top-rated offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) didn’t participate in much of practice because of illness. Tunsil, who suits up for the East, is expected to be ready for the game.

SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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Notes from South Florida Camp, 7-on-7 

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The University of South Florida held the first session of its Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend and a one-day prospect camp today. The Bulls coaching staff will be involved with the program's padded-team camp this week leading into their SuperBull Showcase on Saturday.

" Lakeland (Fla.) Christian's top underclassmen, freshman quarterback Christian Alexander and junior running back T.J. Simmons, both worked out in the morning session. Lakeland Christian head coach Wayne Peace took them to Florida over the weekend, where both players met with the Gators coaches.

"Christian worked out with coach [Brent] Pease for about 45 minutes and then T.J. worked out with Coach [Brian] White for about 45 minutes," Peace said. "After working out they had a chance to go to the coaching office and meet with Coach [Will] Muschamp. They were both very excited."

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Big names expected at UF summer camp 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With just under eight months remain until signing day, the Florida Gators have already secured commitments from 16 four-star recruits. The Gators have addressed key areas of need such as offensive line, wide receiver and the defensive front seven.

With Florida's summer camp opening on Saturday, this will be a chance for Florida to not only identify key targets for the 2013 class but also evaluate players for the 2014 and 2015 classes.

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Courtesy of Corey LongAsiantii Woulard is the No. 15 overall dual-threat quarterback in the 2013 class.
Though he will not participating in camp because of a nagging groin injury, ESPN 300 defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) is planning to visit Gainesville this weekend. Three other ESPN 300 prospects -- defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills,S.C./South View), defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jeferson) and quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) -- are expected to participate in Florida's camp this weekend.

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Gators' QB recruiting taking shape 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With pieces of the quarterback puzzle falling into (or out of) place, the Gators are starting to get a clear picture of which signal-caller they would like to sign in their 2013 recruiting class.

Within a matter of days, Florida's top quarterback targets -- Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood), Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) and Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) -- committed to Alabama, Oklahoma and Miami, respectively.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comTroy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) is one of Florida's top remaining quarterback targets.
So where do the Gators turn now? Florida has offered several quarterbacks recently, including Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep) and Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier).

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