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January 19, 2012

Visitor Preview: Three 5-stars visiting

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WEEKEND VISITOR UPDATES:

  • Nelson Agholor Saturday night update
  • Fellow weekend visitor's impression of Diggs
  • 2013 running back commits to Florida
  • Five-star Stefon Diggs having a good time
  • Defensive end is UF's 19th commitment
  • Rivals250 wide out Johnson updates visit status
  • Committed quarterback visiting UF this weekend
  • What the visitors are saying about the weekend
  • 5-star unofficial visitor over the weekend?
  • Defensive end to visit

    The weekend is finally here. In what will serve as Florida's last major visit weekend before National Signing Day, the Gators will play host to a majority of the remaining top targets on their board who have not officially visited already. It will be a wild weekend full of twists commitment possibilities and all the things you would expect to factor into a January weekend as signing day nears.

    Here's the breakdown of who will be on campus:

    3 five-star prospects
    4 Rivals100 members
    4 four-star prospects

    While it will be a busy weekend in Gainesville, some of Florida's major targets will also be visiting elsewhere:

    Five-star defensive end Darius Hamilton is expected to spend is weekend at Rutgers. His home-state school has long been considered a leader for Hamilton despite being a lower profile program in comparison to his other choices.

    Josh Harvey-Clemons, a five-star athlete from Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes, will visit Florida State this weekend.

    Rivals100 defensive end Leonard Williams will be on campus at Southern California this weekend.

    Rivals100 offensive tackle Avery Young will be taking his official visit to Miami this weekend.

    University of Florida Official Visitors: Jan. 20, 2012

    BRYAN COX JR.
    6-3, 240 pounds
    Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) STA
    Primary Recruiter: Aubrey Hill
    Strongside DE ranking: No. 36
    Florida ranking: No. 88


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: North Carolina

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    The Skinny: Not much has been heard about the son of former NFL All-Pro Bryan Cox since the Gators offered him around the time of Friday Night Lights. Cox struggled with injuries during his senior season and was seldom heard from. The Gators are most likely looking at him as a backup candidate at the Buck position.

    STEFON DIGGS
    6-0, 185 pounds
    Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel
    Primary Recruiter: Aubrey Hill
    Wide receiver ranking: No. 2
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 8


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: MARYLAND, AUB, USC

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    The Skinny: One of the weekend's biggest highlights, Florida is back in Diggs' good graces after momentarily falling out of the picture after the departure of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. The Gators seem to be making the biggest surge for the speedy playmaker yet as this will be his second time meeting with UF coaches this week. With a date with the SAT coming next weekend, this could very well be Diggs' final official visit. He will also be in town with family after taking his other two official visits alone.

    DANTE FOWLER JR.
    6-3, 232 pounds
    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood
    Primary Recruiter: Dan Quinn
    Weakside defensive end ranking: No. 2
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 28


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: FSU (Committed), USC

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    The Skinny: The question likely won't stop being asked until National Signing Day. Fowler has shown consistent interest in Florida throughout the recruiting process but has yet to make any kind of flip from his pledge to FSU. If the switch happens, it will come on signing day, and Florida would likely be the only other realistic option for his services.

    TRACY HOWARD
    5-11, 175 pounds
    Miramar (Fla.)
    Primary Recruiter: Travaris Robinson
    Cornerback ranking: No. 1
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 13


    Level of Interest: High

    Others: LSU, FSU, USC

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    The Skinny: The nation's top cornerback has been part of a UF resurgence over the past couple of months. His services were long thought to be a two-headed battle between Florida State and Miami, but both schools have seemingly fallen off the map with him. The idea of adding Howard to a class that already includes Brian Poole and Willie Bailey on a defense deep in the secondary is scary for anyone who will be facing Florida in the coming years.

    AVERY JOHNSON
    6-2, 180 pounds
    Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely
    Primary Recruiter: Aubrey Hill
    Wide receiver ranking: No. 12
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 247


    Level of Interest: Medium

    Others: LSU (Committed)

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    The Skinny: Will he or won't he? Johnson has been committed to LSU since September 2010 but has continuously dangled the possibility of a change in heart. Now he has said Florida and LSU are the only two schools with a chance to land him on signing day. The Gators will hold him third on their wanted list right now as Diggs and Nelson Agholor are the top priority. However, with little to work with at receiver, it could be worth it to at least attempt a push on Johnson.

    MATT JONES
    6-3, 225 pounds
    Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
    Primary Recruiter: Brian White, Derek Lewis
    Running back ranking: No. 12
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 190


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: None

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    The Skinny: One of four commits taking an official visit this weekend, few recruits have stuck more true to the Gators throughout the recruiting process than Jones. The big back is one of the 2012 class' most outspoken recruiters of undecided targets. He will have plenty of victims to choose from this weekend as some of his good friends will be visiting with him. After the decommitment of Mike Davis, Jones' importance to this recruiting season skyrocketed.

    JAFAR MANN
    6-4, 275 pounds
    Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
    Primary Recruiter: Dan Quinn
    Defensive tackle ranking: No. 39
    Georgia ranking: No. 44


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: None

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    The Skinny: This will be Mann's first trip to Gainesville since the Florida State game in November. On that trip, he was accompanied by high school teammate and former Florida commit Davis. Shortly after, Davis decommitted, but Mann has stood strong by his commitment regardless.

    BRIAN POOLE
    5-11, 187 pounds, 4.5
    Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast
    Primary Recruiter: Travaris Robinson
    Cornerback ranking: No. 8
    Rivals100 ranking: No. 80


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: NOTRE DAME

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    The Skinny: If Florida fans weren't already excited about getting one of the nation's premier cornerbacks on campus, they had plenty of motivation to get excited watching the Under Armour All-America Game. Poole showed out at Tropicana Field and received praise from people like former NFL head coach Herm Edwards, who said Poole could make an excellent nickelback at Florida. He was a concern for some when he began taking other visits, however, he has assured ITG he is all Gator.

    COLIN THOMPSON
    6-5, 255 pounds
    Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood Catholic
    Primary Recruiter: Derek Lewis
    Rivals250 ranking: No. 187
    Tight end ranking: No. 8


    Level of Interest: Committed

    Others: None

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    The Skinny: Thompson is going to bring to Florida the tough blocking tight end that this pro-style offense needs so desperately. However, that presence won't be in Gainesville until summer. First, he will bring his other strengths to a big recruiting weekend at UF. Thompson is one of Florida's most personable and dedicated commits. He is sure to make his presence felt on the targets who are in town.



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