GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This is the final week of Florida’s summer camp sessions, and it promises to be a big one for the Gators.
Friday Night Lights is no longer the lone attraction in July for UF recruiting. Jim McElwain and his staff have several events that will draw some of the nation’s top prospects to Gainesville, Fla.
The Gators have already had a handful of visitors on campus this week.
Pair of nation’s top athletes, others check out Florida
Two of the top five athletes in the country, including an Alabama commit, visited Monday.
UF hosted Tray Bishop from Terrell County High School (Dawson, Ga.) and Chadarius Townsend, a Crimson Tide pledge from Tanner, Ala.
Bishop and Townsend are ranked the nation’s No. 3 and No. 5 athletes, respectively. The Gators appear to have a made a move for Bishop, who has a top 3 of Auburn, Florida and Georgia.
He has pushed back his July 25 decision date and will return to UF later this week for Friday Night Lights.
— 6⃣ (@_TrayBishop) July 18, 2016
— 6⃣ (@_TrayBishop) July 18, 2016
In-state offensive tackle Cordavien Suggs (Neptune Beach, Fla.) visited on Tuesday as well as New York’s Jeremy Ruckert, the No. 7 tight end for the Class of 2018.
— Ruck (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) July 19, 2016
Two Peach State prospects, 2018 athlete Kearis Jackson (Fort Valley, Ga.) and 2019 wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield (Saint Simons Island, Ga.), are in town Wednesday. Both hold offers from Florida.
Elite passers attending Gators QB camp
UF will hold its inaugural camp for quarterbacks Thursday and Friday, dubbed the Next Level QB Camp.
Gators commit Jake Allen will be on hand along with a handful of top quarterbacks for 2018:
Emory Jones, No. 2 dual-threat QB (Franklin, Ga.)
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, No. 4 dual-threat QB (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Casey Thompson, No. 5 dual-threat QB (Moore, Okla.)
Artur Sitkowski, No. 4 pro-style QB (Old Bridge, N.J.)
Allan Walters, No. 10 pro-style QB (Paramus, N.J.)
Other passers at the camp will include Zack Annexstad (Bradenton Fla.), Cade Fortin (Suwanee, Ga.), James Foster (Montgomery, Ala.), Michael Johnson Jr. (Sunnyvale, Ca.), Swift Lyle (Mobile, Ala.) and Mike Penix (Tampa, Fla.).
Proud to be coaching at this camp! Go Gators! pic.twitter.com/sCT6RuSgUK
— Eric Kresser (@EricKresser) July 13, 2016
Names to watch for Friday Night Lights
SEC Country will run a full visitor preview ahead of Friday Night Lights, but here’s an early look at some big names who plan on attending Florida’s recruiting showcase:
WR Daquon Green, Tampa, Fla. (Florida commit)
TE Kemore Gamble, Miami, Fla. (Florida commit)
OL Alex Leatherwood, Pensacola, Fla. (Alabama commit)
OL Kadeem Telfort, Miami, Fla. (Florida commit)
DT Fred Hansard, Princeton, NJ.
DT Jordon Scott, Largo, Fla. (Florida commit)
DE Zachary Carter, Tampa, Fla. (Florida commit)
LB Ventrell Miller, Lakeland, Fla. (Florida commit)
LB Nathan Proctor, Indian Head, Md.
CB Shawn Davis, Miami, Fla.
CB DeAngelo Gibbs, Suwanee, Ga.
CB Chris Henderson, Miami, Fla. (Miami commit)
CB Marco Wilson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
S Devon Hunter, Chesapeake, Va.
S Hamsah Nasirildeen, Concord, N.C.
UF will also hold Sophomore Night on Thursday as well as a 7-on-7 tournament and an OL/DL camp Saturday.
Unless otherwise indicated, rankings and ratings come from the 247Sports Composite.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.