GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hundreds of recruits will flock to Florida on Friday night for its annual recruiting showcase, and some of the nation’s top prospects will be in attendance.
The biggest names will come from the group of cornerbacks, a priority position for the Gators in the Class of 2017.
A pair of prospects on commitment watch are Shawn Davis (Miami, Fla.) and Marco Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the younger brother of UF’s Quincy Wilson. Three more South Florida cornerbacks will be on hand in Georgia commit Latavious Brini and Miami commits Chris Henderson and Brian Edwards.
A trio of elite defensive backs from out of state will make the trip as well — DeAngelo Gibbs (Loganville, Ga.), Hamsah Nasirildeen (Concord, N.C.) and Brad Stewart (New Orleans).
Two in-state running backs are visiting in North Carolina commit Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, Fla.) and Colin Wilson (Green Cove Springs, Fla.).
One of Florida’s top receiver targets, Jerry Jeudy, plans to be at Friday Night Lights. The Gators will also host several wideouts for 2018, including Amari Burney (Clearwater, Fla.), Jacob Copeland (Pensacola, Fla.), Mark Pope (Miami, Fla.) and Xavier Williams (Hollywood, Fla.).
UF is expected to receive visits from 5-star Alabama offensive tackle commit Alex Leatherwood (Pensacola, Fla.), Toryque Bateman (Gadsden, Ala.), Adrian Ealy (Gonzales, La.) and pair of Miami offensive tackle commits in Navaughn Donaldson (Miami, Fla.) and Zalontae Hillery (Brunswick, Ga.).
The Gators will bring in an impressive D-line group, including defensive ends Markaviest Bryant (Cordele, Ga.), Jarez Parks (Sebastian, Fla.) and LaBryan Ray (Madison, Ala.) as well as defensive tackles Fred Hansard (Princeton, N.J.), Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.) and M.J. Webb (Madison, Ga.).
At linebacker, Christopher Allen (Baton Rouge, La.), Nathan Proctor (Indian Head, Md.), James Houston (Plantation, Fla.) and Rahyme Johnson (Los Angeles) are visiting. Houston is another recruit on commitment watch for the Gators, as is athlete Bruce Judson from Cocoa, Fla.
Below are some more 2018 prospects attending as well as the Florida commits:
QB Jake Allen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Florida commit)
WR Daquon Green, Tampa, Fla. (Florida commit)
TE Kemore Gamble, Miami, Fla. (Florida commit)
OL Kadeem Telfort, Miami, Fla. (Florida commit)
DE Zachary Carter, Tampa, Fla. (Florida commit)
LB Ventrell Miller, Lakeland, Fla. (Florida commit)
ATH Kadarius Toney, Blount, Ala. (Florida commit)
2018 RB Ricky Slade, Woodbridge, Va.
2018 DT Timaje Porter, Theodore, Ala.
2018 LB Robert Hicks, Miami, Fla. (Auburn commit)
2018 CB Al Blades, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2018 CB Tyson Campbell, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2018 CB D.J. Ivey, Homestead, Fla. (Miami commit)
2018 CB Josh Jobe, Miami, Fla. (Miami commit)
2019 ATH Jaleel McRae, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (Florida commit)
2019 DE Jaquaze Sorrells, Largo, Fla. (Florida commit)
New offers out from Florida
The Gators held ‘Sophomore Night’ on Thursday as well as the first day of their Next Level QB Camp. Here are the recruits who received offers from the staff:
2018 QB Artur Sitkowski, Old Bridge, N.J.)
2018 QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Las Vegas, Nev.
2018 WR Ja’Marr Chase, Rummel, La.
2018 TE Jarrett Jackson, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
2018 TE George Takacs, Naples, Fla.
2018 OL Trey Hill, Warner Robins, Ga.
2019 DE Derrick McLendon, Tucker, Ga.