With the Orange and Blue Debut, which signals the end of spring practice, just about a week away, the Florida Gators are continuing to work hard to make an impression on the coaching staff. While the Gator Nation’s eyes will on the Final Four Saturday night, spring practice on Friday and Saturday will be the focus of Florida football’s future. The Gators are hosting a huge contingent of elite recruits this weekend. Here’s a list of the dozen recruits visiting Gainesville (h/t GatorCountry, Zach Abolverdi, Rivals (rankings)):
ATH Shawn Burgess-Becker, Monarch High School, Coconut Creek, FL – ★★★★ 6’0″, 194 lbs.
ATH Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech, Tampa, FL - ★★★★ 6’1″, 190 lbs.
WR George Campbell, East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs, FL - ★★★★★ 6’3″, 184 lbs.
DE Byron Cowart, Armwood High School, Seffner, FL - ★★★★★ 6’3″, 257 lbs.
FB Chandler Cox, Apopka High School, Apopka, FL - ★★★ 6’2″, 200 lbs.
OL Martez Ivey, Apopka High School, Apopka, FL - ★★★★ 6’5″, 271 lbs.
DL CeCe Jefferson, Baker County High School, Glen St. Mary, FL - ★★★★★ 6’2″, 244 lbs.
QB Dwayne Lawson, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL - ★★★★ 6’6″, 215 lbs.
WR Tristan Payton, First Coast High School, Jacksonville, FL - ★★★ 6’0″, 187 – Committed to UF
WR Calvin Ridley, Monarch High School, Coconut Creek, FL - ★★★★★ 6’1″, 189
RB Jordan Scarlett, University High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL - ★★★★ 5’11″, 205 – Committed to FAU
ATH Nate Craig, Tampa Catholic High School, Tampa, FL – NR 6’2″, 198 lbs.
WR Freddie Swain, North Marion High School, Citra, FL – NR 6’1″, 194 lbs.
On the offensive side of the ball, there are a ton of talented receivers that could come in and contribute right away. They have great size and speed, although they’d need to learn the offense and crisper routes.
Meanwhile, on defense, Cowart and Jefferson steal the show. If Florida can get those two signed next recruiting class, their defensive line would gain a huge boost with two of the best prospects in the 2015 class.
The next chance fans have to see the Gators practice is next Friday, April 11 with the Orange and Blue game Saturday.