February 2nd Florida Gators official visitors preview

The Florida Gators coaching staff will host their last official visit weekend before National Signing Day this weekend and it’s scheduled to be a big weekend.

Dan Mullen and his staff will host several of the Gators big targets this weekend as they will get the last crack at these guys before Wednesday.

In total, the Gators will host three official visitors this weekend with two of them being on the defensive side of the ball.

Here’s a look at who the Gators are expecting to take official visits to Gainesville this weekend.

Top receiver visiting

Dating back to the day of Jim McElwain, receiver Jacob Copeland has been the Gators top target at receiver and that stayed the same when Mullen arrived in Gainesville. Mullen and receivers coach Billy Gonzales have made Copeland a priority since day one and while Alabama is making a strong push, the Gators are still in solid shape with the talented Pensacola receiver. Copeland will announce his decision on Wednesday afternoon and the Gators are hoping to continue the strong push they’ve made this weekend.

JUCO defensive end visiting

JUCO defensive end Dorian Gerald has been one of the top guys that Dan Mullen has pursued since he arrived in Gainesville. The Gators have sent multiple coaches to see him on a weekly basis in California and Gerald has responded by having rave reviews about Florida. Gerald took a mid week official visit to Arkansas and is expected to arrive in Gainesville later on Friday. Texas A&M is a team that the Gators are competing against which makes this weekend even more important.

Former Mullen commit visiting

Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett was once committed to Mullen at Mississippi State and now plans to visit Gainesville this weekend. Lovett is likely favoring Ole Miss and Mississippi State right now but if the Gators were to turn up the heat on him then Florida could be squarely in the mix.

 

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.