Florida Gators official visitor preview for January 19th weekend

It’s scheduled to be a big weekend in Gainesville as the Florida Gators will host their first official visit weekend of the new year this weekend and will host several big time prospects.

Dan Mullen and his staff elected last weekend to visit prospects instead of hosting prospects as they wanted a bigger weekend this weekend and that’s exactly what they got.

The Gators are scheduled to host six prospects this weekend on campus including three committed to other schools.

Here’s how the weekend visitors looks to play out.

Mullen going for the flip

Mullen and his staff had some luck flipping Emory Jones from Ohio State and this weekend they will try their luck three prospects committed elsewhere.

Leading the charge is Miami defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera who the Gators have been after for well over a year. Tight ends coach JaJuan Seider is the lead recruiter here and have the Gators in the race. Silvera visited Miami last weekend and didn’t shut the door on visits, which gives the Gators a chance.

Kentucky linebacker commit Xavier Peters might be the important prospect visiting this weekend due to the linebacker position being a position of need. Peters has some academic issues but if those are worked out than the Gators have a decent shot. Florida State and Miami are also trying to Peters on campus.

Last but not least is Maryland cornerback commit Noah Boykin who received an in-home visit from Florida on Sunday. Boykin is looking hard at Notre Dame as well as Florida right now. This weekend will be his first trip on campus.

 

Three uncommitted targets visiting

Joining the three committed prospects on campus this weekend is three guys uncommitted to schools and they’re also big targets at positions of needs.

Receiver Justin Watkins is a guy that just recently came on the board and the speedy receiver is very interested in the Gators. Watkins was set to commit at the Under Armour All-American game between LSU and Alabama but pushed that back so he could visit Florida this weekend. Florida sits in great shape now with Watkins.

Defensive end Caleb Johnson (6-3, 250, Columbus, GA. Northside) has seen the Gators really turn up the heat on him lately. Johnson is a guy that is a pass rusher but could also drop back into coverage some in the 3-4 defense. Georgia and Auburn are also after Johnson with Auburn being the Gators biggest threat.

Joining Johnson on the defensive line is defensive end Caleb Tannor (6-3, 225, Lithonia, GA. Miller Grove) who pushed the visit up after originally planning to visit Ole Miss this weekend. Tannor much like Johnson is a pass rusher who can also drop into coverage. Auburn is also a threat to Florida for Tannor.

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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.