Florida Gators Recruiting; offer to Auburn commit who plans to visit UF

The Florida Gators recruiting efforts will be put into full effect this week as the Gators coaches will be on the road visiting a lot of prospects during the bye week.

Before the bye week even started the Gators made news when they offered Auburn Tigers defensive end commit Marlon Davidson (6-3, 279, Greenville, AL High) and it was an offer that Davidson has been waiting on.

“It was a big offer for me when Florida offered me,” Davidson said. “This offer really opened my mind back up to them and they are now involved in my recruiting since they offered me because I’ve been wanting this offer for a long time.”

Davidson learned of the news on Sunday afternoon on his way back from LSU and Davidson said he got a quick message from the Florida Gators.

“Coach Drew Hughes got me in touch with the rest of the coaching and they told me I had a Florida offer,” he said. “They said that I had an offer for a long time now but I just didn’t know about it. They said that they wanted me to know that if I changed my mind that Florida was a school that wanted me and that I had a full ride to come to Florida to play football. They said that they wanted me there.”

Over the next week Florida will be in Alabama recruiting and Davidson expects the Florida Gators to visit him.

“They said that they were going to be in Greenville to see me play soon,” Davidson said. “They didn’t say who was coming or anything like that but they just said that they would be coming by to see me.”

Davidson was in Baton Rouge to see the Florida Gators play on Saturday and he was able to witness how good the Florida defense was in person.

“It means a lot to know that Florida sees a lot in me to want me to come play for their school,” he said. “I’ve been able to watch Florida play a lot and they are a great team that plays fast and physical defense. They have a lot of potential to be really good.”

A quick look at the Florida Gators recruiting commit list shows three Alabama prospects on the Gators commit list and one of them is recruiting Davidson hard for Florida.

“I’m going to start looking into Florida a lot more now that they have offered,” Davidson said. “I’m going to start talking to Coach more and try to get to know them more. Also Jeawon Taylor is talking to me about Florida some too.”

Davidson who hasn’t taken any official visits yet says he will take one to Florida and he’s also thinking of taking an unofficial visit to Gainesville.

“I think I’m going to visit Florida soon,” he said. “I’m still committed to Auburn and I’m solid but I plan to take some visits. I haven’t set any up yet though.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Auburn is going to be hard to beat for Davidson but the Florida Gators aren’t going to go down without a fight here. Florida Gators recruiting coordinator Drew Hughes is doing a good job with these guys in the Montgomery and surrounding areas and I expect that Florida will at least get a visit from Davidson.


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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.


  1. AS, great to hear about Davidson.. that kid is an absolute monster. You’re article makes it sound like we have more than a decent chance at landing this kid. We offer and then he automatically wants to set up an unofficial and official visits to gville? Says he’s been waiting for this offer for a while now.. do we actually have a legit shot at flipping him?