Florida Gators Recruiting Visitor List: Idaho Game

College football is finally back and the South endzone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is going to be unusually busy for the Florida Gators football game this Saturday.

The South endzone, which is where prospects sit while they watch the game, is expected to be full of Florida Gators commits as well several top targets in the Classes of 2015 and 2016.

Most years when Florida opens up against a lesser opponent, the visitor list will reflect that. However, Will Muschamp and his staff have prospects fired up about the Florida Gators and that shows in this visitor list. The Florida Gators recruiting efforts are in midseason form as the first game approaches.


Davis and Davis

The title says it all as the Florida Gators will host receiver Ryan Davis (5-10, 161, St. Petersburg, FL Lakewood) and North Carolina athlete commit Javarius Davis (5-10, 173, Jacksonville, FL Ed White) on unofficial visits.

Having both of these guys on campus again is very important as both players are top targets and both have been on campus recently as Ryan was at Florida two weeks ago with his father and Javarius was on campus a week and a half ago with his mother.

Right now Florida is in great shape for both but neither have said when they will announce or make a final decision in Javarius Davis case.


Five Stars

Every Florida Gators fan loves to hear the words “five star” and this weekend the coaching staff will host defensive end Byron Cowart (6-3, 252, Seffner, FL Armwood) and running back Jacques Patrick (6-1, 224, Orlando, FL Timber Creek) are expected to be in the Swamp on Saturday night.

This is great news that Cowart will be on campus as he’s expected to make his decision at the end of September and right now the Florida Gators are in good shape but still battling with Florida State and others.

In the case of Patrick, while he says he will visit it will still be a wait and see kind of thing until he arrives on campus. If he does show up, the Florida Gators will have an opportunity to make up ground on Florida State who holds a large lead for Patrick.


Commits ready to recruit

Six of the Florida Gators commits (five of which are 2015 guys) will be in attendance this weekend as they look to recruit some of these uncommitted guys.

Offensive linemen commits Tyler Jordan (6-5, 270, Jacksonville, FL Bishop Kenny) and Brandon Sandifer (6-3, 332, Warner Robins, GA. Northside) will join tight end commits Kalif Jackson (6-4, 202, Neptune Beach, FL Fletcher), Camrin Knight (6-4, 220, Tallahassee, FL Lincoln) and receiver commit Derrick Dillon (5-11, 175, Franklinton, LA Pine) will all be in attendance on Saturday.

Jordan has been a vocal recruiter over Twitter since he committed but as whole this is a great group of recruiters and that will have several top targets to recruit this weekend.

Joining these guys will be 2016 cornerback commit Chauncey Gardner (5-11, 190, Cocoa, FL High)


Top OL target to visit

Offensive lineman Jalen Merrick (6-5, 295, New Smyrna Beach, FL High) is one of the Florida Gators top targets and he’s expected to make the trip up to see Florida.

Right now Florida and Miami are battling it out for Merrick with Florida State also in contention here but a good showing on offense will be good for Merrick. Merrick also has a great relationship with offensive line coach Mike Summers.


2016 visitors

Not only are the coaches focusing on the Class of 2015 prospects but it’s time to start recruiting the Class of 2016 very hard and there will be several top guys in attendance and here’s who they are.


Safety Saivion Smith (6-2, 175, Bradenton, FL IMG Academy)

Running back Tony Jones Jr. (5-11, 206, Bradenton, FL IMG Academy)

Tight end Jacob Mathis (6-4, 212, Tampa, FL Berkeley Prep)

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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.


    • Right now it’s going to very tough for Florida to beat out Florida State but you never know. A good offense will fix a lot of these problems.

  1. I say that patrick is a done deal for FSU. As for Merrick, I don’t see ewhy he’s even considering FSU. He said that he likes Summer’s coaching style, due to his preference for a more low key approach, and he also says he doesn’t like a coach that will get in your face all the time. FSU’s offensive line coach, Rick Trickett, is a guy who’s very hard on his players, an ex-marine who does get in a players grill frequently. I’m sure Merrick knows this, so for FSU to still be in the mix doesn’t seem possible, unless Merrick’s words are meaningless. I think it must be Miami that’s the team to beat for him.