Previewing the Under Armour All-American targets for the Florida Gators

Now that the holidays have past, college football fans around the country will turn their attention to bowl games and high school all star games.

The Florida Gators in particular will have five commits and several other big targets playing in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Florida on January 4th.

Prospects arrive in Orlando on Saturday to prepare for the game with practices beginning on Sunday for the players.

GatorCountry.com will be live in Orlando to bring you updates starting on Saturday but here we preview who to look for in the game.

Team Highlight

Team Highlight will feature two commits who have signed on its team when quarterback Emory Jones and defensive back Trey Dean strap it up in Orlando.

Jones and Dean will have several key targets to recruit for the Gators while in Orlando as they will be teamed up with four targets of the new coaching staff.

Receiver Jacob Copeland will be catching passes from Jones as the once Gators commit is still very high on Florida with Alabama and Tennessee hot on the trail for the receiver.

Receiver Ja’Marr Chase is another receiver in this game but isn’t expected to play due to an injury suffered this year. Chase hasn’t received a lot of attention from Dan Mullen and his staff yet but that could change soon.

Another guy that will be catching passes from Jones next week is receiver Tommy Bush who just received an offer from Florida before Christmas. Bush has said he may visit Florida in January as Georgia looks to be the team to beat right now.

Kentucky linebacker commit Xavier Peters will also play on team highlight as he’s someone that is expected to visit in January as well. Peters has some academic hurdles to meet but if everything checks out than the Gators are a team to watch for.

Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight will feature three Florida commits on its team and they will also have several targets to recruit for the Gators during the week.

Offensive line commit Richard Gouraige and tight end signee Kyle Pitts will be on the offensive side of the ball. Kicker signee Evan McPherson will handle the kicking duties for Team Spotlight.

Gouraige will have two targets working in his position group during the weekend including a good friend of his in offensive lineman Nick Petit-Frere. Petit-Frere looks to be favoring Ohio State and Alabama at this time as the Gators try to get a visit in January from the lineman.

Florida State offensive line commit Christian Meadows will line up besides Gouraige as well. Meadows took an unofficial visit to Florida in December and plans to return in January. Meadows is looking hard at Florida and Miami as they try to flip him from FSU.

Receiver Anthony Schwartz is planning to announce his decision at the game and Auburn looks to be the favorite to land the speedster.

Auburn defensive line commit Coynis Miller will be in the game and is expected to visit Florida, Alabama and others in January. Miller is close to running backs coach JaJuan Seider and that is a big reason for the visit.

One of the Gators top linebacker targets will be in the game in Alabama linebacker commit Quay Walker who has talked about visiting Florida in January. Walker is also looking at Auburn and Tennessee.

Another interesting linebacker target in the game that Florida may try to get in with is linebacker Nik Bonitto who defensive coordinator Todd Grantham visited with in December.

Stay tuned to GatorCountry.com for updates on the Under Armour game starting on Saturday.

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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.