Under Armour All-American game preview: Florida Gators recruiting

Orlando, Florida will take over the high school football spotlight this week when the top players in the country arrive for the Under Armour All-American game on Tuesday.

The game will be played on Sunday and after players arrive on Tuesday, they will begin practice on Wednesday-Saturday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

The Florida Gators recruiting class will have just one member in the game but will have several other big time targets competing in the game this week.

Gator Country.com brings you a preview of the prospects to watch and follow this week in Orlando.

 

Lone commit

Receiver Daquon Green will represent the Orange and Blue in the game and will also be tasked with getting in the ear of the Gators top targets. Green has been a solid commit to Florida since committing in the summer of 2015 at Friday Night Lights.

Green put up solid numbers in his senior year but will look to showcase his ability at receiver against some of the nation’s best defensive backs this week.

 

Offensive targets

Everyone in Florida’s building and fan base wants to see an improved offense and offensive line in Gainesville and this week fans will several targets on that side of the ball.

Headlining that group will be Alabama offensive line commit Alex Leatherwood who took an official visit to Florida earlier this month. Leatherwood is an early enrollee so time is running out for him to make a decision on where his final destination for college will be. Leatherwood is still talking to both Alabama and Florida.

Another offensive lineman that Florida would like to flip is Auburn commit Calvin Ashley who has said in the past he may take an official visit to Florida. The Gators haven’t been talked about as much here so it will be something to watch as to whether or not Ashley still plans to visit Florida.

Offensive lineman Tony Gray is a prospect that Florida is in good shape with heading into official visits. Gray recently tweeted out the final schools he will take official visits to but didn’t name an order. This week will be an opportunity to see Gray compete against some of the top guys on the defensive line.

Maybe the biggest prospect that Florida fans talk about the most is receiver James Robinson and he will be participating in the game. Robinson is someone that Florida recently turned up the heat on and they’re hoping to get the last official visit for the standout receiver.

 

Defensive targets

Florida has filled a lot of needs on the defensive side of the ball but they have four big targets in Orlando this week. Two of which are on the defensive line and that’s one of the positions that Florida must get some commits at next month.

Leading the group here is defensive end Labryan Ray who was just named defensive player of the year in Alabama for his senior year. Ray plans to take an official visit in January and the Gators are going up against the Crimson Tide for his signature.

Defensive end Markaviest Bryant is another pass rusher that may visit in January but is leaning towards Auburn and Georgia at the moment. Bryant is related to defensive end Antonneous Clayton and that’s an angle Florida is working.

Defensive back C.J. Henderson has been a hot name around the Gators since he decomitted from Miami this fall. Henderson is planning to visit Florida in January and the Gators are competing against Alabama and Miami. This week will be an opportunity for Henderson to play defensive and focus on that side of the ball.

Rounding out the defensive targets is linebacker Levi Jones who has a connection to Gators linebackers coach Randy Shannon. Jones is likely visiting Florida in January and Texas A&M is the competition here.

 

Make sure to stay tuned to GatorCountry.com this week for all of your Under Armour game coverage.

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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.