Florida checks out the big guys

ORLANDO, FL — This is the last big fling of the summer and it’s not what it used to be, not with Nike, Reebok and Adidas going head to head earlier in the week out in Las Vegas, but there is still a good bit of talent on display and there are some heavyweights in the coaching business here to check it out.

Billy Donovan and Rob Lanier of the Florida staff were there particularly to watch Xavier Gibson (6-10, 230, Dothan, AL Northview), JaMychal Green (6-8, 225, Montgomery, AL St. Jude), Eloy Vargas (6-10, 220, Plantation, FL American Heritage).

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