It has been over 16 months since Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators have hosted official visitors on campus but that will all change on Friday.
The Gators will change that in a big way as 13 prospects are expected to officially visit Florida this weekend to kick off a busy month of visitors for the staff.
Mullen and his staff have elected to host several of their top targets on the first weekend in hopes of setting the bar high and gaining momentum with prospects.
GatorCountry brings you a preview of who’s expected to be in town this weekend for the Gators.
Commits coming to town
Two of Florida’s commits will be in town this weekend to help the staff recruit including quarterback commit Nick Evers. Evers was on campus on Tuesday for the cookout and hit it off with several prospects and this weekend he will have one of his close friends on campus as well. Evers has been a recruiting machine so far and that should continue this weekend.
Receiver Isaiah Bond will also be in town this weekend for his first ever look at campus as he committed before seeing things. Bond has two other official visits set up already with one going to Miami and the other going to Alabama so the staff will hope to lock Bond in even more.
Offensive players visiting
As mentioned above one of Evers’ close friends and 7-on-7 teammates will be on campus this weekend as receiver Evan Stewart will be on campus. Stewart likes the message that he’s hearing from the coaching staff. Instate Texas is a team to watch for Stewart for sure but the Gators will get the first crack at Stewart.
Joining Stewart will be receiver Gentry Williams who also talks with Evers a good bit and has a good relationship with the coaching staff. Most schools are recruiting Williams to play cornerback but the Gators like Williams at the slot. Oklahoma is the favorite by most to land Williams heading into the visit.
Running back Omarion Hampton (6-0, 215, Clayton, NC. Cleveland) has a good relationship with Greg Knox but North Carolina is the team to watch early on for the running back. The Gators like Hampton a lot and will hope to get him back on campus again in the fall.
Offensive lineman Tyler Booker will be the lone lineman on campus this weekend and the Gators enter the visit in great shape for the IMG prospect. Booker has raved about his relationship with the Gators but this weekend will be his first time to meet them in person.
Defensive targets to visit
This weekend will have more targets on the defensive side of the ball, as several top targets will be on campus.
Defensive backs Azareyeh Thomas and Auburn commit Jarell Stinson plan to be on campus. Thomas was excited to pick up an offer from Florida earlier this spring and now he will get a chance to visit campus.
New defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff has a good relationship with Stinson from his time at Auburn the Gators have the best chance at flipping Stinson.
Defensive lineman Walter Nolen is considered one of the best in the country and the Gators will get the first shot at him this weekend. Nolen plans to visit Michigan later this month and Alabama also expects to get him on campus.
Defensive lineman Jamari Lyons, Chris McClellan, and Enai White will all be on campus this weekend. Lyons was just on campus on Tuesday and said he hopes to learn more about the Gators this weekend.
McClellan and White will both be making their first trips to Gainesville this weekend with McClellan being from Oklahoma and the Sooner very thick in the race for him.
White is one of the top players in the country and he has plans to visit Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State this month as well.
Linebacker/defensive end Jihaad Campbell is teammates with Tyler Booker at IMG and he plans to visit this weekend. Campbell also has visits set up to Clemson, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma this month.