Florida Gators official visitors preview for December 15th

It’s a big weekend for the Florida Gators football program as Dan Mullen and his staff will host the last official visit weekend before the early signing period starts on Tuesday.

The Gators are set to host several prospects who are planning to enroll early including two commits that Florida is looking to firm up their commitment with.

With the early signing day just a few days away Mullen and company are hoping the last visit will help land some signatures.

GatorCountry takes a look at this week’s Florida Gators recruiting visitors list.


Commits coming to Gainesville

Last weekend was a successful weekend as the Gators locked up several commits that plan to enroll early and this weekend two more early signees plan to visit campus.

Linebacker commit David Reese has been a solid commit since he committed over the summer and that still remains the same now. Reese is planning to early enroll and the Gators need help at his position this spring. Reese is already familiar with Mullen as his older brother plays for Mississippi State.

Receiver Tyquan Thornton will join Reese in town this weekend but the Gators are trying to keep Baylor away from the receiver after he visited them last weekend. Thornton is also very interested in Miami. Thornton visiting Florida this weekend is a good sign for the Gators but Mullen still needs a good visit with the speedy receiver.


Targets visiting Florida

Florida is set to host five targets on campus this weekend and all but two of them are set to early enroll on a campus in January.

Leading the pack is defensive back Trey Dean (6-2, 180, Hampton, GA. Dutchtown) who is the younger cousin of former Gators safety Ahmad Black. Dean recently decomitted from Tennessee and it looks to be a two team race between Florida and Alabama for the defensive back.

Joining Dean is defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles (5-10, 183, Bradenton, FL. IMG) who has long said the Gators were a dream school of his and he will make his first visit to campus in over a year this weekend. Radley-Hiles decomitted from Nebraska in November and has UCLA also high in his recruitment. Radley-Hiles is an early signing guy.

Another defensive back planning to visit this weekend is defensive back Jonathan Huggins (6-2 200, Daytona Beach, FL. Mainland) who is a former Florida State commit. Huggins doesn’t plan to sign next week as he has trips he wants to take in January. The Gators will look to get the momentum this weekend before Huggins visits Florida State in January.

JUCO offensive lineman Noah Banks (6-7, 305, Iowa Western JUCO) is scheduled to visit Florida starting on Saturday morning after he leaves his Texas’ official visit. Banks is an Arkansas commit but that doesn’t look like it will hold strong after its coaching change. Banks is from Pensacola originally, which should help the Gators some. Banks is an early enrollee.

Receiver Kevin Johnson (5-11, 185, Bradenton, FL. IMG) isn’t planning to early enroll but will make his first ever trip to campus this weekend after Mullen offered him last week. Johnson is an intriguing guy as he’s an under the radar type of guy that Mullen likes a lot.

Ole Miss transfer visiting 

Florida will also play host to Ole Miss WR transfer Van Jefferson this weekend. Jefferson visited Florida and considered the Gators out of high school.

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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.