The Florida Gators will officially open the Billy Napier era on Saturday night when they host Utah to start the 2022 football season.
Saturday also marks another big day as the Gators will welcome prospects on campus to watch Napier and company in action for the first time.
The Swamp is expected to be full and so is the recruiting section as several top prospects have confirmed they will be in attendance on Saturday.
GatorCountry brings you a look at this week’s visitors list for the Utah game.
Napier going for the flip
Texas running back commit Cedric Baxter has been a top priority for Billy Napier and his staff and despite his recent commitment to the Longhorns, the coaching staff has stayed on the running back. That persistent approach has paid off some as Baxter and his father will be in the Swamp on Saturday night.
Top defensive backs to visit
The Gators have already put together a good defensive back class and on Saturday they will host two of their top remaining targets on campus.
Defensive back Cormani McClain might be the top remaining prospect on the board, and he will be in town to watch the game. McClain was in town for Friday Night Lights and the cook-out in July where he received the red-carpet treatment.
Defensive back Dijon Johnson decommitted from Ohio State shortly after visiting Gainesville in July and the Gators are sitting in good shape for the Tampa native heading into this weekend. Johnson wants to take visits before making another decision, but this is another step in the right direction for Florida.
Offensive lineman to visit
The biggest remaining need in the class is offensive linemen and offensive lineman Caleb Lomu is expected to make his first trip to Gainesville this weekend. Lomu has expressed interest in the Gators and Florida is hoping to set the stage for an official visit after this weekend’s trip.
Commits coming to town
Helping the Gators’ staff recruit these top prospects will be 17 of Florida’s commits in the Class of 2023 and 2024.
Quarterback Marcus Stokes, running back Treyaun Webb, offensive lineman Bryce Lovett, Receivers Andy Jean, Aidan Mizell, Tyree Patterson, Creed Whittemore, and Eugene Wilson will all be in town.
Defensive linemen Kelby Collins, Gavin Hill, Kam James, and Isaiah Nixon will be in town with linebacker commit Jaden Robinson and defensive back commits Jordan Castell, Shariff Denson, and Ja’Keem Jackson.
Florida’s lone 2024 commit will also be in town when linebacker Myles Graham visits the Swamp.
Underclassmen to visit
The great thing about having three-quarters of your current class filled is that you can start to focus on next year’s class and underclassmen and that’s exactly what the coaching staff will do this weekend. Several of the country’s top 2024 and 2025 prospects will be in town.
Here are the underclassmen expected in town.
2024 quarterback Davi Belfort
2024 quarterback Jake Merklinger
2024 running back Chauncey Bowens
2024 running back Anthony Carrie
2024 tight end Michael Smith
2024 offensive lineman Jake Guarnera
2024 offensive lineman Eddy Pierre-Louis
2024 defensive lineman/outside linebacker TJ Caper
2024 defensive lineman Kendall Jackson
2024 defensive lineman Booker Pickett
2024 linebacker Adarius Hayes
2024 defensive back Kensley Faustin
2024 defensive back Tavoy Feagin
2024 defensive back Jaylen Heyward
2024 defensive back Charles Lester
2024 safety Brayshon Williams
2024 athlete Fred Gaskin III
2025 quarterback Colin Hurley
2025 quarterback Antwann Hill
2025 running back Taevion Swint
2025 receiver Koby Howard
2025 offensive lineman Peyton Joseph