Florida Gators visitors list preview for January 14th weekend

The Florida Gators will host a loaded weekend of official visitors this weekend as the dead period officially ends on Friday.

Billy Napier and the Florida Gators coaching staff will host 9 official visitors this weekend including two signees and two commits who plan to sign in February.

This weekend is setting up to be the biggest weekend for Napier since he took over as head coach in Gainesville.

GatorCountry brings you a preview of this weekend’s visitors list.


Top defensive targets to visit

The defensive side of the ball will be well represented this weekend including two guys who are the best player at their position.

Texas A&M linebacker commit Harold Perkins is the top-rated linebacker in the country and will be on campus this weekend. Perkins will be in town with his mom and siblings as the linebacker will meet Napier for the first time. Perkins is very good friends with Kamari Wilson.
Outside linebacker Emar’rion Winston will make his first trip to Gainesville this weekend after picking up an offer from Florida in December. Winston was committed to Oregon but left the class when Mario Cristobal left for Miami. Florida is battling Washingston for Winston heading into the weekend.

Defensive back Miguel Mitchell is one of the fast-rising seniors and picked up an offer from Florida in December. Mitchell was once committed to Vanderbilt but right now it’s a Florida/Tennessee battle, but the Gators are the team to watch closely as Mitchell’s mother is a Florida fan. Mitchell admitted he has been waiting for a Florida offer.


Offensive targets to visit

Two of Florida’s biggest remaining targets on the offensive side of the ball will visit this weekend. Both guys are skill position guys that the Gators are looking to add to the class.

Receiver Caleb Douglas was once committed to USC and receivers coach Keary Colbert and now he will visit Colbert again. Douglas calls the Gators his leader heading into this weekend’s visit.

Tight end/athlete Arlis Boardingham is a guy that the Gators like a lot at tight end while some teams like him on defense. Oregon and USC are also in the mix for Boardingham but the Gators seem to be the team trending the most and he has a prior relationship with Colbert from his USC days.


Commits/signees to visit

Since there was a coaching change in Gainesville, the Gators will be able to host signees on their second official visit to Gainesville this weekend. Also, two commits will visit this weekend as both guys plan to sign their letter of intents in February.

Running back Trevor Etienne committed to Florida at the All-American Bowl and will take his official visit this weekend. Etienne is locked in with the Gators, but this official visit is about learning more about the coaching staff.

Offensive lineman Jalen Farmer committed to Dan Mullen and his staff but has stuck with the Gators since Napier took over. Farmer is gaining a lot of interest as of late and visited Kentucky in December and plans to visit Auburn in January. The Gators will look to lock up Farmer this weekend.

Signees Shemar James and Jamari Lyons both plan to take their second official visit this weekend after they signed their letter of intents in December.


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.