Friday Night Frenzy preview week 5: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects across the country are starting the high school football season.

Like the past years Gator Country is going to do a preview every Thursday for all of the Florida Gators commits and on Monday we will do a full recap including stats and notes from the past weeks’ games.

This year we are going to also highlight the key players to watch in the game that aren’t Florida Gators commits but rather targets or just big names in the game.

Also, we will give you a few games that involve Florida Gators targets from the Class of 2020 to watch as well.

Week 5 preview

2022 commits

Receiver Isaiah Bond (5-10, 175, Buford, GA. Buford)

Matchup: Buford (3-0) plays host to Chaminade-Madonna on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Bond has six catches for 164 yards in two games this year.

Notes: Buford looks to remain perfect on the year.


Athlete Jamarrien Burt (6-1, 175, Ocala, FL. Forest)

Matchup: Forest (0-2) plays host to West Port on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Burt has a touchdown catch on the year.

Notes: Both teams are looking for their first win of the year.


 Offensive lineman David Conner (6-6, 270, Deerfield Beach, FL. High)

Matchup: Deerfield Beach (2-1) travels to take on Stoneman Douglas on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Deerfield starts district play this week.


Quarterback Nick Evers (6-3, 188, Flower Mound, TX. High)

Matchup: Flower Mound (1-2) has a bye week this week.

Yearly Stats: Evers is 60-104 for 935 yards passing this year with 8 touchdowns. Evers has also added 229 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Notes: Evers will be in Gainesville on Saturday.


Offensive lineman Jalen Farmer (6-5, 325, Covington, GA. Eastside)

Matchup: Eastside (2-1) host Johnson on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


Running back Terrance Gibbs (6-0, 190, Winter Park, FL. High)

Matchup: Winter Park (2-1) plays host to University on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Gibbs is not expected to play on Friday night.

Notes: Gibbs has not played this year.


Tight end CJ Hawkins (6-7, 220, Tampa, FL. Berkeley Prep)

Matchup: Berkeley Prep (3-0) will host Brandon on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Hawkins has 1 catch for eight yards and a touchdown.

Notes: Berkeley Prep is undefeated while Brandon is winless on the year.


Defensive back Julian Humphrey (6-1, 185, Houston, TX. Clear Lake)

Matchup: Clear Lake (2-1) will host Channelview on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Humphries has eight tackles and a fumble recovery this year.

Notes: Clear Lake looks to rebound from a loss last week.


Linebacker Shemar James (6-2, 212, Mobile, AL. Faith Academy)

Matchup: Faith Academy (3-1) travels to take on St. Paul’s on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: James has a rushing touchdown and multiple tackles this year.

Notes: Faith Academy starts region play on Friday.


Linebacker EJ Lightsey (6-2, 210, Fitzgerald, GA. High)

Matchup: Fitzgerald (3-0) has a bye week this week.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


Offensive lineman Tony Livingston (6-4, 260, Tampa, FL. King)

Matchup: King (0-3) will host Jefferson on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Both teams are looking for their first win of the year.


Defensive lineman Francois Nolton (6-4, 225, Miami, FL. Edison)

Matchup: Edison (2-1) will travel to take on Miami on Saturday..

Yearly Stats: Nolton has 10 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles this year.

Notes: This is a neutral site game.


Kicker Trey Smack (6-2, 200, Severna Park, MD. High)

Matchup: Severna Park (2-0) will host North County on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Smack is perfect this year on PAT’s as he’s 8-8 on the year.

Notes: Severna Park starts region play this week.


Receiver Chandler Smith (6-1, 180, Orlando, FL. Bishop Moore)

Matchup: Bishop Moore (0-2) plays host to Treasure Coast.

Yearly Stats: Smith has 11 catches for 157 yards, he also added 13 yards rushing on the year.

Notes: Bishop Moore returns to the field this week.


2023 commits

Receiver Raymond Cottrell (6-2, 203, Milton, FL. High)

Matchup: Milton (2-1) will host Gulf Breeze on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Cottrell has 18 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns on the year.

Notes: Cottrell has two touchdowns that went for over 70 yards.


Defensive back Aaron Gates (6-0, 180, Sharsburg, GA. Trinity)

Matchup: Trinity Christian (4-0) will host Landmark Christian on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Gates has 12 catches for 173 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Gates also has two tackles this season.

Notes: Trinity Christian continues to roll this year.


Tight end Mac Markway (6-4, 250, St. Louis, MO. DeSmet)

Matchup: DeSmet (1-2) will host Chaminade on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Markway is out until week five of the season.





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, 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.