Top prospects fill the Swamp on Saturday

The Florida Gators will host the annual Orange and Blue game on Saturday afternoon giving the Gators another great opportunity to host some of the top prospects in the  recruiting class.

So far this spring the Gators coaching staff has done a great job of bringing in top recruits to watch spring practice and that is expected to continue on Saturday as over 20 prospects have confirmed they will be in attendance.

For some prospects this will be their first time on campus, while other prospects will be making their second and even third trips to campus this spring.

Here’s a look at who the coaching staff is expecting to host this weekend:

2015 Prospects:

Quarterback Kelly Bryant (6-4, 204, Piedmont, S.C Wren)- this will be Bryant’s first ever trip to Florida and the Gators will look to impress the gun slinging quarterback. Bryant is a good athlete and is pretty open in his recruitment.

Florida receiver commit Deondre Farrier (6-0, 184, Orlando, FL. Lake Nona)- This will be Farrier’s second trip to Florida this spring and Farrier’s first time to watch Florida go through a scrimmage.

Linebacker Ulysees Gilbert (6-0, 238, Ocala, FL Trinity Catholic)- Gilbert will be make his first trip to Florida and the linebacker is looking for a Florida offer.

Linebacker Marquis Hendrix (6-0, 220, Ocala, FL Trinity Catholic)- Hendrix a lot like Gilbert will be making his first visit to Florida and is also looking for a Gator offer.

Receiver Trevill Holcy (6-5, 210, St. Cloud, FL High)- Holcy was on campus for the Gators first junior day but the receiver is still looking for a Florida offer.

Florida offensive lineman commit Tyler Jordan (6-5, 270, Jacksonville, FL Bishop Kenny)- Jordan is a frequent visitor to Florida and Jordan is recruiting hard for the Gators already.

Running back Jalen Julius (5-11, 173, Orlando, FL West Orange)- Julius picked up a Florida offer two weeks ago and the running back is very interested in the Gators.

Cornerback Octavis Johnson (6-0, 183, Homerville, GA Clinch County)- This will be Johnson’s first ever trip to Florida and the cornerback is looking for a Florida offer.

Florida tight end commit Camrin Knight (6-4, 220, Tallahassee, FL Lincoln)- The Gators commit has been a frequent visitor to Florida and this will be an opportunity for him to start recruiting for Florida.

Offensive line Brendan Loftus (6-6, 282, Tallahassee, FL Godby)- Loftus was on campus for the Gators junior day but he’s still looking for an offer from Florida.

Running back Ray-Ray McCloud (5-10, 180, Tampa, FL Sickles)- For McCloud this is his third time on campus this spring but this time McCloud will have his mother with him. Having his mother with him is huge for Florida because she’s a very important factor for him.

Linebacker Darrien McNair (6-2, 219, Ocala, FL Trinity Catholic)- McNair is a Mississippi State commit but he’s been at Florida three times this year already. McNair is a candidate to flip to Florida.

Offensive lineman Javon Patterson (6-4, 295, Petal, MS High)- Patterson picked up a Florida offer last month but this will be his first ever trip to Florida. Patterson is interested in the Gators due to Mike Summers’ coaching experience.

Florida receiver commit Tristan Payton (6-0, 187, Jacksonville, FL First Coast)- Payton was just on campus last weekend and the Gators commit is starting to recruit for Florida hard. Payton will have several targets to recruit this weekend.

Defensive tackle Quay Picou (6-3, 260, Buford, GA High)- Picou will be making his first visit to Florida ever and the defensive tackle is looking for a Florida offer.

Linebacker Austin Smith (6-3, 220, Buford, GA High)- This will be Smith’s second visit to Florida this year and the Gators are in good shape for the linebacker. Smith is slated to play the SAM or BUCK position on defense.

Receiver Auden Tate (6-4, 199, Tampa, FL Wharton)- Tate is looking for a Florida offer and  this will be his first trip to Florida this spring.

Linebacker Adonis Thomas (6-4, 215, Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett)- This is Thomas’ third trip to Florida this spring and second in two weeks. Florida is the leader for Thomas and the Gators will look to pad that lead.

2016 prospects:

Florida cornerback commit Tre Jackson (5-8, 164, Baton Rouge, LA University Laboratory School)- This is Jackson’s first trip to Florida since last fall but Jackson is a huge Gator supporter on Twitter so you can look for him to recruit for the Gators on Saturday.

Defensive end Chauncey Manac (6-3, 230, Homerville, GA Clinch County)- Manac was just on campus two weeks ago and the Gators are looking to move up for the top notch 2016 defensive end.

Defensive end Jordan Woods (6-3, 235, Ocala, FL Trinity Catholic)- Woods has become a prospect who visits Florida a lot and has been on campus twice this spring already. Woods is a top prospect in the 2016 class.

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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, 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.