Gator Country Road Trip: Week One

While Gainesville is a great place to be, Gator Country is going to start a new series this season called Road Trip. We hope you join us as we take a look at which prospects visited campuses across the country of some of Florida’s biggest rivals and SEC foes during the past week.

We aim to allow Florida fans the opportunity to see how many prospects are visiting other campuses as well as where some of Florida’s top targets are spending their weekends.

With week one always being a slightly less traveled weekend for prospects, this article will be shorter this week than it will be in the future but here we go.

The first stop on our road trip takes us to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the Razorbacks hosted Louisiana-Lafayette this past Saturday.

19 visitors were on campus in Fayetteville this past weekend, headlined by 2015 North Little Rock (Ark.) receiver K.J. Hill. Some other names on campus were Little Rock running back Juan Day and Russellville tight end Drew Smith.

Let’s jet on over next to Auburn, Alabama. The Auburn Tigers hosted Washington State this past weekend and played host to over 50 prospects.

This game had a ton of underclassmen visit but one 2014 prospect that showed up was Auburn High linebacker Rashaan Evans.

Auburn 2015 quarterback commit Tyler Queen, 2015 Callaway (Ga.) receiver Terry Godwin and also former Gator target Justin Thornton were in attendance to highlight the group.

The third stop on the road takes us to Columbia, South Carolina where the Gamecocks took on North Carolina last Thursday night.

With the game being on a Thursday night, no major prospects were in attendance for the Gamecocks win.

Knoxville, Tennessee is the next stop for us as Tennessee took on Austin Peay last Saturday night in Neyland Stadium.

No prospects that the Gators are interested in visited Tennessee but they hosted a few of their commitments in Todd Kelly Jr. and Vic Wharton.

The next stop  takes us to Aggie land, as Texas A&M took on Rice this past weekend and hosted Texas commit Otaro Alask, a linebacker from Cy-Falls (Tx.)

Gator Country’s next stop takes us to the Music City in Nashville, Tennessee as Vanderbilt took on Ole Miss on Thursday night.

Florida receiver target Josh Malone was in attendance and 2015 Ensworth cornerback Rico McGraw highlighted the small visitor list.

Finally on this long road trip, we pull into Clemson for the Tigers matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday night. Several top prospects came to town to watch the Tigers’ victory.

Josh Malone was one of those prospects, as was David Sharpe and Clemson commit Artavis Scott.

Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss were all on the road this past weekend.

After writing this article I feel like I just sung the lyrics to the song “Coming to your City.”

Stay tuned next week to see where the Gator Country tour bus stops at next.

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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.