On the field the Florida Gators have struggled to a 5-5 record. Off of the field is a different story. Florida has a top-five recruiting class according to ESPNU, and the Gators are bringing in a host of top prospects to watch them take on in-state rival Florida State.
Headlining the list of visitors on Thanksgiving weekend is Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel athlete Stefon Diggs. Diggs is ranked the No. 2 athlete in the country by the ESPNU 150, but the Gators are recruiting him as a wide receiver. This unofficial visit to Florida will be his first to Gainesville since his standout performance at Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp in late July.
Four-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins (6-3/245, Hamilton, Ga./Harris Co.) will be making the trek down to Gainesville for an official visit. The Gators are recruiting Jenkins to play the Buck position, which is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. Jenkins, who is ranked the No. 5 defensive end in the country in the ESPNU 150, is favoring Alabama slightly over Florida.
Jonathan Bullard (6-3/255, Shelby, N.C./Crest) is another top defensive end who plans to visit. Bullard will be accompanied by high school teammate and Florida safety commit Rhaheim Ledbetter (5-10/195). Bullard has a top three of Florida, South Carolina and Clemson.
Outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons (6-4/210, Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), cornerback Tracy Howard Jr. (5-11/175, Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and FSU defensive end commit Dante Fowler Jr. (6-3/238, St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) are all expected to visit. All three are considering Florida and FSU, so the game could play a role in which school they choose.
Other notable 2012 visitors
OL Donald Hawkins (6-5/320, Senatoba, Miss./Northwest Mississippi CC)
DT Brandon Moore (6-7/335, Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi CC)
DL Leonard Williams (6-4/265, Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland)
Top 2013 prospects visiting
RB Kelvin Taylor (5-11/200, Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day)
WR Richard Benjamin (6-0/180, Tampa, Fla./Middleton)
WR Ahmad Fulwood (6-4/200, Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny)
WR Taj Williams (6-3/185, Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln)
DE Elijah Daniel (6-4/250, Avon, Ind./Avon HS)
DB William Likely III (5-9/170, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central)