It’s a big weekend for Florida football.
Initially, the feel of Jim McElwain’s first recruiting class at Florida was that he was merely trying to clean up the mess Muschamp started. But with so many top recruits coming to visit this weekend, that could drastically change by National Signing Day.
Here are the prospects Florida is hosting this weekend:
DL Byron Cowart
RB Jordan Scarlett (currently committed to Miami)
WR Ryan Davis
OL Martez Ivey
RB Jordan Cronkrite
QB Deondre Francois (currently committed to FSU)
Florida’s class lost several commitments once it became clear that Muschamp was on his way out, including top OL George Brown and top LB Jerome Baker. Only a few loyal pledges remained onboard, leaving the number of recruits in the Gators’ class in the single digits. But McElwain has a chance now to save this class by pulling in some big time prospects.
Of them all, I think Florida’s feeling best about their chances with Scarlett and Ivey. But three of the remaining four (Cronkrite, Davis and Cowart) could very well wind up at UF, too. And even Francois, the longest shot of the group, could conceivably join the Gator Nation, though I think he’s most likely to wind up at FSU.
Recruiting is really heating up now, and I’ll be discussing this much more in depth on Monday, with predictions on where these top kids will go. For now, though, let’s sit back, relax, and hope these kids have the time of their lives.