Over the course of the last week Florida's coaching staff has crisscrossed the nation checking out many of their top commits and targets. Now heading into the weekend before the month long dead period takes effect, the Gators will play host to four prospects on official visits.
Not only will the Gators have prospects on campus, but they will also have a few of their targets visiting elsewhere.
Earlier this week Florida cornerback commit J.C. Jackson told Inside the Gators he was still unsure of whether or not he would officially visit Miami. That is something to follow along with this weekend.
West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman Rivals100 wide receiver Travis Rudolph will officially visit Alabama. This visit will also be his fifth and final official visit. Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor also will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend after visiting Gainesville last weekend.
Four-star JUCO wide receiver Eric Lauderdale will officially visit Nebraska. He currently has a top three of Florida, Oregon and Arizona State with the Gators as the team to beat.
The Gators offered JUCO offensive tackle Sebastian Tretola last week and also had running backs coach Brian White visit the school last Saturday. Although the Gators made a strong late push a coach at Tretola's school says he will officially visit Arkansas after contemplating a visit to Gainesville.
Three-star Daytona athlete Charles Nelson has become a hot commodity as of late and will officially visit Notre Dame this weekend. A source close to Nelson told Inside the Gators that he is on commitment watch to the Fighting Irish this weekend.
University of Florida Official
Visitors: Dec. 13, 2013
DUKE DAWSON 5-11, 195 pounds Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County Primary Recruiter: Travaris Robinson Cornerback Ranking: No. 13
Rivals250 Ranking: No. 158
Skinny: Dawson was originally going to visit Florida two weeks ago for the Florida State game, but had to push back the date due to suffering a concussion during his high school game the night before. Dawson is very solid in his commitment to Florida and likely will be doing some recruiting of his own this weekend.
DERRICK KELLY 6-5, 268 pounds Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden Primary Recruiter: Brian White Offensive Tackle Ranking: NR
Florida Ranking: NR
Skinny: The Gators offered this big man back in November, but has only recently started to have his talks with UF heat up. Kelly is a lifelong FSU fan and has visited them for many of their games. However, he says UF is recruiting him the hardest. He also has high interest in LSU. FSU is likely the current leader, but the three star big man doesn't plan to make his commitment until National Signing Day, which gives UF or even LSU time to make a late charge.
Skinny: The Gators have been recruiting McDowell for some time now, and have really turned the heat up over the last month or two. As of today, Florida is on the bottom looking up, with the instate schools ahead of the SEC trio. The feelign is that it is unlikely he will leave his home state of Michigan for college, but anything can happen on a visit. Especially when there is a good 30 to 40 degree difference in the tempature between his home town and Gainesville this weekend.
JUSTUS REED 6-3, 215 pounds Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic Primary Recruiter: Brad Lawing Strongside Defensive End Ranking: NR
Florida Ranking: NR