It was a busy weekend at GatorBait.net with plenty of Florida Gator recruiting news filtering out. The following is a quick recap of to catch you up on all the news and notes you may have missed from the Orlando and Miami Nike Football Training Camps, spring practice visits and the VTO Prep 100 camp in Charlotte, N.C.
IMG Academy (Fla.) OT Denzel Ward measured in at 6-foot-8, 305-pounds and named Florida his leader at Saturday's NFTC.
Prior to the Orlando NTFC, two of Florida’s top targets named the Gators their leader. Recently offered four-star ‘Buck’ candidate Trent Harris of Winter Park (Fla.) gave Florida the edge in his recruitment and announced a decision should be coming from him shortly.
Monster 6-foot-8, 305-pound Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy offensive tackle Denzel Ward followed suit naming Florida his leader while wearing a Gators beanie. Ward also announced official visits dates to Oklahoma and Florida this fall.
This was also the weekend West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph backed off his pledge to the Miami Hurricanes and once again named Florida the school to beat for his services.
Gator pursue top backs
The biggest news for Gator fans coming out of the Miami NFTC may have been Miami (Fla.) Central four-star running back Dalvin Cook, a current Clemson commit, confirming reports he was planning to visit the Gators this spring. There were reports last week the Gators have been making headway for the big-play threat, which Cook confirmed were due to his relationship with Dade County recruiter Travaris Robinson.
Florida also hosted Cedartown (Ga.) four-star back Nick Chubb for a spring practice Saturday. Following the visit Chubb moved the Gators into his top four with a trip to Ohio State coming in early April.
Apopka (Fla.) 2015 OL Martez Ivey is high on the Gators early.
Grier working hard
Davidson (N.C.) Day four-star quarterback Will Grier committed to the Gators in December and has been working on recruits since jumping on board. Grier mentioned his work on Demarcus Robinson in the 2013 class was well as 2014 targets Johnnie Dixon and Travis Rudolph.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound gunslinger has also been working on his game. This past weekend he took part in drills at the VTO Prep 100 in Charlotte.
The Florida Gators are in excellent shape for Apopka (Fla.) 2015 offensive lineman Martez Ivey, who stated he was “excited to be a Gator” prior to receiving his official offer from Will Muschamp. The 6-foot-5, 271-pound Ivey grew up a huge Gator fan and looks to be one of the top in-state line prospects in next year’s recruiting cycle.
Highly touted 2015 wide receiver George Campbell of Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake dominated the Orlando SPARQ combine blazing a 4.48-second forty, a 4.2-second pro agility shuttle and a 37-inch vertical leap. Campbell is taking it easy with the early recruiting attention, but Florida remains in constant contact with the elite athlete.
Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna four-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark plans to visit Florida sometime this spring. However, the local Miami Hurricanes still lead for his services as he named them his top school at the Miami NFTC.
The Gators also hosted New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine offensive guard Joseph Paul. The trip to Gainesville was a good one for Paul as the Gators battle Texas for the 6-foot-4, 335-pound prospect.
Prior to taking part in the Orlando NFTC Saturday, Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day tight end Milan Richard visited Florida’s campus Friday. The Gators have yet to offer Richard, who has Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee in the mix.