GAINESVILLE -- Alabama prep receiver Julio Jones is staying at the University Hilton this weekend. Don't expect a stakeout by me just to learn a variation of this answer: "I enjoyed the visit but I'm still undecided."
This is apparently a big weekend for recruiting in Gainesville. About 10 players (several have already committed) are in town to tour the university, watch their name flash on the megatron inside the football stadium, binge drink at local clubs and then go home. (I will be in the clubs tonight ... with a camera.)
Not really sure how important this recruiting weekend is for the Gators. Coach Urban Meyer already has 20 commitments and before the mass defection (Jarred Fayson, Bo Williams, Bryan Waggener, Chevon Walker: Am I leaving out any quitters?) Florida had about 18 scholarships available. By my count that means two or three scholarships are still available.
Of course, you never know. Florida might pull an offer or two because of bad grades or test scores, 15 players might say "SIKE" to the Gators and go to UAB or South Alabama (I hear the Jags are starting a team, Julio.) ANYWAY, here's the list of kids expected to visit. I'll try and track down a few tonight at the basketball game (and then later in the clubs).
Daniel Andrews, wide receiver from Jacksonville Trinity Christian. (Probably wants to go to UF but UF doesn't have room. Wide receiver quota of Andrews' type already filled.)
Ricky Barnum, Lakeland Lake Gibson, offensive line (center); Does this mean the circus is in town?
Ramon Buchanan, Melbourne Palm Bay, wide receiver, This kid is going to Miami.
Jeffrey Demps, Groveland South Lake, Another UF running back commitment who should have gone somewhere else. (Always a bad sign when the running backs coach leaves the team so he can actually be a RUNNING BACKS COACH.)
Dee Finley, Auburn (Ala.) High; How this safety is still committed to Florida and not Auburn is beyond my (nobody cheats in the SEC) comprehension.
William Green, Hoover Spain Park (Ala.); Played for the OTHER Class 6A high school in Hoover, Ala., which actually made it to the state finals this season. I actually watched this kid play this season awhile visiting family (my kids live in Hoover and are zoned for Spain Park). Great motor on this kid.
Frankie Hammond Jr., Hallandale; I'm going to love interviewing Mr. Hammond next season. Smart kid.
Omar Hunter, Buford (Ga.); Expect this talented defensive tackle to commit to Florida this weekend.
Julio Jones; Foley (Ala.); Aforementioned Jones reminds me of another former Alabama prep star, Terrell Owens.
Burton Scott; Prichard (Ala.) Vigor; This kid is committed to Bama.
Chaz Sutton, Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins; This defensive is 100 percent committed to the Gators.