GAINESVILLE -- This is the final weekend of the 2009 recruiting cycle. Across the nation, schools are inviting prep football players to their campuses for one more sales pitch. But not here in Gainesville.
Florida coach Urban Meyer does things a little differently. UF hosts Junior Day today and focuses on the future rather than the present. There will not be any official visits today for players graduating in 2009. Instead, there are plenty of 2010 graduates buzzing through The Swamp. Think of it as Meyer's way of staying one step ahead of the competition. Is this a good idea? Debates rage on message boards whether or not its wise to forego the last weekend of the current recruiting cycle to focus on the next.
Visiting Gainesville this weekend is a player many consider to be the next Jeffery Demps or Chris Rainey. His name is Corvin Lamb [PICTURED] and he is a 5-10, 180-pound running back for Miami Northwestern. Lamb is somewhat of an enigma in the world of recruiting. He is already considered one of the nation's best running back recruits in 2010 but he wasn't a starter for the Bulls last season. This might be the reason Florida hasn't offered Lamb just yet. While Florida is shrewdly waiting to see what Lamb can do on the field of play before offering him a $40,000 scholarship, the Gators do know a little bit about him. Lamb ran the fastest time (4.3 seconds) at the Gators' Friday Night Lights recruiting showcase before the 2008 season.
Lamb seems to be favoring Florida. Lamb Sr. even told me that Corvin wants to bring a few of his teammates to Gainesville. It would be a major coup for the Gators to land just one player from Miami Northwestern, aka The West, aka Baby Canes Factory, aka Miami's junior varsity squad. Florida hasn't signed a scholarship player from Miami-Dade County since 2005.
If UF gets a commitment from Lamb, how will this affect UF's ability to recruit future players from Miami-Dade County?
The four players of the 2010 recruiting cycle who have already committed to Florida will also be on hand today in Gainesville. Among them is Demar Dorsey, a 6-1, 175-pound cornerback from Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson. Dorsey apparently has blazing speed and, like Lamb from Miami Northwestern, is expected to be one of the top recruits in the country next season. Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson is the home of current Florida cornerback Moses Jenkins
Florida's 2010 commitment list also includes Matt Elam of West Palm Beach Dwyer. Elam, a 6-0, 205-pound linebacker, is expected to be ranked as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com. Elam will be in Gainesville this weekend as will the rest of Florida's 2010 commitments: offensive lineman Ian Silberman (6-5, 257 pounds) of Fleming Island and dual-threat quarterback Trey Burton (6-3, 203 pounds) of Venice.
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Writer Antonya English of the St. Petersburg Times centered her recruiting story around lineman Xavier Nixon of Fayetteville, N.C. Very nice. CLICK ME!
Pahokee receiver Nu'Keese Richardson is visiting Tennessee this weekend. CLICK ME! Three other players UF is recruiting -- tight end Orson Charles of Tampa Plant, receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis (Tn.) Harding Academy and offensive tackle Brandon Moore of Montgomery (Ala.) Carver -- are also visiting Tennessee this weekend.
Deerfield Beach quarterback Denard Robinson is not taking an official visit this weekend, according to his high school coach. Robinson will choose between UF, Michigan, Tennessee and Kansas State on Wednesday.
Sanford Seminole receiver Andre Debose is visiting Florida State. We assume he is visiting FSU as a recruiter for the Gators, since he is already committed to UF. Debose's target: Trent Richardson, the Pensacola Escambia running back who is committed to coach Nick Saban and Alabama. Apparently, UF is recruiting Richardson pretty hard.
Linebacker Jarvis Jones (6-3, 226 pounds) of Columbus (Ga.) Carver is visiting LSU this weekend. Jones is thought to be favoring UF. Defensive back Joshua Evans (6-2, 185 pounds) of Irvington (N.J.) High is visiting Pittsburgh. UF is in the hunt for Evans as well.