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Important recruiting weekend could solidify Gators' recruiting class; Find out who's coming to Gainesville and who might commit

GAINESVILLE -- Several of the nation's top-rated recruits will be visiting the University of Florida this weekend. A strong effort by the Gators' coaching staff could solidify Urban Meyer's class of 2010 as the nation's best. Here's the run down of who's coming to Hogtown: Quinton Dunbar, receiver, Miami Booker T. Washington; Lynden Trail, defensive end, Miami Booker T. Washingon; Gideon Ajagbe, linebacker, Miami Ransom Everglades; Darrin Kitchens, linebacker, Homestead; Mark Brown, running back, Lithonia, Ga.; Dominique Easley, defensive tackle, Staten Island, N.Y.; Jeremy Deering, safety, Tampa Leto; Chaz Green, offensive lineman, Tampa Catholic; Christian Green, receiver, Tampa Catholic; Matt James, offensive lineman, Cincinnati St. Xavier.

National Signing day is Feb.3. Just to recap, Florida has 24 oral commitments and 11 of those players are already enrolled at UF. Per SEC rule, Florida can only take four more players for the 2010 recruiting class. Now we'll outline a few of the players visiting this weekend ... hooray for recruiting!

QUINTON DUNBAR, Miami Booker T. Washington
POSITION: Receiver
VITALS: 6-3, 170 pounds
STRENGTHS: Natural speed, length and leaping ability provide Dunbar with all the tools to be one of the nation's best receivers of the 2010 recruiting class.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Like most elite high school football players entering college, Dunbar is a raw talent with several areas improvement needed in his game. If Dunbar can improve his route running, strength and muscle mass, blocking technique and study skills in the classroom, then his ceiling will have no limit. With hard work, Dunbar can be a special football player.
STATUS: COMMITTED TO FLORIDA

LYNDEN TRAIL, Miami Booker T. Washington
POSITION: Defensive end
VITALS: 6-7, 220 pounds
STRENGTHS: Another recruiting coup for the Gators coaching staff, Trail is a prospect from Miami-Dade with considerable potential. Height, speed and quickness are his strengths.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Trail obviously needs to put on weight and muscle mass to compete in major college football. Trail needs to dedicate himself to the weight room. In time, he will be a significant contributor if he remains serious about gaining weight and improving his strength.
STATUS: COMMITTED TO FLORIDA

GIDEON AJAGBE, Miami Ransom Everglades
POSITION: Linebacker
VITALS: 6-2, 197 pounds
STRENGTHS: Elite speed and a knack for game-changing plays.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Ajagbe is a raw talent but will likely be one of the coaching staff's favorite newcomers. His ability to learn combined with natural athletic ability will could make him an immediate contributor on special teams. With hard work, Ajagbe could crack the line-up by 2011.
STATUS: COMMITTED TO FLORIDA

MACK BROWN, Lithonia, Ga.
POSITION: Running back
VITALS: 5-11, 185 pounds
STRENGTHS: Another prospect with limitless potential. Brown's speed combined with his fearlessness make are a nice combination.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Brown was injured his senior season, so his medical status is an immediate concern. The Gators are not lacking at running back depth, so Brown should have plenty of time to get health and gain weight. Added muscle mass will make Brown a more durable runner.
STATUS: COMMITTED TO FLORIDA

DOMINIQUE EASLEY, Staten Islan, N.Y.
POSITION: Defensive line
VITALS: 6-3, 258 pounds
STRENGTHS: Physically gifted, this defensive lineman could play either defensive tackle or defensive end at the next level. The top-rated player in New York and ranked seventh nationally by Rivals.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Easley will need to gain weight to match up against SEC offensive linemen.
STATUS: COMMITTED  TO FLORIDA

CHRISTIAN GREEN, Tampa Catholic
POSITION: Receiver
VITALS: 6-2, 200 pounds
STRENGTHS: Big-time athlete here. He could play receiver or running back in college but will likely focus on receiver. He could also play safety.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: General football techniques at the receiver position need improvement.
STATUS: NOT COMMITTED 
SUITORS: Florida, Georgia, Florida State, South Florida, Miami
SKINNY: Green is ranked No.61 in the Rivals Top 100 and is one of the main targets in the final days of the 2010 recruiting cycle for Florida's Big Four and Georgia. It will likely come down to Florida, Florida State and Georgia and the Bulldogs could have the edge. A strong push this weekend by the Gators could even the field. Florida can afford to let this player get away but if Green, a Rivals Top 100 recruit, goes to rival Georgia that would be frustrating for Urban Meyer.

CHAZ GREEN, Tampa Catholic
POSITION: Offensive tackle
VITALS: 6-6, 290 pounds
STRENGTHS: An intelligent and athletic offensive lineman of the highest caliber. Green could play all five positions in college. Potential here is considerable.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Green was injured for most of his senior season but that didn't stop some of the nation's best programs from recruiting him.
STATUS: NOT COMMITTED.
SUITORS: Florida, Tennessee, Southern Cal
SKINNY: Green was favoring Tennessee but all that could change now that Lane Kiffin is at Southern Cal. Green is visiting Southern Cal on Jan.22. The Gators would like to wrap up a commitment this weekend from Green, listed in the Rivals Top 100, and convince him not to visit USC. That likely will not happen. At this point, Florida should be considered the leader for Green. Can Urban Meyer close the deal on one of the state's best players?

MATT JAMES, Cincinnati St. Xavier
POSITION: Offensive line
VITALS: 6-8, 290 pounds
STRENGTHS: A big kid with NFL potential. Above-average GPA.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Technique
STATUS: NOT COMMITTED
SUITORS: Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati
SKINNY: Probably Ohio State's to lose at this point, but Meyer will be looking for a commitment this weekend. Another Rivals Top 100 player. James likely won't leave the Midwest but anything seems possible after what Florida has been able to pull off over the last two weeks.

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