Power Ranking Top Recruits Visiting South Carolina vs. Florida Showdown

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIOctober 19, 2012

Power Ranking Top Recruits Visiting South Carolina vs. Florida Showdown

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    The undefeated Florida Gators have a lot on the line when they match up with the South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend at The Swamp.

    Not only will the Gators have to fight to keep their undefeated season going, but there is a ton at stake from a recruiting standpoint as well.

    As with most big-time games, there will be a lot of recruits in attendance to watch this SEC showdown.

    Here's a power ranking of the top recruits visiting Florida vs. South Carolina this weekend.


    Note: List of recruits via Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports.com

10. Marcell Harris, 4-Star S, Groveland (FL)

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    Marcell Harris will be in Gainesville this weekend to watch the Gators play on an official visit to the school. He'll be a big priority for the Gators.

    Harris is a 4-star safety with interest in Texas, Clemson, Florida State and Oklahoma as well, according to 247Sports.com. Therefore, making a good impression on him on this official visit will be important if the Gators want to eventually get a commitment from him.

9. Caleb Brantley, 4-Star DT, Crescent City (FL)

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    Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been committed to the Gators since January of this year, and is a big part of Will Muscamp's 2013 recruiting class so far.

    He's got very impressive size at 6'3'' and 308 pounds, and gets good leverage and push at the line of scrimmage. He also displays great aggressiveness and all the tools that you look for in an elite defensive lineman.

    Brantley is going to be an important player for Florida in the future.

8. Demarcus Robinson, 4-Star WR, Fort Valley (GA)

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    Demarcus Robinson is currently committed to play for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers. However, the 4-star wideout will be in attendance for this game, which is sure to cause quite a commotion.

    Robinson is 6'1.5'' and 196 pounds. According to 247Sports.com, he runs a 4.65 40-yard dash, so he's obviously a very talented prospect.

    In an exclusive interview with Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports.com, Robinson called his commitment to Clemson strong, but stated that he wants to keep his options open.

    Is he just driving down from Georgia to check out a great SEC game, or is there an interest in the Gators?

7. Demarre Kitt, 4-Star WR, Tyrone (GA) *2014

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    Demarre Kitt is a 4-star wideout and one of the bigger names that have emerged so far from the recruiting class of 2014.

    Kitt was formerly committed to the Georgia Bulldogs, but ended up decommitting. According to 247Sports.com, he now has Clemson, Georgia and USC on top of his interest list.

    Is it possible that Florida can gain some interest from the 2014 wide receiver? They've made an offer to him, so the fact he'll be at the game is a good thing if you're a Gators fan.

6. Trey Johnson, 4-Star ILB, Lawrenceville (GA)

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    Trey Johnson is committed to the Auburn Tigers. The 4-star linebacker is ranked third among all inside linebackers in the country by 247Sports.com.

    With that being said, he'll also be coming down from Georgia to check out this big SEC game in Gainesville.

    Is he simply scoping out a big game that features two schools he's going to see a lot of when he's with the Tigers, or is there something more?

    That's the question both Auburn and Florida fans have to be wondering this weekend.

5. David Dawson, 4-Star OG, Detroit (MI)

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    David Dawson will be taking an official visit to check out Florida this weekend, which is great news for Gators fans.

    Dawson is considered the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the country by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

    The lineman was previously committed to the Michigan Wolverines, but recently decommitted from Brady Hoke's program. According to 247Sports.com, Florida is now the leader on his interest list.

    A good official visit here could seal the deal for the Gators.

4. Bo Scarbrough, 5-Star RB, Tuscaloosa (AL) *2014

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    Bo Scarbrough is an Alabama 5-star running back commit, but he's only a junior in high school. Therefore, there's plenty of time for things to shake up.

    He's already one of the most impressive athletes I've seen from his class, and I firmly believe that he has the intangibles and skills to be a superstar at the college level.

    Florida did make an offer to Scarbrough, and like I said, there's plenty of time for things to shake up.

3. O.J. Howard, 5-Star TE, Prattville (AL)

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    O.J. Howard is going to become one of the best tight ends in the country very quickly. As things stand, the 5-star prospect will be doing that with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Howard is a Crimson Tide commit, and he's the premier recruit in Nick Saban's 2013 class.

    The tight end checks in at 6'5.5'' and 221 pounds, which is pretty good size for a senior in high school. However, what really stands out is his speed.

    Howard runs an incredibly fast 4.42 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com.

    He will be in attendance for this game, and he's undoubtedly one of the bigger recruiting names that will be present.

2. Kelvin Taylor, 5-Star RB, Belle Glade (FL)

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    Kelvin Taylor is Florida's main recruit in the class of 2013. Much like some of the players I mentioned before him, the 5-star back has the potential to be a superstar.

    Taylor is the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports.com, and he appears to be a Florida Gator through and through.

    He is also the all-time leading rusher in the state of Florida.

    He'll be there for this weekend's big showdown, and I can only imagine a Florida win will only solidify his commitment to the Gators.

1. Laremy Tunsil, 5-Star OT, Lake City (FL)

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    Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is easily the biggest name attending this SEC clash, and the outcome of the game could have a major effect on his recruitment.

    The 5-star prospect is a very impressive 6'6'' and 295 pounds, but he also possesses some quickness. According to 247Sports.com, Tunsil runs a 5.12 40-yard dash, which is saying something for a player of his size.

    Tunsil is one of the most sought-after uncommitted recruits in the nation right now. He has major programs like Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Florida State on top of his interest list, according to 247Sports.com.

    The good news is, Florida is getting a ton of attention from Tunsil. According to a tweet from Derek Tyson of ESPN, this will be Tunsil's second visit in a short period of time:

    5-star OL Laremy Tunsil just told me he will visit Florida on Saturday. It will be his second visit in 3 weeks. #Gators #Dawgs #Bama

    — Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) October 19, 2012

    If the Gators can keep their winning streak alive, and if the game day atmosphere impresses Tunsil, it could go a long way toward swaying the 5-star offensive tackle in their favor.


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