The Florida Gators coaching staff will play host to a large gathering of high school football prospects today for the annual Orange and Blue Debut spring game at the Swamp (Sun Sports, 1 p.m.).
One of the more anticipated recent Gator recruits has been Orlando Timber Creek sophomore-to-be RB Jacques Patrick, who transferred from Orlando East River following his freshman season. Patrick will be in attendance today.
He's a big 6-foot-2, 200-pound runner with speed and he rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman last year. Patrick is high on the Gators 2015 board.
The top uncommitted running back in the state from the Class of 2013 Ryan Green (5-10, 195) of St. Petersburg Catholic will be at The Swamp. Green is ranked No. 21 in the Sentinel's 2013 Florida Top 100 and is the fourth-best running back on the list.
Ahead of Green are Derrick Henry of Yulee (Georgia), Greg Bryant of Delray Beach American Heritage (Oklahoma) and Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade Glades Day (Florida). Adam Lane of Winter Haven is also committed to Florida and he is the fifth-rated running back in the state.
Also expected to take in the action today is highly touted DE Joey Bosa (6-5, 260) of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Bosa, the No. 14 player in the country according to Rivals.com, as well as the No. 2 defensive end, has been considered a strong Alabama lean.
Joining Bosa will be teammate QB John O'Korn (6-3, 210), who has offers from North Carolina and USF.
Other high-ranked state prospects on the list today are: WR Richard Benjamin (5-11, 194) of Tampa Tech); WR Ahmad Fullwood (6-4, 197) of Jacksonville Bishop Kenny; Orlando Dr. Phillips S Marcell Harris (6-1, 210); S Leon McQuay (6-0, 177) of Seffner Armwood; ATH Alvin Bailey (5-11, 170) of Seffner Armwood; DE Demarcus Walker (6-4, 255) of Jacksonville Sandalwood; DT Devyn Salmon 6-1, 282) of Plant City; DE Jordan Sherit (6-4, 245) of Tampa Hillsborough; CB Adrian Baker (6-1, 165) of Hollywood Chaminade Madonna; Tampa Plant OL Richy Klepal (6-5, 280) and OG Ramsey Meyers (6-3, 290) of Orange Park Ridgeview.
Tampa Jesuit LB Vincent Jackson (6-2, 230) of the 2014 class will also be in attendance, as will fellow 2014 class members Austin Roberts (6-2, 185) of Tampa Plant and OG Corey Martinez (6-4, 205) of Tampa Catholic.
Tampa Wharton all-everything defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III will be in Gainesville for the Florida Relays, and is unsure if he can make it over to The Swamp for the game.
The Gators are expected to have all 11 commitments to the 2013 recruiting class on hand. They are Bushell South Sumter safety Keanu Neal (6-1, 200); Daytona Beach Mainland LB Quinton Powell (6-2, 187); Belle Glade Glades Day RB Kelvin Taylor (5-10, 190); Jacksonville Trinity Christian safety Nick Washington (6-0, 180); LB James Hearns (6-3, 230) of Tallahassee Lincoln; WR Rodney Adams (6-1, 166) of St. Petersburg Lakewood; Caleb Brantley (6-3, 285) of Crescent City; OL Roderick Johnson (6-6, 300) of Delray Beach American Heritage; RB Adam Lane (5-8, 217) of Winter Haven; LB Dillan Lawson (6-4, 215) of Crestview; and Daniel McMillian (6-3, 220) of Jacksonville First Coast.
Hearns is likely to be joined by teammates WRs Taj Williams (6-4, 166) and Reggie Davis (6-0, 158), both Rivals.com 4-star athletes, as is Hearns. Both Davis and Williams are also taking part inthe Florida Relays this weekend.
The Gators will have a number of players on hand who have already signed on as part of the incoming freshman Class of 2012. Expected to be in attendance are DE Dante Fowler Jr. (6-3, 232) of St. Petersburg Lakewood, Jonathan Bullard (6-4, 255) of Shelby (N.C.) Crest, WR Raphael Andrades (6-0, 190) of Tallahassee Lincoln, DE Alex McCalister (6-7, 212) of Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, DE Bryan Cox Jr. (6-3, 240) of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, RB Matt Jones (6-3, 225) of Seffner Armwood and LB Jerami Powell (6-2, 200) of Largo Pinellas Park.