June 30, 2013

The Opening: Florida commits and targets

This week five Florida commitments will join a huge contingent of Gators' targets out in Oregon for the annual Nike showcase The Opening. During their time in Oregon, these young men just won't be taking the field to compete, they will be doing some recruiting for Florida as well.

"I am excited to come out and compete," said Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County Rivals250 cornerback commit Duke Dawson. "I have been working hard all summer to come out and not only represent myself, but my school, family, and Gator Nation."

Gator Commits

QB Will Grier

RB Dalvin Cook

DL Khairi Clark

DL Andrew Moten

CB Duke Dawson

Top Gator Targets

WR George Campbell

WR Corey Holmes

WR Ermon Lane

WR Travis Rudolph

DE Lorenzo Carter

DE Da'Shawn Hand

LB Clifton Garrett

LB Raekwon McMillan

LB Dwight Williams

CB Adoree' Jackson

CB Chris Lammons

CB Jalen Tabor

CB Quincy Wilson

S Jamal Adams

Other Gator Targets

WR Johnnie Dixon
WR Speedy Noil
OL Montel McBride
OL Demetrius Knox
OL Isaiah Wynn
DT Thomas Holley
DT Garrald McDowell
DT Gerald Willis III
LB Richard Yeargin III

Unlike the 7-on-7 camps which now seem to dominate the summer landscape, many of the nations top big men will also be going head-to-head, including both of Florida's defensive tackle commitments.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten and Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark are going to be in attendance.

According to Clark, getting a chance to showcase his abilities is the reason why he is making the trip out to the left coast.

"I am just very excited to get out there and get a chance to match up against some of these high profile offensive linemen and just try to learn everything that I can and have fun," explained Clark.

For Moten, getting out to Oregon is more business than anything.

"I want to show everyone out there that I am one of the best in the country and that blocking me is going to not be fun," Moten said.

It will be a busy couple of days on and off the field for Florida's five commitments. Not only will they be busy on the field learning, working and competing, but they will also use their time in Oregon to talk up the Gators with the other uncommitted targets at the event.

"Dalvin Cook and Will Grier and I have all been talking together about coming out and trying to show out for Florida while we are out there," laughed Dawson. "We want to compete and have fun because that is what it's all about."

When asked which targets they will work on most, two names came up over and over again, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School Rivals250 cornerback Quincy Wilson and Plantation (Fla.) four star athlete Chris Lammons.

"I have been on Wilson and Lammons for a while now, said Clark. "They will both be out there and are guys that I will try to talk with."

Hailing from South Florida, Moten noted that like Clark, he has been working on both Wilson and Lammons as well.

"I been on them boys, so it's nothing new," said Moten. "They know Gator Nation is where it's at."

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