News and notes from the week in Florida recruiting.
-- It looks like four-star safety Marcell Harris may be speeding things up again ($). After he announced he'd commit sometime during the summer and then slowing things back down, he may be accelerating his recruitment after he visited Florida yesterday for a camp. Harris is really the only safety Florida is targeting, so it's likely that the coaches expressed to him just how much they want him. He's a Florida legacy, and though he typically keeps his recruitment close to the vest, he's been considered a UF lean for quite a while. The sooner he plans on committing, the better for Florida.
More after the jump.
-- Harris wasn't the only major 2013 target on campus this week. Defensive tackle Greg Gilmore made his first trip to Florida for a camp. Gilmore has had LSU as his leader ($) for some time, but the visit boosted Florida's chances at landing the North Carolina product. Even after the great visit, though, LSU still has a firm lead here. Maybe D.J. Durkin can work some of that magic he used last year when he pulled D.J. Humphries, Jonathan Bullard, Rhaheim Ledbetter and Alex McCalister out of North Carolina
-- Some potentially big news at the quarterback position: Max Staver recently threw for Florida coaches Saturday. Staver told GatorNation's Jeff Barlis that he was "on fire" at the camp. UF didn't offer, but one could be on the way. Staver, however, has Florida as his top choice. He had Mississippi State and Florida as his Top 2, but the Bulldogs recently picked up a commitment from Cord Sandberg.
Asiantii Woulard is still up for grabs. He'll throw for Florida coaches within the week, and after that they'll figure out whether they want to offer Staver or Woulard, or both. Then they'll go from there. Staver would more than likely commit soon after, but I'm not sure on Woulard. I just don't feel like he has much interest in the Gators. Also, considering UF will probably only take 22 or 23 in this class, the Gators could just not take a QB and save the scholarship for a 2014 prospect.
-- Speaking of 2014, the class is loaded. With 16 commits on board in the 2013 class, the coaches have spent a lot of time already looking to 2014. Some '14 prospects are starting to claim offers from Florida, even though there's no telling how legit the offers actually are. Linebacker Kain Daub is one of the top '14 prospects in the nation. He's the best player to come out of Nease High School since Tim Tebow. Daub nearly committed to Florida during his visit to the Orange and Blue Debut, but figured he should hold off. But the Gators are in good shape here early.
-- Running back Josh Mercer named Florida his leader after camping at Florida on Saturday. With Kelvin Taylor and Adam Lane on board and 16 total commitments, it's unlikely that there's a spot in this class for Mercer. Perhaps if Florida comes up short on the rest of its receiver targets, maybe there'd be room to take Mercer, a 5'11", 180-pound speed back who can also play some slot receiver.
-- Florida checks in at No. 2 in ESPN's latest team recruiting rankings. Michigan is the top school with 21 commits, 11 of which are in the ESPN150. Florida State is ranked No. 11, and Miami is nowhere to be found. OK, they're No. 17.