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December 28, 2013
Commits & targets playing in all-star games
While it's still the dead period in the world of recruiting, business is about to pickup greatly over the next week as the post season all star games get underway with the beginning of practice on Monday.
Twenty-five different prospects who have either committed to or are seriously considering the Gators will be participating in one of the three remaining national all-star games.
Inside the Gators has teamed with Rivals.com to bring you unprecedented coverage of all three events.
Look for notebooks, prospect interviews, video coverage of practice, live practice reports, Alley Insider Extra Tidbits, prospect rankings, game coverage and much more over the course of the next week.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 2 Site: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. Time: 4:00 p.m. TV: ESPN
Though this game isn't as established as the Army Bowl, it still draws some top talent, especially from high school programs across the southeast
This year Florida has four commits taking part in the game, all four are on Team Nitro. They are Rivals100 running back Dalvin Cook, Rivals 100 wide out Ermon Lane, Rivals250 cornerback J.C. Jackson and four-star cornerback Quincy Wilson.
Florida targets on Team Nitro include safety Jamal Adams, who will make his announcement during the game, and defensive end Lorenzo Carter.
Suiting up for Team Highlight will be several Gators targets.
This list includes four-star defensive end Lorenzo Featherston, five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince, Rivals100 wide out Travis Rudolph, five-star athlete Bo Scarbrough, five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor and Rivals100 defensive end Gerald Willis III
It is with both the committed and uncommitted targets where things may get interesting.
Though Cook is committed to Florida, he is scheduled to make his final decision during the game. He is down to Florida, Florida State and Miami.
The Gators are also in the running for four other prospects who will announce during the game, but are long-shots for three of the four.
Adams (UF or LSU), Rudolph (Alabama leads), Tabor (Alabama, Arizona State and Maryland) and Willis III (LSU).
Date: Saturday, Jan. 4 Site: Alamo Dome San Antonio, Tex. Time: 1:00 p.m. TV: NBC
The granddaddy of them all isn't only featuring some of the top prospects in the nation, it also has several of Gator commits and targets participating to boot.
Much like with the UA game, all of Florida's commits are on the same team.
Headlining the list of commits who are playing for the East in the game is Rivals100 quarterback Will Grier. He will be joined by Rivals250 offensive tackle David Sharpe, four-star cornerback Chris Lammons and four-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark.
Joining the four commits on the East squad is three-star offensive guard target Jordan Sims. The West roster has but three Florida targets, Rivals100 linebacker Nyles Morgan and Rivals100 defensive end Malik McDowell and Rivals100 linebacker Dwight Williams.
Date: Friday. Jan. 5 Site: StubHub Cetner, Carson, Calif. Time: 9 p.m. TV: Fox Sports 1
In this all star game's third year, they aren't nearly as established or well stocked as the other two.
However, there are still a couple of prospects Florida fans will want to keep an eye on.
Included in that group are two commits and one target.
Rivals250 members cornerback Duke Dawson and four-star offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher will be representing Florida out west.
They will be joined by hometown target, Rivals250 athlete Tony James, who is committed to Oregon, but still being recruited by the Gators.
Offense-Defense All-American Game (Friday January, 3, 5:00 P.M. (NO TV)
At one time the Offense-Defense Bowl was second in the pecking order, drawing players such as former Florida Gators Joe Haden and Cam Newton. However, it has fallen off in recent years with the emergence of the UA and Marine games. This year's event will feature but one Florida commit, three-star wide out Ryan Sousa and no Florida targets.