Prospects couldn’t help but be impressed by Florida’s 14-6 win over LSU on Saturday.
Start with wide receiver Marquez North from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C. He made his first trip to Gainesville this past weekend and scored the official visit a “10″ on a 1-10 scale.
“They helped themselves a lot because I learned more about Florida and what it’s all about,” North told the Gainesville Sun. “I loved spending time with coach (Will) Muschamp and his staff. They said most of their receivers aren’t as tall as they would like, so they want some more size at the position and I could see why by watching the game.”
North, who named Tennessee his leader last week, said the Vols still lead for his services. North plans to visit Florida again in November along with trips to Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Defensive tackle Montravius Adams from Dooly County High School in Vienna, Ga., hasn’t named a leader but called his visit to Florida the best recruiting trip he’s taken.
“It made me want to be a part of Florida and I could see myself going there one day,” Adams told the Gainesville Sun. “I liked everything about their defense and they did a lot better than I thought they would.”
Adams’ trip to Florida was an unofficial visit. He said he will “most likely” return to Gainesville on Dec. 8 for an official visit.
Florida State commitment Ira Denson was present for Florida’s win over LSU and has already decided to return on Oct. 20 when Florida hosts South Carolina.
“It was great,” Denson said of the Florida-LSU game. “Muschamp coached them hard. When they were down, he kept telling them to battle and that winners never quit. And they stuck with it and won. They came in the second half like a whole different team.”
Did Florida help sway Denson’s decision? Tough to tell. The offensive lineman from Madison (Fla.) High School is still committed to Florida State.
“They’re still my favorite team,” Denson said. “Nobody has really been talking to me since I committed. Florida is just coming into the picture and we’ve started talking again. We had a relationship back in the summer and we’re just getting it back now. This is a life-time decision and I just wanna be sure I make the right one.”
Florida’s 2013 class is ranked No. 3 nationally by ESPN RecruitingNation. More success on the field could help the Gators land the top class in the country by the time Feb. 6 arrives.