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December 29, 2011
Commits & targets playing in all star events
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.
Twenty-five different prospects who have either committed to or are seriously considering the Gators will be participating in one of the 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 Extra tidbits, prospect rankings, game coverage and much more over the course of the next week.
In order to keep up with our in-depth coverage, be sure to visit our All-American Game Central.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl (Saturday January 7, 1 P.M. NBC)
The granddaddy of them all isn't only featuring some of the top prospects in the nation, it has plenty of Gator commits and targets participating to boot.
These games aren't just about showcasing a player's skills or having a good time, they are recruiting hotbeds.
Florida only has only three committed players taking part in the game this year. However there are plenty of top Gator targets scheduled to be in San Antonio.
Leading the list of UF commitments is five-star offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips and Rivals100 tight end Kent Taylor.
As for Gator targets, there are six, yes, count them, six five-star rated prospects who have UF high up on their list of finalists playing in the game.
That list includes defensive end Jonathan Bullard, receiver Stefon Diggs, defensive end Darius Hamilton, linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, cornerback Tracy Howard and offensive tackle Kyle Murphy.
Plus, there's also Rivals100 defensive end/linebacker Tyriq McCord as well.
Under Armour High School All-American Game (Thursday January 5, 7:30 P.M. ESPN)
Though this game is thought to be a step below the Army Bowl, it still draws some top talent, especially from high school programs across the southeast
Florida has six committed prospects playing in this game. They are: four-star offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker, two-star kicker Austin Hardin, four-star safety Marcus Maye, four-star wide receiver Latroy Pittman, four-star cornerback Brian Poole and four-star tight end Colin Thompson.
There are also several top UF targets who will be in Orlando next week. Headlining that list is five-star wide out Nelson Agholor, five-star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., four-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins, Rivals100 defensive end Leonard Williams and Rivals100 offensive tackle Avery Young.
Offense-Defense All-American Game (Thursday December 29, 6:30 P.M. (CST) NO TV)
In this all star game's sixth 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 commitments, three-star defensive tackle JaFar Mann and four-star linebacker Jeremi Powell.
Another prospect participating in the game that Florida recently began showing interest in is four-star offensive tackle Jake Meador.