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December 30, 2012
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-three 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.
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Date: Saturday, Jan. 5 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 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 two committed players taking part in the game this year. Two more commits are Army All-American selections, but are injured. However there are plenty of top Gator targets scheduled to be in San Antonio.
Headlining the list of commits who are playing in the game is Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast Rivals100 linebacker Daniel McMillian. He will be joined on the East defense by fellow Jacksonville (Trinity Christian) commit, Rivals250 safety Nick Washington.
Two other Florida commits are in San Antonio, but are unable to play. Rivals100 wide out Ahmad Fulwood (shoulder) and Rivals250 defensive end Jordan Sherit were both selected to the game, and will be able to take part in the activities, but will have to sit out practice and the game.
There are plenty of other Florida targets on the East squad.
They include Immokalee (Fla.) Rivals100 cornerback Mackensie Alexander and Lake City (Fla.) Columbia five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil from the Sunshine State.
UF is still being mentioned with a duo of wide receivers. Both are on the East squad as well. They are Marquez North and Demarcus Robinson.
As far as the West squad is concerned, the Gators are still being considered by a pair of Southern Cal commits. Rivals100 cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Rivals100 defensive end Jason Hatcher.
Date: Friday, Jan. 4 Site: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: 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
Those commits who are playing include Rivals250 wide out Alvin Bailey, four-star defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, Rivals100 safety Keanu Neal and Rivals100 running back Kelvin Taylor.
The two who were chosen to play, but are unable to are Rivals100 safety Marcell Harris and four-star linebacker Matt Rolin
It is with the uncommitted targets where things may get interesting.
Florida is in the running for Rivals five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams and he will officially visit the Gators immediately upon leaving Orlando.
He won't be the only big time defensive lineman on campus as Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood Rivals100 defensive lineman Demarcus Walker will also visit with the Gators, despite his commitment to Alabama.
Two other uncommitted prospects to keep an eye on are four-star defensive lineman Elijah Daniel, who is scheduled to officially visit UF in January, and instate Rivals100 offensive lineman Ira Denson. Though he doesn't currently possess an offer from the Gators, he is being recruited by a couple of UF's current commits.
Date: Friday. Jan. 4 Site: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. Time: 9 p.m. TV: NFL Network
In this all star game's second 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 targets.
Rivals250 members - defensive end Tashawn Bower, who is committed to Auburn, but visiting Florida in January, and running back Alex Collins, who some believe has the Gators out in front after officially visiting Gainesville in December.