April 18, 2007

Five to Follow: Receivers

GatorBait.net kicked off its coverage of the class of 2008 with our Ten Top Targets and a comprehensive, in depth look at Florida's first Junior Day as well as a recap of the players at the March 24th spring Junior Day. From now until the spring evaluation period begins, we will unveil our pre spring top targets position by position in our Five to Follow series.

If there was anything at all learned over the course of the fifteen spring practices, it is that the Gators are loaded with play makers at wide receiver.

However, Urban Meyer wants to be able to go twelve deep at the position - yes you read that right, twelve deep.

With that in mind look for the Gators to attempt to sign roughly three high school prospects in the class of 2008.

Using the criteria set above, these are not the top five kids on the board, they are the top five prospects to keep an eye on at the position over the spring evaluation period in order to gauge the Gators and/or prospect's interest level or because they may be on the verge of a commitment or narrowing their list.

GatorBait.net's pre-spring top five lists are based on national ranking and of course whether or not Florida is showing interest at this time. One player having an offer this early doesn't necessarily mean he will be a higher priority throughout the process. Therefore it doesn't mean he will be rated higher on our list. What you see here is solely the opinion of the staff of GatorBait.net and does not represent the opinion of the University of Florida or anyone associated with the Gator program.

1) Aldarius Johnson / Miami (Fla.) Northwestern / 6-foot-3, 210, 4.43

What was Said: "I have no leader right now," Johnson said. "With Florida, it's a good program and I like how they run their offense. With UM, it's the same thing. I like their system and their facilities. I don't know much about North Carolina, I just saw the offer."

Competition: North Carolina, Florida State, Miami (maybe) & others.

The Skinny: There's no such thing as a given in recruiting - things on a minute-by-minute basis. However, it is a certainty that Miami will get who they want from the Northwestern program this year. The saving grace for the Gators (and other schools in the running) is that it appears that the Hurricanes are going to take a pass on this exceptionally talented young man. If that holds true throughout the process, the Gators could garner a signature from a premiere Dade County kid for the first time in quite a while.

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