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June 22, 2012
Florida Commit & Targets ready for the Challenge
This weekend the first ever Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge is being held in Atlanta, Ga. The star studded roster contains one Florida commitment and several top targets. Today, Inside the Gators runs down those the Gator Nation should be watching this weekend.
[Related: Challenge Roster]
Headlining the list for Florida fans will be the Gators lone commit taking part in the event - Crescent City (Fla.) Rivals250 defensive tackle Caleb Brantley.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman said that he is on a mission this weekend to prove that he should have never been dropped from the Rivals100.
[Related: Century Mark: Brantley wants back in]
Though there may only be one Florida commit competing this weekend, there are several top targets in attendance as well.
Gators legacy prospect, Orlando (Fla.) Rivals100 safety Marcell Harris, visited Florida last weekend in order to help him prepare to compete against the best-of-the-best at the Challenge.
[Related: Harris visits familiar Gators]
Joining Harris in the defensive backfield is a fellow Sunshine State prospect.
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood safety Leon McQuay III, the No. 33 rated prospect in the Rivals100, is still open when it comes to recruiting, but the Gators are on his list.
There are two receivers at the event that the Gators are targeting.
Rivals100 Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek wide out Marquez North, the No. 31 rated prospect in the nation, attends the same high school as Class of 2012 UF signee D.J. Humphries and has the Gators on his list, but has yet to visit Florida and many believe he will stay closer to home.
Then there's Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County four-star wide out Demarcus Robinson. After visiting Florida two weeks ago, the Rivals250 prospect rated the trip to Gainesville a 9 on a 1-to-10 scale.
[Related: Robinson rates visit a nine]
However, after visiting Clemson last weekend, the nation's No. 13 rated receiver called Clemson his new leader.
[Related: New leader for wide receiver Robinson]
And finally, there's Honolulu (Hawaii) Moanalua defensive tackle Scott Pagano.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder is perhaps the most interesting back story of all of those in attendance. He is quickly shooting up the recruiting rankings and secured his place at the Challenge after issuing somewhat of a challenge via Twitter.
[Related: Pagano ends long journey to Challenge]
Though he hails from Hawaii, the Rivals250 prospect said that he was a Gators fan growing up and currently has a top two which includes both UF and LSU.
[Related: Tackle a Gators fan] | Two stand out]
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