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Recruiting notebook: Junior day updates

2/19/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators hosted over 40 prospects on Saturday for junior day. The day was a rousing success, as Florida landed six verbal commitments, including five-star prospects Kelvin Taylor and Nick Washington.

Here are several other updates from Florida's junior day:

Thomas names leader

Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep defensive end Stacy Thomas named Florida his leader after visiting Saturday.

"Right now they are at the top, I grew up liking Florida since I was 12 years old," Thomas said. "Florida State is behind them, but I'm visiting them next week."

Thomas said he spent a majority of his time with Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and secondary coach Travaris Robinson.

"Coach Quinn and Coach Robinson just talked to me about how they would use me at the buck position but also try me at tight end."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Thomas said he has no timetable for making a decision.

Washington still waiting on Florida offer

Florida received a commitment from five-star safety Washington on Saturday, while his half-brother Devin also visited the Gators.

Devin Washington, a defensive end(6-3, 225), said he was impressed by his visit.

"It was good, I enjoyed it," he said. "They had the player panel, and we got to see how the life of a Gator is. Even D.J. Humphries was up there. He's only been here for a little while, but he says he's really enjoying it, and it's one of the great decisions he has made."

Washington holds offers from Louisville, South Carolina and Ole Miss among others, but said a Florida offer could be coming soon.

"They said it could come anytime, it could be soon, but they didn't say a specific date," Washington said. "In time, if it comes it comes, but I'm not really going to rush into things. If it happens it happens. I'm going to just keep playing and working hard, and hopefully that offer will come soon."

Marcell Harris enjoys Florida visit

Four-star safety prospect Marcell Harris has been to Florida several times, but after his weekend visit to Florida, he had a chance to see parts of the school he hasn't seen before.

"It was a pretty good visit," Harris said. "We walked around, saw the dorms and some different things on campus. They showed us how everything works academics-wise, and I got to sit down with the coaches and talk about schemes and how they would use me. Overall it was a good visit."

Harris, who will visit Florida State next weekend for its junior day, said he still has no leaders: "I'm still weighing out my choices. I'm going to try and go to out of state camps this summer and take some unofficial visits."

The safety (6-2, 203) said that after taking other visits this summer he will begin to narrow down his choices.

"Me and my mom have been talking," he said. "She talks to me about narrowing down my decision. So we'll try and narrow my list down over the summertime, and hopefully before the season starts I'll have a decision or be close to a decision. I don't want to wait all the way until signing day because that's a lot of stress to get off your back."

Harris is unsure of what trips he might take over the summer, but Lousville, N.C. State and Ohio State are options he is considering.

Pease wants to see Davis in action

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln wide receiver Reggie Davis visited Florida with his teammate and Florida linebacker commit James Hearns. Davis said he enjoyed his time in Gainesville.

"It was great," Davis said. "Every time I come here I just like Florida more and more. My options are still open though."

Davis admitted he was close to committing to Florida, but after speaking with the coaches he said new offensive coordinator Brent Pease would like to see him in action first.

"They said since we got a new offensive coordinator, he said that everything is still good," Davis said. "He likes me and everything, but he just wants to see me in person, in action. After that he said he will lock the offer in."

Davis said that Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida State, USF, Miami and Penn State have extended offers, and there are a few schools standing out to him.

"It's just open right now," Davis said. "I do like Florida, Georgia and USF, though. I just want to go to a school that gets the ball to their playmakers and lets them do what they do."

Outlaw has "strong interest" in Gators

Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King offensive guard prospect Josh Outlaw also took in Florida's junior day and said he liked what he saw from the Florida coaches.

"The visit was great," Outlaw said. "I enjoyed the camps and the coaching staff. Coach [Derek] Lewis is great, we have a great relationship and coach [Will] Muschamp was very up-front and honest."

Outlaw remains open despite his positive visit to Florida.

"I have strong interest in Florida," he said, "but no leaders as of yet."

Outlaw will visit Auburn next weekend and Clemson on March 3. Over the summer, Outlaw plans to visit Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida and Arkansas.