A favorite appears to be emerging for one of the
nation's most dominant defensive end prospects.
Four-star Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard prospect
Stanley McClover says the Florida Gators are currently the
team to beat in his recruitment.
"I've always been a Florida Gator deep down inside,"
said McClover, a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 team and the No. 10 strongside defensive end in the
nation. "I like them a lot right now. Coach (Tyke) Tolbert is real cool, and
I like the situation I'd be in if I went to Florida. It would be a good
chance to get some early playing time at a great school because they're
looking for defensive ends."
McClover (6-4, 245, 4.53) -- one of the most
physically gifted players on the map with a 350 bench, 470 squat and 37-inch
vertical -- has recorded more than 90 tackles, 20 sacks and two
interceptions this season. That's drawn attention from about every top
program in the nation, and his official visit slots are starting to fill up.
He's already visited Michigan State (Oct. 25) and
has a date scheduled for N.C. State on Dec. 6. For the final three spots, he
said he's favoring Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee. Auburn is also still
in the mix due to the coaching change at Michigan State. McClover said the
Spartans are likely out of the picture now.
"All of those other schools are real good," he said.
"But Florida has that 'up' of being my team all along. My official visits
would have to be awfully good to beat them right now."