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December 31, 2012
Orlando, Fla. - The first day of Under Armour practices is now in the books and Inside the Gators was on hand for the festivities and has a few key story-lines from Disney's Wide World of Sports to highlight.
Many top names from around the country came out to represent their current high schools and future colleges - here are updates on a few of them.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood Rivals100 defensive end DeMarcus Walker has been committed to Alabama since August and is set to be an early enrollee for the Crimson Tide. However, according to the big man, he has set up a last minute visit to the University of Florida.
"I am going to visit Florida on [January] 5th it's the Saturday after the Under Armour Game. I am taking the visit to just make sure I am comfortable with my decision [on Alabama]."
Interestingly enough, though the Florida coaches have been all over him since the start, Walker has not yet spoken to any of the coaches at Florida about the scheduled visit.
"I haven't talked to anyone at Florida," stated Walker. "My mom talked to Coach [Will] Muschamp the other day. She didn't tell me what they talked about it was between them two."
[Related: Insider Extra: Bone's thoughts on Walker's status]
Daniel close to decision
To this point Avon (Ind.) Rivals250 defensive lineman Elijah Daniel has taken three of his five allotted official visits and says his final decision could come by the end of January.
"Everything has been going really good recruiting wise, I have a group of schools I am looking at and plan on making a decision here in the next two or three weeks."
So far this fall Daniels has taken official visits to Marshall, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. He noted his next visit will be to Gainesville on January 11th to see the Florida Gators.
"I haven't talked to the Florida coaches about it in a while because they have been busy with their bowl game and what not," said Daniels. "I will probably talk to them later this week and make sure that's all squared away."
Daniels noted that his fifth visit will still be to Arizona State January 18th.
The last time the 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman was in Gainesville was last season for the home match-up against Alabama. He said this time around he wants to see more of what UF has to offer.
"The last time I really didn't get to see all of Florida. I want to see everything that I didn't get to see last time and spend some quality time with the coaches."
Vienna (Ga.) Dooley County Rivals100 defensive tackle Montravius Adams did not participate in today's action due to a nagging ankle injury he suffered during his team's State Championship Game. Adams said it is just a sprain and he plans on participating in certain drills this week.
Three star offensive tackle commit Roderick Johnson was a late addition to the Under Armour roster. He took to twitter to express his excitement.
"Just got picked to play in the under Armour all American game my biggest dream ever #God is good."
As far as Florida commits are concerned, both Vernon Hargreaves III and Alvin Bailey were two of the Gators biggest standouts.