In the months leading up to the upcoming season, Gator players are set to be recruited in a number of ways.
There will be the usual early-morning drive to the airport or to a gym to sign autographs and meet coaches, but also an extended, late-afternoon practice session in the middle of the night.
The schedule, which was first reported by the Arizona Republic, also calls for the Gator team to spend several hours at the Arizona State campus for practice, which includes running, jumping and tackling.
It also includes the traditional home game against a rival program.
At the time of writing, Gators are expected to be in Arizona from February 6-11.
And they will be joined by several other top recruits.
Arizona State has three top-15 players in wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive end Joey Bosa and safety Tyquan Lewis, and wide receiver Deandre Campbell, who has a visit scheduled for Thursday.
The Arizona State staff is hoping to bring back some of the talent from last season, and has recruited some of its top-five targets from last year’s class, including quarterback Connor Halliday, defensive tackle Justin Evans, cornerback Josh Jones and offensive tackle Austin Blythe.
But some of that talent has already signed with other schools.
In fact, a source with knowledge of the recruiting process told ESPN that Gator officials were hoping to add some of their top prospects to their list of top targets, including defensive tackle Chris Harris, cornerback Darius Philon, running back Ryan Williams and wide receivers Jordan Ross and Chris Brown.
That list includes five-star offensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, four-star wide receiver Chris Matthews, two-star cornerback Jaelen Strong and one-star defensive tackle Jordan Smith.
Gator head coachsaid they are also planning to sign a few of the top defensive ends in the country, and that the Gators will be keeping an eye on five-stars defensive end Travin Dural and linebacker Tarell Basham.
The Gator roster will be supplemented by other commitments, including one of the best-rated defensive linemen in the nation, five-time first-team All-American defensive tackle Anthony Walker.
Walker has committed to Arizona State from the start of this cycle, and he will have two visits scheduled for the upcoming weekend.
Walker’s commitment is the third to take place in the last three months, and it comes as Arizona State prepares for the start on its home schedule of a pair of nonconference games, including home games against Arizona and UCLA on Feb. 14.
Walker is one of just three Arizona State commits in the top 25 of ESPN’s recruiting rankings, joining defensive tackle Darryl Williams and offensive guard Kody Shelton.
Walker, a four-year starter for the Sun Devils, has been an All-America in the past two seasons and was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.