Top-10 2023 defensive lineman to visit pair of SEC teams this week

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Kelby Collins is in for a busy week. A top-10 defensive lineman in the 2023 class, the 6-foot-5-inch, 280-pounder is taking advantage of his summer vacation to make it on campus at two schools on his recruitment list. He told 247Sports that he would be on campus at Alabama during the week before making it to Gainesville this weekend for the Gators’ big recruiting weekend.

Friday is UF’s annual Friday Night Lights recruiting event where players get one-on-one work with Florida’s coaches and staff inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium while Saturday is Florida’s highly anticipated cookout for recruits. The four-star prospect is the latest to announce his attendance for the massive recruiting weekend, joining an unofficial list of 2023, 2024 and 2025 prospects that the Gators will look to make an impression on.

On top of the Friday Night Lights event and the cookout, recruits will get an in-person look at Florida’s brand new James W. Heavener Football Training Center. Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said back in May that he expected the facility to be completed by late July, coinciding with this weekend’s recruiting events. Collins told 247Sports that he was looking forward to seeing the new facility this weekend, something that was not ready when he took his official visit to Florida on the first weekend in June.

Collins is considered to be the 8th-best player in the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports composite. In addition to Florida, Collins has taken official visits to South Carolina and Georgia. He holds offers from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Oklahoma, among others. The Under Amour All-American says he plans to announce his commitment before his senior season.

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