As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Tyreke Johnson visited Florida twice in recent months, with the latest trip coming on April 7 for the Orange & Blue Debut.
The Gators returned the favor Wednesday by sending one of their assistants to see the 5-star defensive back in Jacksonville, Fla. Linebackers coach Tim Skipper, Johnson’s area recruiter, attended his practice at Trinity Christian Academy.
Despite being ranked as the nation’s No. 2 safety, UF is recruiting the 6-foot-1, 191-pound prospect to play cornerback. After signing five players at the position for 2017, only a few corners will be taken in the 2018 recruiting cycle and the staff wants them to be elite.
In two of the last three years, the Gators have missed on a pair of 5-star cornerbacks from Trinity Christian in Kevin Toliver II and Shaun Wade, both of whom went out-of-state to LSU and Ohio State, respectively.
Missing on a third target in four years would be a disappointment for UF. Johnson, however, appears much more receptive to Florida’s recruiting efforts than Toliver and Wade were. He has a good relationship with Skipper and hit it off with new secondary coach Corey Bell on his visit in February.
“He is real,” Johnson said of Bell. “He is one of those coaches that is not going to sugarcoat. He was just basically being honest. He wants you and there is an opportunity to play, but nothing is handed to you. It was just one of those conversations and I really respected that.”
Johnson is Florida’s top priority at the position, which has few remaining options. It appears to be an LSU-FSU battle for Patrick Surtain Jr., a 5-star cornerback from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Other targets for the Gators include 4-star CB Jordan Miner (Tampa, Fla.) and 3-star CB Chris Smith (Atlanta), both of whom listed UF in their top group of schools earlier this month.
Sevyn Banks, a 3-star CB from Orlando, Fla., committed to Ohio State on Wednesday night. Banks is the younger brother of Florida safety Marcell Harris.
The Gators currently have one cornerback committed in 3-star prospect Divaad Wilson from Miami.
Alabama extended an offer Wednesday to 4-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is one of Florida’s top targets at the position.
John Dunmore, a Gators WR pledge for 2019 from Delray Beach, Fla., was offered by Tennessee on Wednesday. A few hours later, he posted the tweet below.
Home Sweet Home ?? https://t.co/74w2KAKUmy
— Jdsunn__ ? (@JohnDunmore2) April 27, 2017
Here’s a rundown of recruits who have received UF offers in recent days:
4-star WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts, Harrisburg, Pa.
4-star WR Kamryn Babb, St. Louis, Mo.
4-star WR Jaylen Waddle, Bellaire, Texas
4-star OT Cameron Wire, Gonzales, La.
2019 DE Nolan Smith, Bradenton, Fla., (Georgia commit)
2019 DE Steven Faucheux, West Chester, Ohio
2019 CB Jaden Davis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2020 QB Derohn King, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2020 WR Aydin Henningham, Boynton Beach, Fla.
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