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.
Surprise visitor coming for UF
A pair of 5-star defensive ends officially will visit this weekend.
Florida already had been scheduled to host LaBryan Ray from Madison, Ala. Now, the Gators will bring in another Under Armour All-American pass rusher.
The Gators have been making a run at Chaisson this month and the coaches were able to bump his previously planned trip to Southern Cal.
Chaisson told SEC Country his top 2 schools heading into the final week are LSU and Texas. He’s also taking a mid-week visit to Colorado.
— K'Lavon Chaisson (@WhosThatGuy4) January 23, 2017
Defensive end is not a big need for the Gators in this recruiting cycle; they already have 4-star commit Zachary Carter on board. However, the staff gladly would add Chaisson or Ray to the class.
Gators in great position for 4-star OT
Confidence recently had been growing in Gainesville on Florida’s chances with Kai-Leon Herbert. Now, it’s through the roof.
The 4-star offensive tackle from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., de-committed from Michigan over the weekend.
“Things just went south,” Herbert told Land of 10. “There were some other factors … it just wasn’t good.”
The Gators get Herbert’s final visit this weekend, and all signs point to an eventual pledge. Florida was the heavy favorite for him early in his recruitment.
He’s teammates at American Heritage High School with UF commits James Houston and Marco Wilson, as well as Florida-lean Tedarrell “T.J.” Slaton, a 4-star defensive tackle.
The Gators don’t have an offensive line coach at this time, but last week coach Jim McElwain and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon put him at ease about the upcoming hire.
The staff has been in Herbert’s good graces since his injury in early December.
“A lot of people don’t know this,” Herbert told SEC Country, “but I chipped a piece of bone in my shoulder. The University of Florida has been gracious enough to refer me to doctors. They’re telling me this doesn’t scare them off one bit. They still want me to be part of the family and I can come compete for a starting job.”
Herbert visited Auburn on Jan. 15 and Miami last weekend, but his decision will be between the Hurricanes and UF.
News & Notes
- Devonte Wyatt, a 3-star defensive tackle from Decatur, Ga., told Dawg Nation he’s “50-50” between Georgia and South Carolina despite being a Bulldogs commit. He officially visited both schools this month and will take a trip to Florida this weekend. McElwain conducted an in-home visit with him last week.
- Artur Sitkowski, Florida’s top quarterback target for 2018, has joined the 7-on-7 team coached by former Florida CB Keiwan Ratliff in Orlando, Fla. The 4-star prospect transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last month.
— Keiwan Ratliff (@KeiwanRatliff) January 23, 2017
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