GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Things didn’t slow down for Florida coach Jim McElwain and his staff on the recruiting trail Wednesday.
After hitting a whopping 21 high schools Tuesday, the UF coaches once again made several stops throughout Florida and Georgia.
In addition to four-star wide receiver Tre Nixon (see update), McElwain and assistant Kerry Dixon II visited 2017 five-star defensive end Jarez Parks of Sebastian (Fla.) River.
McElwain and Dixon linked up with defensive line coach Chris Rumph at Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland for UF defensive end commit Jachai Polite, who revealed Tuesday what kind of shot Southern Cal has at flipping him (see video interview). Polite will visit the Trojans this weekend.
Rumph also made it to Georgia, where he checked out 2017 defensive end Malik Herring (Forsyth Mary Persons) and joined defensive coordinator Geoff Collins at defensive end Antonneous Clayton‘s high school (Vienna Dooly County). Find out why Clayton, a Gators pledge, “got scared” during their visit (see update).
While in Georgia, Collins made stops to see three-star linebacker Dee Walker (Moultrie Colquitt County), 2017 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg Lee County) and 2017 defensive end Markaviest Bryant (Cordele Crisp County). The Gators are still searching for a fourth linebacker in their 2016 class, and Walker will visit UF this weekend along with Florida LB commit Vosean Joseph of Miami (Fla.) Norland.
Joseph is coming off an official to Alabama (see update) and met with Gators linebackers coach Randy Shannon, his primary recruiter, Wednesday. Shannon also dropped by Miami high schools American, Booker T. Washington and Central.
Running backs coach Tim Skipper and tights end coach Greg Nord were also in Georgia on Wednesday. Skipper saw 2017 athlete Deejay Dallas (Brunswick Glynn Academy), 2017 offensive tackle D’Antne Demery (Brunswick) and 2017 athlete Shawn Smith (Brunswick), while Nord visited 2017 running back Trey Sermon (Marietta Sprayberry) as well as high schools East Coweta and McEachern.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier hit up several South Florida high schools for underclassmen at Cardinal Gibbons, Oxbridge, Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach Lakes. Quality control assistant Marquel Blackwell stopped by Lakeland (Fla.) for 2017 four-star teammates A.J. Davis (RB) and James Robinson (WR) as well as area high schools Bartow, Ft. Meade and Lakeland Christian.
Offensive line coach Mike Summers paid a visit to Philadelphia (Miss.) offensive tackle Greg Eiland in hopes of convincing the Mississippi State commit to take an official to UF.
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