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A day after hosting Kentucky quarterback Jarren Williams (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and offering him, Florida had four recruits on campus Friday.
The top visitor was Iverson Clement from Mount Holly, N.J., a 4-star athlete according to the 247Sports composite. The Gators are recruiting him as a running back, and this was his second trip to UF. Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are the other schools in the mix.
Another running back, 3-star recruit Jashaun Corbin from Melbourne, Fla., visited as well. Corbin has had a big recruiting month, landing offers from Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina in March.
The Gators also hosted a pair of 2019 teammates in wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield and athlete Jaylin Simpson from Saint Simons Island, Ga. Both hold offers from Florida, and Sheffield is considered an elite recruit for 2019.
UF will hold another junior day event Saturday, and a handful of top prospects are expected to attend.
The biggest name in town will be William Barnes, a 4-star offensive tackle from Apopka, Fla. He’s visiting Florida for the second time in as many months and also favors North Carolina and Miami.
Barnes was impressed by new Gators offensive line coach Brad Davis on his last trip.
“It was my first time talking to Brad Davis face-to-face,” Barnes told SEC Country. “I can see that he’s a great coach and he’s looking out for me. After talking with Coach Davis, I definitely feel a bond with him coming on.”
Amari Burney visited UF in January and is returning Saturday. The 4-star safety from Clearwater, Fla., will announce his decision on June 1 between Florida and Ohio State.
Burney likes the Gators’ track record with defensive backs.
“They send DBs to the NFL every year,” Burney told SEC Country. “I can see myself playing in that secondary. Going to the NFL has been my No. 1 goal since I was little, and I can do that with a school like Florida.”
The Gators are the team to beat for 4-star defensive end Malcolm Lamar (Seffner, Fla.) and 3-star linebacker Caleb Johnson (Columbus, Ga.), and both will visit Saturday.
UF is also expected to host 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore (IMG Academy) and 3-star running back Leddie Brown (Smyrna, Del.), who received an offer from the Gators last month.
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