GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida hosted more than a dozen recruits Saturday, highlighted by Deangelo Gibbs.
It was UF’s first time receiving a visit from the five-star cornerback out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.
“The trip exceeded my expectations,” Gibbs said. “It went real well. I saw things I had never seen before at any other school. I’d have to rate this visit a nine. Nothing’s perfect. If it was perfect, I would have a committed.
“But the visit helped Florida’s chances a lot. I never had a chance to come down before. So it was great finally getting to see the campus, check out the facilities and just be around the coaches and players.”
The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder watched the Gators’ first scrimmage of the spring. He liked the way their defense played and saw something that appealed to him.
“The practice was very, very organized,” Gibbs said. “A lot of players knew what to do and you could see how well coached they are. It was a back-and-forth scrimmage.
“I thought the defense did really good. Their (starters) are talented players. They just need a little depth behind them, especially in the secondary.”
That’s what Florida has been selling Gibbs on. His recruitment is a collaborative effort by UF coach Jim McElwain, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, linebackers coach Randy Shannon and director of player personnel Drew Hughes.
“Pretty much the whole staff is recruiting me,” Gibbs said. “They all tell me I’m needed and there’s a great opportunity for me to play. I saw that at practice.”
Gibbs, the nation’s No. 2 cornerback and No. 10 overall player, is intrigued about the possibility of playing for what he called ‘DBU.’
“It fits me perfectly,” he said. “They produce elite DB’s and put them in the league. They just have a lot of success, and making it to the NFL is my goal.”
Gibbs has previously visited Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee, but claims no leaders at this point.
“I’m wide open,” he said. “I probably won’t decide until later on, maybe after the season.”
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