Florida coaches hit recruiting trail for last day of contact period
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain and his staff could have stayed home Sunday after hosting nine official visitors this weekend and landing a commitment from one of them (4-star defensive end Jordan Smith).
But as McElwain likes to say, it’s “recruit daily or die” in the world of college football. He and all of his assistants hit the road Sunday for the final day of the contact period.
McElwain and linebackers coach Randy Shannon are traveling to Farmington (Mich.) to see linebacker David Reese, who decommitted from Michigan on Wednesday following an in-home visit with Shannon.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will visit Tampa (Fla.) Catholic wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers, while defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is heading to Alabama to visit three Montgomery prospects: 5-star linebacker Lyndell Wilson and Florida defensive back commits Antonio Nelson and Jeawon Taylor.
Another Alabama recruit, Gators running back pledge Lamical Perine of Theodore High School, will receive an in-home visit from his future position coach, Tim Skipper. Secondary coach Kirk Callahan is seeing Pasco (Fla.) Dade City cornerback Jayvaughn Myers, a former Florida commit.
Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II and defensive line coach Chris Rumph will check in on Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland teammates Jachai Polite and Marcus Tatum. Polite is committed to the Gators, and Tatum is one of their top offensive tackle targets.
Offensive line coach Mike Summers will pay a visit to Cocoa (Fla.) offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor, a Florida commit.