GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain and his staff will hit the recruiting trail in full force Thursday for the start of the contact period.
McElwain made his way to Cocoa (Fla.) to check in on UF offensive guard commit Jawaan Taylor. He’ll then head to Birmingham (Ala.) Hoover for an in-home visit with Gators linebacker commit Jeremiah Moon.
Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins will also spend the day in Alabama. On Thursday morning, he stopped by Montgomery (Ala.) Carver to see UF cornerback commit Antonio Nelson and five-star recruit Lyndell Wilson, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker (see latest update). Collins will also visit Gators pledge and Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing safety Jeawon Taylor, who plans to officially visit Georgia this weekend with Wilson (see latest update).
Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and three assistants (Kerry Dixon II, Chris Rumph and Randy Shannon) will all travel together Thursday to visit two brothers as well as two sets of teammates.
The nation’s No. 3 wide receiver, Nate Craig-Myers of Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, will be seen by Nussmeier & Co. along with former Gators cornerback commit Jayvaughn Myers of Dade City (Fla.) Pasco. This weekend the four-star brothers are officially visiting Auburn, the school they told SEC Country is most likely to land both of them.
The four UF coaches will visit Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage to see defensive end Brian Burns (see latest update) and tight end Nick Eubanks (see latest update). They’ll also stop by Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland for Florida defensive end commit Jachai Polite and offensive tackle Marcus Tatum, who committed to Tennessee on Monday. The Gators are still trying to get Tatum to officially visit UF this weekend with Polite.
Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper traveled to Louisiana on Thursday to visit a pair of four-star prospects — cornerback Kristian Fulton of Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel and tight end Jamal Pettigrew of New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine. Both are scheduled to officially visit UF on Jan. 29.
Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers headed to Mount Dora (Fla.) on Thursday morning to visit his future center, Brett Heggie, as well as Tatum.
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