JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida held its first ever satellite camp Wednesday at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville.
UF coach Jim McElwain and his assistants traveled there together in the Gators’ luxury bus. Their top priority was recruiting and spending time with five-star cornerback Shaun Wade, an Ohio State commit.
Secondary coach Torrian Gray and running backs coach Tim Skipper have been working on Wade for several months, and they’re threatening to flip him from the Buckeyes.
“Me and Coach Gray are real close, I like Coach Gray,” Wade said. “We’ve been connecting a lot. Coach Skip and Coach Mac, I talked to them today. They really want me to be a Gator. That’s the big message.”
The Florida staff is selling Wade on replacing junior cornerback Jalen Tabor, who is projected to be a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
“They say I can come right in and take Tabor’s spot,” Wade said. “The playing time and the education, that’s the thing that stands out to me. I know they got good education, and the playing time is big, too.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder visited Ohio State last weekend and called his commitment to the Buckeyes “firm.”
“It was a great trip,” Wade said. “My parents came with me and we talked to coach (Urban) Meyer a lot. Our relationship got closer. I’m committed to Ohio State 100 percent.
“I’m still going to look around because I want what’s best for me. My parents still want me to look, so I’m going to do what they want to do.”
In addition to Florida and Ohio State, Wade said Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Southern Cal and UCLA are still recruiting him. But the only school other than UF that appears in position to flip to Wade is Alabama.
Wade will visit the Crimson Tide during a college tour with his 7v7 team.
“Alabama, I’m going up there to see about the playing time this week,” Wade said of Alabama. “They say they want me to be in their program. I know they have a nice program that wins national championships.”
Wade said he plans to take all five of his official visits between September and November, then make a final decision and early enroll at the school of his choice.
His recruitment will come down to academics and a staff’s relationship with his parents.
“Great education,” Wade said of the determining factor. “I really love school. That’s been big in my life. My parents have to trust the coaches. Those two things are big.”