GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Jim McElwain first took over at Florida and started recruiting for the Gators, he vowed to get to “as many places as humanly possible” during the 2015 contact period.
He and his assistants are doing the same for the 2016 cycle.
After visiting a half-dozen Gators commits over the weekend and Monday, the UF coaching staff visited 21 high schools on Tuesday.
McElwain and running backs coach Tim Skipper attended the Theodore (Ala.) High School basketball game to cheer on RB commit Lamical Perine.
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Also during their day in Alabama, McElwain and Skipper checked out 2017 safety Kendarian Handy-Holly (Jackson), 2017 defensive end Ryan Johnson (Mobile St. Paul’s) and 2018 cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis, who received an offer from Florida.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, defensive line coach Chris Rumph and linebackers coach Randy Shannon were at the Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage basketball game to watch defensive end Brian Burns and tight end Nick Eubanks. The two teammates will officially visit UF this weekend.
Earlier in the day, Nussmeier was in Fort Lauderdale at St. Thomas Aquinas, home to Miami wide receiver commit Sam Bruce, Florida 2017 quarterback commit Jake Allen and 2017 five-star Trevon Grimes. Bruce also plans to visit the Gators this weekend, while Allen and Grimes will attend Florida’s Junior Day on Jan. 30.
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins traveled to Birmingham (Ala.) Hoover to visit UF linebacker commit Jeremiah Moon. He just visited Mississippi State but says he’s solid with the Gators.
Collins then made his way to the Peach State for Watkinsville Oconee County linebacker and UGA commit Jaleel Laguins, who was impressed by his Florida trip last weekend. Collins also visited four 2017 prospects in the state of Georgia — UGA linebacker commit Breon Dixon (Suwanee Peachtree Ridge), cornerbacks Deangelo Gibbs (Suwanee Grayson) and William Poole III (Atlanta Hapeville Charter) and defensive end M.J. Webb (Madison Morgan County).
Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon hit Miami high schools Gulliver Prep and Southridge, which features two 2017 wide receivers with offers from Florida (Kemore Gamble and Rodney Scott).
With UF short-staffed, quality control assistant Marquel Blackwell hit the road for the Gators and went to South Florida to visit FSU 2017 running back commit Zaquandre White (North Fort Myers) and 2017 wide receiver Darrian Felix (Fort Myers). Blackwell also attempted to see cornerback Tyler Byrd of Naples, but his high school coach would not let him speak with the Miami pledge.
Offensive line coach Mike Summers saw underclassmen in the Atlanta area, while tight ends coach Greg Nord visited four Tallahassee (Fla.) high schools — Leon, Lincoln, North Florida Christian and Rickards.