TAMPA, Fla. — Florida may have found a new recruiting target for 2017.
The UF coaching staff was on hand Sunday for the satellite camp at Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Tampa, Fla.
DeMarco Artis, a 3-star linebacker/defensive end from Seminole, Fla., was one of 500 participants and worked out for coaches from several schools.
“Unbelievable experience,” Artis said. “It was blessing to be out there. I had a lot of fun, honestly.”
Artis, a former Kentucky commit with 31 offers, said the coach who gave him the most attention was Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
“He just kept putting me through drills,” Artis said. “He told me he really liked what I was doing and that I looked amazing. Then he pulled me aside and did more drills with me.”
Collins is the primary recruiter for Artis and evaluated him in the spring. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect also has visited Florida twice this year.
“They’ve been on me,” Artis said. “They haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but I feel like today helped. I showed them what I can do and that I’m able to play defensive end or linebacker. I can get after the passer or cover in space. Hopefully they’ll offer me soon.”
Artis said Central Florida, Ole Miss and Temple are the schools pursuing him the hardest. In addition to UF, he hopes to land offers from Arizona, Florida State, South Carolina and Southern Cal.
But no team has the potential to shakeup his recruitment more than the Gators.
“An offer from Florida would honestly mean a lot, it really would,” Artis said. “Gainesville is a nice environment and close to home. Florida has great coaches and a great team that’s on the up and up. I’d love to be part of Gator Nation and Swamp 17.”
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) June 12, 2016