GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain and his staff are looking to close strong after taking some hits recently on the recruiting trail.
The coaches will be on the road for two more days and then host several official visitors this weekend before the dead period begins Dec. 12.
The Gators currently have 13 verbal commitments and will try to land at least 10 more before National Signing Day, including a few more prospects at their positions of need (cornerback, defensive tackle and linebacker).
Here’s our latest mock class for UF.
* indicates current commit
** indicates commit who will enroll early
* 3-star quarterback Jake Allen (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- Allen now has a 3-star rating in the 247Sports Composite after falling in the Rivals rankings. He will compete for the Class 7A state championship on Friday against Plant.
Running back (2)
* 3-star running back Malik Davis (Tampa, Fla.)
4-star running back Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, Fla.)
- Davis earned his fourth star from Rivals after record-setting senior season, though he’s still a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. There’s a strong chance that Lemons, a former commit, will still sign with UF.
— adarius zabri lemons (@adariuslemons) December 7, 2016
Wide receiver (2)
* 4-star wide receiver Daquon Green (Tampa, Fla.)
4-star wide receiver James Robinson (Lakeland, Fla.)
- Green will compete in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2. Robinson, who plans to officially visit the Gators in January, is their best bet at landing a second receiver.
Tight end (2)
** 4-star tight end Kemore Gamble (Miami)
* 3-star tight end Zech Byrd (Millbrook, Ala.)
- Bryd and Gamble are both solid commits to Florida. Gamble, an early enrollee, will compete in the Class 8A state championship game on Saturday against Dr. Phillips.
Offensive line (2)
4-star offensive tackle Navaughn Donaldson (Miami)
** 4-star offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort (Miami)
- Telfort appears to have shored up his commitment and will officially visit the Gators this weekend. McElwain & Co. conducted an in-home visit Tuesday with Donaldson, who’s currently a Miami commit.
Had a great time sitting down and talking with the coaching staff at Florida pic.twitter.com/Chs9xJ1Sgl
— Navaughn Donaldson (@JD_55RB) December 7, 2016
Defensive line (4)
* 4-star defensive end Zachary Carter (Tampa, Fla.)
3-star defensive tackle Cory Durden (Newberry, Fla.)
3-star defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.)
3-star defensive end Jordan Wright (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- Florida is desperate for defensive tackles following the decommitments Javier Edwards and Fred Hansard. Edwards, a junior college transfer, could still end up in the class. The staff is trying to flip Durden, a Florida State commit who lives just outside of Gainesville.
4-star linebacker Rahyme Johnson (Los Angeles)
** 3-star James Houston (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
* 3-star Ventrell Miller (Lakeland, Fla.)
- The coaching change at Oregon should help Florida’s chances with Johnson. UF is expected to receive his final official visit. Despite the recruiting efforts of Wisconsin and his trip there on Oct. 29, Houston is sticking with the Gators.
Defensive back (5)
* 4-star cornerback Elijah Blades (Pasadena, Calif.)
** 3-star cornerback Shawn Davis (Miami)
* 4-star cornerback Marco Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
4-star cornerback C.J. Henderson (Miami)
4-star cornerback Brad Stewart (New Orleans)
4-star safety Tray Bishop (Dawson, Ga.)
- This position hasn’t changed since our first projections for Florida’s class. Bishop, an Auburn commit, has decided to play safety in college and is trending toward UF and UGA. If the Gators can’t flip him, look for them to pursue former Miami commit Brian Edwards (Miramar, Fla.), who hosted area recruiter Randy Shannon for an in-home visit Monday.
— ?️Brian Edwards3️⃣ (@TallJitt1) December 6, 2016
** 3-star athlete Kadarius Toney
- Toney received a visit from running back coach Tim Skipper on Tuesday. He will officially visit Florida this weekend and enroll early in January.
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite.