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Florida set to host CB Derek Stingley Jr.
The new No. 1 cornerback in the country, Derek Stingley Jr., will be back on Florida’s campus in less than 10 days.
The 5-star recruit from Dunham School (Baton Rouge, La.) has scheduled his official visit for June 1, according to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman. It will be Stingley’s second trip to Gainesville in less than two months.
The 6-foot-1, 194-pound cornerback attended the Orange & Blue Game on April 14. Stingley said the visit helped Florida’s case “really good” and he named the Gators in his top 3 earlier this month, along with LSU and Texas.
“It’s been the same, but that’s good,” Stingley said this week when asked if anything has changed with his finalists. “What they’ve been doing, they’ve been doing it right. There’s no need to change something like that.”
Florida running backs coach Greg Knox is the area recruiter for Stingley and attended his spring game last week. Coach Dan Mullen and cornerbacks coach Charlton Warren are also in communication with the nation’s No. 17 overall recruit in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings.
“It’s been more personal,” Stingley said of Florida’s recruiting efforts. “They ask how me and my family is doing. They’re telling me stuff about what they have to offer and their four-year plan. I guess the biggest thing is being able to get ready for the future and how they can have me set for life.”
Stingley officially visited Texas on May 3 and plans to make his decision this summer. The former LSU commit said the hometown Tigers still hold the edge in his recruitment heading into the home stretch.
“They don’t need to do anything else,” Stingley said of the Tigers. “They’ve been building up that relationship for three years. There’s nothing more they have to offer.”
CB Jaden Davis may push back decision
July 18 is the commitment date for 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis — for now.
The top-250 overall prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) would like to have recruiting process wrapped up this summer, but told SEC Country that may be difficult after his spring visits to Clemson, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Penn State.
“I might have to push it back,” Davis said of his upcoming decision. “I wanted to get everything over with by my birthday and be able to focus on my high school season. But with everything that’s came up, I don’t know.
“That should still be the date … but campuses I’ve been visiting have really opened my eyes. This spring really hasn’t cleared things up. It actually made it a lot harder. Coaches that never used to talk to me really started to get on me.”
Davis said Florida recently picked up its pursuit, along with South Carolina and Louisville. The 5-10, 166-pound cornerback has been speaking every week with Gators wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales, his area recruiter.
Davis was in Gainesville last Saturday for the cookout and also spent quality time with secondary coaches Warren and Ron English, who received a pie to the face from Davis and fellow cornerback Chris Steele.
“We got Coach English,” Davis said with a laugh. “We had a little bit of fun. It shows me that the coaches are real and it’s not just a front. Some colleges can put on a front and when you get on campus, it’s something else. I was talking to players that go to Florida and they were saying this is exactly how those guys are 24/7. They’re real people.
“I got to really bond with them. I like the fact that we were able to come up to a barbecue and just talk man-to-man. We talked about stuff other than football, just relationships and family. That was another great thing about this visit. Florida is one of my high options, and I’m really thinking about them.”
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