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4-star cornerback Chester Kimbrough named Florida his leader on Saturday.

Florida recruiting: Gators improve standing with multiple spring-game visitors

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The Gators didn’t land any commitments over the weekend, but they improved their standing with several visitors who were in attendance at the Orange & Blue Game.

Derek Stingley Jr., a 5-star cornerback from Baton Rouge, La., named Florida in his top 6 last month with Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and Texas.

Stingley moved the Gators up his leaderboard Saturday.

“It was a nice spring game and there was no point during the day when I was bored. I got to see everything I wanted to see,” Stingley told SEC Country. “It helps out their case really good. This is my first game here, so getting to see all that bumped them up higher.”

Another cornerback from Louisiana — 4-star recruit Chester Kimbrough — was on commitment watch this past weekend. He didn’t pull the trigger while in Gainesville, but the New Orleans product named Florida his No. 1 school.

“Florida has always been in the picture for me because of their past history. They’re my leader right now,” Kimbrough said. “I’m just going to wait [on deciding] until I go through the process. … Coach [Dan] Mullen told me whenever I’m ready to jump on board, just tell him and he’s going to make it happen.”

Florida also took the lead for 3-star cornerback Cordale Flott (Saraland, Ala.), according to John Garcia of 247Sports. Flott couldn’t attend the spring game because of he had to take the SAT, so he visited campus Friday and moved the Gators ahead of Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Former Florida commit Tyrique Stevenson, a top-100 defensive back from Miami, made a surprise trip to the game. The Gators improved their chances with him as well.

“It was pretty exciting and pretty great,” Stevenson said of his visit. “I saw the vibe and I liked it. It just feels better. I got an even better vibe than I got when I was committed. It just opened my eyes up to a lot.”

The Gators also established themselves as a finalist for 4-star running back/wide receiver Mark-Antony Richards, a top-50 overall athlete from West Palm Beach, Fla. He plans to return to Florida for an official visit.

“I just wanted to hear what they had to say and give them an opportunity like I give every other school. They took advantage of that. Florida is up there for me now,” Antony-Richards said. “My top 10 is coming out this summer, but they’re a school that will be up there.”

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