GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The home stretch of the recruiting season is upon us with the first weekend of the January contact period.
The Florida football program welcomed seven official visitors this weekend, including a pair of top-100 prospects.
SEC Country will provide analysis and updates on the visitors Sunday. Check the bottom of this story throughout the afternoon and evening for the latest on their trips.
Here’s an overview of the recruits who came to campus.
4-star safety Devon Hunter, Chesapeake, Va
Hunter planned to commit to Virginia Tech on Christmas Eve, but he pushed back his decision so he could officially visit the Gators. This weekend was their chance to sway him before his Jan. 20 announcement.
4-star WR James Robinson, Lakeland, Fla.
Florida led for Robinson in the spring and summer, but Oklahoma made a move on him during the fall. The Gators are hoping to regain their lead before he take trips to Alabama and Ole Miss.
4-star LB Levi Jones, Austin, Texas
Jones is a top target for UF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who has a longstanding relationship with the family. He’s scheduled to visit Southern Cal and Florida State this month.
4-star CB Elijah Blades, Pasadena, Calif. (Florida commit)
Blades repeatedly has claimed he’s solid with the Gators, though there’s concerns about him leaving the class. Georgia, Nebraska and USC are trying to flip him, so UF will try to shore up his commitment with this trip.
4-star DT Cam Spence, Washington, D.C. (Maryland commit)
Florida needs to land at least two more defensive tackles in the Class of 2017, and Spence has emerged as a potential option. He’s been open to other schools despite being committed to the Terrapins for nine months.
3-star LB Ventrell Miller, Lakeland, Fla. (Florida commit)
Miller joined Florida’s class in the summer and has been 100 percent committed to the Gators since that decision. He likely spent this weekend trying to recruit Robinson, a fellow Lakeland product.
3-star CB Eric Stokes, Covington, Ga
Despite three commitments from defensive backs, UF isn’t done adding recruits to the secondary for 2017. Stokes last visited Florida in July, when he worked out at Friday Night Lights. He has upcoming trips to UGA and Ole Miss.