As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is ‘recruit daily or die.’ Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
UF staff sees priority prospects
The Gators have visited some of their top targets this week, including one recruit who’s about to announce his decision.
Florida coach Jim McElwain, defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and secondary coach Torrian Gray conducted an in-home visit Wednesday night with 4-star safety Devon Hunter (Chesapeake, Va.).
Hunter officially visited UF last weekend and will decide between the Gators and Virginia Tech on Friday. The in-state Hokies are the favorite to land the U.S. Army All-American.
Shannon also met with 4-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on Wednesday. The Michigan pledge is scheduled to visit Florida on Jan. 27.
A trio of Maryland defensive tackle commits — Cam Spence and twin brothers Brandon and Breyon Gaddy — received visits from UF coaches Wednesday as well as 4-star DT Elijah Conliffe, who will take a trip to Florida this weekend.
Heading To Gainesville Tomorrow ??. pic.twitter.com/5pIusT8Q2p
— Elijah Conliffe (@ElijahPrime) January 19, 2017
McElwain, Gray and running backs Tim Skipper conducted an in-home visit Thursday with 4-star cornerback Brad Stewart (New Orleans). He’s visiting Arkansas this weekend and UF on Jan. 27.
Gray and Skipper also saw 4-star cornerback Elijah Blades (Pasadena, Calif.). Nebraska will host the Gators commit on an official visit this weekend.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II spent Thursday visiting top WR target James Robinson (Lakeland, Fla.) and Florida WR pledge Daquon Green (Tampa, Fla.).
Another visit from the Guys ??? pic.twitter.com/uTkrorIpOR
— DaQuon Green (@iamDG7) January 19, 2017
Gators also focusing on underclassmen
Not all of Florida’s recruiting efforts have been geared toward the Class of 2017.
McElwain and director of player personnel Drew Hughes spent the early part of Thursday visiting several underclassmen in the Sunshine State.
They visited 2018 5-star running back Lorenzo Lingard (Orange City, Fla.), 2018 defensive end Stacy Kirby (Orlando, Fla.), 2019 Gators defensive back commit Jaleel McRae (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) and 2020 athlete Avantae Williams (Deland, Fla.).
McElwain and Hughes also stopped by Cocoa High School.
— Hubb (@Biggtrucks5) January 19, 2017
— Elizabeth Strople (@CoachStrople) January 19, 2017
It's starting to become an annual tradition now. Coach Mac coming with me to visit some Gator/Blazer fans at a barbershop in Cocoa, FL. pic.twitter.com/Ykv9UOy0Q0
— James Rowe (@CoachJamesRowe) January 20, 2017
News & Notes
- Florida RB commit Malik Davis (Tampa, Fla.) won the 77th annual Guy Toph award Thursday, given to Hillsborough County’s most outstanding football player.
— Malik Davis 2️⃣0️⃣ (@Campaign_Lik) January 19, 2017
- UF quarterback Jake Allen (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) released his senior highlights Thursday. He led St. Thomas Aquinas to its third straight Class 7A state championship in 2016.
— Jake Allen (@Jakeallen_14) January 20, 2017
- The Gators extended offers Thursday to 2018 athlete Sevyn Banks (Orlando, Fla.) and 2020 athlete Dominick Hill (Orlando, Fla.).
Blessed Beyond thought to receive a dream School SEC offer to the University of Florida????? pic.twitter.com/9ueQThAaST
— Sevyn Banks7️⃣ (@BanksNiko) January 19, 2017
— D.Hill #11 (@Be_Great_Hill) January 20, 2017
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