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.
Top Targets: No. 1
This week, SEC Country is looking at Florida’s top five targets for the Class of 2018.
The Gators currently have eight verbal commitments and their class is ranked No. 36 nationally in the 247Sports composite. Offensive line, quarterback and receiver are the biggest remaining needs.
Here is Florida’s No. 1 overall target:
Five-star QB Justin Fields, Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison)
Florida’s chances: 40 percent
Biggest threat: Auburn
Last UF visit: June 21
In his words: “It’s a good school. Coach [Doug] Nussmeier is doing great things on offense. I saw them play against Tennessee last year. I like Coach McElwain. He just got there and they were the first coaching staff to make it to the SEC championship in their first two years. So I’m looking for big things in the future from them.”
The skinny: Florida’s quest for its quarterback of the future may end with Fields. The Gators began pursuing the Elite 11 finalist in January and offered him after he earned MVP honors at The Opening regional in Orlando. Since then, Fields has become one of the biggest names in the country and his recruiting process only intensified with his de-commitment from Penn State on June 6.
Fields visited Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Florida this past month, but the Gators were the only program that got his biological mother on campus. He also spent time during his trip with Steve Spurrier and new UF quarterback Malik Zaire. Fields plans to decide before the start of his senior season.
The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Fields is ranked the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite.
Justin Fields highlights
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