“Zach’s Mail Stack” is a weekly mailbag with SEC Country reporter Zach Abolverdi, who has covered Florida Gators recruiting since 2010. This week Abolverdi analyzes how Hurricane Irma will impact Florida’s recruiting turnout for the Tennessee game Saturday.
How many visitors is Florida having this week vs Tennessee? Need to pack the swamp out, to get those recruits to come to Florida!
— Big Hoss (@chriscoots1) September 13, 2017
Abolverdi: This is an important recruiting weekend for the Gators, but the South end-zone bleachers may not fill the way they usually do for the rivalry game with Tennessee.
Hurricane Irma devastated Florida last weekend and the state is still recovering from the damage. Many would-be visitors won’t be able to travel because of the storm’s impact.
That being said, some big names will still make their way to Gainesville. A pair of Florida’s top targets, 4-star offensive lineman William Barnes and 4-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, plan to attend the game Saturday.
Three Gators commits who were in the path of Irma — defensive backs Amari Burney, Randy Russell and Divaad Wilson — will also be on hand for the Florida-Tennessee game. SEC Country will have a visitor preview Friday once plans are finalized.
Is Jalen Hall a legitimate possibility? Plus is Coynis Miller somebody we should expect in the class?
— Blayne (@blaynebutler66) September 13, 2017
Abolverdi: Jalen Hall is rated a 5-star wide receiver and ranked No. 5 nationally at his position in the 247Sports Composite. Considering his recruiting status and location, the Gators have a ton of ground to make up on Hall.
However, he’s going to give Florida consideration because of Matt Corral‘s commitment. They are teammates at Long Beach Poly High School in California. Hall plans to visit Gainesville at some point with Corral, but the Gators must knock that trip out of the park to pull off the recruiting upset.
As for Coynis Miller, a 4-star defensive tackle from Birmingham, Ala., Florida has been his top school since the summer and still holds the edge. Alabama and Auburn are his other leaders, so it won’t be easy for the Gators to pull Miller out of the state.
That being said, they’ve signed four Alabama prospects in the last two recruiting cycles. I have Miller in Florida’s mock class for the time being, but my confident level on that prediction is only 50 percent.
Chances we keep Corral and actually sign him?
— Brandon Mallory (@Brandon_Mallory) September 13, 2017
Abolverdi: With Corral’s stellar play so far this season and Florida’s offensive performance in the season opener, I understand why some Florida fans wanted to be assured that he’ll stick with the Gators.
No recruit is ever a “lock” to a school, even the ones who’ve already made their decisions. Recruiting do not end until pen hits paper on National Signing Day — and the faxes come through the machine.
However, Corral is not a commit Gator Nation needs to worry about. He is fully committed to the school, the staff and the football program. At this point, it would take a coaching change for him to even consider going elsewhere.