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Recruiting weekend for Florida
The Gators will host five official visitors this weekend.
The top prospect coming to town is Justin Watkins, a 4-star wide receiver from East Ridge High School (Clermont, Fla). Florida has emerged as the favorite for Watkins after he postponed his decision between Alabama and LSU.
Florida coach Dan Mullen and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider had an in-home visit with Watkins last Friday. The Under Armour All-American grew up a half hour away from Gainesville and will be on commitment watch this weekend.
The Gators will get their shot with Maryland cornerback commit Noah Boykin and Miami defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera. Mullen and his assistants conducted in-home visits with both prospects this week.
Florida has a better chance to flip Boykin than Silvera, who has been committed to the Hurricanes for almost a year. Boykin visited other schools during the fall and does not appear to be solid with his pledge.
The Gators will also host a pair of pass rushers from Georgia in Caleb Johnson and Caleb Tannor. Both prospects could play outside linebacker in Florida’s 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Tannor is a former Georgia commit and fresh off his trip to Nebraska, while Johnson officially visited UGA last weekend and has Auburn scheduled for Jan. 26.
UF targets visiting elsewhere
Alabama is hosting 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, and 3-star defensive end Malik Langham. Petit-Frere and Langham will officially visit Florida next weekend.
The UF staff saw all five prospects this week. Barnes, Montilus and Lovett plan to officially visit Florida, while Bush and Beal are considering a trip to Gainesville.
Florida State plays host to 4-star defensive end/linebacker Andrew Chatfield, and Auburn defensive tackle commit Coynis Miller travels to Oregon. Miller plans to visit Florida on Feb. 2 and the Gators will likely land an official from Chatfield, as well.
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