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5-star running back Trey Sanders, a former Alabama commit, plans to visit Florida.

Florida recruiting: Which 5-star prospects are seriously considering Gators?

Zach Abolverdi

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The Class of 2019 has 29 recruits with 5-star ratings in the 247Sports composite, and the majority of them hold an offer from Florida.

There are six prospects in the top 30 nationally who have shown more interest in the Gators than others:

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Thousand Oaks, Calif.): The nation’s No. 1 overall recruit arrived Friday for his first trip to Florida and plans to return this fall on an official visit. Southern Cal is viewed as the frontrunner for Thibodeaux, but he’s willing to leave California for college and has legitimate interest in the Gators.

RB Trey Sanders (Bradenton, Fla.): Despite attending IMG Academy, Sanders is from the Sunshine State (Port St. Joe) and his mother roots for the Gators. The former Alabama commit has been in contact with Florida running backs coach Greg Knox and plans to visit Gainesville to meet the new staff. Florida State and Miami also are heavily involved.

WR Frank Ladson (Homestead, Fla.): Ladson committed to Florida a year ago this month but decided to re-open his recruitment after the coaching change. However, the state’s top receiver says he’s still high on the Gators and will return to campus soon. Clemson and Miami appear to be Florida’s biggest competition for Ladson.

LB Nakobe Dean (Horn Lake, Miss.): Dean is the nation’s No. 1-ranked inside linebacker and a top priority for Gators coach Dan Mullen and his staff. He will visit Florida this spring and speaks with multiple assistants on a daily basis, including linebackers coach Christian Robinson. Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss are other top contenders for Dean.

CB Derek Stingley Jr. (Baton Rouge, La.): The Gators have a huge need at cornerback in the 2019 class and Stingley sits near the top of their recruiting board. He named Florida as one of his six finalists this week and plans to officially visit. LSU leads for Stingley, but he says every school in his top 6 has a shot.

CB Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.): Steele is another elite corner with the Gators on his trail. He received an offer from Florida two months ago and communicates regularly with secondary coaches Ron English and Charlton Warren. Steele is scheduled to officially visit Florida on Sept. 8 and may take an additional trip in the spring or summer. He also is considering Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA and USC.