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Anthony Schwartz update
One item on Florida’s recruiting to-do list for September must now wait.
Anthony Schwartz, a 4-star wide receiver from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.), had been scheduled to announce his commitment at some point during this month.
Change of plans.
“I was thinking about committing … but now I kind of wanted to take a step back and take all the pressure off,” Schwartz said. “Now I’m looking at probably after the season.”
That’s the bad news for the Gators. However, they still hold the No. 1 spot on his leaderboard. Schwartz, a track star who will be a two-sport athlete in college, has been favoring Florida since the spring.
“I just feel like this is one of the best places I can do both my sports at,” Schwartz said of UF. “I can win and succeed in what I’m doing with both sports (at Florida).”
Schwartz said Auburn and Florida will “definitely” receive official visits, and he would also like to make return trips to Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.
Schwartz on Florida’s win
The 6-foot, 172-pound speedster was in attendance for the Florida-Tennessee game Saturday with a pair of his teammates, 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. and 4-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield.
Schwartz said he read Tennessee’s defense before the final play and knew Gators wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland would score a touchdown once he saw the route he was running.
“I’m like, ‘If he runs a post it’s going to be open.’ … (Feleipe Franks) just threw it deep and it was 1-on-1,” Schwartz recalled. “I like running those home-run posts. I can see myself running that exact route.”
So can Florida coach Jim McElwain and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II. That was their message Saturday to Schwartz, the current World Youth U18 record holder in the 100m (10.15 seconds).
The staff isn’t stressing over Schwartz’ delayed decision, either.
“They told me they don’t have receivers with my speed who can just flat out run, where you just throw it up and they’re going to get there,” Schwartz said of his conversation with McElwain & Co. “They’re letting me make my own moves (with recruiting). They said I can come in now, but I decide to wait until signing day, they still want me.”
Schwartz is ranked the nation’s No. 34 wide receiver and No. 171 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite. He liked what he saw from Florida’s offense Saturday, especially the play of true freshmen Malik Davis and Kadarius Toney.
“The offense played a much better game,” Schwartz said. “They were able to move the ball easier. Now that they got the first-game jitters out, a lot of new faces and a new quarterback, I feel like they did a lot better this time.
“It’s a good impression because I know they’re not scared to play the young guys. They’re going to be play the best available. If the best player is a freshman, they’re going to play them.”
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