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Richard Gouraige hosts Auburn coaches
Auburn continues to make a push for Florida commit Richard Gouragie.
The 4-star offensive tackle from Tampa, Fla., had an in-home visit this week with a pair of Auburn assistants. The Tigers sent offensive line coach Herb Hand and running backs coach Tim Horton to meet with Gouriage, who is ranked the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle and No. 86 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
— RGll🥀🏳 (@richardg813) December 6, 2017
Gouraige committed to Florida on Oct. 20 in an exclusive SEC Country video, choosing the Gators over Clemson and more than 35 other offers. UF offensive line coach Brad Davis served as his primary recruiter and their relationship kept Gouraige on board during Florida’s coaching transition and tumultuous 2017 season.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman is still committed to the Gators and told SEC Country he likes new Florida coach Dan Mullen. Gouraige had an in-home visit last week with Davis and assistant coach John Hevesy. Despite Davis still being on staff, the Tigers have been trending for the Under Armour All-American since he attended the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25.
“It’s an eye-opener after this game,” Gouraige told SEC Country following the Tigers’ 26-14 win over Alabama.
Gouraige last visited Florida for the LSU game on Oct. 7. He isn’t signing early and won’t be a mid-year enrollee, so Auburn has two more months to gain ground on the Gators before National Signing Day in February.
Both schools will receive official visits from Gouraige, who may also take trips to Clemson and LSU.
Florida goes in-home with Anthony Schwartz
The nation’s fastest recruit received an in-home visit from the Gators on Wednesday night.
Anthony Schwartz, a 4-star wide receiver from Plantation, Fla., met with Florida assistant Ja’Juan Seider. The Under Amour All-American was one of five American Heritage players seen by the staff Wednesday.
Had a great in home visit with Florida🐊 @coachseider
— Anthony Schwartz (@anthony_flash10) December 7, 2017
Schwartz began favoring Florida in the spring and made plans to end his recruitment in September. He attended the Florida-Tennessee matchup on Sept. 16 and told SEC Country after the game that he was postponing his decision until December. However, he said the Gators still had the edge for his services.
That changed last month when Schwartz named Auburn his top school after attending the Iron Bowl.
“The 10-hour drive was worth it. That was one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen,” Schwartz told SEC Country afterward.
At the time, Florida didn’t have a head coach and Schwartz said he wasn’t sure if the new staff would allow him to run track and play football. Schwartz is the current World Youth U18 record holder in the 100-meter dash (10.15 seconds) and has Olympics aspirations, so he wants to be a two-sport athlete in college.
Florida’s track program holds the advantage over the Tigers, but Auburn’s football team is in much better shape right now than the Gators. However, the Mullen hire should help their cause because his offense is a perfect fit for Schwartz. He has been clocked at 4.27 in the 40-yard dash and Mullen will showcase that speed in his spread system.
Schwartz narrowed his recruitment to Auburn and Florida in October. Both schools will likely host him for an official visit before he decides. The 6-foot, 172-pound Schwartz is ranked the nation’s No. 28 wide receiver and No. 153 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
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