GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Orange & Blue Debut produced one commitment for Florida, and more may be on the way in the coming weeks and months.
The Gators landed three-star Miami tight end Kemore Gamble after Friday’s spring game. Another 305 product could soon follow suit.
Miami cornerback commit Chris Henderson joined Gamble in Gainesville, their second visit to UF in three weeks, along with cornerback Shawn Davis.
A flip from the hometown Hurricanes to Florida seems inevitable for Henderson now, and the Gators are likely the favorite for Davis as well. Though Davis and Henderson are rated three-star recruits, they both hold offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and Southern Cal, among others.
Another South Florida prospect, four-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, is close to pulling the trigger for the Gators as well. UF has been his No. 1 school for several months, so he was on commitment watch during the spring game.
Herbert didn’t make a public pledge to Florida, but is closer to joining the 2017 class and teaming up with quarterback commit Jake Allen, whom he played with at Cardinal Gibbons before both transferred to separate high schools in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Allen is also recruiting Kendarian Handy-Holly, a three-star safety from Jackson, Ala. Handy-Holly, who lists the Gators as his leader, attended the Orange & Blue Debut and told reporters afterward he came close to committing.
Swamp life with my guys? pic.twitter.com/hPqBO4zEVY
— Jake Allen (@Jakeallen_14) April 8, 2016
Gators will take another tight end
Handy-Holly wasn’t the only Alabama recruit on hand Friday.
Zech Byrd made his first UF visit for the spring game and was impressed by the performance of fellow Alabama tight end C’yontai Lewis, who caught five passes for 79 yards (both game-highs) and a touchdown.
“They use the tight end a lot. I like what what they’re doing on offense,” Bryd said after the game.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Byrd has been recruited by the Gators for more than a year and will return for another visit. Despite being unrated in the 247Sports Composite at this time, Byrd holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Ole Miss, among others.
With the Gators pursuing Byrd as well as Tre’ McKitty, their No. 1 tight end target, they will take a second prospect at the position in addition to Gamble.
Thank god for this experience ?? pic.twitter.com/XYxEZDbw18
— Zechariah Byrd (@zechz_world_) April 9, 2016
Nation’s No. 1 recruit visits Florida
The biggest name in attendance for the Orange & Blue Debt was five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit for 2018.
The 6-foot-6, 196-pounder from Cartersville, Ga., took a three-day trip to UF with his parents and told 247Sports the visit surprised him “in a good way.”
It remains to be seen just how much ground the Gators gained on Lawrence, who previously had a top three of Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. He plans to decide on a school by the end of this summer.
Had a great visit at Florida! ?????? pic.twitter.com/Lt2Ecnn6FX
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) April 9, 2016
Georgia LB hangs with five-star UF signee
Like Byrd and Lawrence, three-star linebacker Tyler Taylor also made his first trip to Florida on Friday.
During the spring game, he met up with another recruit from Georgia: 2016 five-star defensive end Antonneous Clayton. Clayton and Taylor are good friends, and the UF signee has been talking up the Gators to him since they offered in late February.
Some of Taylor’s other offers include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The in-state Bulldogs are currently considered the favorite for him.
— Tyler Taylor 8⃣ (@tylertaylor8) April 9, 2016