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Which UA All-Americans does Florida have the best chance with
— Hector Rodriguez (@Hector_Baseball) January 2, 2018
The 2018 Under Armour All-America Game has finally arrived.
More than 100 of the nation’s top high school players will face off at 6 p.m. ET Thursday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. ESPN will broadcast the game.
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) January 4, 2018
Florida commit Richard Gouraige is also playing in the game, but the 4-star offensive tackle did not ink with the Gators during the early signing period. He plans to officially visit Auburn and Clemson this month.
In addition to Gouraige, the Gators are in contention for 10 more unsigned recruits in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Their top overall target is Nicholas Petit-Frere. Florida is considered one of his top schools, but the 5-star offensive tackle is still deciding on his last three official visits. If the Gators can land one of those trips, they’ll have a great shot with Petit-Frere.
Top-100 wide receiver Jacob Copeland is another top target for the Gators. They will receive his last official visit on Feb. 2 and there’s a strong chance the former Florida commit will rejoin the class on National Signing Day. Alabama, Tennessee and Texas A&M are other contenders for Copeland.
Anthony Schwartz is expected to commit to Auburn during the game Thursday night, but the 4-star receiver may still visit Florida this month. Top-150 wide receiver Justin Watkins will officially visit UF on Jan. 12 and 4-star receivers Justyn Ross and Tommy Bush are also considering trips to Florida.
The Gators have already secured visits from a pair of All-America linebackers. Alabama commit Quay Walker officially visits on Jan. 12 and Kentucky commit Xavier Peters will be in Gainesville the following weekend.
Auburn defensive tackle commit Coynis Miller and top-50 overall cornerback Olaijah Griffin are both planning to visit Florida on Feb. 2, which is shaping up to be a huge recruiting weekend for UF coach Dan Mullen and his staff.