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Dameon Pierce visiting
Gators commit Dameon Pierce has attended every Florida home game this season, and that streak won’t end Saturday.
The 4-star running back from Bainbridge, Ga., will be on hand when the Gators host UAB. Pierce appears to be solid with his pledge despite Jim McElwain’s departure and the team’s 3-6 record.
The top-200 overall prospect is still recruiting others to join him in Florida’s 2018 class and continues to communicate with UF commits. Pierce committed on Aug. 3 after visiting the school twice in one week.
Two factors have kept Pierce solid amid Florida’s coaching change and losing season.
No. 1 is his relationship with primary recruiter and Gators running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider. They have a close bond and Seider is the most likely assistant to remain on staff, something Pierce is probably aware of and/or has been told.
Another factor is playing time. The Gators will have a deep backfield next season, but Pierce believes he can crack the rotation and make an impact as a true freshman after seeing Malik Davis get that opportunity in 2017.
Last month, Pierce told SEC Country he plans to enroll early at Florida.
“I feel comfortable and I feel at home with this place. My mom likes it. My family likes it,” Pierce said. “Most people might not like the Florida Gators because they’re FSU fans or whatever, but they like the decision I made. It’s a great decision overall and it feels good. I’m comfortable with it.”
Matt Corral update
Gators QB commit Matt Corral plans to officially visit Alabama this weekend and will take a trip to Florida on Nov. 25.
His father, Peter Corral, spoke to SEC Country about the upcoming visits and where things stand with his son’s recruiting process (read more).
SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner reported Thursday that while Alabama will host Corral and has interest in him, Emory Jones is the school’s No. 1 target at this time.
The Ohio State QB commit is expected to make a final decision between the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide before the early signing period.
“Despite the ramped up communication with Corral, Alabama is still waiting to see what 4-star Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones does. He remains the priority target. Corral doesn’t have a spot in the Tide’s class until Jones makes up his mind on whether he wants to flip from the Buckeyes.
And, to be clear, Alabama hasn’t given Jones an ultimatum on when he has to let the coaching staff know if he wants to commit or not. The Tide are going to wait for Jones to make his decision before deciding on a backup option.”
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