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5-star CB Derek Stingley Jr., names top 3
Florida survived another round of cuts Monday for 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.
The top-50 recruit from Dunham School (Baton Rouge, La.) named a top 3 of Florida LSU and Texas. He had also been strongly considering Georgia, Michigan and Stanford.
Those programs may still be able to get Stingley on campus for and official visit, but the Gators, Longhorns and in-state Tigers have separated from the pack.
— Derek Stingley Jr. (@JrStingley) May 7, 2018
Florida was able to cement itself as a finalist last month. Stingley attended the Gators’ spring game and said the visit “bumped them up higher” on his leaderboard.
“It was a nice spring game and there wasn’t a point during the day that I was bored,” Stingley told SEC Country. “I just like the environment. I mean, that was a spring game and it was still loud. I was just trying to imagine for a full game with over 90,000 people.”
If Florida is able to get him back on campus for a game this fall, it will likely be his third trip of the year. Stingley is planning to make second stop in Gainesville this summer for an official visit, and that will happen “sometime in the next month or so” according to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman.
Stingley took an official visit to Texas last weekend. E.J. Holland of 247Sports reports the Longhorns were “running third in his recruitment” prior to his trip and have some work to do.
LSU will receive an official visit from Stingley as well, and he explained to Spiegelman how the Tigers have continued to pepper their lead for him.
“They’ve been the same,” Stingley said. “I wouldn’t blame them for that because they’re doing the right thing. You know, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. They keep doing the same things — communication, relationships and always showing me that I’m the guy for them and how I can fit in.”
For the Gators to pull off the upset, they need a great official visit and probably get him back in The Swamp during the season. With LSU coach Ed Orgeron on the hot seat, Stingley could grow concerned about the Tigers if they struggle in 2018.
Cornerback is one of Florida’s biggest needs in the 2019 class, and the coaches are selling Stingley on the opportunity to play early.
“They tell me how they have two really good cornerbacks now and they would be juniors if I came here as a freshman,” Stingley said. “They were talking about how I would fit in. Me being a big corner, they can use me as a press guy to eliminate someone or I can be a guy that knows how to use zone coverages. They said I would be perfect for that.”
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Stingley is ranked the nation’s No. 2 cornerback and No. 25 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite.
News & notes
- Stingley had an incredible performance last week in the The Opening Dallas regional, an annual summer combine by Nike for the nation’s top high school football recruits. Stingley won defensive back MVP and posted impressive numbers, testing in the 99th percentile for the 40-yard dash (4.3 seconds), power ball toss (43.5 feet) and vert jump (42 inches).
- The nation’s No. 3-ranked tight end, Keon Zipperer from Lakeland, Fla., showed some love to the Gators on Monday, tweeting a photo of himself and family members from one of his recent visits. Florida is considered one of his top schools along with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Miami.
It's not just about me it's about US 🐊 pic.twitter.com/ArdnMz7ByR
— K e o n (@_KeonZ) May 7, 2018
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