As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Florida’s recruitment of 5-star quarterback Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Ga.) has been well-documented, with a pair of UF coaches visiting him last Thursday.
However, Fields wasn’t the only Peach State passer seen by the staff last week. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier paid a visit to 5-star quarterback Emory Jones, an Ohio State commit from Franklin, Ga.
He landed an offer from Alabama in March and has several schools still after him. However, this past weekend Jones told Chad Simmons of Rivals.com that UF is in second place, which SEC Country has confirmed.
“If there was one (at No. 2), it would probably be Florida right now,” Jones told Rivals. “I’ve been in contact with them a lot. Coach Nuss, he came down and saw me throw this past Thursday. I just love what they do on offense. I just feel like they have great coaches who can develop me.”
The Gators have recently picked up their pursuit of Jones, and their rise in his recruitment is a reflection of that. Earlier this month, Jones told SEC Country he sees an opportunity for early playing time at UF.
“The depth at Florida isn’t that strong right now, so I feel like I could possibly go there and play early,” Jones said. “It’s definitely something that I’ve looked at.”
The Gators want to land an elite signal caller in the Class of 2018. Fields and Jones are the nation’s No. 1- and No. 2-ranked dual-threat quarterbacks, respectively, in the 247Sports composite.
Despite their commitments to other programs, Fields and Jones have emerged as Florida’s top targets at the position. Other options include former Kentucky commit Jarren Williams (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and 4-star QB Joe Milton (Orlando, Fla.), who appears to be favoring Michigan after his trip to Ann Arbor on April 15.
Williams de-committed from the Wildcats on Monday. He visited UF last month and the staff rolled out the red carpet for him, according to his coach. Alabama, Florida and LSU are recent offers he has landed.
News & notes
- Florida’s No. 1 running back target, Asa Martin from Decatur, Ala., received an offer Saturday from Alabama. He named the Gators his top team over Auburn last week, but now the Gators have another top program to contend with.
- Florida’s No. 1 wide receiver target, Jacob Copeland from Pensacola, Fla., visited Alabama on Saturday for its spring game and rode with Nick Saban to the stadium. The Gators have been considered the team to beat since Copeland eliminated Clemson, but he doesn’t plan on committing until the Under Armour All-America Game.
It was great spending the day with the man of the house❗️#RollTide?????? pic.twitter.com/dJEYTA15GJ
— Jacob Copeland ?? (@JCope5era) April 23, 2017
- Rick Sandidge, a 4-star defensive tackle from Concord, N.C., visited Florida on Saturday and spent the night in Gainesville.
Loving Florida ?
— Rick Sandidge (@rickyo_90) April 24, 2017
- Florida and 10 other schools made the cut Sunday for Jordan Miner, a 4-star cornerback from Tampa, Fla. Miner attended the Orange & Blue Debut on April 7.
Almost time to turn a dream into reality ⏳?? pic.twitter.com/x8nYpxGRu0
— Uno (@Jordanminer01) April 24, 2017
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