Florida recruiting: Most likely flip candidates for Gators
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How will this class finish, and who do you think we flip?
— Luca Brasi (@I_Am_TheGifted) January 8, 2018
If the Gators can land top targets such as 4-star offensive lineman William Barnes and 4-star wide receivers Jacob Copeland and Justin Watkins, I think they have the potential to finish with a top-10 class.
New Florida coach Dan Mullen has already poached a few players from other programs.
He and his staff flipped quarterback Emory Jones (Ohio State), offensive lineman Noah Banks (Arkansas) and Chris Bleich (UCLA) and kicker Evan McPherson (Mississippi State) ahead of the early signing period.
Florida still has a few more targets who are committed elsewhere. The most likely flip candidate is Alabama linebacker pledge Quay Walker, who is wavering on that decision despite the Crimson Tide’s latest national championship.
The Under Armour All-American will give the Gators his final official visit on Feb. 2, but UF has ground to make up on Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. At this time, the Bulldogs are the biggest threat to the Crimson Tide. Walker visits Tennessee this weekend and will then check out UGA (Jan. 19) and Auburn (Jan. 26) prior to his Florida trip.
Auburn defensive tackle commit Coynis Miller will be another official visitor on the last weekend before National Signing Day. Florida once led for the top-150 overall recruit, but swaying him from the in-state Tigers could be a tall task. Miller will also take trips to Auburn (Jan. 12), Oregon (Jan. 19) and Tennessee (Jan. 26) before making a final decision.
Miami DT commit Nesta Silvera is scheduled to visit Florida on Jan. 19. The Gators have been pursuing Silvera throughout his recruitment, but he’s been committed to the Hurricanes for 11 months and seems solid with his pledge. Silvera also plans to visit Ohio State this month.
Kentucky LB commit Xavier Peters plans to visit Florida on Jan. 26, but his recruitment could be in flux. Former UF linebackers coach Tim Skipper was the primary contact for Peters and visited him twice in December. With Skipper no longer on staff, it’s unclear where things stand with Peters and the current Florida coaches. He reportedly has some work to do in the classroom as well.
Auburn commit Anthony Schwartz and Texas A&M commit Jalen Preston are considering official visits to UF, but both wide receivers appear to be unlikely flips. Florida State OL commit Christian Meadows is still listing Florida as an option, but chose to visit UCF this month instead of the Gators.