GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first of three huge weekends has arrived for the Florida football program. Gators coach Jim McElwain and his staff are scheduled to welcome seven prospects for official visits, including a pair of top-100 recruits.
Devon Hunter, a 4-star safety from Chesapeake, Va., will be the highest-ranked prospect on campus. A U.S. Army All-American, Hunter plans to make his 2017 school decision on Jan. 20, so this is Florida’s final chance to surpass front-runner Virginia Tech.
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— 7️⃣ Hunter (@devonhunter11) January 13, 2017
Another top-100 recruit, 4-star wide receiver James Robinson, is making the two-hour trip from Lakeland, Fla., to visit the Gators. An Under Armour All-American, Robinson is Florida’s No. 1 priority at his position. He also has Alabama, Oklahoma and Ole Miss in the mix.
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— JAMES ROBINSON IV 4⃣ (@_StunnaJayy_) January 13, 2017
An additional Under Armour All-American, 4-star linebacker Levi Jones, will fly in from Austin, Texas, to check out UF. He and his father have a longstanding relationship with Gators defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. Jones also will visit Southern Cal and Florida State this month.
— Levi Jones (@TheViJones) January 13, 2017
Defensive tackle is one of Florida’s biggest recruiting needs for the class of 2017, and Maryland DT commit Cam Spence is visiting the Gators this weekend. They hope to flip the 4-star recruit from Washington, D.C.
UF is also hosting 3-star cornerback Eric Stokes (Covington, Ga.) as well as two Florida commits — 4-star cornerback Elijah Blades (Pasadena, Calif.) and 3-star linebacker Ventrell Miller (Lakeland, Fla.).
— ELIJAH – BLADES™ (@savageszniv) January 13, 2017
Jarez Parks, a 4-star defensive end from Sebastian, Fla., was scheduled to visit Florida this weekend, but he pushed back his trip to Jan. 27.
UF staff sees more than a dozen recruits Friday
Florida coaches were back on the road Friday after visiting more than 30 prospects on the first day of the contact period.
Gators coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier visited 2018 wide receiver Jalynn Williams (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and landed his commitment. They also went to see 2018 athlete Amari Burney (Clearwater, Fla.), 2018 cornerback Jordan Miner (Tampa, Fla.) and 2019 defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells (Largo, Fla.), a UF commit.
Defensive line coach Chris Rumph and secondary coach Torrian Gray traveled to Virginia Beach for 4-star defensive tackles and twin brothers Brandon and Breyon Gaddy. The Maryland commits are scheduled to officially visit UF on Jan. 27.
Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II visited 2018 running back Lorenzo Lingard (Orange City, Fla.), a 5-star recruit. Lingard attended two Florida games last season. Dixon also saw a pair of 4-star prospects for 2018 — offensive tackle William Barnes (Apopka, Fla.) and defensive end Stacy Kirby (Orlando, Fla.) — and 2019 Gators defensive back commit Jaleel McRae (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.).
Director of player personnel Drew Hughes checked out 2018 4-star linebackers Otis Reese (Leesburg, Ga.) and Quay Walker (Cordele, Ga.). Offensive line coach Mike Summers paid a visit to 4-star offensive tackle Caleb Chandler (Jefferson, Ga.), while tights end coach Greg Nord was in the Peach State for 2018 4-star linebacker J.J. Peterson (Moultrie, Ga.) and 2018 4-star running back Dameon Pierce (Bainbridge, Ga.), an Alabama commit.
Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and running backs coach Tim Skipper stayed in Gainesville to welcome Blades and Jones.