GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dozens of recruits made their way to Florida on Saturday for the first junior day event under new coach Dan Mullen and his staff.
The Gators hosted multiple targets on campus, including 4-star tight ends Luke Deal (Greenwood, S.C.) and Keon Zipperer (Lakeland, Fla.), 4-star tackles Luke Griffin (Chatsworth, Ga.) and Michael Tarquin (Belleview, Fla.), 4-star defensive end Derick Hunter (Fort Myers, Fla.) and 4-star defensive backs Jaden Davis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Jalen Perry (Dacula, Ga.), Tyler Scott (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and DJ Turner (Suwanee, Ga.).
Mullen and cornerbacks coach Charlton Warren made a strong impression on Davis, who is ranked the nation’s No. 19 cornerback in the 247Sports Composite.
“Just getting around the new staff and being able to talk to them was great. It was different than the other staff,” Davis told SEC Country. “This was my first time being up here with the new staff. … It’s just a new vibe. Coach Mullen is a cool guy and tries to relate more to the players. Coach Warren, I love his vibe. He’s more mellow and laid back. But when it’s time to go and get it, he turns up.”
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Davis plans to return to Florida for an official visit on June 8. The Gators also secured an official visit Saturday from Zipperer, the No. 3-ranked tight end in the country. He has been receiving the full-court press from Mullen and tight ends coach Larry Scott.
“I really like the way Coach Mullen is,” Zipperer said. “He’s been the same since he was here the last time. Ain’t nothing change about him. He tells me all the time I’m his No. 1 guy.
“They’ve been all over me lately. It makes me feel real good. They just talk to me about how they’ll use me in the offense and how I’ll be a great player for this team.”
Junior day also produced a pair of commitments from 3-star linebacker Jammal Abrams (Birmingham, Ala.) and 3-star wide receiver Dionte Marks (Deland, Fla.). The Gators now have five members in their 2019 class.
“I love the coaches’ honesty, the love in them and the atmosphere. I just love it all,” Abrams said when asked why he pulled the trigger. “It’s a catchy vibe [at Florida]. With some coaches, you wouldn’t get the same vibe that you get here.”
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In addition to Georgia commits Griffin and Perry, Florida also hosted Miami running back commit Marcus Crowley (Jacksonville, Fla.), Miami linebacker commit Jesiah Pierre (Mount Dora, Fla.) and 2020 Florida State safety commit Jadarius McKnight (Fort Myers, Fla.).
“I just like the academic program, the campus and the environment,” said McKnight, who was offered by Florida on Friday. “I talk to (safeties) coach Ron English. He’s lit and hype. He told me I’ll have a great chance at playing time because they need more safeties.”
The recruits and their family members spent time in the indoor practice facility, where they played Madden NFL 18, cornhole and interacted with Mullen and his assistant coaches. Multiple buses were used to provide the large group with a tour of the campus and stadium.
“It was amazing. It was really, really good,” Scott said. “Meeting all the new coaches was the highlight. I really like them. They’re going to do great here. There’s a lot of excitement and I can’t wait to see what they do this upcoming season.”
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