5-star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux will visit Florida this weekend.

Florida mailbag: Gators in contention for 5-star recruits Kayvon Thibodeaux, Chris Steele

Zach Abolverdi

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The state of Califorinia has four 5-star recruits in the Class of 2019, and Florida has offered every one of them.

In addition to 5-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and 5-star cornerback Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.), the Gators are also pursuing 5-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o (Concord, Calif.) and 5-star athlete Bru McCoy (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Florida already has secured visits from Steele and Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux will take a trip to Gainesville this weekend for the start of spring football and plans to return for an official visit in the fall. Steele plans to officially visit Florida on Sept. 8 for the Kentucky game.

Gators coach Dan Mullen is personally recruiting both Steele and Thibodeaux along with his assistant coaches, which is worth noting. Mullen probably wouldn’t put in the extra effort to recruit players from California if he didn’t feel like Florida had a shot to land them.

The fact that Steele and Thibodeaux already have scheduled trips shows that there’s mutual interest on their part. The Gators need to make a strong and lasting impression on Thibodeaux this weekend, but I think they have a legitimate chance if the visits wows him.

Many recruits take official visits to out-of-state schools and treat those trips like vacations. But when a 5-star prospect makes an unofficial visit across the country on his own dime, that’s showing some serious initiative and interest in the program.

In addition to his September trip, Steele is considering an unofficial visit to Florida in the spring or summer. If he makes multiple trips to Gainesville, the Gators could be in position to steal another 5-star recruit from the West Coast.