GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Dan Mullen and his staff had five official visitors on campus this weekend.
SEC Country provided analysis and updates as the visitors left Gainesville on Sunday.
Caleb Tannor, 4-star linebacker, Miller Grove High School (Lithonia, Ga.)
The former Georgia commit is high on the Gators after visiting Florida this weekend.
Gators defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and linebackers coach Christian Robinson are recruiting Tannor to play outside linebacker in their 3-4 defensive scheme.
“It was a nice visit. I really enjoyed it down here,” Tannor told SEC Country. “The whole defensive coaching staff came by to see me in Atlanta, so it’s just a big thing for me. I just had to come show them some love.
“The highlight was how they’re going to be using me. That was probably the coolest thing I saw. They told me they need people at my position and I’m trying to play in the 3-4. That’s what I want.”
The 6-foot-3, 207-pound prospect officially visited Nebraska last weekend and plans to take two more trips before deciding on National Signing Day. He is also considering Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and and Tennessee.
Tannor met with Mullen on Sunday at the conclusion of his visit.
“He’s a cool dude. He just told me to do what’s right for me. So I’m going to take that into consideration and do what’s right for me,” Tannor said. “Wherever feels like home the most and somewhere that has good opportunities after football. I’m not going to be doing this my whole life.”
— Caleb Tannor 1️⃣® (@cvleb10) January 21, 2018
Noah Boykin, 4-star cornerback, Woodson H.D High School (Washington, D.C.)
The Maryland commit gave the Gators his final official after receiving the full-court press from Mullen and cornerbacks coach Charlton Warren.
Ranked the nation’s No. 33 cornerback in the 247Sports composite, Boykin was impressed during his trip to Florida and spent time with starting defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.
“It was cool,” Boykin told SEC Country. “It’s definitely the original D.B.U. A lot of players have been in and out, especially two people from the DMV area, Joe Haden and Teez Tabor. It worked out well for them, so it might work out well for me.
“My host was Chauncey. I like him, man. He talks a lot, but you can tell he’s focused and he knows what he wants to do in life. He pretty much let me know everything I needed to know. I asked a lot of questions and he answered them perfectly.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect said he’s still committed to the Terrapins, but has a final decision to make when he returns home to the nation’s capital.
“The three schools that I’m really looking at is Florida, Notre Dame and Maryland,” Boykin said. “When I get back, it’s basically decision time for me. Talk everything over with my family, come up with the big decision and announce it Feb. 7.”
Caleb Johnson, 3-star defensive end/linebacker, Northside High School (Columbus, Ga.)
Florida is one of several SEC schools in the mix for Johnson, and the Gators made a strong impression this weekend.
“I really enjoyed myself on my official,” Johnson told SEC Country via text message. “I liked how they made me feel like I was a part of a family and that’s important to me knowing that my relationship with this staff is fairly new.”
Johnson received a visit last Tuesday from defensive line coach Sal Sunseri and Grantham, who is serving as his primary recruiter.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound pass rusher has previously visited Georgia and Tennessee. He plans to take an official to Auburn before making his decision in February. The Tigers are the biggest threat to Florida, though they may not have room for Johnson in their 2018 class.
Nesta Silvera, 4-star defensive tackle, American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.)
The nation’s No. 7 defensive tackle has been committed to Miami for almost a year, but he didn’t sign early with the Hurricanes in December.
Other programs have been pushing to get Silvera on campus this month, but Florida is the only school to land an official visit thus far.
Mississippi State was one of Silvera’s first offers, and that history with Mullen helped the Gators get their foot in the door. The U.S. Army All-American was targeted by Mullen after he took the Florida job, and the staff impressed Silvera enough to get him on campus.
He has declined to discuss his recruitment in recent weeks and again turned down interview requests Sunday. Flipping a recruit from Miami’s backyard will be tough, but Silvera’s current commitment status is unknown and his Florida trip could give him something to think about.
The 6-foot-2 308-pound lineman is expected to officially visit Miami before National Signing Day and has previously mentioned Ohio State and Tennessee as possible trips.
— Marco Wilson (@MJW_era) January 20, 2018
Justin Watkins, 4-star wide receiver, East Ridge High School (Clermont, Fla.)
The Gators recently emerged as the team to beat for Watkins, and they closed the deal Saturday night.
The Under Armour All-American committed to Florida during his visit to Gainesville. Watkins announced the news with a photo of he and Mullen doing the Gator Chomp. Tight ends coach Ja’Juan Seider is his primary recruiter.
The top-150 overall recruit has visited Florida countless times and knows the school inside and out. The purpose of his latest trip was to get comfortable with the new coaches and see if he fits into their program.
Mullen and his staff won Watkins over this weekend, prompting him to commit and shut down his recruitment.
Had a great visit ! #GoGators 🐊🐊
— justin watkins (@laamar_05) January 21, 2018