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Florida offensive line John Hevesy will look to sign at least four players at his position in the Class of 2019.

Florida recruiting: Realistic O-line targets for Gators

Zach Abolverdi

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Offensive line is one of the Gators’ biggest needs in their 2019 class, which already has a pair of commitments at the position.

Florida holds pledges from 3-star guard Ethan White (Clearwater, Fla.) and 3-star tackle Wardrick Wilson (Miami), who recevied a visit Wednesday from offensive line coach John Hevesy. White and Wilson are both scheduled to attend the inaugural ‘Great Gator Grill-Out’ on Saturday.

Florida is also expected to host William Putnam (Tampa, Fla.) and Dontae Lucas (Bradenton, Fla.), the nation’s No. 5 and 6 guards, respectively, in the 247Sports composite rankings. This weekend will be the second trip to Gainesville this year for both Putnam and Lucas, a Florida State commit who is one of three linemen from IMG Academy on Florida’s board.

Hevesy is also heavily recruiting top-100 overall guards Deyavie Hammond and Evan Neal, both of whom visited in the spring. Florida is a top school for 4-star guard Keiondre Jones (Hogansville, Ga.) as you alluded to, and other options include 3-star guards Hunter Rayburn (Pensacola, Fla.) and Riley Simonds (Buford, Ga.).

The Gators are prioritizing the interior of their offensive line in this class, but their targets at tackle include top-250 overall recruit Warren McClendon (Brunswick, Ga.) and 3-star linemen Donavan Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Adrian Medley (Pensacola, Fla.). Guard prospects Neal and Putman could also play tackle if needed. 

At this time, Florida’s chances appear to be best with Jones, McClendon, Rayburn and Simonds, who plans to officially visit the Gators on June 1. And despite the Seminoles landing Lucas last month, his recruitment is far from over and Florida will continue to pursue him.

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