GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida drew dozens of recruits to The Swamp this weekend for its home opener against rival Tennessee.
The Gators were expecting several high-profile prospects to be in attendance Saturday for the top-25 matchup. Not only did most of those plans come to fruition, but a few surprise visitors made their way to Gainesville as well.
Mark Pope, a 4-star WR and top-100 overall recruit from Miami Southridge High School, arrived on campus Friday, spent the night in town and returned for the game Saturday. Pope committed to Miami in late March, but hasn’t stopped considering the Gators.
He last visited Florida on June 1 and has close friendships with several players on the Florida football team. However, Pope also has that at Miami and claims his commitment is solid. His interest in UF will be worth monitoring moving forward.
Two more top-100 prospects, 4-star defenisve back Tyreke Johnson and 4-star wide receiver Justin Watkins, also showed up unexpectedly on Saturday. Florida and Georgia are viewed as Johnson’s top schools, while the Gators haven’t been in the mix for Watkins.
Here are the other confirmed visitors at the Florida-Tennessee game:
5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.)
4-star RB Dameon Pierce, Bainbridge High School, (Bainbridge, Fla.) — Florida commit
4-star WR Anthony Schwartz, American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.)
3-star WR Tyquan Thornton, Booker T. Washington High School (Miami) — Florida commit
4-star OL Trey Hill, Houston County High School (Warner Robins, Ga.)
4-star OL William Barnes, Apoka High School (Apopka, Fla.)
3-star OL Ed Montilus, Apopka High School (Apopka, Fla.)
4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.)
4-star LB Richard Jibunor, Athens Christian (Athens, Ga.)
3-star CB Divaad Wilson, Northwestern High School (Miami) — Florida commit
4-star ATH Amari Burney, Calvary Christian High School (Clearwater, Fla.) — Florida commit
4-star S Randy Russell, Carol City High School (Miami) — Florida commit — Florida commit
3-star S Jamien Sherwood, Jensen Beach High School (Jensen Beach, Fla.) — Auburn commit