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Florida recruiting picking up
The Florida coaching staff will be on the recruiting trail in full force this week for the spring evaluation period.
It began last Sunday for college coaches across the country, but no player evaluations took place in the Sunshine State. Monday is the first allowable day for non-contact in spring football, and contact practices start Saturday.
Florida made a few stops last week to visit out-of-state recruits, including 5-star athlete Quavaris Crouch (Charlotte, N.C.), 5-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o (Concord, Calif.) and 4-star tight end Luke Deal. The Gators are trying to get Crouch and To’oto’o on campus soon, while Deal visited Gainesville two months ago and plans to make his decision on May 25.
Head coaches are not permitted to be on the road during this period, but Mullen will have his assistants hitting high schools throughout the state to evaluate Florida’s top 2019 targets and potential prospects for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes.
Here are the in-state recruiting territories for Florida’s coaching staff, according to 247Sports:
Todd Grantham, defensive coordinator: Collier County, Hendry County, Monroe County, Lee County (Naples-Fort Myers area)
Billy Gonzales, co-offensive coordinator: Broward County, Palm Beach County
John Hevesy, co-offensive coordinator: North Central Florida
Brian Johnson, quarterbacks coach: Broward County, Miami-Dade County
Greg Knox, running backs coach: Space Coast, Treasure Coast
Larry Scott, tights end coach: Palm Beach County and surrounding counties
Sal Sunseri, defensive line coach: Panhandle area
Christian Robinson, linebackers coach: Tampa Bay area
Charlton Warren, cornerbacks coach: Jacksonville area
Ron English, safeties coach: Orlando area
The state of Florida won’t be their only focus this week. Gonzales will be in Calabasas, Calif., on Monday to visit top-100 wide receiver Mycah Pittman, who is trending toward the Gators after attending the spring game last weekend.
Gators targets visit elsewhere
Pittman was planning to visit Georgia for G-Day this weekend, but did not make the trip to Athens.
The Bulldogs hosted a pair of Sunshine State recruits in 4-star defensive end Derick Hunter (Fort Myers, Fla.) and 4-star safety Cortez Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.). Both attended the Orange & Blue Game last Saturday and the Gators are considered the team to beat for Hunter, who also visited Clemson on Friday.
Alabama held its spring game Saturday and had a few Florida targets on hand: 4-star linebacker Mohamoud Diabate (Auburn, Ala.), 4-star defensive end Lloyd Summerall (Auburndale, Fla.) and 4-star safety commit Brendan Gant (Lakeland, Fla.), who is currently committed to the Crimson Tide. Diabate and Gant visited the Gators during the spring and Summerall plans to take a multi-day trip to Florida on Friday.
Spring games also took place Saturday at LSU and Mississippi State, with both programs attracting some Florida targets.
The Tigers hosted 5-star cornerback Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.), 4-star defensive end Nathan Pickering (Seminary, Miss.) and 4-star outside linebacker Derrick McLendon (Tucker, Ga.), while the Bulldogs welcomed 4-star running back John Emery Jr. (Destrehan, La.), 4-star guard Keiondre Jones (Hogansville, Ga.) and 3-star defensive tackle Patrick Lucas (Wetumpka, Ala.). Steele (LSU) and Jones (MSU) were on official visits.
All of the aforementioned recruits at LSU and MSU took trips to Florida this spring except Steele, who plans to officially visit this summer. At this time, the Gators appear to be a serious contender for Pickering, McLendon and Jones.
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