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4-star DE Andrew Chatfield is top target for the Gators.

Florida recruiting: Breakdown of Gators’ top targets at positions of need

Zach Abolverdi

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The Gators have filled their needs at quarterback, running back, tight end and safety. Here are their remaining needs and targets.

Wide receiver

Known targets: Tommy Bush, Jacob Copeland, Geordon Porter, Justyn Ross and Justin Watkins.
Official visits: Jan. 19 — Watkins; Feb. 2 — Copeland; TBD — Bush, Ross and Porter
Florida’s chances: The Gators may be the team to beat for Copeland and Watkins. I’ve projected both to end up in Florida class. Bush and Ross are considering visits to Florida, but they’re likely long shots. UF offered Porter on Tuesday night.

Offensive line

Known targets: William Barnes, Nicholas Petit-Frere and Ed Montilus.
Official visits: Jan. 26 — Petit-Frere; TBD — Barnes, Montilus
Florida’s chances: Florida is now trending for Petit-Frere after landing one of his final three trips. Barnes and Montilus don’t plan to officially visit, but the Apopka (Fla.) teammates visited UF multiple times in 2017. Auburn and North Carolina are Florida’s competition for both linemen, while Alabama is the biggest threat for Petit-Frere.

Defensive tackle

Known targets: Jamarcus Chatman, Noah Jefferson (JUCO), Coynis Miller (Auburn commit) and Nesta Silvera (Miami commit).
Official visits: Jan. 19 — Silvera; Feb. 2 — Chatman, Jefferson, Miller
Florida’s chances: The Gators lead for Jefferson and should land the JUCO transfer. Despite their visit plans, Miller and Silvera seem solid with their pledges and could be tough to flip. Chatman recently de-committed from Tennessee and has several schools in the mix, including Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Michigan State.

Defensive end

Known targets: Andrew Chatfield, Dorian Gerald (JUCO), Malik Langham and Caleb Tannor.
Official visits: Jan. 26 — Langham; Feb. 2 — Gerald; TBD — Chatfield, Tannor
Florida’s chances: UF gets the last crack at Gerald and I think he will sign with the Gators. Chatfield and Tannor are also planning to visit and Florida is one of their top schools. Alabama and Tennessee will host Langham in the coming weeks and both schools have the edge on Florida right now.

Linebacker

Known targets: Chauncey Manac (JUCO), Xavier Peters (Kentucky commit) and Quay Walker (Alabama commit)
Official visits: Jan. 26 — Peters; Feb. 2 — Walker; TBD — Manac
Florida’s chances: If Peters can qualify academically and makes it to Gainesville as planned, Florida will be in position to flip him. Walker is expected to de-commit from Alabama, but Georgia and Auburn appear to have a better shot with him than UF. The Gators offered Manac on Dec. 3, but his visit plans are unknown at this time.

Cornerback

Known targets: Mario Goodrich, Olaijah Griffin and Patrick Surtain Jr.
Official visits: Feb. 2 — Goodrich, Griffin; TBD — Surtain
Florida’s chances: Goodrich and Griffin recently received offers and will check out the Gators, but their trips need to go well before a commitment is possible. Surtain is likely LSU bound.