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Florida recruiting: Gators in contention for 4 top-100 defensive backs

Zach Abolverdi

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Defensive back is a priority in Florida’s 2019 class and the Gators have themselves in contention four top-100 overall recruits at the position.

That consists of 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (Baton Rouge, La.) and Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.) and 4-star defensive back Tyrique Stevenson (Miami). You also have to include 4-star cornerback Kaiir Elam (North Palm Beach, Fla.), who is now ranked in the top 100 of the 247Sports composite.

Stingley and Steele took unofficial visits to Florida within the last month and both plan to return for an official visit on June 1. Stevenson attended a spring practice and the Orange & Blue Game, while Elam visited Florida on its pro day (March 28) to support his uncle — former Gators safety Matt Elam.

With the two out-of-state corners, I think Florida’s chances are better with Steele. Stingley is a former LSU commit and the hometown Tigers are still the top team in his recruitment. Steele, on the other hand, hasn’t named any leaders and seems willing to leave California for college.

As for the South Florida defensive backs, the Gators are considered the team to beat for Elam because of his family ties and the opportunity to play to early. Stevenson, a former Florida commit, is still high on the program despite reopening his recruitment, but Miami is the favorite to him at this time.

The Gators are also recruiting Stevenson as a safety. I think Florida will be able to land at least one of the four top-100 defensive backs, with Elam and Steele being the most likely. Auburn and Clemson appear to the biggest competition for Elam, while Oklahoma and Southern Cal are Steele’s other top contenders right now.

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