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WR Justin Watkins officially visits Florida this weekend.

Florida recruiting: Prioritizing the WR targets for Gators

Zach Abolverdi

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With Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson transferring to Florida, the Gators won’t sign more than three wide receiver recruits in their 2018 class. Corey Gammage is currently committed, but he’s not expected to stick with his pledge.

Here are the top targets at the position:

1. Jacob Copeland, 4-star WR, Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.)

Copeland is the No. 1 target at the position for Florida coach Dan Mullen and receivers coach Billy Gonzales. He visited Tennessee last month and will take trips to Texas A&M (Jan. 19), Alabama (Jan. 26) and Florida (Feb. 2) before making his decision on National Signing Day. The Crimson Tide and Gators are considered his top teams.

2. Justin Watkins, 4-star WR, East Ridge High School (Clermont, Fla.)

Florida is now the leader for Watkins after the latest developments in his recruitment. He was scheduled to decide between Alabama and LSU at the Under Armour All-America Game, but neither school was ready to accept his pledge. Watkins will now officially visit Florida on Friday and could be on commitment watch this weekend.

3. Tommy Bush, 4-star WR, Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, Texas)

Bush received an offer from the Gators on Dec. 13 and has a relationship with new UF assistant Brian Johnson, who recruited him last year as Houston’s offensive coordinator. Bush has already visited Georgia, Michigan State and Nebraska. Florida is fighting to land one of his final trips along with Baylor, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

4. Anthony Schwartz, 4-star WR, American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.)

The Gators led for Schwartz in the summer and fall, but the coaching changes at UF opened the door for Auburn. Schwartz committed to the Tigers at the Under Armour All-America Game, but his recruitment may not be over yet. The Gators could still host Schwartz on an official visit this month, though their chances are better with Watkins.

5. Justyn Ross, 4-star WR, Central High School (Phenix City, Ala.)

Ross and fellow top-100 receiver Jalen Preston are considering a potential trip to Florida this month. Both appear to be long shots, but Ross is more likely to make his way to Gainesville. He has a relationship with Gators QB early enrollee Emory Jones and communicates with Mullen and Gonzales. Alabama, Auburn and Clemson are the favorites for Ross.