As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
The new staff hires by Florida coach Jim McElwain have quickly paid dividends on the recruiting trail, specifically with secondary coach Corey Bell and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider.
Seider has made UF the favorite for 4-star running backs Iverson Clement and Asa Martin, while Bell has landed a total of three commitments.
The latest came Friday when 2019 cornerback Tyrique Stevenson committed to the Gators. He was offered by Florida on March 25, a day after visiting campus.
UF now has four members in its 2019 class, which is ranked No. 2 nationally by 247Sports. The recruiting service deems all of the commits as top-200 overall prospects with 4-star ratings.
Florida’s first commit in the class, Jaleel McRae, could become a 5-star recruit. He’s currently ranked the nation’s No. 4 safety and No. 43 overall prospect by 247Sports.
And with Bell landing two commitments in as many weeks, the Gators are off to a promising start with the 2019 class. That recruiting cycle has a chance to be best yet for McElwain.
Ten programs in the SEC have four or less commits in the Class of 2018, including Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Gators, however, already have a head start for 2019.
— Drew Hughes (@dhughes234) April 7, 2017
A big-time recruit was added to Florida’s visitor list Thursday for the Orange & Blue Debut.
Richard Gouraige, a 4-star offensive tackle from Tampa, Fla., revealed he would be attending the spring game. Gouraige is ranked the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 64 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite.
Gouraige last visited Florida on March 19 to watch spring practice. Here he is pictured with UF offensive line coach Brad Davis.
— Richard jr Gouraige (@richardg813) March 19, 2017
Offensive line is one of the biggest needs for the Gators in the 2018 cycle, and Gouraige is one of their top tackle targets. Last week, the 6-foot-5, 271-pound lineman told SEC Country that Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU and North Carolina are the schools standing out to him.
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