With the dead period now in effect, SEC Country is counting down the top 10 recruiting targets for Florida in the Class of 2017.
No. 6 is Tray Bishop, a 4-star athlete from Dawson, Ga.
Recruiting importance of Tray Bishop
The Gators lose one of their starting safeties for the second straight year. In 2015, it was first-round pick Keanu Neal, and now they say goodbye to an NFL-bound Marcus Maye. Fortunately for Florida, Maye’s season-ending arm injury allowed Marcell Harris to emerge alongside Nick Washington. Harris and Washington will start in 2017 as redshirt seniors, but the Gators only have freshmen safeties Quincy Lenton and Jeawon Taylor to back them up. Chauncey Gardner will need to play corner or nickel next season.
Biggest competition for Tray Bishop
Georgia. Bishop originally pledged to Auburn as a quarterback, but de-committed this past week because he wants to play safety in college and has decided to reevaluate his options. The U.S. Army All-American is still considering the Tigers, but his recruitment is expected to come down to Florida and Georgia. Bishop took three unofficial visits to UGA during football season, while making just one trip to Gainesville. So he’s more familiar with the in-state Bulldogs.
Signing day projection for Tray Bishop
One positive for the Gators is that their coaching staff was the first to offer him as a safety. He’s infatuated with Florida’s reputation as “DBU” and has a good relationship with secondary coach Torrian Gray. Bishop told SEC Country the departure of UF defensive coordinator Geoff Collins for the Temple head coaching job will not hurt Florida’s chances. With the Gators getting his last official visit — two weeks after UGA — look for them to land him on signing day.
Top 10 recruiting targets
No. 2: James Robinson , 4-star wide receiver, Lakeland, Fla.
No. 3: C.J. Henderson, 4-star cornerback, Miami.
No. 4: Brad Stewart, 4-star defensive back, New Orleans.
No. 5: LaBryan Ray, 4-star defensive end, Madison, Ala.
No. 6: Tray Bishop, 4-star athlete, Dawson, Ga.
No. 7: T.J. Moore, a 4-star offensive tackle, Charlotte, N.C.
No. 8: Rahyme Johnson, 4-star linebacker, Los Angeles
No. 9: Tyrone Truesdell, 3-star defensive tackle, Augusta, Ga.
No. 10: Adarius Lemons, 3-star running back, Clearwater, Fla.