GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Southridge High School in Miami could be home to a few future Gators by next spring.
Florida currently has commitments from 3-star cornerback Shawn Davis and 4-star tight end Kemore Gamble. Now they’re working on 2018 teammate Mark Pope, a 4-star wide receiver.
All three visited UF last Saturday for the North Texas game.
Davis, the state of Florida’s No. 10 cornerback, committed to the Gators over his hometown Hurricanes on Aug. 27.
“It felt real good,” Davis said. “Me getting to ball with my brother (Kemore). We’re going to do big things together the next few years.”
Gamble will gladly take credit for Davis’ decision.
“I reeled him in,” he said. “We talked about it a lot in school and in practice. I just told him, ‘Why not play in the SEC and stay close to home?’ ”
The state of Florida’s No. 1 tight end was confident his teammate would pick Florida, but Davis’ commitment video made him nervous at first.
“He had that UM shirt on,” Gamble said. “It messed my head up a little bit. I thought he was picking Miami.”
But Davis ended up with the Gators, a team that has landed more Miami and South Florida recruits under UF coach Jim McElwain and his staff. Davis is excited to continue the trend.
“It’s been great,” Davis said. “They tell us how the campus is and just that Florida is a great place. I think we’ll love it here. They’re starting off good (this season). I’m liking how their team is playing right now.”
Gamble has enjoyed the play of tight end DeAndre Goolsby, who has nine catches for 112 yards through three games.
“I like how they send him in motion and have him run different routes,” Gamble said. “He also blocks too, which I like to do.”
Pope still favoring two schools
Alabama and Florida remain at the top of the list for Pope, the state’s No. 4 wide receiver for 2018.
He planned to decide between the two programs last summer, but now wants to wait until next spring. His visit to UF last weekend helped the Gators’ chances while hurting another in-state team.
“I liked the fans and the atmosphere,” Pope said of The Swamp. “It brings Florida up. I went to Miami last week and I liked Florida better. I think they’ve gotten better at quarterback, but they still need more help at receiver.”
Pope said Davis and Gamble are constantly recruiting him, and the opportunity to play with them in college could be too hard to pass up.
“Kemore and Shawn, they’re like brothers to me,” Pope said. “I go against Shawn every day in practice and I learn from Kemore on offense. They both make me better. They’re telling me to come to Florida, and why not?”
But Pope is still strongly considering the Crimson Tide and claims it’s a close battle between Alabama and Florida. Gamble isn’t buying it.
“He’s tripping right now,” Gamble said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He must be joking, but I’m going to change that.”