GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida still needs more playmakers at wide receiver, and the secondary loses starting safety Marcus Maye after this season.
Fortunately for the Gators, two of the top prospects at those position have UF in their top five.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, the nation’s No. 1 receiver from Michigan, and Devon Hunter, the nation’s No. 4 safety from Chesapeake, Va., both named Florida as one of their five finalists Sunday.
Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State also made the cut for Peoples-Jones, and Hunter has Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina and Virginia Tech in his final group.
Michigan appears to be the favorite for Peoples-Jones and Virginia Tech is viewed as Hunter’s leader. But the Gators are considered the No. 2 team for both prospects.
UF coach Jim McElwain went to see them on the first day of the bye last week. They plan to officially visit Florida before making their decisions.
LSU DB pledge visits UF, another plans to
Nadab Joseph, a 2018 safety from Miami, took a trip to Florida on Monday. The Gators offered him followed his visit.
Joseph is currently committed to LSU, but Florida State and now UF are trying to flip the 4-star recruit. The 6-foot-2, 173-pound prospect is ranked the nation’s No. 15 safety for 2018.
Joseph isn’t the only LSU defensive back pledge on Florida’s radar. In addition to Hunter, Grant Delpit is another safety target for this year and plans to visit UF in December.
“I really do have interest in Florida,” Delpit told SEC Country. “Florida is my No. 2 right now.”
Delpit said he’s monitoring the coaching transition at LSU to determine whether he’ll stick with the school. Tigers secondary coach Corey Raymond is the key to his commitment.
“We’ll see what happens with the coach and the hiring,” Delpit said. “Let’s say they clear the staff out or something like that. I’ll wait it out until the end. Coach Corey is my dude. I’d love to be coached by him at the next level.”
Florida commitment names top 5
The Gators will have to fight to keep their lone offensive line commit for 2017.
Kadeem Telfort, a 4-star offensive tackle from Miami, released a top five on Monday despite his pledge to Florida. Auburn, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee were the other schools he named.
The hometown Hurricanes are the only real threat to Florida. Telfort committed to the previous staff at Miami in February of 2015 before flipping to the Gators less than five months later.
He plans to visit all five schools before making a final decision on his recruitment. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder is ranked the nation’s No. 32 offensive tackle.
Gators pledge schedules official visit
UF doesn’t have worry about the commitment of Fred Hansard, a 4-star defensive tackle from Princeton, N.J.
On Sunday, Hansard scheduled his official visit to Florida for Nov. 12 when the Gators host South Carolina for their final home game of the season. That’s shaping up to be a big recruiting weekend for the program.
Hansard, the nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle, released his midseason senior highlights Monday.
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite.