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.
Anthony Schwartz favoring Florida
It’s now an SEC race for 4-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Schwartz named Florida and Miami his co-leaders earlier this year. In his latest interview with SEC Country, Schwartz revealed that the Gators have separated themselves from the pack.
“Florida is at the top right now,” Schwartz said. “I feel comfortable whenever I go there. I had a great time on my last visit. The coaches talk to me every day and just let me know I’m a priority to them.”
The 6-foot, 172-pound speedster will be a two-sport athlete in football and track. He recently broke the 100-meter record held by former Florida running back and sprinter Jeff Demps with a time of 10.15 seconds at the Florida Relays.
Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and assistant track coach Adrain Mann are both recruiting Schwartz to UF.
“Running track at Florida would be big,” Schwartz said. “It’s a championship program and they put athletes in the Olympics, so I know I would get great coaching there.”
— Anthony Schwartz (@anthony_flash10) April 11, 2017
In late March, Schwartz named a top 10 that consisted of Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and Southern Cal. At this time, a pair of SEC schools have moved past Miami.
“I would say Auburn and Georgia are the biggest threat to Florida,” Schwartz said. “It’s a tie between those two.”
Schwartz, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, is ranked the nation’s No. 44 wide receiver and No. 231 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite. He initially planned to decide this summer, but has been pushed back his commitment timeline.
“I’m thinking about doing it in August now,” Schwartz said. “I just want to take some more time and make sure it’s right decision.”
Miami DB de-commits from Rutgers
Rachad Wildgoose Jr. is back on the market. The 3-star defensive back from Northwestern High School (Miami) de-committed from Rutgers late Thursday night.
Wildgoose pledged to the Scarlet Knights on April 15 but has landed nine offers since then, including Florida and Georgia. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect plans to visit UF in the future.
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