GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s top overall target and a trio of verbal commitments from Miami will be on campus this weekend.
Alex Leatherwood, a 5-star offensive tackle from Pensacola, Fla., will officially visit UF along with 4-star offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, 4-star tight end Kemore Gamble and 3-star cornerback Shawn Davis. All four recruits are early enrollees.
Leatherwood has been committed to Alabama since June 2015, but UF is his No. 2 school. He attended Florida’s last home game against South Carolina and hosted Gators coach Jim McElwain and offensive line coach Mike Summers for an in-home visit Monday.
This weekend will be their final chance to sway Leatherwood, and they have to roll out the red carpet to get him in orange and blue. He plans to make a final decision on his recruitment next week.
Davis and Gamble, teammates at Miami’s Southridge High School, will compete in the Class 8A state championship game Saturday in Orlando and then drive up to Gainesville. Telfort arrived for his visit on Friday afternoon.
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Where Florida’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked
Florida’s 2017 recruiting class is currently ranked 20th nationally and 8th in the SEC by 247Sports.
Who are Florida’s top 2017 commitments?
- 4-star (.9386) DE Zachary Carter (Tampa, Fla.)
- 4-star (.9309) WR Daquon Green (Tampa, Fla.)
- 4-star (.9302) CB Elijah Blades (Pasadena, Calif.)
- 4-star (.9194) CB Marco Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- 4-star (.9106) OT Kadeem Telfort (Miami)
Who left or joined Florida’s class this week?
Junior college defensive tackle Javier Edwards (Houston) backed off his pledge to the Gators last Sunday following his official visit to Arkansas. He is Florida’s second de-commitment in as many weeks. Fred Hansard, a 4-star recruit Princeton, N.J., flipped to Penn State on Nov. 27.
Who are Florida’s top targets?
With the Gators now down to zero DT commitments, 5-star prospect Aubrey Solomon is a huge priority for them. This week UF secured his final official visit (Jan. 27) after an in-home visit Wednesday with defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and defensive line coach Chris Rumph. With 5-star cornerback Shaun Wade (Jacksonville, Fla.) and 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit) likely heading elsewhere, Florida will turn its focus to 4-star cornerback C.J. Henderson (Miami) and 4-star wide receiver James Robinson (Lakeland, Fla.), both of whom plan to officially visit next month.
QB: 1 of 1
RB: 1 of 2
WR: 1 of 2
TE: 2 of 2
OL: 1 of 3
DL: 1 of 4
LB: 2 of 3
DB: 3 of 6
ATH: 1 of 1
The geography of Florida’s 2017 recruiting class
Alabama (2): TE Zech Byrd, ATH Kadarius Toney
California (1): CB Elijah Blades
Florida (10): QB Jake Allen, RB Malik Davis, WR Daquon Green, TE Kemore Gamble, OT Kadeem Telfort, DE Zachary Carter, LB James Houston, LB Ventrell Miller, CB Shawn Davis, CB Marco Wilson
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings or rankings come from the 247Sports Composite.