GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coaches invade the Tampa Bay Area Wednesday in their first week of the spring evaluation period, and they’ll visit several of their top targets for 2017 and 2018.
North Carolina running back commit Adarius Lemons and defensive tackle Kane Taylor, teammates at Clearwater, will be seen by offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and running backs coach Tim Skipper. Nussmeier is also checking out running back C.J. Cotman (Clearwater Central Catholic) and defensive tackle Jordon Scott (Largo Pinellas Park), while Skipper visits athlete Devan Barrett (Tampa Catholic), running back Malik Davis (Tampa Jesuit) and Armwood High School in Seffner.
Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II is also heading to Armwood for 2018 athlete Warren Thompson. Dixon will then check out one his top targets, Lakeland wideout James Robinson, as well as Florida receiver commit Daquon Green of Tampa Bay Tech.
Secondary coach Torrian Gray is hitting up at Lakeland as well to see Robinson and running back A.J. Davis. While in the area, Gray will check out linebacker Ventrell Miller (Lakeland Kathleen) with linebackers coach Randy Shannon.
In addition to Miller, Shannon will evaluate linebacker Lionel Cummings (Bartow), linebacker Demaratre Loculien (Sebring) and 2018 offensive lineman Cleveland Reed (Fort Meade). Defensive coordinator Goeff Collins is seeing one of Florida’s top defensive end targets, Zachary Carter of Tampa Hillsborough.
Defensive line coach Chris Rumph, the Tampa area recruiter for UF, is visiting Barrett, Carter and Green as well as athlete Juwan Burgess (Plant), defensive end Jabreel Stephens (Jefferson), 2018 athlete Jermaine Eskridge (Jefferson) and 2018 tight end Judge Culpepper (Plant), son of Gator great Brad Culpepper.
Offensive line coach Mike Summers will also be in Tampa for three offensive lineman for 2018: Richard Gouraige (Cambridge Christian), Nick Petit-Frere (Berkeley Prep) and Desmond Bessent (Sickles).
Tight ends coach Greg Nord will continue working North Central Florida high schools and stop by Pasco, South Sumter, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills.