GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators have signed a Jacksonville product for four consecutive years, and they’re looking to extend that streak in the 2017 recruiting cycle with Shaun Wade.
The five-star prospect from Trinity Christian Academy is committed to Ohio State, but UF is working to flip the nation’s No. 3 cornerback and No. 12 overall player.
Wade, who plans to be an early enrollee, visited UF in February and will return Friday for its spring game.
“I’ve always liked Gainesville,” Wade, the state of Florida’s No. 4 prospect, told SEC Country. “It’s a nice atmosphere. They have corners that are most likely going to leave next year, so I would be a good fit for them. I could step in and take one of their roles.”
The hire of new defensive backs coach Torrian Gray could be a potential game-changer for Florida with Wade. Just one week after Gray took the job, Wade made his way to campus to see him and running backs coach Tim Skipper, his area recruiter.
“Me and him are very close,” Wade said of Gray. “He was on me hard at Virginia Tech and then he moved to Florida, so that’s obviously closer to me. He’s going to be on me even harder than he was there.”
“So we have a really good relationship and we’ve always had one. I like coach (Jim) McElwain a lot. We’re close. Coach Skip is a funny dude, too. I like all of the coaches there.”
The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder lists Alabama and Florida as his top two schools behind Ohio State. The distance factor may work in the Gators’ favor.
“It’s close to home. That’s one big reason,” Wade said of why UF is a threat to flip his commitment. “I think I can play right away. That’s a big thing. The coaching staff is great. They talk to my parents every day.”
SEC Country reporter Chris Kirschner contributed to this report.
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