Gators trying to take advantage of recruiting “buzz” after Tennessee win
After Florida’s dramatic 28-27 comeback win over Tennessee last week, there has been a buzz around the program.
The Gators are 4-0 and cracked the top 25 on Sunday for the first time since October of 2013.
Recruits hear the buzz.
With an impressive group of recruits in attendance for Florida’s home win over Tennessee last week, recruiting is trending up for the Gators. More than 20 players ranked in the Rivals250 for 2016 and 2017 visited Gainesville last week and left impressed.
“Well, I’ll tell you what, the buzz and the amount of guys that were just here (was big),” coach Jim McElwain said Monday. “The environment there again, I credit Gator Nation for that. We’ll see how it pans out come February, but it’s sure something that we were excited about.”
Among the top 2016 recruits in attendance were five-star Wake Forest (N.C.) DT Dexter Lawrence (uncommitted), five-star Tampa Catholic WR Nate Craig-Myers (uncommitted), five-star Bradenton-IMG Academy DE Shavar Manuel (uncommitted), and four-star Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas WR Sam Bruce (Miami commit).
Florida’s 2016 recruiting class, which has 20 commits, is currently ranked No. 14 nationally. But a commit from any of the top prospects listed above would certainly move the Gators up the list.
“Getting a little buzz out there obviously helps you, no doubt about it,” McElwain said of Florida’s 4-0 start.