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.
Top QB target
Florida has not let up in its pursuit of 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, a Penn State commit from Kennesaw, Ga.
Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and running backs Ja’Juan Seider paid a visit to Fields on Thursday at Harrison High School.
Fields, who is ranked the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports Composite, has been committed to the Nittany Lions since December 2016.
However, he received an offer from Florida in February and told SEC Country he has interest in the Gators. Since then, he’s been the top target at the position for Nussmeier and UF coach Jim McElwain.
The U.S. Army All-American holds offers from more than 30 schools, including a recent tender from Florida State, but the Gators are the biggest threat to Penn State at this time.
Auburn and Georgia are other schools to watch for Fields, who maintains that he’s still solid to the Nittany Lions despite the recruitment from other programs.
UF recruiting areas
With three new members on staff, the Gators rearranged have the in-state recruiting responsibilities for their coaches.
Here is a breakdown of the areas for each assistant:
Doug Nussmeier: Pinellas County and Southwest Florida
Randy Shannon: Broward County and Dade County
Tim Skipper: Jacksonville metro area and Pensacola area
Chris Rumph: Tampa metro area, Manatee and Sarasota counties
Kerry Dixon II: Daytona Beach area, Orlando metro area and Space Coast
Brad Davis: Polk County and Osceola County
Ja’Juan Seider: Atlantic Coast, Broward County and Palm Beach County
Corey Bell: Broward County and Dade County
Greg Nord: Nature Coast, Panhandle, Gainesville and Ocala areas
New ESPN rankings
ESPN has joined 247Sports in ranking Fields as the No. 1 dual-threat QB. The four-letter network unveiled its new ESPN300 on Thursday and Fields came in at No. 4 overall.
Florida has three verbal commitments in the ESPN300: 4-star safety C.J. Smith (No. 200 overall), 4-star cornerback Divaad Wilson (No. 264) and 4-star athlete Iverson Clement (No. 275).
The Gators have a shot with several recruits in the top 60 of ESPN’s rankings: 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., 4-star defensive backs Amari Burney and Tyreke Johnson, 4-star receivers Jacob Copeland and Anthony Schwartz and 4-star offensive linemen William Barnes and Nicholas Petit-Frere.
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