Florida’s Friday Night Lights results in best recruiting weekend under Jim McElwain
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Recruiting picks up pace after Friday Night Lights
Florida’s biggest football recruiting weekend of the summer came and went, and the Gators coaching staff has to be pleased with how Friday Night Lights went. The biggest news of the weekend came when Matt Corral, the No. 2-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2018, committed on Saturday.
All in all, the Gators put together arguably their best Friday Night Lights since the school began the recruiting camp in 2005. Florida received eight total commitments over the last week: Corral, 2018 4-star offensive guard Curtis Dunlap (No. 6-ranked offensive guard nationally), 2018 4-star tight end Kyle Pitts (No. 11-ranked tight end nationally), 2018 4-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, 2018 3-star tight end Dante Lang, 2018 3-star safety Randy Russell, 2019 offensive lineman Wardrick Wilson and 2019 defensive end Cameron Williams.
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More Friday Night Lights notables
- 5-star quarterback Justin Fields showed off his skills.
- 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland moved up his decision date.
- 4-star offensive linemen Richard Gouraige and William Barnes are considering Florida because of new offensive line coach Brad Davis.
- 4-star running back Dameon Pierce said he is hearing “good things” from Florida’s coaching staff.
- 4-star Class of 2019 offensive lineman Dontae Lucas said the Gators make him “feel at home.”
- Plus, there’s a photo gallery of all the action.
In other Florida football news
- Freshman Nick Smith’s father confirmed to SEC Country that his son is out with a knee injury, with the full extent of the linebacker’s injury still unknown.
- Our position preview series continues with a look at the offensive line.
- Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Mike Pouncey will have his hip examined one more time before training camp begins, as reported by the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.
- Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive lineman Joey Ivie is motivated by his late sister’s memory, as reported by the Associated Press’ Jaime Dunaway.
- NFL.com’s Ike Taylor pegged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Vernon Hargreaves III as a cornerback poised for a breakout season.
Swimmer Caeleb Dressel, an Olympian and Florida senior, broke two United States swimming records during the first day of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary on Sunday. First, he swam an American record 22.76 seconds in the 50-meter butterfly semifinals. Later in the day, Dressel broke the 100-meter freestyle record with a 47.26-second leadoff leg for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, in which the United States took home the gold medal.
- The Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson spoke with Gators golf coach J.C. Deacon, who won the Florida Open last weekend with a convincing 15-under-par 203 performance.
- Former Florida golfer Billy Horschel did not make the cut after shooting a 12-over 152 in the first two rounds of the British Open, but he was recognized over the weekend for being the most stylish pro golfer. Fellow Florida alum Camilo Villegas was No. 2.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Wide receiver Dre Massey:
When we get a commit our coaches be goin ham wit the pics and gifs
— Drè Massey (@D1Masseyy) July 22, 2017
Linebacker Nick Smith:
1st surgery tomorrow 🚑 praying all goes well 🙏🏾
— Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) July 24, 2017
Copeland, a Class of 2018 wide receiver and Florida target:
— Jacob Copeland 🇭🇹 (@JCope5era) July 22, 2017
Cornerback Joseph Putu:
— Kwaku 🇬🇭/🇱🇷 (@Joseph_Putu) July 23, 2017
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