GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The last recruiting weekend of the 2016 recruiting cycle promises to be a big one for Florida.
The Gators will host at least 12 official visitors, including three prospects ranked in the top 33 nationally, all of whom are No. 2 at their respective positions.
UF gets the final visit for four-star wideout Tyrie Cleveland, who most analysts viewed as the best receiver during Under Armour All-America week. He is ranked higher than every other Gators target at the WR position.
Committed to the hometown Houston Cougars, Cleveland visited TCU and Arkansas this month and has been very receptive to Florida. He appears open to the idea of switching to the Gators.
“If they can flip me, they can flip me,” Cleveland told SEC Country earlier this month. If the Gators can snag him from Houston, he would be UF’s biggest receiver recruit in seven years.
Kristian Fulton, however, would simply be the next elite cornerback for Florida to strengthen its claim to being ‘DBU.’
The five-star recruit from Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel will visit UF this weekend following trips to Arkansas and LSU, the school he currently calls his leader. But the Gators have made a strong push for Fulton, who received an in-home visit last week from coach Jim McElwain, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and running backs coach Tim Skipper.
Florida appears to have a legitimate shot at landing Fulton over the in-state Tigers. UF is hoping to pull a five-star defender out of Alabama as well.
Outside linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson makes his way to Gainesville on Friday for the first time since his summer trip to UF. He named the school his favorite during the fall, but told SEC Country four weeks ago that in-state Alabama and Florida were tied.
The Gators may now be trailing heading into the final week, but they have a chance to regain the lead with his mother joining him on the trip. Wilson will have a few more familiar faces in town.
Five of Florida’s seven pledges visiting this weekend — running back Lamical Perine, linebacker Jeremiah Moon and defensive backs Quincy Lenton, Antonio Nelson and Jeawon Taylor — spent time with Wilson during the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December and have been recruiting him to the Gators. Nelson and Taylor are close friends of Wilson’s in Montgomery.
UF is also looking to lock up a pair of in-state commits: Jacksonville wide receiver Rick Wells and Miami cornerback C.J. McWilliams.
Both visited South Florida together on Jan. 15. McWilliams went to Miami last weekend, while Wells will visit Virginia Tech this Wednesday before heading to Florida. Despite those trips, McWilliams and Wells have said they’re solid with the Gators.
Tight end Nick Eubanks is visiting UF this weekend after cancelling his previously scheduled trip due to an illness. Florida will also host graduate transfer offensive lineman Tyler Catalina, who earned Second Team All-Conference honors at Rhode Island in 2015.
All player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.