GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On his first day back on the recruiting trail, Florida coach Jim McElwain took care of one of his top priorities.
It wasn’t an uncommitted recruit, either. The contact period began Thursday and the first in-home visit McElwain conducted was with 4-star wide receiver Daquon Green, the No. 1-ranked offensive pledge in Florida’s class.
“He told me since I’m the highest-ranked recruit in the class, I should take charge and help out on offense,” Green said of McElwain’s message. “They’re real excited about me because I’m a top guy. High expectations come with that, but I embrace it.”
McElwain was joined in Tampa, Fla., by area recruiter Chris Rumph and Green’s future position coach, Kerry Dixon II. The Under Armour All-American said the highlight of the visit was having another opportunity to spend time with the staff.
“Just me and my family getting a tighter bond with the coaches,” Green said. “They all made me laugh. Coach Rumph is a character. They just talked to me more about the visit I got coming up.”
Green is officially visiting Florida on Jan. 20 along with fellow UF commits Zachary Carter and Malik Davis, who also received an-home visit from McElwain on Thursday night. The three Tampa recruits will be joined in Gainesville next weekend by another local product, Southern Cal commit Juwan Burgess.
“It’s going to be me, Zach, Malik and Juwan. We’re trying to flip him from USC,” Green said. “So I get to chill with those guys and get to know other recruits that’ll be there.
“I want to see more about the school, education-wise. The coaches told me I can meet professors and see what college will be like. I can’t wait.”