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 Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Justin Fields returns to Florida
The 5-stars will be out in The Swamp on Friday night.
The Gators are set to host dozens of top recruits for Friday Night Lights, including 5-star quarterbacks Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Matt Corral (Long Beach, Calif.).
Fields joined the visitors list Thursday after cancelling his initial plans to attend Alabama’s Champions Cookout. Corral also elected to visit Florida instead of Alabama.
Fields, a former Penn State pledge, visited Florida State on Thursday and made stops last week at Auburn and Georgia. Friday Night Lights will be Fields’ third trip to Florida in as many months.
Corral de-committed from Southern Cal last month after visiting Georgia in April. The Bulldogs are the team to beat for Corral, who is scheduled to return to UGA next week.
Corral wants to make his decision by the end of the summer, while Fields’ recruitment could carry into the fall if he follows through with his desire to take official visits.
Fields is the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback and Corral is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Both signal callers were Elite 11 finalists, with Fields taking home MVP honors.
Nicholas Petit-Frere visiting UF
Another top-100 recruit will make his way to Gainesville this week.
Nicholas Petit-Frere, a 4-star offensive lineman from Tampa, Fla., plans to visit Florida on Saturday. Petit-Frere is a tough recruit to get a read on, but the Gators are considered one of his top teams.
The 6-foot-6, 272-pound lineman is ranked the nation’s No. 6 tackle and No. 56 overall prospect by 247Sports.
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