GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fresh off his offer from LSU, New Orleans cornerback Brad Stewart made his way to Florida for Friday Night Lights.
It was the second UF visit in as many months for Stewart, and this time he came with his mother.
“It’s always good to come to The Swamp,” said Skipper, who is being recruited by secondary coach Torrian Gray and running backs coach Tim Skipper.
“I got a good relationship with the coaches. Coach Skip is always in contact with momma. It’s not just me wanting to come out (to Florida), it’s her, too. She likes the coaches. She feels like she’s important and also I’m important.”
Cornerback is a top priority for the Gators in their 2017 class, and they plan to sign a few players at the position.
“(Gray) told me don’t be afraid to come in with some dogs,” Stewart said. “They want a lot of recruits to come in and compete for a chance to play as a true freshmen because they’re losing a couple key people.”
Stewart is ranked the nation’s No. 25 cornerback and No. 193 overall recruit. He’s up to 40 scholarship offers, and five schools are standing out to him.
“Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee. That’s all I can think of right now,” Stewart said.
The 6-foot, 194-pound prospect added LSU isn’t currently in his top group because the offer came so late.
“It comes into play,” Stewart explained, adding that his focus has been leaving the state of Louisiana for college.
Alabama is another school that recently joined the race for Stewart, and he has developed a quick relationship with the Crimson Tide.
“It’s grown good,” Stewart said. “Me and the DB coach (Derrick Ansley) over there, we stay in contact with each other. We’re just building a bond.
“Really, it’s Alabama. They work hard. It’s all about business, as long as you get a couple rings. There’s not much you have to say.”
Stewart said Florida will be his last recruiting trip of the summer. He plans to take all five of his official visits in the fall and doesn’t have a timeline for a decision.
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.