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 UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Latest on Rick Sandidge
In the Class of 2017, Florida signed a North Carolina recruit (T.J. Moore) for the first time in three years.
The Gators landed a handful of prospects from the Tar Heel State under former coach Will Muschamp. Now they’re battling him for Rick Sandidge, a 4-star defensive from Concord, N.C.
Sandidge visited Florida on April 22 and named the Gators in his top 11 on May 1, along with Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
“It’s high,” Sandidge said of his interest level in the Gators.
Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph got in contact with Sandidge three months ago and made a big impression on him during his trip to Gainesville.
“When I went down there I had a great conversation with Coach Rumph,” Sandidge said. “That was my first time meeting him and I liked him. He keeps it straight forward with you. I’m sure our relationship will grow a lot.”
The facility upgrades at Florida also stood out to Sandidge. The Gators built an indoor practice facility in 2015 and will break ground on a stand-alone football complex this December.
“It’s a great place,” Sandidge said of Florida. “I had a good time when I went. They were talking about getting their weight room changed and building a facility. There was just all this new stuff and I liked that.”
A 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect, Sandidge said South Carolina and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest, and it appears the Gamecocks are the team to beat.
Sandidge plans to visit LSU, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State this summer and wants to take as much as time as he can before making a decision, which will be based on his relationship with coaches.
“It really doesn’t matter what schools have as far as tradition,” Sandidge said. “It’s about the staff that’s going to be there for the next three-four years.”
Sandidge is the nation’s No. 12 defensive tackle and No. 113 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.
News & notes
- Jashaun Corbin, a 3-star running back from Melbourne, Fla., de-committed from Tennessee on Tuesday, just over three weeks after giving his pledge to the Vols on April 21. Florida continued recruiting Corbin after his decision and visited him this spring, but Florida State is considered the favorite to land the 6-foot, 190-pound prospect.
- The Gators offered a pair of 2019 offensive linemen from Buford, Ga., on Tuesday: tackle Carter Colquitt (6-6, 295) and guard Riley Simonds (6-4, 280). It’s the first SEC offer for both Colquitt and Simonds.
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