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.
In-state battle for Schwartz
The Florida Gators already have one receiver commitment in Jalynn Williams, but they’re trying to land a few more in the Class of 2018.
One of their targets at the position is Anthony Schwartz, a 3-star wideout from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Schwartz visited UF for the first time Saturday.
“It was great and I loved the campus,” Schwartz said. “We toured the student athlete education center, the locker room, and the field. (The coaches) were saying that they really want me up there and that they want to use me as a game changer.
“They felt that I would fit right into their offense and that they’ll tell me more about it next time I come up.”
Had a great time at Florida today?? pic.twitter.com/kNKn8I5cH9
— Anthony Schwartz (@anthony_flash10) February 11, 2017
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound speedster had three teammates sign with Florida in the Class of 2017 — linebacker James Houston, defensive tackle T.J. Slaton and cornerback Marco Wilson. Schwartz said having those familiar faces in Gainesville helps the Gators.
“It would be good for me because I know that they would have my back,” Schwartz said, “especially because I’m close with all of them.”
Schwartz currently has 16 offers and said he could make his decision in August. Two schools stand out to him at this time.
“UF is at the top with Miami,” Schwartz said. “Mainly their facilities and they’ll both allow me to play football and run track. Florida has a really good track team, I do know that.”
Florida visit blows Curry away
Another recruit, Chris Curry, visited UF for the first time Saturday.
The 3-star running back from Lehigh Acres, Fla., had glowing remarks about the trip.
“It was mind blowing,” Curry said. “I had a great experience and a great time. I got to meet with all the coaches and even the head coach. Really everybody. … Their message to me is that they aren’t afraid to play freshman.
“They’ve done that every year since that staff has been there. If you work hard, they notice. I liked the new academic building they have. That really stuck out because academics are big with me. I just enjoyed the whole day.”
— Chris Curry (@thereal_chris24) February 11, 2017
Curry spent time with running backs Ja’Juan Seider during his visit, and the new Florida assistant has already forged a bond with him.
“I feel like I knew him for a long time on a personal level even though (Saturday) was our first day meeting,” Curry said. “He knew one of my former coaches that I really liked. (Seider) is a really cool dude to hang around and I would love to have him coach me in the future. His first impression was very strong, real strong.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound back plans to visit Ohio State and Oregon this summer. Whenever he narrows down his list of offers, UF will make the cut.
“They definitely moved up, definitely moved up,” Curry said of the Gators. “I didn’t know much about Florida heading into the visit and now I know. So they’re in my top 4 or 5 right now. I’m still working on making a top list, but Florida will be on it.”
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