GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s official visitors list reaches double digits this weekend as the Gators look to close out the 2016 class.
There’s a possibility that UF will eventually land one or two of the recruits who are in town. Florida will host at least 10 prospects on campus, including the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver, No. 2 cornerback and a graduate transfer offensive lineman.
Here are the three best things that could happen for UF recruiting this weekend:
1) Convince Cleveland
Even with four talented receivers committed, Florida has pursued other targets at the position this month for a fifth wideout. Now there’s a chance that UF could land the highest-ranked recruit on its WR board.
Houston commit Tyrie Cleveland will visit the Gators this weekend with his aunt, whom he lives with in Texas. In an interview with SEC Country, Cleveland went in-depth on how the Gators have positioned themselves to potentially flip him.
If it happens, Cleveland would arguably be Florida’s most highly-touted receiver signee since Percy Harvin.
2) Persuade Fulton’s parents
The Gators don’t have much convincing to do with five-star cornerback Kristian Fulton.
” I already know how I feel about Florida. I don’t need to hear or see anything else,” Fulton recently told SEC Country.
Fulton’s trip to Gainesville this weekend is mainly about making his parents comfortable with UF. His father wants him at LSU, and it’s safe to assume his mother prefers that he stay close to home.
The Gators have to get them to support Fulton attending Florida before he can reach that decision.
3) Solidify a few commits
Seven of this weekend’s visitors are UF commits, and some of them have visited elsewhere and the Gators need to solidify their pledge.
Safety Jeawon Taylor (Georgia), linebacker Jeremiah Moon (Mississippi State), wide receiver Rick Wells (USF, Virginia Tech) and cornerback C.J. McWilliams (USF, Miami) all took trip to other schools this month.
Florida doesn’t appear to be risk of losing any of them, but a few good days in Gainesville could make sure of that.
RB Lamical Perine, 5-11, 211, Theodore, Ala. (Florida commit)
WR Tyrie Cleveland, 6-3, 190, Houston (Texas) Westfield
WR Rick Wells, 6-0, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Raines (Florida commit)
OL Tyler Catalina, 6-6, 298 (graduate transfer from Rhode Island)
LB Jeremiah Moon, 6-4, 210, Hoover, Ala. (Florida commit)
CB Kristian Fulton, 6-0, 177, Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel
CB C.J. McWilliams, 5-11, 170, Miami, Fla./Southwest (Florida commit)
CB Antonio Nelson, 6-2, 175, Montgomery, Ala./Carver (Florida commit)
S Quincy Lenton, 6-0, 190, Meridian, Ala. (Florida commit)
S Jeawon Taylor, 6-2, 192, Montgomery, Ala./Park Crossing (Florida commit)
Tight end Nick Eubanks planned to visit UF this weekend, but that’s likely off with his commitment to Michigan on Tuesday. Junior college cornerback Joseph Putu, who was seen Thursday by Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, is considering a trip to Florida on Sunday.
All player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.