GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With less than three weeks to go until signing day, Florida no longer has a secondary coach.
Defensive back is a priority for Florida in the 2016 class, and UF currently has seven commits at the position (five cornerbacks and two safeties).
Some of those CB pledges may not sign with the Gators (see why), and they’re still recruiting four-star corners Kristian Fulton and Jayvaugh Myers, who de-committed from Florida in late November.
Fulton and Myers as well as UF safety commit Jeawon Taylor gave SEC Country their reactions to Callahan’s departure.
Fulton: “It was surprising. I didn’t expect it, but it doesn’t affect anything with me and Florida.”
Myers: “I actually de-committed because of the relationship with me and coach Callahan. It wasn’t that strong. I could see myself still going there, but it will take a lot to do that.”
Taylor: “I realize it’s a business, so no it won’t (have an impact). I just don’t like the decision. I don’t think that was the best move.”
Florida coaches went to see Fulton, Myers and Taylor on Thursday. Fulton enjoyed his in-home visit with Gators running backs Tim Skipper, his primary recruiter.
“Everything went great,” said Fulton, who will officially visit UF on Jan. 29. “He got a chance to hang out with my parents. We all had a good time. I was one of the first recruits he wanted to come see, and that meant a lot. It showed that I’m a big priority for him and Florida.
“But he didn’t really have to make any pitch to me. I already know how I feel about Florida. I don’t need to hear or see anything else. Coach McElwain will be back next week for my parents to meet him.”
With coach skip I hooked him up # Florida Gators pic.twitter.com/3KGSGV9Tgc
— ka4ton (@ka4ton) January 15, 2016
UF defensive coordinator visited Gators safety commit Quincy Lenton on Friday.
— Quincy Lenton (@QuincyLenton01) January 15, 2016
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