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William Barnes confirms plans
One of the nation’s top offensive lineman has cleared up conflicting reports about an upcoming recruiting visit.
Earlier this month, William Barnes told SEC Country he would visit Florida for Friday Night Lights. However, a few reports this week listed Barnes as an expected visitor for Alabama’s Champions Cookout, which falls on the same day as the Gators’ annual recruiting showcase.
Barnes confirmed Wednesday to SEC Country that he’s visiting Florida, not Alabama, on July 21. It will be the second trip to UF in as many months for the 4-star lineman from Apopka, Fla.
“I love the campus. It’s just a great feeling,” Barnes said of Florida. “The atmosphere and the community, it’s all great. There’s no hatred in anybody.
“The coaches tell me they have everything I need up there. So I’m just hoping to see a little bit more of that.”
UF offensive line coach Brad Davis serves as the primary recruiter for Barnes and met him for the first time in February. They’ve formed a close relationship over the past four months.
“I just love talking to coach Brad Davis,” Barnes said. “He’s just an awesome person to be around. I definitely like that about him.
“He kind of just has a feel for younger guys. I guess you can say he’s with it. He knows the lingo and stuff like that. So I can relate to him well.”
Barnes is ranked the nation’s No. 4 offensive tackle and No. 48 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Florida and North Carolina are his co-leaders and he plans to make his decision on National Signing Day.
Matt Corral moves up UF visit
The nation’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback has changed his July visit schedule.
Matt Corral, a 5-star QB from Long Beach, Calif., told SEC Country at The Opening that he would visit Florida in late July after trips to Alabama (July 21) and Georgia (July 26).
However, Corral has pushed back his Alabama trip in favor of attending Florida’s Friday Night Lights. He will still visit UGA the following week.
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