Gator staff still hard-selling Florida

With two weeks of visiting allowed, the University of Florida assistant football coaches will be on the road in a crazy like manner visiting a slew of high school prospects before the recruiting dead period starts in mid-December.

The Florida assistants will be all over the state of Florida and beyond this week. Without knowing their future with the program, they will be busy selling the University of Florida as a great place for these young men to play. The biggest targets in the class are on the schedule for all nine of the coaches and Director of player Personnel Drew Hughes who will be on the road recruiting in place of head coach Will Muschamp who is no longer with the program.

Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will be in to visit a few 4-star quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Gator commitment Sheriron Jones from out in California, Boynton Beach standout Lamar Jackson (Louisville commit) and Bradenton IMG Academy 4-star signal caller Deondre Francois (FSU commit) will get a visit this week. Hughes is taking a lot of the Tallahassee and panhandle recruits and will be in to see 2016 4-star Feleipe Franks (LSU commit) of Wakulla and Tallahassee Leon dual-threat Danfernee McGriff (Auburn commit).

There are a lot of top running backs on the docket for this staff. Defensive line coach Brad Lawing recruits North Carolina and will be in to see three of the best running backs in the country from that state. Four-star burners Nyheim Hines, Bryce Love, and Johnny Frasier will get a look from Lawing this week. Running back coach Brian White will be traveling a lot. He has appointments set with five 4-star backs on his list to see this week that include Kentucky star Damien Harris, Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas star Jordan Scarlett (Miami commit), Winter Garden West Orange athletic back Dexter Williams (Miami commit), Orlando Timber Creek back Jacques Patrick (FSU commit), and super athlete Ray-Ray McCloud of Tampa Sickles (Clemson commit).

Of course receiver is a high priority and that position will get a ton of attention this week as well. Travaris Robinson will be in to see Miami Booker T Washington 4-star Antonio Callaway and 5-star Coconut Creek receiver Calvin Ridley (Alabama commit). Roper will be in to see 4-star JuCo receiver Isaac Whitney. Florida receiver coach will have his hands full checking in on St. Pete Lakewood’s Ryan Davis, Tampa Wharton’s Auden Tate, and Brentwood (Tenn.) star Van Jefferson. Finally Derek Lewis will also have his hands full visiting 4-star and Gator commitment Derick Dillon from Pine (Louis.), Jacksonville Ed White 4-star Javarius Davis, and 2016 5-star receiver Nate Craig (Auburn commit) of Tampa Catholic. Brian White and Derek Lewis will be by to see FSU commit George Campbell of Eastlake. Hughes will be in to see 2016 star Eli Stove of Niceville.

The Gators have a couple of committed tight ends… Neptune Beach Fletcher star Kalif Jackson and Tallahassee Lincoln man-child Camrin Knight will get a visit from Derek Lewis. Lewis will also visit 2016 star Jacob Mathis.

The offensive line is where almost half the committed class is from all four offensive line prospects will get a visit from line coach Mike Summers this week. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny star Tyler Jordan, Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside monster Brandon Sandifer, Atlanta Lakeside mauler Mike Horton, and Cincinnati Winton Woods athletic tackle George Brown are all in the fold and the staff is trying to keep them that way. Summers will also be in to see Apopka 5-star Martez Ivey, Montverde Academy athletic tackle Abdul Bello (FSU commit), Brooksville nature Coast’s Christian Pellage (South Carolina commit), and Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa Plant. Hughes also made an early Monday appearance to see giant JuCo offensive tackle Martinas Rankin. Brian White will make an appearance to see Greenbelt (Md.) 4-star tackle Isaiah Prince.

Defensive end is a high priority and we know the names of the two big targets. Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, Lawing, and Travaris Robinson will all be in to see 5-star Baker County end CeCe Jefferson, and Seffner Armwood 5-star Byron Cowart.

The lone defensive tackle prospect they will visit this week is Jacksonville Trinity Christian star Kendrick Norton. While there, Durkin, Robinson, and Lawing will also check in on 4-star outside linebacker Jeff Holland. Other linebacker priorities for the week include Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett 4-star Adonis Thomas and 4-star Roquan Smith of Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County who will get a visit from Durkin. Durkin and Robinson will also check in on Notre Dame commit Te’Von Coney of Palm Beach Gardens. Hughes will visit Hardee County linebacker and recent Arkansas commitment Derrick Graham.

Cornerback is in desperate need of numbers and quite a few good ones will be targets. Miami Booker T Washington star Davante Davis and Miami Norland’s Carlton Davis (Ohio State commit) will get a visit from Travaris Robinson this week. Lawing will be in to see North Carolina star and recent Gator lean Mike Hughes. Coleman Hutzler will be in to see Peach state stars Darius Slayton and Jeremy McDuffie and also 2016 Cocoa HS Gator commitment Chauncey Gardner. Hughes will visit Naples 2016 commitment Tyler Byrd.

Finally at safety, the targets are really big ones. Miami commitment Jaquan Johnson of Miami Killian and Westminster Academy 4-star electric play maker Tim Irvin will get visits from Robinson and Durkin. Robinson will also pay a visit to Alabama commitment Shawn Burgess-Becker. Hughes will drop in on Tallahassee Florida State School 4-star Ronnie Harrison.

This isn’t even all of the prospects they will visit in this first week of high octane December recruiting. There are plenty of prospects committed to other schools that that the current Florida assistants will stop in and let them know what kind of program is in Gainesville. One thing for sure, it will be a busy week.

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