Gators star-searching in the Lone Star State

The master plan says to stay home and recruit the best from around Florida, but sometimes details necessitate a change in the plan. In this case, the Florida football staff under Jim McElwain is really making a push into Texas to recruit the best from that state as well.

Even though the last head coach at Florida came from Texas, the Gators never really ventured too much into the state to recruit. Things have changed a great deal now with defensive line coach Chris Rumph recently moved from the University of Texas and linebacker coach Randy Shannon having a big presence in Texas from his days at Arkansas.

Florida is now trying to recruit the best from the Lone Star State to Gainesville and here are some of the top prospects they are after.

The Gators didn’t sign a quarterback a year ago and the recent offer to Dillon Sterling-Cole of Houston shouldn’t go unnoticed. He has returned the interest in Florida and is a prospect that has the intangibles the Gators are looking for I a signal caller.

Originally from the Sunshine State, the Gators would love to bring this 4-star receiver back. Blessed with size and speed, the Gators are looking to add three more receivers to the commit list before all is said and done, so why not Tyrie Cleveland of Houston.

Jean Delance of Mesquite is another at a position of need and one that doesn’t usually produce a lot in-state. The Gators almost always have to go out-of state for offensive linemen and this 4-star monster is one they would really like to have think hard about Florida.

A recent Florida offer to Marcel Southall of Duncanville is one of many that the young man received from big time programs in the last few weeks. Defensive tackle is another position that is hard to find in the state of Florida so the Gators will be sure to stay on this young man as long as he continues to show interest.

Florida will look to sign 3-4 defensive ends in 2016 and Justin Madubuike of McKinney is one of several the Gators have their eyes on. Madubuike is the top ranked defensive end in the state of Texas and his overall size and burst are the things that have the scouts wondering just how good he can be.

One of the more lively characters in the 2016 class is outside linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch of Houston. McCulloch has actually shown a good deal of interest in Florida and linebacker is a huge position of need for the Gators. Randy Shannon is working this one well, so we will have to sta on top of his recruitment.

Dontavious Jackson of Houston is another big time linebacker that has shown interest and likewise from Florida. He’s more of the inside type and again, the gators really need linebackers in this class. The lack of numbers should help promote the recruitment of some of these guys that are so far away.

In 2015, Florida landed one prospect from Texas and that was safety Kylan Johnson. They are going in hard again after another safety in Eric Monroe of Galena Park. With his size and his ability to read the field, the staff loves his hitting ability as well and all of that together make him a big target for the Gators.

And what you have above is the most prospects from the state of Texas an in one recruiting class that the Gators have spent some time on in recruiting in several years. It’s an interesting concept given recent history of the Florida program.

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