We continue our preview of the 2017 Florida Gators board with the running backs. Here is a list of the targets and where things stand in their recruitment:
Big news when it comes to five-star running back Dylan Moses. As Moses' recent interview with Scout's Corey Bender suggests, his move to IMG Academy this year is certainly good news. The one time LSU pledge held the Tigers in high regard, but in recent months Alabama, Florida, USC and UCLA have all moved up the ranks with Moses. But with his move to the Sunshine State this year, the Gators could see some moves with Scout's No. 2 player in the nation.
Moses still has not visited Gainesville, but with the Swamp a lot closer, a visit could be coming and more likely to happen.
Four-star Trey Sermon, a Georgia native, holds a plethora of offers, which includes the likes of: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Ohio State among others. The Gators do have some ground to make up here, in the fall, Sermon told Scout, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee were the schools that were holding his attention.
Florida is right in the mix of things with the state's top running back, Colin Wilson. The four-star Clay High School playmaker has Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and the Gators very high on his list at the moment.
Four-star Clearwater back Adarius Lemons holds offers from plenty of the big powers. At the moment it's Ohio State that leads for the Scout 300 running back. Michigan is also in the mix for Lemons, however, Florida hopes to make an impact.
Scout 100 running back A.J. Davis from Lakeland Senior high has a few schools high on his list: Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State. The Tigers, however, have done a good job on Davis early on. But the four-star prospect has yet to name official leaders at this point.
Three-star running back Jamari Peacock from Yulee High School continues to have a great relationship with Jim McElwain and the staff. Navy, Florida State and Louisville are the three schools to watch for now for Peacock. The 2017 target is hoping to make a few trips soon:
"I plan on visiting Louisville, Florida State and Florida," Peacock said. "I'm also still trying to figure out a good time to go check out Navy. I'm going to Louisville on the 20th, but I don't have any for sure dates for the other ones."
Back in October, Peacock had named Florida his top school.
Four-star Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage High School's Kyshaun Bryan has plenty of suitors: Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Duke are among those vying for the playmaker. Bryan has kept a low profile recently, but is still looking at the Gators as a possible landing spot.
Scout 300 running back from Gulliver Prep in Miami, Robert Burns, chose to stay close to home and pledge to the Hurricanes. However, the four-star recruit made that decision last February to Al Golden. Golden is no longer the coach in Coral Gables. Although Burns himself has not reopened his recruitment, things could change if he does not gel with the incoming staff.
Malik Davis from Jesuit High School in Tampa holds offers from FIU, Boston College and USF. Davis' stock could rise this spring evaluation period. Florida is a school that expressed interest.
Stay with FightinGators.com as we continue to break down the 2017 board.null