2017 Gators Board: Defensive Ends

A look at Florida's 2017 defensive end board, and where the Gators stand with their targets.

Florida has a few defensive ends on its board in 2017. 

Scout 300 defensive end Zachary Carter has plenty of suitors, however, Clemson and Florida have certainly set the pace. The Gators were at one point Carter's leader, but he has back off lately saying that all schools are equal. Even with that latest development and new offers, Jim McElwain and his staff should be confident. 

Carter's other offers include Auburn, Miami, Ole miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.  

Jarez Parks is the best defensive end in the South. Parks holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame among others.  The Sebastian River standout is taking his time when it comes to making a decision. No word on visits yet (he plays basketball as well and the season took priority over visits).

The Gators will have to work to land VanDarius Cowan, who seems to be all about the Noles. Cowan has decommitted and recommitted to Florida State in the last few months.  Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Miami, Michigan State and West Virginia have all offered Cowan. 

Four-star defensive end Malik Herring is a highly sought after recruit. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee have all offered the Georgia native. The Bulldogs have definitely done a good job early with Herring. 

“I love Georgia.  I love the school.” Herring said after his time in Athens.  “When I’m there, it feels like home.  I have a great relationship with Coach Rocker and head coach Kirby Smart.”

K'Lavon Chaisson is one of the best in this class. The four-star defensive end from Texas holds offers from all of the in-state schools  plus LSU, Florida and Oklahoma. In-state schools like Baylor and Texas will certainly be schools to watch with Chaisson, however, the Gators are right in the ix and should not be overlooked. 

Stay with FightinGators.com as we round off our inside look into the 2017 board with the linebackers and the defensive backs. 


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