2017 Gators Board: Linebackers

We continue our look inside Florida's 2017 board by looking at where the Gators' stand with their linebacker targets.

Florida has its yes on a few linebackers in the 2017 class. FightinGators.com takes a look at where they stand with some of their top targets: 

Sterling Jones was a name to know just as a freshman. Miami was the first to offer the three-star linebacker and Florida, Kentucky, Louisville and Maryland followed. The Georgia native is set to be in Tallahassee this upcoming weekend to visit FSU. Everyone is pretty much even at this point. 

Five schools have jumped out in front for Markaviest Bryant, the four-star hybrid linebacker from Georgia: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia. He has visited Gainesville and that trip made quite an impression on Bryant. The Gators came in early for the Crisp County standout, and that is showing to be a very smart move.  

Also of note, he has a good relationship with Kirby Smart, who recruited him at Alabama and is now the head coach at Georgia. 

Things are trending away when it comes to Florida and Markail Benton. Alabama, Auburn and Florida State currently lead for the four-star out of Alabama. However, he admitted in a recent interview with Scout National Recruiting Analyst that other school still remain in the mix, even though they did not make into his preliminary top three. He is trying to set up a few visits this spring. 

Notre Dame was the last to offer four-star linebacker Justin Foster. Other offers on the table for the Shelby (N.C.) Crest product includes Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee Oklahoma, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest. The Gators have not offered, but are keeping a close eye on Foster. 

Ventrell Miller has arrived on the recruiting scene. The Lakeland, Florida native has offers from Iowa State, Miami, NC State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are a childhood favorite, however, the Hokies, the Cornhuskers and the Cyclones were also standing out. The Gators have yet to offer Miller. 

Dylan Meeks holds offers from Duke, FIU, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Syracuse among others. Meeks does not hold an offer from Florida, but if the Gators were to extend one, Jim McElwain and his staff would sit very well. The Orlando native attended a camp and a game in Gainesville last year. 

Maryland was the last to offer in-state linebacker Nathan Proctor. The Lackey High school standout holds offers from Georgia, Florida, Miami North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State and Virginia Tech as well. Proctor has visited Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina, Georgia, Temple and Virginia Tech. 

The Hurricanes look to be the school to beat for Deandre Wilder. Last summer the four-star linebacker from Miami Carol City High told Scout that Miami and Georgia were inching to the top, however now Mark Richt, the former Bulldogs head coach, is in Coral Gables. Florida is no where near out out of it, it remains in the mix along with Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

Will Ignont transitioned from running back to linebacker this past year, but he didn't miss a beat.   Despite playing the position for just one season the IMG Academy standout is Scout's No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2017 class. He has visited Gainesville unofficially and wants to visit schools like Penn State and Ohio State.

Steven Ogletree has initials offers from Wisconsin, Temple, FIU and FAU. The Plant City native does not hold a Florida offer right now, but is on the board. 


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