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Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 3/15

"Gator Blitz" recaps all of the big Florida recruiting storylines of the last few days in one place.

"Gators Blitz" is back, and we have plenty of headlines surrounding Florida recruiting this Tuesday. 

Poole Delays Decision After Florida Visit

William Poole has decided to postpone his decision. The four-star corner was expected to make a decision in April between Florida and Georgia.

He made the decision to delay his commitment after visiting Gainesville for the first time last Friday, and this could only be good news for the Gators. Honestly, if Poole were to have gone ahead with his planned decision date it looked like the Bulldogs were the pick. However, it seems like Florida has given Poole something to think about. 

Poole's parents have made trip to Athens to visit Georgia, however, they were not part of the group that visited Gainesville last week. 

Poole and his family have also decided to shut things down as far as interviews. 

Academic, Football Balance Intrigues Four-Star Athlete

Markquese Bell left impressed from his time in Gainesville. I know many kids do voice education as a main criteria, but Bell's grandmother is going to push for that. 

"[The Florida coaches were telling me] No matter what happens if I come to that school, if football doesn’t work out, I have a job and I can be successful in another field like after football," said Bell. "Injuries happen and football isn’t forever, sometimes things don’t happen like you want it to. It’s nice to know that if it doesn’t you can have people that have your back and help you be successful either way." 

Torrian Gray has done a great job with Bell, talking with the grandmother as well on occasion, however, distance could be a factor in his recruitment. Rutgers could be the team to beat due to geography. 


Great Visit, But Florida Still Behind

The visit couldn't have gone better for Justin Watkins on Friday, however, it's still an uphill battle for Florida. 

"Florida State and Clemson are standing out," said Watkins after the visit.  "I've been there to both schools multiple times. I like the atmospheres, and they both have really good coaches there as well." 

Good news for Florida? He still says his relationship with the Gators staff is among the best. 


Davis Sees Change

A.J. Davis recently told National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons that Auburn and Oklahoma were the two standing out. However on Monday night, after his trip to Gainesville, the four-star running back took a very different tone. 

"I'm just neutral right now," he said. "All the in-state schools are mid-range; I am still considering them."

Although, Florida is "mid-range" at the moment, the addition of Torrian Gray has really boosted Florida's chances, so this is far from over-especially with the Lakeland standout saying he has seen positive change with this staff. 


Florida Enters the Race

The Gators offered K.J. Britt last Friday while the three-star linebacker was visiting. Britt gave his visit a glowing review. 

"I'm pretty excited," said Britt about his offer from the Gators. "They play good football, they are good academically, and I know that they put out several top of the line players."

Florida joins Alabama, Auburn, Georgia TechMichiganTennessee and Mississippi among others in the race to land the touted linebacker. 


No. 6 ILB Looking into Florida

David Adams picked up an offer from Florida earlier this month, and the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native is going to take a hard look at the Gators. 

"I know that Florida has a very good, hard nosed football program and also has a good school," said Adams. "I really like the Gators right now, definitely a school I want to learn more about."

Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame and Stanford are the schools that have already cemented good relationships with the linebacker. 


Offers Out

AuburnFlorida State and Georgia among the other schools that have offered early the 2019 running back from Port Saint Joe.

The three-star wide receiver from California picked up an offer from Florida on Monday night. He has one visit set this month, Notre Dame on March 30th. He will also attend the Fighting Irish's camp in June.

It will be tough to sway away from the in-state schools, but the Gators have offered 2018 LSU pledge, Corione Harris

Bentavious Thompson is a Miami commit.

Chase Young is one of the best defensive ends in this class. Several schools are in the mix for the Dematha playmaker including: Maryland, Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Arizona State. Watch out for 'Bama in Young's recruitment. Nick Saban has brought in former Maryland assistant, Mike Locksley, as an analyst. Locksley could cause some issues with the DC area recruits.

The St. Thomas Aquinas defensive lineman is an Alabama legacy and the Crimson Tide are already sitting well with him.

Florida is in early with the 2018 athlete from New Jersey. He also holds offers from Maryland and Temple.

According to National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins, the five-star wide receiver does have interest in Florida, however, the challenge will be setting up a visit to Gainesville. He has visited USC plenty of times, but Biggins says he is certainly "not a lock" for the in-state school. He could try to set a visit to Florida for the fall. 

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