"Gator Blitz" is back and it's loaded with new content and tidbits from this past week about Florida football recruiting.
Visitors on Friday
Four-star Latavious Brini is one of two big visitors expected on campus on Friday. The Scout 300 cornerback from Hialeah Gardens (Fla.) Mater Academy is coming off a visit to Miami. According to Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender, the Canes, Florida and Florida State are all schools to watch for Brini. However, the defensive back has not yet ventured out of state, so that could change.
Florida will also host Scout 300 defensive end Zachary Carter. Clemson and Gators are neck and neck for Carter, however, Florida looks to have a slight edge over the ACC team. This will be Carter's second visit in the past month to Gainesville. In February, Carter told FightinGators.com.
"I love what coach Mac [Jim McElwain] is doing for the players," added Carter. "Other than football I really like the academic side of Florida. I'm 100 percent sure if I came here I would leave with a degree."
Although the Gators should feel pretty good about their chances with the playmaker, this recruitment could go a little longer.
Saturday could be another big day for visitors. There are a few unconfirmed , however, we have confirmed Bruce Judson will be visiting. The four-star athlete will be in Gainesville along with signee lineman Jawaan Taylor.
Another visitor is three-star defensive back from North Carolina, Germane Crowell.
The Carver High School standout will be in Gainesville tomorrow. Has visited most in-state schools: NC State, Duke and Wake Forest, and has also visited Virginia.
In the Mix for Four-Star Pass Rusher
Although the Gators' offer is one of Chase Young's newer offers, the Dematha standout says he hopes to visit the Swamp soon. Florida is a little late to the party for the playmaker. He has already established great relationships with Alabama, Ohio State and Maryland. He will visit the Buckeyes next, and the Terps, although a new staff, picked up Mike London as the defensive line assistant. London recruited Young while he was the head coach at Virginia.
Also of note, as I mentioned in the other Gator Blitz, Alabama nabbed former Maryland assistant Mike Locksley. Locksley will be a huge tool for Nick Saban to grab talent in the DMV.
Another Successful Visit for Florida Pledge
Daquon Green was really impressed by his time at Florida on Wednesday. Honestly he just wants to put on pads and his Florida gear already.
Gators Make Cut for Four-Star Guard
The first step for Florida is getting Netori Johnson on campus.
Decision Date Set for No. 12 Defensive Tackle
Fred Hansard will be making his decision on May 14, his birthday. He will choose between Florida, Penn State, Rutgers, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh. When the four-star defensive tackle picked up his offer from the Gators, he told Scout, he loved the tradition at the Swamp and that Florida was the school he watched growing up.
Fast forward until today and he has yet to make a trip to Gainesville. He has visited Rutgers a few times and is hoping to return to the in-state school and Penn State this spring. He has already visited Ohio State [in January].
There is plenty of time for Hansard to visit Gainesville, however, as each day goes the chances of him choosing Florida goes down. Right now it looks like the schools closer to him are the ones to watch in May: PSU and Rutgers.
Can Florida Flip a Miami Commit?
It looks like the Gators are one school in the mix to flip a Hurricanes commit. Four-star wide receiver Daquris Wiggins is just "70 percent" committed to Miami. He told National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons, that he still likes LSU, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
2018 OL Planning His Return to Florida
Christian Armstrong is picking up new offers every time he visits a school. He holds offers from the likes of Florida, Alabama, LSU, Florida State and Tennessee. He hopes to visit Gainesville this spring.
"Coach Summers and his track record. He his a long time college coach and coach in the NFL...that stands out [when it comes to Florida," said Armstrong in an interview with Chad Simmons.
If you read my story earlier this week on Elijah Blades [HERE] , you will remember the four-star corner overwhelmed with positive emotions after picking up the Florida offer, calling the Gators his dream school. Obviously the quote that will pop out is:
"I'm still thinking about committing [to Florida], I'm going to wait and see, but most likely I'm going to be going to Florida."
Blades is still working on getting things inside the classroom sorted, however, when he visits you bet that FightinGators.com will be on commitment watch. Category 5 commitment watch...
Florida Hitting the West Coast
So many new offers in the West Coast..
Bookie Radley-Hiles also holds offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, UCLA, Utah and Washington State. The 2018 corner will be one to keep a close eye on.
Florida offered another DB out west, three-star safety Josh Talbott. He holds offers from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington State. According to a recent interview with Greg Biggins, Texas A&M and Washington State were the two schools standing ot early on [That was also before plenty of the newer offers].
Two New Offers in Texas
Verone McKinley III picked up an offer from Florida on Thursday. The four-star corner from Plano, Texas also holds offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State among others.
Four-star safety Grant Delpit also picked up an offer this week. The Houston native also holds offers from Baylor, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. Academics will NOT be an issue with him [Harvard is after him]. I am scheduled to talk to him this weekend to talk about his offer from the Gators.
Delpit told Jason Higdon in an interview last week, before his Florida offer was extended, that he will try to visit USC, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Texas and Ole Miss this spring.
Florida will host Antwan Collier once again on Monday. He visited Florida last week. I spoke with Collier on Wednesday night, the interview will be posted on Sunday morning. He told me if Florida offers he would commit on the spot. I think the Gators will hold off on that offer for a bit, however, when or if they do Collier won't make to his decision.