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Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 3/29

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

It's Tuesday afternoon, which means it's time for a quick Florida recruiting update with Gator Blitz. 

Two Big Visitors Make it to Campus


Five-star athlete from Virginia, Devon Hunter made the trip to Gainesville on Monday. The Indian River standout did not leave Monday night, instead he decided to stay an extra day in Gainesville. Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark is set to talk to Hunter about his visit.

UPDATE: Clark caught up with Hunter, who said he had an eye opening visit to Gainesville.

"I really enjoyed the entire trip, but it was great seeing them practice and having a chance to bond with the coaches. It was a fast-paced, intense practice. They really focus on technique with their defensive backs, which I like. They want you to be physical and make plays on the ball. I really like the way they do things. The visit definitely opened my eyes and helped Florida."



Amir Riep also was on hand for Monday's practice. 


"They explained to me that by the time I would get there, they will have a lot of open competition as they have some guys that will be leaving," said Riep to Scout's Dave Berk. "I really wasn’t surprised by anything I saw, but thought it would be bigger.  Overall, I would give the visit a grade of a “B”."

Along with his dad, the four-star cornerback will make other visits. As of Monday night, Riep does not have any set trips, but says Georgia, Alabama and Auburn. In the last week, he has also visited Kentucky and Tennessee. His trip to Knoxville was his second trip to see the Vols. 


The Gators Make the Cut


Markquese Bell visited The Swamp this spring and the Gators made an impression. On Monday the four-star athlete released his top ten which included Florida. 


Geography could play a factor in his recruitment, with Bell wanting to stay close to Grandma. Temple and Rutgers are close to where he lives and should not be discounted. 

STORY LINK [Great video breakdown by National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn on where his recruitment stands] 

Top Ten for Four-star Tackle


Robert Hainsey has cut down his list. The four-star offensive tackle from IMG Academy included Florida in his list. It is still going to be a long battle to land him, however. 


New Offers 


Florida offered Dalyn Wade-Perry this week. The three-star defensive tackle from New Jersey already holds offers from Florida State, Miami, miachigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Sanford, UCLA and Rutgers as well. 


Kevin Jarvis also picked up an offer from the Gators. The four-star guard from Illinois also has offered from Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, and Nebraska among others. 


Warren J. Thompson is one to watch in the 2018 class. The wide receiver from Seffner, Florida picked up an offer from the Gators, and also holds offers from Miami [the team to beat early], Louisville, North Carolina, USF and Tennessee. He will visit Florida on Friday. 

"Visiting Florida Friday, who landed in my #2 spot with Tennessee at #3," Thompson told Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender. "I've been to Florida a few times, and I'm really looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and facilities."

Mark Your Calenders 



Four-star Our Lady of Good Counsel defensive end Joshua Paschal tells me, he and four-star linebacker Ayinde Eley will visit Florida this week. They are flying to Orlando tonight, however, they are not sure if they will visit tomorrow or Friday. . 


Joseph Putu will officially visit Florida on April 7th. 


A.J. Terrell will be on campus on the Friday. The four-star DB from Georgia holds an offer from Florida. 


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