Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 4/5

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

This Tuesday edition of "Gator Blitz" is packed with Florida recruiting scoop, including a look at the visitors on Tuesday and for the spring. 

Tuesday Guests

The Florida legacy, tight end Judge Culpepper, will be on campus on Tuesday along with teammates, four-star wide receiver Juwan Burgess and athlete Dan Frantzen.

Weekend Success 

The Gators had plenty of visitors head to Gainesville this past weekend including some big-time targets. 

Scout's No. 3 Wide Receiver Enjoys Trip to The Swamp

Scout's No. 3 Donovan Peoples-Jones made the trek down to Gainesville on Sunday along with a few of his Cass Technical teammates. According to his interview with's Bob Redman, the four-star wide receiver enjoyed his first trip back to Florida since last summer,  “they're in my top 10,” he said


Florida and Miami Fighting for Four-Star Wide Out

Four-star wide receiver, Warren J. Thompson was on campus on Friday for the Florida scrimmage, and left with the Gators high on his list.

"Miami is No. 1, and Florida is No. 2," Thompson said.

"The campus and facilities are very good," Thompson told Corey Bender after his visit. "I took a tour around the campus and I've been there a few times already as well, so I'm quite familiar with it. It's a great campus and everything is close together.

"They said to stay close and visit any chance I get. They treated me like family."


Four-Star DB Connects with Torrian Gray

Marco Wilson, although not a stranger to The Swamp, since his brother Quincy Wilson is on the team, did have an eye-opening visit on Saturday. For the first time the four-star defensive back was able to meet UF assistant, Torrian Gray. 

"I really think he is a great coach," said Wilson about Gray. "From what my brother tells me, he has done a great job already, and he is teaching those guys some really good things." 


Offers Extended on Visits

Four-star wide receiver, Brian Hightower, received an offer from the Gators after visiting The Swamp on Sunday. The IMG Academy standout says Florida is now on top of his list after his trip to Gainesville. 

"The coaching staff was great, great people, great facilities, great everything. I loved it," said the playmaker. "From the way I interacted with them, the environment, it seemed like a great place." 


Four-star 2018 signal caller, Emory Jones was thrilled at his new offer from Florida. 

"It's exciting," said the 2018 signal caller.  "I've always loved the intensity and the swag Florida plays with." 

The Georgia native loved McElwain's hands on approach to coaching the quarterbacks and picked up a good vibe on his visit. Although he had Tennessee leading the charge a few weeks back, the offer from Florida changes things for Jones. He tells Scout that now all schools are equal. 

"I think they can develop me as a quarterback," he added to Chad Simmons. "I could see myslef in that offense. A lot of great quarterbacks came through that program."

He is trying to return to Gainesville soon. 



Jones' cousin, four-star Keiondre Jones, also picked up an offer during his visit to Florida. The freshman offensive tackle already holds offers from  Alabama, AuburnLouisville, and Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 286 pounder

"I really liked the Gators," Jones told National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. "They really have a family orientated program. It's all about family. Everybody is together, and make sure everybody's family is involved with what they do."

"I really like Florida," he added. 


Aeneas Hawkins is one to watch in the 2018 class. The defensive tackle has a very impressive gene pool, with his uncle and father both playing in the NFL. The Ohio native was already very familiar with program before Jim McElwain extended an offer. 

"I've watched the SEC for a few years now. I was a big [Tim] Tebow fan back in the day," explained Hawkins. "I loved the way he carried himself. He was a guy that I always looked up to. I watched a decent amount of their games, but I wasn't too familiar with their campus or how they ran their program." That of course changed after his recent trip to campus. 

"I got the chance to meet the defensive line coach [ Chris Rumph]," he said.  "I got to see how he talks to his players, and how he coaches them. It seems like an efficient program and things are on the up and up at Florida. I mean it's already a great program, so it was good to get more comfortable with that."

Hawkins already has offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Toledo and Florida. 


Gators Make the Cut 

This weekend was the weekend of top lists. Several Florida targets released their lists of top schools and the Gators made plenty of them. 

Top Alabama Linebacker K.J. Britt Trims His List 

The three-star linebacker visited Gainesville this spring and is set to decide in August.

His most recent visit was to Auburn. Britt has visited the program several times, however, he called his most recent trip "special."

“Today was big,” Britt said. “It just felt like it was outside of recruiting. It just felt like the one-on-one time with TD (Moultry) was awesome. His (linebacker coach Travis Williams) talking to us linebacker-wise, what TD is going to be, what I'm going to be, making the calls. I learned the calls pretty quick. It was big to sit down with Coach T-Will. I had a long meeting with Coach (Kevin) Steele, had a long meeting with Coach (Gus) Malzahn. It's different when it's 1-on-1 time."

He visited Auburn with fellow prospect four-star Tadarian Moultry, someone he often refers to as a brother. Both Moutlry and Britt have also joked that they are packaged deal. 

In short, Florida is in the race, but there are other schools heavily in the mix as well. 


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New Offers

Billy Ross has offers from Florida State, Michigan, Louisville, Miami, NC State, UNC and West Virginia among others.

Gators were the latest to offer four-star 2018 offensive tackle Richard Gouraige. Gouraige has also picked up offers from GeorgiaAuburnLouisville and North Carolina. Gouraige called the Gators offer "huge" in a recent interview with Corey Bender. 


Spring Game Visitors

Florida will be hosting plenty of recruits this Friday and Saturday for the spring game. We gave you a preview in last Friday's Gator Blitz, here is another look at the visitor list:

As we reported last Friday here are some of the other expected visitors:

Official Visitors

I will have a better grasp on the visitors on Friday's Gator Blitz. 

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