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Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 4/19

"Gator Blitz" recaps all of the big Florida recruiting storylines of the last few days in one place. Whats the latest info on Florida's top targets?

It was a busy weekend across the board with many schools hosting their own spring game. Here is a quick recap of some guys who committed elsewhere: 

  • Four-star cornerback William Poole committed to Georgia on his visit. He was down to Florida and UGA. 
  • 2019 running back Trey Sanders committed to Alabama. The Port St. Joe's back is one to watch in his class, obviously there is plenty of time in his recruitment. 
  • Defensive end Jaelan Phillips committed to UCLA. 
  • Four-star cornerback Cheyenne Labruzza committed to Tennessee. 
  • Four-star offensive lineman Netori Johnson committed to Georgia on Tuesday. 

Obviously the Gators have plenty of other targets left on their board, and here are where they stand with a few of them: 

JUCO DL Nearing Decision

Josiah Coatney is nearing a decision. The JUCO defensive lineman that can enroll this fall is set to choose between Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and Texas A&M.

In an interview with, Coatney said Alabama and Ole Miss remain at the top with Florida and Texas A&M follow in third and fourth. He admits, however, his list is not set in stone, and he is still can shuffle things around. 

This is what he had to say about UF. He officially visited Gainesville for the Orange and Blue Debut

"Great coaching staff and a great place to be," he said about his time at The Swamp. "I can see myself actually playing there. Really just playing there in the stadium and I can actually see it. I am still highly considering Florida."

He wants to make a decision the first week of May. 

STORY LINK [goes in depth about all the schools]

No. 5 Running Back Wants to Visit Gainesville

Anthony McFarland is the No. 5 running back on Scout and in a recent interview with National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn that he wants to visit AlabamaGeorgiaFloridaOklahomaOhio State and Michigan.

Maryland has picked up the pace with the local DMV talent and McFarland admits that the Terps have moved up with him with the new staff. He says he can actually see himself in College Park. 

"It's really in my head and I think about staying home and playing with my teammates [at home]." 

The Gators, however, is a school he is seriously considering. 

"Florida has been my dream schools," he said. "Percy Harvin is one of my favorite players ever."

STORY LINK [Great insight from Brian Dohn on where he stands with all the schools he is considering] 

Elite 2018 RB Wants to Visit

Ricky Slade told Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark at the Opening in D.C. he wants to head to Florida soon for a visit. 

He says he likes the offense at Florida and has a good relationship with the coaching staff. He wants to see the "interest level" and how "they do things down there."

The four-star running back says Virginia Tech and Penn State are recruiting him the hardest. He recently visited State College.


Gators Making the Cut

A couple of targets have Florida listed as a top school.

Brad Stewart told National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons that Florida, Mississippi State, Mississippi, and Oklahoma are standing out. This is what he told Simmons about the Gators: 

"I grew up watching Florida," he said. " [On my visit] I am looking for a great relationship with the coaches.. I have a great relationship with them, I just want to know if I fit in." 

STORY LINK [Simmons talks about all the schools in his in-depth interview]

DeeJay Dallas announced his top ten on twitter [in no order]: Miami, Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Michigan, UCLA, Georgia, Tennessee, Stanford and Florida State. 

The four-star athlete has visited Florida a number of times already, including for a recent junior day.

Four-Star OT Likes Gators

This is a recruitment to watch. Caleb Chandler recently picked up an offer from Florida, and the four-star offensive lineman wants to visit the Gators. 

"It’s [Florida] a great place to get and education in whatever I want to major in," he said.  "That’s my big concern, getting and education.  The campus is a beautiful place." 

He recently visited UGA this weekend, however, it will be tough to visit other schools until the summer since he plays baseball. Georgia has not offered, but his family are Bulldogs fans. One important note, however, he did not watch UGA or imagine playing for them when he was little. Actually, he wanted to play for the Atlanta Braves. So this can open doors for Florida, as Chandler himself might be swayed by another school. 


Perine's Former Teammate Likes Gators

Timaje Porter is an elite 2018 prospect high on Florida's board, and the Gators are high on his board as well. The defensive tackle is high on UF, LSU, and Alabama, according to his recent interview with Chad Simmons. [LSU and Alabama have not offered].

Porter is Florida signee Lamical Perine's high school teammate. The Gators are his first offer. 

When he picked up the offer from UF he said, "I mainly like [UF because] when the scouts came in for Perine, they were gentlemen basically."

He adds,"Coming into my sophomore year I didn't have my top ten, when they [the Gators] offered me they were immediately in my top three." 


New Offers

Florida offered Ohio State pledge J.K. Dobbins on Monday. The four-star athlete committed to the Buckeyes last month. He is a mid-year enrollee, so UF needs to move fast if they hope to flip him. But right now he is solid to OSU.

Rick Sandidge is a four-star defensive tackle from North Carolina. The Concord High standout  also holds offers from Florida State, NC State, UNC, Penn State, Louisville, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia among others.

Another North Carolina playmaker picked up an offer from UF this week, K.J. Henry. The 2018 four-star defensive end also holds offers from Clemson, Duke, Indiana, NC State, UNC, Louisville, Pitt and Tennessee among others. 

Odds and Ends 

  • UF pledge, four-star tight end Kemore Gamble, picked up an offer from LSU on his visit this weekend.  He is expected to take more visits coming up. 
  • Alabama tight end Zech Byrd enjoyed his recent visit to Gainesville for the spring game, "I liked the Swamp. It was pretty good." He visited Alabama this past weekend. STORY on his visit to Florida. 
  • The Gators recently offered Kendric Haynes, however, the No. 15 OLB in the South told Simmons this week, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina are on top. 


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