Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 4/26

The Spring evaluation period is here and the Florida staff is on the road. "Gator Blitz" recaps all of the big UF recruiting storylines of the last few days in one place.

The Florida coaching staff is busy trekking across the Sunshine State this week for the spring evaluation period. The staff hopes to head to more than 300 schools before the period ends, and this week the staff is focused on trying to keep the in-state kids home. 

Here are links to where the UF staff has visited/or expected to visit:  

Monday Destinations

Tuesday Destinations

Wednesday Destinations

Thursday: South Florida and the Panhandle

Friday: South Florida and the Panhandle

**More detailed look at Thursday's schedule posted later on Wednesday and Friday's on Thursday.** 

Commitment Watch?

Shawn Davis is expected to be on campus next week on May 7th. The three-star cornerback from Miami Southridge will be on this trip with his mom. A decision could be on the cards for the playmaker, who has made several trips up to Gainesville this spring. His teammate Kemore Gamble committed to the Gators after the spring game this month. 

Decision Coming

Josiah Coatney has a set a date for his decision. The JUCO defensive lineman will decide on May 5th. In an interview with he said he currently has Ole Miss and Alabama tied up top, with Florida and Texas A&M following in third and fourth. Coatney admitted that the list may change, however, from what we hear, this continues to look like a 'Bama, Ole Miss battle.

Gators in Good Shape for Five-Star

Virginia Tech, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, USC, Maryland, Michigan State and Michigan are all schools recruiting Devon Hunter hard. The five-star athlete out of Chesapeake, Virginia, is a wanted man. But there are three schools that will make the grade when he chops up his list later this year. 

Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech will make the next cut, according to his recent interview with Scout's Michael Clark.

Florida is "DBU there, so they are just a great defense," Hunter said. The No. 3 athlete adds he has a great relationship with UF assistant, Torrian Gray. 


No. 7 RB Hopes to Visit

Khalan Laborn hopes to make a trip to Florida soon. The four-star running back from Virginia Beach, Virginia will certainly move up our Fab board if he does in fact visit Gainesville. 

According to Analyst, Michael Clark, AlabamaFloridaFlorida StateNorth CarolinaOhio StateTennessee and Virginia Tech appear to be the main schools in the mix. But with a June 3rd decision date, he will need to visit before we make a change for the top back. 


Florida Makes the Cut

A.J. Terrell is focused on four. In a recent interview with National Recruiting Analyst, Chad Simmons, the four-star safety has Florida, Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina standing out (no order). 

Terrell recently visited Gainesville. 


Justin Watkins released his top five, and no real changes for the four-star athlete. The Vanguard playmaker posted on twitter his top five (in order) are: Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Alabama and LSU.

The Gators continue to move the needle, however. Watkins has told Scout and on several occasions that he loves his relationship with the staff at UF. He continues to return to Gainesville for visits and Florida could very well move up with the 2018 prospect. Not doom and gloom.

Hamsah Nasirildeen also released his top five. The four-star told after his visit that Florida made a very good impression on him and the Gators would be one of his top schools. 

The Scout 300 safety made it clear when he released his top five schools that UF was a player.  Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina make up Nasirildeen's list.

Florida is also in Alexander Marshall's top five. The three-star tight end from New Hampshire says: Florida, FSU, USC, Alabama UCLA and UF make the cut. The Gators are the only school in that list to have not offered. He will be on campus on June 3rd. 

Florida Pursuing No. 24 Tackle

Tony Gray is a hard man to read. The four-star offensive lineman visited Florida this spring, and was very impressed by his time in Gainesville, describing his visit as "great." FloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLouisville, and LSU have all received visits from the top tackle. 

In a recent interview with National Recruiting Analyst, Chad Simmons, Gray says everyone is recruiting him hard and that he hopes to cut his list soon. 

On his recent trip to Gainesville, although he arrived after practice, he was able to see a few things that stood out. 

"When I went down there they brought me in like I was at home," said Gray. "They showed me around campus and I met the coaches."

Gray adds, "the history, what they got" is the best things Florida has to offer. 


No. 12 Defensive Tackle Pushes Back Decision

Remember when I said there was time to change things with No. 12 defensive tackle Fred Hansard? Well there is even more time. The four-star defensive lineman from New Jersey told National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn this week that he will no longer announce on May 13.

Hansard told when he picked up the Gators offer earlier this year that it was a "dream offer," and that he grew up watching UF.  He has yet to visit Gainesville, and the reason he is pushing back his decision is because he wants to take more trips. Trips to Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas A&M could be on the cards for the top player. 

Right now, however, Penn State and Rutgers continues to be two schools to keep an eye on. Hansard has made many visits to both programs. 


New Offers

The four-star 2018 defensive tackle picked up his offer this week. The Tennessee native already holds offers from several SEC schools including: Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

IMG Academy's Mike Jones Jr. picked up his offer on Tuesday-remember the staff was at the school on Monday. The four-star safety recently moved to Florida from Tennessee. The 2018 prospects holds offers from: Ole Miss, Tennessee, Clemson, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, NC State, UNC, Texas A&M, and Vandy.

The Gators offered four-star Oklahoma pledge, CeeDee Lamb. The Texas native remains a solid pledge to the Sooners at this time.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail defensive back, Isaiah Bolden, is on the rise. He picked up offers from Florida and Auburn on Monday. 


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