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Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 5/6

The Florida staff continues to evaluate talent on the road and with one commitment in the books this week, are the Gators expecting another soon? "Gator Blitz" recaps all of the big UF recruiting storylines of the last few days in one place.

Florida picked up a commitment this week from four-star athlete Kadarius Toney, a great versatile playmaker that could be a huge asset offensively for the Gators. But is UF on the verge of landing another pledge? 

Plans changed for Gainesville trip

Shawn Davis was set to visit Gainesville this weekend, but plans have changed. . The Miami Southridge corner was expected to come to campus with his mom. Forida has been a favorite for Davis and there was a thought that he could pull the trigger on this visit.  Davis has made many trips to UF in the last few months and his teammate, Kemore Gamble is a Gator pledge. We will still be watching this one. 

Another Alabama Native to Commit?

A lot of you have asked the question with Toney's pledge on Wednesday night, does that mean Kendarian Handy-Holly will join the Gators soon? The four-star safety certainly loved his recent visit to Gainesville for the Orange and Blue Debut, however, I don't expect any sort of decision from Handy-Holly the next few days. I could see him wait to attend a camp or two this summer before he decides, however, I think UF is really high on his list. 

No. 4 Corner Looking at Gators

Ohio State four-star commit, Shaun Wade, is still considering other programs, including Florida. UF running backs coach Tim Skipper recently checked in at Trinity Christian Academy this spring. Wade is interested in the program due to its reputation of being DBU. 

"They are losing corners, they need corners," he said. "Close to home that is one good thing. I talk to Nick Washington he always telling me that it's a good spot." 

Wade is seeing plenty of other interest as well, including from Alabama, who has checked in on him this spring as well. Although Florida is only a little over an hour away, Wade also has plenty of family near 'Bama as well. 


East's No. 4 Defensive Tackle's Stock Continues to Rise

Romello Martin is well into double-digits. The four-star defensive tackle claims offers from: Florida, Penn State, Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse. Those listed are also are among those recruiting the No. 4 defensive lineman from New York the hardest. He recently picked up his offer from the Gators on his trip to Gainesville. 

"Florida when I went down there is good," he told Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst, Michael Clark. "Just the environment total [stood out]."

He plans to commit on signing day. He plans to visit Syracuse and South Carolina next.


New Offers

Kam White picked up an offer from Florida this week. The three-star safety also holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

 LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Michigan have also offered the 2018 four-star tight end from Texas. 

Odds and Ends 

  • Chandler Wooten, a three-star linebacker, is set to announce between his three finalists: Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. The Tigers are considered the leader. 
  • Four-star tight end Kemore Gamble says he will take his official visits this fall. The Gators pledge is considering visiting: North Carolina, NC State and West Virginia 
  • Plant athlete Juwan Burgess has decided to delay his decision. Florida is recruiting him as a safety, unlike some other school that have been recruiting him as an athlete/wide receiver. Miami continues to be the team trending with him.
  • Miami 2018 pledge Daquris Wiggins is still hearing from the Gators. "Thats (UF) basically home for me," said Wiggins to Corey Bender. "I just have to keep my options open." Wiggins says he is 95 percent committed to the Canes at this moment.
  • Wide receiver Mark Pope moved up a class and is now a 2018 class. Florida is heavily recruiting the Southridge standout, however, Alabama is on top of the list right now for the playmaker. 

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