Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 5/10

"Gator Blitz" is back and it recaps all of the big UF recruiting storylines of the last few days in one place.

Florida football continues to hit the road to see talent this week. The focus the next few days will be some of the big out of state targets. 

The Gators staff are in the East region today/this week. Some of the targets they will be seeing/saw:

The Gators will also be on the west coast as well. Tim Skipper is set to see a couple of targets including Elijah Blades

A Fight for No. 4 Cornerback 

In order for the Gators to keep Shaun Wade, Florida is going to have to fight off plenty of suitors. The four-star cornerback from Jacksonville, Florida is committed to Ohio State but Alabama and UF are knocking. Wade has plenty of connections to both of those programs. 

The Gators' tradition and geography is certainly an asset. 

"He [UF assistant Tim Skipper] tells me they are losing corner," he said. "Close to home thats a big deal...I always talk to Nick Washington and he tells that it's a good spot."

The Crimson Tide are confident where they stand, but so are the Gators. 

Wade wants to early enroll, so these visits this summer will be BIG. 


West Coast Schools Favorite for Florida Five-Star CB?

Tyreke Johnson is a 2018 five-star cornerback that already has some of the best programs in the country fighting to add him to their respective class. Johnson holds plenty of offers at this point, however,  UCLA, USC, LSU, Stanford and Florida are the four schools, that according to Johnson, are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. 

The Gators have made it a point to make sure Johnson understands how much of a priority he is to them. UF assistant Tim Skipper, who is the area recruiter, has already made sure to stop by Trinity Christian Academy to see him. Right now the draw to Gainesville for Johnson is Florida's tradition as "DBU."

"Florida a lot of my friends go there like Chauncey Gardner and Nick Washington," he said. "They tell me a lot about Gainesville that it's fun and the football is amazing. It's in the SEC, one of the best conferences ever. The degree is good and there is a lot of opportunity for DBs to come because Hargreaves leaving." 

He adds, "I understand that Florida can help me to the next level." 

However, don't discount the three west coast schools, UCLA, USC and Stanford. Johnson has already visited out west and is expected to return this summer. In fact, I would say these are the schools to beat right now. 


Florida in a Battle for Legacy

Marco Wilson might be related to Gator defensive back, Quincy Wilson, however, don't expect it to be a slam dunk for Florida. They will need to work to land the four-star corner from American Heritage. Miami (Fl)Tennessee and Oklahoma 

One positive, teammates Kai-Leon Herbert and James Houston IV are both still trending UF's way, so could that sway the corner to remain in-state and play on his brother's' team. 


Gators Makes Cut for Top 2018 WR

Four-star 2018 wide receiver, Warren J. Thompson, has a top six which includes: Miami (Fl)FloridaNorth CarolinaPenn StateSouth Florida and Louisville.

The Hurricanes and the Gators are the top two respectively. 


New Offers

Marcus Minor picked up an offer on Monday from the Gators. Minor's list of suitors already included: Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others. Although the Terps are making a big effort to try to keep Minor at home, the feeling around the four-star offensive guard is that he wants to go out of state. In an interview done last summer, he told me that he was very interested in studying broadcasting in college. At first it was though, the Terps would have an edge because they were the in-state school,however, now that it seems his recruitment is trending away from his home state. The broadcast program at UF combined with the football tradition could interest the Dematha Catholic standout. 

With the new offers rolling out the Florida board keeps changing. Make sure you stay in the look with the's Fab 50. 


Odds and Ends

  • West Virginia offensive lineman Billy Ross will visit Florida on May 28th. Ross is expected to take a number of visits, however, including to UNC, South Carolina, Duke, and Ohio State. 


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