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Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 5/24

"Gator Blitz" is back and it's once again loaded with recruiting scoop. Who is Florida targeting and are some of the targets trending the Gators' way this week? FightinGators takes a look at the top stories around UF recruiting the last few days.

It's that time of year. School is winding down, the spring evaluation period is coming to an end and kids are scheduling visits. Here is a quick list of some of the visitors expected to come to Florida in the next week: 

  • The Gators recently offered defensive back Isaiah Bolden. The Jacksonville, Florida native recently told Scout Analyst, Corey Bender, that he was a fan of the UF program. Florida, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina and South Florida are his top schools right now. He is set to visit Gainesville on Thursday. 
  • Warren J. Thompson is visiting UF on Saturday. The four-star wider receiver is also expected to visit Miami and Georgia as well this weekend. The Canes and UF are his top two. 
  • Four-star pledge, athlete Kadarius Toney, tells me he is expected to be in Gainesville on June 2nd. 

This list will change (more will be added) as those dates come closer. 

5-Star Wants to Visit

No date for this top target, but five-star linebacker, Anthony Hines, wants to visit Gainesville this summer. This will be huge if Hines does in fact visit this summer. The Texas native has about 90 offers at the moment and wants to see plenty of schools the next few months including: Florida, FSU, Ohio State, UCLA, USC, Stanford and California. 

He has visited Texas a number of times already. This summer is going to be important for Hines because he plans to early enroll. 


New Offer Coming?

As you saw earlier this week, I wrote about Cordavien Suggs, a three-star offenisve tackle from Neptune Beach, Florida. Currently, he does not hold an offer, but he named UF in his top ten. Suggs was told by the staff, he could pick up an offer this week. Mike Summers and Tim Skipper have noth visited Suggs this spring. According to the Duncan U Fletcher standout, he could also come to Gainesville for a camp, although he was told by the staff he does not need to participate. 


New Offers

Ventrell Miller picked up an offer from the Gators on Friday. UF assistant Torrian Gray was at Kathleen High School to see the three-star linebacker last week as well. UF joins Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, NC State, Nebraska, UNC, Pitt, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech among others.

Miller was not the only one to pick up an offer at Kathleen High. His teammate, Brendan Gant also picked up an offer from the Gators; UF is his second offer.

The Gators are now in the mix for Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central athlete David Reese. The Gators offered the 2018 standout, whose brother is 2016 offensive lineman and Mississippi State signee, Stewart Reese.  The younger brother says the offer from the Gators was a "milestone."

"I'm on the radar now, and it's time to show the world why I'm on the radar and stay on it. I don't know too much about the Gators, other than me seeing the campus with my brother. I'm also good friends with a former Gator in Matt Elam, so that's about it."

Reese is expected to visit Florida this summer. He also holds offers from Miami, Mississippi State, SyracuseIndianaLouisville and Middle Tennessee State. (FULL STORY

The Gators took a step forward with Obinna Eze. UF offered the offensive lineman from Tennessee, who also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vandy among others. 

Odds and Ends

Although Cyrus Fagan is committed to play for Florida State, it does not mean the Gators have stop pursuing the four-star safety out of Daytona Beach, Florida. According to the Mainland High School playmaker, not including Florida State, he is still hearing from both UF and Georgia the most. Fagan is hoping to visit Gainesville either this summer or for a game in the fall. This one will be a hard to pull away from the Noles, but they key he is listening to Florida and not shutting them out.

Four-star athlete DeeJay Dallas committed to Miami.

Four-star cornerback Latavious Brini is set to visit Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion. He will be there June 17-18.

The Gators continue to evaluate Noah Igbinoghene. The three-star Alabama athlete recently picked up a Notre Dame offer, and holds offers from Illinois, Maryland, Duke, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, among others.

Cardell Jones sat out last season and is now at Carver in Birmingham, Alabama. Because of that he did not pick up as much interest the last few months, however, he is one to watch camp season and in the fall. The Gators would be his dream school. Jones is from Jacksonville originally and the first college game he watched was at The Swamp. (STORY LINK)


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