The three-star defensive tackle from Pinellas Park pledged to the Gators over offers from: Florida State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, West Virginia, USF and FAU among others.
"I kind of knew when I went up for a camp, but I didn't have an offer then and was just a normal recruit. I knew it was where I wanted to be when I went into the Swamp for my workout."
More on his commitment from Scout's Corey Bender: STORY LINK
The Gators are far from done at the position, however. UF will like to take about three in this cycle. Here is a look at the other defensive tackles on the board.
Fred Hansard is hoping to visit Florida this summer. The four-star defensive tackle from New Jersey pushed back his decision and will take plenty of visits before he announces. The Hun School standout holds offers from the likes of Penn State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida, Rutgers, and Oklahoma. Hansard said UF was his dream school when they offered, so a visit from him could be what the staff needs to move the needle towards Florida.
Aubrey Solomon had Florida on top after his junior day visit, however, the four-star now seems to be trending towards Alabama. There is still time with him so please don't panic yet.
Nothing has really changed with M.J. Webb. Like I mentioned in our 22 for 2017 series, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Auburn are all in good shape for the standout. He still plans to visit Notre Dame.
I think the Gators right now have other defensive tackles higher than Dalyn Wade-Perry, however, the New Jersey native continues to see UF as an option in his recruitment; the staff continues to evaluate.
Romello Martin hails from the same high school as current Gator, Thomas Holley. The New York native holds offers from Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, South Carolina, and more recently Penn State.
Neil Farrell has three standing out so far. The three-star defensive tackle from Alabama favors: Clemson, Michigan and LSU. The coaches will continue to pursue him.
Breyon Gaddy and his brother, Brandon Gaddy, recently picked up offers from Florida. They are hoping to visit Florida, which would be good for the Gators, since they are chasing Tennessee. The Vols were among the first ones to offer both Gaddy brothers. According to Breyon, the brothers are hoping to make a decision in the middle of their season, so plenty of time for UF to switch things around.
Late Friday Alabama native Alec Jackson named Florida his leader. Jackson is a guy that could play inside or outside, but at his size he does look like a guy that could definitely move inside by the time he gets to college. Florida has done big things in Alabama in the last two classes, so this is definitely one to to pay close attention to.
Right now, I think Hansard, Martin and Solomon are the three major targets for UF, and the Gators are right there with each and every one of them.
Who is Next?
When one commits, the question becomes who is next. Here is a look at some of the candidates:
Shawn Davis continues to trend towards Florida and in my opinion is the most likely to commit to the Gators sooner out of the next few guys.
Latavious Brini is one to watch. Things just exploded for the four-star cornerback since he picked up his offer from Florida. If you asked me in April it was a matter of when he will commit rather than if. At this time he is checking out his options. He will be visiting Notre Dame on June 17th. I think once he completes his rounds of visits, we will get a better idea of where things stand, however, I think Georgia and Miami are the two schools trending higher than Florida at the moment. Again we won't know until he decides on the rest of his summer visits.
I am putting Kai-Leon Herbert on this list, not because I think he will pull the trigger soon, but because many believed he would have already popped by now. Herbert was on commitment watch when he visiting Gainesville for the spring game in April. But since then it looks like his recruitment could now extend until late summer or mid fall. UF is still the team to beat currently, however, Michigan is circling. This is one to watch this summer to see if it continues to trend towards the in-state school. He is expected to release his top six on Friday, I would be shocked if UF was not in it.
Elijah Blades plans to visit next week. That visit is huge since the four-star cornerback from California has not been shy about his love for the Gators. His top four includes: UF, Arizona, Utah and Nebraska. He could commit some point after his visit to Gainesville, which would be good news. However, he has also mentioned he could push things back.
Ever since Kadarius Toney committed to Florida, the question was when would Kendarian Handy-Holly join him. The four-star safety out of Alabama admitted he almost committed when he visited in the spring, however, he is still evaluating options. Handy-Holly could camp in Alabama next week, and the staff seems to be close to offering. Until the Crimson Tide do offer, this is all Florida at the moment.
James Houston IV has visited Gainesville plenty of times this spring and the coaching staff has seen his spring scrimmage. He is down to Florida and Wisconsin and I could see distance play a factor down the line.
The Work Continues for the Staff
The spring evaluation period is winding down and the staff this week continued to check in on some of their top targets for this class.
Where has the staff been:
- Florida Defensive Coordinator Geoff Collins Takes Over North Carolina
- UF defensive back coach Torrian Gray Checks in on Targets in Virginia
- Coach Skipper Took Some Time in Alabama
- UF Hit the Trail on Wednesday
As far as Friday goes, Gators running backs coach Tim Skipper and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier should be back in-state and he is expected to head to Clearwater to check in on four-star running back Adarius Lemons, C.J. Cotman and Amari Burney.
The big thing for the next few weeks are expected visitors. Many big-time talent are heading to Gainesville soon. Here is an updated look at when a kid is visiting.
Isaiah Bolden was the first visitor this week. According to Scout Analyst, Corey Bender, the 2018 defensive back had a great trip to campus on Thursday.
"UF is my dream school," he said, "and I loved the campus and my surroundings. Only two coaches were on campus, but they made it clear that they want me a Gator."
He plans to commit this summer.
- 2018 target Warren J. Thompson is visiting on Saturday
- Kadarius Toney is visiting on June 2nd
- Cali cornerback Elijah Blades will visit June 4th. (Commit watch...maybe).
- Cali tight end Jimmy Jaggers is visiting either June 12 or 13.
**More visits will be added as they are confirmed**
Odds and Ends
- New Offer:
- Lorenzo Lingard has Miami on top. The four-star 2018 running back also has FSU very high and says he is talking to Ohio State and Florida a lot.