Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 6/7

"Gator Blitz" returns and it is loaded with recruiting scoop from the last week.

It has been a busy few days for Florida Gators recruiting. Here is a snap shot of the big headlines around football: 

Guess Who is Coming to Gainesville

Here is the upcoming visitor list: 

  • Four-star wide receiver, Jordan Pouncey, will be in Gainesville on June 8th. (Pouncey's full visit calendar HERE
  • No. 9 athlete Tray Bishop will be on campus on June 11. 
  • Shawn Davis is slated to visit the weekend of the 11th, June 12-14. The Miami Southridge, three-star cornerback, is on COMMITMENT WATCH when he lands on campus. 
  • 2018 offensive lineman William Barnes is set to visit on Saturday, June 11 as well. 
  • Jimmy Jaggers, a tight end from out west, is coming into town on June 12th for a two day trip. 
  • TBA 2018 athlete Justin Watkins is expected to visit this week as well. No date set. 

Other dates to circle: 

Upcoming satellite camps

  • June 8: Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) 
  • June 9: Wagner College (New York) 
  • June 9: Goodpasture HS (Madison, TN) 
  • June 12: Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia (Florida/Maryland/ODU) 
  • June 12: Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp (Tampa, Florida) 
  • June 12: Wayne State (Detroit, Michigan) 

On Wednesday, I will be attending the Trinity Christian Academy camp. The school is the home of a couple of big time targets for the Gators: 

http://www.scout.com/player/190260-shaun-wade

http://www.scout.com/player/187713-tyreke-johnson

Commitment Dates 

http://www.scout.com/player/190268-a-j-terrell

2017 four-star A.J. Terrell is set to make his decision on his birthday, September 23rd. The schools in the mix right now: Clemson, AlabamaAuburnFloridaGeorgia and South Carolina. The Gators were the Scout 200 safety's dream school growing up. 

Then They Will Come

The Gators hosted plenty of top targets in the last few days, when Florida opened its doors to not only visitors, but also campers.

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/198202-elijah-blades

Elijah Blades has been a long time fan of the Florida football program. The four-star corner from California visited over the weekend, and the visit not only exceeded expectations for Blades, but he says he was "blown away" by The Swamp. Utah, Arizona, Nebraska, and Florida are the schools currently in the running for the playmaker, however, UF seems like the team to beat. Many of you have asked if he is a take and the answer is YES. 

STORY LINK

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/200926-brad-stewart

Brad Stewart enjoyed his first trip to the Swamp last week. 

"I stack it as one of my tops," he said.  "Their play speaks for itself. The swagger they play with and the swagger the coaches walk around campus, you can see why the players play like they play because all the coaches act like a player."

The four-star cornerback from Louisiana says Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Mississippi State are recruiting him the hardest, however, he also picked up a new offer this weekend, Alabama. 

"It's big, real big. It's pretty high on the list,"said the Scout 300 DB to Analyst John Garcia, who covers Alabama. "My highlight tape shows that I'm a football player and a track star, so they want to see me show that I'm as good as I think I am." 

FULL STORY

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/195003-bentavious-thompson

The Gators continue to go after Bentavious Thompson. The Miami Southridge running back is committed to Miami, and it will be tough to flip him away from the Canes, however, with the help of some of the teammates (fLorida commit Kemore Gamble) at his high school, Florida is still in the picture. 

http://www.scout.com/player/201826-mark-pope

Mark Pope hopes to decide this summer. The wide receiver from Miami told FightinGators.com at the camp that Alabama is his top school, however, the Gators are right up there. Although 'Bama remains the leader, Florida is not too far down the list and could pose a threat, especially if more  of Pope's teammates pull the trigger.  (Full Story coming Wednesday) 

The camp also saw the return of commits: four-star wide receiver Daquon Green and four-star tight end Kemore Gamble. Both of them had quite the night, especially against Georgia pledge, and former Florida target, William Poole

http://www.scout.com/player/203800-kadarius-toney

Four-star athlete Kadarius Toney made his first trek to Gainesville over the weekend. We are set to catch up with the Alabama native this week. From what we hear, the trip was successful and solidified his position. 

Related Story: Daquon Green Shines at 7-on-7 Florida Camp 

Related Story: Kemore Gamble Impresses at Camp

New Offers

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/207647-william-barnes

Mike Summers and company were very impressed by William Barnes at their camp on Friday night. The 2018 Apopka offensive lineman picked up an offer from UF after his performance. Barnes also holds offers from the likes of: Miami, UNC and Tennessee. He is set to return to Gainesville on Saturday for a proper visit. 

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/206708-trey-dean

Florida was the first to offer 2018 defensive back, Trey Dean. The Gators offered the Georgia native after his performance in Saturday's camp. 

"The coaches said I was going to look good in orange and blue," he said. "Just their DB coach, how they run things. [Torrian Gray runs] some different drills and their style and swag (stood out)." 

STORY LINK from Chad Simmons

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/190513-brian-edwards

The Gators also offered Brian Edwards, after his performance in the 7-on-7 tournament for Miramar. After the offer, Edwards tells FightinGators.com, that UF is among his leaders. 

"Them being my favorite growing up, watching them every Saturday on TV and making that my dream school [puts them with the top schools]," he said. "Having that offer and having the chance to go there it's just an amazing opportunity."

Scout's No. 7 safety in Florida holds offers from: Syracuse, Clemson, LSU, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, USC and UNC. He could be on the way to picking up a new offer from Alabama. He camps at 'Bama this month. 

STORY LINK

Gators Make the Grade for Out of State DTs

Florida makes the cut for two out of state defensive tackles this week. 

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/182371-dalyn-wade-perry

Dalyn Wade-Perry has eight schools standing out: UCLA, Florida, Notre Dame, Stanford, Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan State. 

Florida, as you can tell by some of my tweet when I got the offer, a school that I dreamed about going to when I was a child. I feel like it would be cool to continue the recruiting process and maybe go down there."

The four-star New Jersey native says he will take official visits to Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford; he has not decided on the other two officials.

FULL STORY from Brian Dohn. 

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/195093-fred-hansard

With two defensive tackle pledges already in this class, Fred Hansard is one guy the Gators continue to pursue. Hansard is high on UF's board, and Florida is high on his. Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers,  Alabama and USC are the schools he is interested in. 

https://twitter.com/Fred_Hansard56/status/739978315742732288

Four-Star WR Has Florida on Short List 

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/190926-trevon-grimes

https://twitter.com/TrevonGrimes7/status/739942894564413440

AlabamaFloridaFlorida StateGeorgiaMiami (Fl) and Ohio State are Trevon Grimes's finalists. Grimes hopes to visit Florida, Florida State, and OSU in the near future. 

With four-star wide out, Daquon Green, committed to the 2017 Florida class and four-star athlete Kadarius Toney also making his pledge to Jim McElwain and his staff, UF will be selective at wide receiver moving forward. Although the Gators would take Grimes, he seems to be trending away from Gainesville-many suggest Ohio State or FSU. Other wide receiver to keep an eye on for Florida: CeeDee Lamb, Donovan People-Jones, and Henry Ruggs. 

Odds and Ends

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/202243-tavyn-jackson

  • Four-star defensive back, Tavyn Jackson, made the trek to Gainesville on Tuesday to check in with Florida at the camp. 

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/187856-tyrone-truesdell

  • Tyrone Truesdell hopes to visit Florida this summer. The four-star defensive tackle picked up an offer from the Gators this spring. He also holds plenty of other offers including from:Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss, and South Carolina  (FULL STORY

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/184433-devon-hunter

  • Gators remain in good shape for five-star Devon Hunter. Florida, Virginia Tech, UNC, Clemson, and Alabama are the schools standing out right now. Hunter recently visited UF this spring for a practice. "Florida is DBU, coach Gray and I have a great relationship," he said. "I've seen the campus I've been there twice. I am very familiar with them too. I enjoy being down there and I could see myself playing with them." The Virginia native also says he has a great relationship with coach Mac. 

(FULL STORY)

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/192861-deandre-wilder

  • Deandre Wilder named a top ten, however, Miami should be the favorite to land the four-star linebacker at this time. 

https://twitter.com/Eyecandy_WILDer/status/738113281399738368

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/201973-devin-morris

  • Florida offered Texas A&M commit, Devin Morris. The three-star athlete also holds offers from FSU, Louisville, Arizona, LSU, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Mississippi State, among others. 

http://www.scout.com/college/florida/player/199263-k-vaughan-pope

  • K'Vaughan Pope was offered by Florida over the weekend. The four-star athlete from Virginia describes the Gators as a "dream school." The 2018 target holds plenty of offers: Clemson, NC State, Virginia, Syracuse, Tennessee and South Carolina to name a few of the suitors. STORY LINK from Scout's Michael Clark. 


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