The Florida staff has remained busy the last few days. Not only have they hosted camps on campus and visitors, but they have also hit the road to several satellite camps.
Zachary Carter is Florida's top defensive end target on the board. Scout's No. 11 defensive end could very well grow into a defensive tackle and the Gators are excited at the prospect. In his recent interview he said Clemson, Florida, USF and Tennessee are his top four schools.
However, it many circles Clemson and Florida are the top two with the Gators getting the slight edge.
"I really developed a good relationship with all the coaches," said Carter. "I feel every time I go there it feels like I'm home. I feel very comfortable at Florida."
Carter is taking a 3-day trip to Clemson this week, and says he will visit UF this summer for Friday Night Lights, however, he might visit before as well. At this time, it's hard to see him leave the state, but the Tigers are going to take this all the way.
Demarco Artis has seen plenty of offers come his way recently, and the Gators staff continues to monitor the defensive end/outside linebacker. Defensive coordinator, Geoff Collins, kept a close eye on Florida's No. 10 defensive end on Sunday during the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Tampa. If UF does offer, things could drastically change in his recruitment. STORY LINK
The Gators had a very successful Detroit camp on Sunday, where Jim McElwain was present. Florida offered two standouts after that camp:
Devontae Dobbs added an offer from Florida after his stint at the camp. He also holds offers from : Cincinnati, Kentucky, Iowa State and Eastern Michigan.
However, the bigger talker was Ambry Thomas. Auburn, Clemson, Michigan Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State are just some of the schools already in the fight to land Thomas. The four-star cornerback dominated the camp in Detroit and he is someone the staff really want in this class. He is definitely a top priority now.
The Gators also offered Kearis Jackson after his participation in Florida's one day camp this weekend in Gainesville. Alabama, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi, and Tennessee have also offered.
Making the Grade
Kendall Randolph trimmed his list this week, naming: Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, LSU and Mississippi State in his top 7. The four-star lineman is expected to cut his list down even further in the next few days.
His commitment is expected in early August, and he has visited both Auburn and Alabama this month, and the only other visit set is to Tennessee.
The Gaddy brothers from Virginia Beach released their top list of schools. The interesting part of this was Breyon Gaddy did not include Florida in his top five, and Brandon Gaddy included them in his top seven. With two defensive tackle commits already for Florida, it's hard to see UF taking both right now. Tennessee is still the favorite.
Top 2018 wide receiver has Florida in his top ten. The staff made sure to make him feel like a priority this spring.
Here is a quick Gator Gauge with some of Florida's targets:
LATEST: Shawn Davis was back on campus on Monday. Although he did not commit on the visit, things are looking good. According to many people close to the situation, it's a matter of when not if.
LATEST: C.J. Henderson might be a Miami pledge, but the four-star athlete is certainly in Gainesville a lot. Henderson remains committed to the Hurricanes,however, his relationship with the Gators staff has improved in recent months, and he is listening very closely to UF. It also doesn't hurt that a lot of his friends are committing or high on Florida.
LATEST: Ventrell Miller recently visited Florida, and nothing has really changed in his recruitment. The linebacker from Kathleen High School and the Gators continue to be in a very good place. But with things picking up for Miller lately, he might hold off on a quick decision.
LATEST: After talking with Jordan Pouncey at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, where he was supporting his teammates, I think Florida recruiting him as a cornerback will sway him away from the Gators. At this time I think Notre Dame and, if Miami offers, the Canes are the two teams to beat.
LATEST: At one point we were all awaiting the commitment of American Heritage's Kai-Leon Herbert, however, things turned quiet on that front. The Michigan noise around the four-star lineman is very loud at the moment, and he is visiting the Wolverines this weekend. Could a decision be on the cards? I would say nothing is off the table.
LATEST: If you've been following Gator Blitz [May 27 Edition] you've noticed that things have been trending away with Latavious Brini for a little while now. In an interview with Chad Simmons on Tuesday, the four-star corner told Simmons that Georgia is his leader with Miami at number two.
LATEST: Things are trending up for tight end target Zechariah Byrd. The Alabama native visited the Gators this weekend, his second visit this spring. Although the Crimson Tide will provide a fight for Byrd, UF is a school the playmaker is seriously considering.
LATEST: Although four-star wide receiver, Trevon Grimes, has Florida on his short list, it's really hard to see the St. Thomas Aquinas playmaker heading to Florida. Right now the trend meter is pointing to Ohio State. His commitment is set for August 24th.
LATEST: Tre McKitty is expected to make his commitment next month at The Opening. The IMG Academy tight end recently took a visit to Oregon, but many feel that is too far for the family. Auburn seems like the favorite to land McKitty. The big thing with him is getting him back on campus one more time before the announcement.
LATEST: Michigan continues to be the team to beat for Donovan Peoples-Jones, however, the four-star wide receiver is not shy about his love for Florida. The Gators are right in this and it's not a lock for the in-state school.
2018 Gator Gauge
LATEST: I usually don't put a 2018 prospect in the Gator Gauge so early, however, Jalynn Williams is the exception to the rule. Williams holds offers from Miami, North Carolina, Kentucky and now Florida. The Gators are one of his most recent offer, however, he has already thought about pledging to the Gators. He could very well pop at any time.
Off the board
Gators land their second pledge in the 2019 class Jaquaze Sorrells.
Sorrells picked up the offer after camping at Florida and he did not hesitate to commit.
"I always had Florida as my home. Florida is where I wanted to be," he added. "I had other schools looking at me. Clemson, they have really good interest in me. I was looking into Indiana, since my cousin just graduated from there...I got my first written letter from Purdue, which made me feel like Purdue really wanted me, but Florida is where my heart is."
He joins Jaleel McRae in the 2019 class so far. He is solid get for the staff so early.
Florida has entered the mix for top playmaker, Xavier Williams. Miami, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnatti, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame and LSU are some of the other offers.
Odds and Ends
- 2018 athlete Kyler McMichael picked up an offer from LSU, USC Notre Dame, Michigan State in the spring, but Florida has been on him for a while. McMichael says because the Gators offered early, he has been able to establish a "strong" relationship with assistant Torrian Gray.
- South's No. 12 offensive tackle, Navaughn Donaldson, wants to visit Florida. The Miami pledge is also considering visits to UNC, South Carolina and USC. UF is certainly high on Donaldson and the interest is mutual.
- Top 2018 Houston Griffith will participate the IMG tournament next weekend (the weekend of the 24th) and he is expected to visit Florida and Florida State when he heads down.
- William Barnes visited Florida for the first time since picking up his offer at the camp. Barnes was able to take a tour of campus and see the academic side of the schools, "I like it a lot," he said. "I loved the way they do their academics up there." He also had a chance to see the new academic center, which is still being built. We will have a full update with Apopka OL coming up soon on FightinGators.com. He has picked up offers from South Carolina and Duke recently, but hopes to return to Gainesville this upcoming weekend. That would mean he would have visited UF three times in three weeks. Although he says he won't commit anytime soon, we will definitely keep an eye on this recruitment closely.