Gator Blitz: Recruiting Update 7/15

Recruiting is going to pick up for Florida. The Gators will hold "Friday Night Lights" in just one week, and visitors have started to make their way to Gainesville.

Things are going to start getting busy for Florida football. The Gators are one week away from "Friday Night Lights" and many of UF's top targets are set to make trips to Gainesville. Here are a look at the top headlines around UF right now. 

Big Recruiting Weekend on Horizon

As mentioned above, UF will host the annual "Friday Night Lights" next Friday followed by a Saturday camp. Already a number of big time targets are expected to be on campus for FNL. Some names already in the mix include five-star offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, four-star safety Hamsah Nasirildeen, five-star athlete Devon Hunter and some top 2018 targets including four-star running back Ricky Slade

For a more complete list of expected visitors check the link below (more names will be added as the event comes closer). 


Thursday Night Visitors

Chris Allen visited UF on Thursday night, and the four-star outside linebacker is a highly sought out prospect. The four-star out of Louisiana holds offers from: Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, and Ole Miss to name a few. 'Bama is considered the front runner with LSU closely following.

Gators also offered three-star Ole Miss pledge, Bryan Jones on his visit. He committed to the Rebels on Mother's Day and also holds offers from several schools including: Miami, Nebraska, Arizona State, Tennessee and USC. 

Upcoming Visitors

The Gators will host several targets the next few weeks and not only for Friday Night lights.

Four-star offensive tackle, Adrian Ealy, holds offers from Oklahoma, Miami, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas among others.

He is set to visit UF July 18-19.

Top 2018 tight end, Jeremy Ruckert, will visit Florida on July 18. He is set to visit several schools as well.

Gators Making the Cut

Derrek Pitts' Top 10 is West VirginiaPenn StateFloridaTennesseePittsburghToledoMarshallVirginia TechOklahoma and Maryland

Pitts is visiting PSU for the Lasch Bash and West Virginia is another school highly involved. He is expected to visit most schools in his top ten and make official visits.

Four teams are standing out to No. 14 safety, Hamsah Nasirildeen AlabamaFloridaFlorida State and South Carolina are the schools standing out to Nasirildeen. He is expected to visit Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, however, he will visit Alabama first, where he is under Commitment Watch. 'Bama is considered the favorite. 


Scout 300 wide receiver, James Robinson has Florida in his top list of schools. Robinson is focused on Clemson, Florida and Ohio State. 

Work to Do

The Gators have some work to do with Adarius Lemons. The four-star running back and UNC pledge still seems solid to North Carolina. This recruitment will definitely stretch a few more months, with Lemons looking to see the Gators in action in the fall. 


Change of Plans

A.J. Terrell is pushing things back. The four-star defensive back is no longer committing on his birthday in September.   AuburnClemsonFlorida, and Georgia are among the schools involved. It looks like a Florida/Georgia battle, however, the Tigers are putting on the pressure and have started to recruit harder. 

Decision Coming

4-Star wide receiver Henry Ruggs is set to announce on August 1. Ruggs is set to choose between :AlabamaAuburnFlorida or Florida State, The Crimson Tide should be considered the favorite, despite Ruggs calling Florida his dream school from childhood. 

Planning on OVs

Top athlete Markquese Bell will be at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights, instead of Florida's. He will then visit Rutgers for their barbeque and then head to Michigan on August 6. He has two officials in mind: Clemson and Michigan.

Another target from the East Region is Romello Martin.  The four-star defensive tackle says Florida and Rutgers are recruiting him the hardest. He hopes to visit UF against soon, maybe for an OV. Other schools in the mix: Florida StateTennesseeSouth CarolinaMiamiSyracuseLouisvillePenn State and Kansas.

 "The schools I talk to the most are Rutgers and Florida," said Martin to National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn.I want to take an official visit to Tennessee, Miami and I have to get back to Florida."

UNC, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech are some of the schools recruiting Devon Hunter hard. The No. 4 player on Scout is planning to take a few OVs. The only school he knows he will take an official is Alabama. Notre Dame might also get an official.

Florida continues to gain more momentum with Jerry Jeudy. What looked like an impossible task, not looks like a big option for the top wide receiver. The four-star wide out hopes to take OVs to Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Miami. 

News and Notes

Xavier McKinney has decommitted from Alabama. The Gators are in the mix and is expected to receive an official from McKinney, however, so is Clemson. The Tigers have several connections to the four-star safety. Georgia is also in the fray.

 UF pledge Daquon Green is considering several officials. Schools in the mix: FloridaNorth CarolinaTennesseeMississippi and Michigan.  He should still be considered a solid pledge.

Gators offered 2019 athlete, Derrick Hunter from Fort Myers.

The Gators are in 2018 Scout 300 OL Dylan Wonnum's top five. 

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