The Florida Gators open up their season on Saturday against UMass not just in front of 90,000 fans, but also in front of many top prospects. Here is a look at the expected visitor list so far.
Lorenzo Lingard is one of the best athletes in the Sunshine State in this class. He does hold a Gators offer, and although he does not want to admit to overall leaders, Miami, Florida State, Florida and Ohio State are the schools favoring early.The four-star running backs' most recent visit was to Auburn.
William Barnes is one I have put on commitment watch on previous occasions. Scout.'s No. 13 offensive tackle in the 2018 class holds a plethora of offers including: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, UNC, Ohio State, South Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Tennessee and NC State. He visited the Gators over the summer, and left very impressed. He is one to feel good about it in this class at the moment.
Scout 200 linebacker, Kenny Bastida is also expected to be at the game. He currently does not have an offer, but should pick one up soon. At the moment the four-star says Tennessee would be his dream off. His list of suitors include: LSU, NC State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Rutgers.
Mark Pope is expected to travel to Gainesville along with UF pledge offensive lineman, Kadeem Telfort. The four-star wide receiver was expected to make his decision between Florida and Alabama this summer, however, has not. The Miami Southridge star continues to favor the programs.
Although the Gators are in shortlist for Warren J. Thompson, a visit would help move things forward. At the moment the four-star wide receiver is trending towards another in-state school, Miami. Florida State is also involved and Thompson is expected to see FSU play Mississippi. on Monday.
Brendan Gant is returning to The Swamp for his second visit in just over a month. The 2019 safety was in Gainesville for Friday Night Lights as well.
Harrison Bailey had quite the summer. The Mariette quarterback has picked up offer from Florida, Miami, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UNC, and LSU among others.
Dawson Ellington is an up and coming 2020 athlete from Georgia who holds an offer from Louisville.
Odds and Ends
- Top New Jersey athlete, Markquese Bell will take officials to: Michigan, Florida, Maryland, Clemson and Ohio State.He will also visit Rutgers unofficially. He plans to decide December 1.
- Top offensive lineman, Alex Leatherwood, will be at the Alabama vs. USC game this weekend. The Bama pledge remains a target for the Gators. He hopes to take an official to Florida.
- 4-star linebacker, Rahyme Johnson, will officially visit on October 8, Elijah Blades is also set to visit that weekend. Johnson's other visits: Oct. 3 Nebraska, Texas A&M Nov. 24