Florida football might be on the road this weekend but the Gators staff continues to work to bring in top talent to Gainesville. Although no visitors are expected this weekend, since UF is on the road at Vanderbilt, Florida's home game against LSU will bring in several top players to Gainesville.
Anthony Hines heads up the impressive list so far. The five-star linebacker from Texas is expected to take an official visit to Florida for the game. Hines has also officially visited Texas A&M and Penn State.
California duo Rahyme Johnson and Elijah Blades are also set to make their return next week. Both players visited the Gators over the summer. Johnson picked up his offer from UF after performing well at Friday Night Lights, while Blades committed to Florida over the summer. Blades has officially visited Utah, but he is also expected to take officials to both Nebraska and Illinois.
Another visitor fans should watch closely the next few weeks is Michigan pledge, Kai-Leon Herbert. The four-star offensive tackle is expected to make his return to Florida soon and had mentioned the LSU game as a possible return date. His recruitment has been trending towards the Gators a lot more in recent weeks, and a return trip so close to his previous visit two weeks ago is good news.
Another official visitor of note is Oregon pledge, Tre McKitty. The four-star tight end and IMG Academy playmaker told Scout's Corey Bender this week that he hopes to take his official visit to Florida for the LSU game as well. He will visit Florida State this weekend, and he is also set to visit Miami on Oct. 21 and Oregon on Oct. 29.
The Gators will host PLENTY of visitors for the game against the Tigers. FightinGators.com will have a more detailed list of visitors closer to the game.
However, the staff changes at LSU is certainly a big talking point for Florida as well. The Gators and the Tigers have often faced off against each other to land some of the best athletes in the state and with Les Miles' firing, some recruits could open things up.
The first player that comes to mind is four-star safety Grant Delpit. The former Texas native committed to LSU in July, however, Torrian Gray and the Gators made a huge impression on the No. 25 safety. In a recent interview with Scout, Delpit once again emphasizes that he is still considering Florida and wants to visit UF this fall.
Kary Vincent, Jr. is another LSU pledge that held the Gators high on his board, however, it is less likely that the four-star corner will be swayed away from the Tigers to The Swamp at this moment.
It is too early to speculate how Miles' departure will impact the 2018 class, since the Tigers have not announced who will follow Miles in Baton Rouge.
Odds and Ends
Top New Jersey athlete Markquese Bell will take an official visit to Rutgers next weekend rather than visit Florida, according to National Recruiting Analyst, Brian Dohn. His other set officials are now: Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio State.null