Donovan Peoples-Jones (Allen Trieu / Scout) answers your Gators recruiting questions. answers your Gators recruiting questions.

Q: How does our board look at RB now that Lemons has screwed up again?

Adarius Lemons is still the running back for the Gators in this class. Three-star running back, Bentavious Thompson, from Miami Southridge still remains in contact with the staff, however, there is no change in regards to the status of Lemons' commitment and where Florida stands with him as well. 

Q: Are we recruiting any other QBs or are we rock solid on Jake Allen despite his shaky year?

The Gators are not recruiting another quarterback in this class. The top targets in 2018 are: Trevor LawrenceDorian Thompson-Robinson and Artur Sitkowski

Q: Can you provide us with an updated board and how big this class will be.

The class can go up to 25 now with some of the attrition.

Since the bye-week is coming up I will have my big board breakdown next week-including a look at the 2018 class as well. 

Q: Have Hines and DPJ rescheduled their officials with us?

Five-star linebacker Anthony Hines is officially visiting this weekend, however, not date has been set for Donovan Peoples-Jones' official visit.

Q: Who are the primo difference makers on our target list?

Offensively I think there is no doubt that four-star Donovan Peoples-Jones and five-star tackle Alex Leatherwood would be the two biggest targets left, while defensively, five-star Devon Hunter or four-star athlete, C.J. Henderson

In my opinion Henderson is the one trending the most towards becoming a Gators, however, securing any of the other three targets would be a big win for the staff and a huge recruiting boost for the program. 

Q: What does the OL board look like?



Still Evaluating [No offer]

Q: If/when we replay LSU can we have official visitors? Any idea if game can be played later in the day like 3:30 or 7pm?

This will be a true home game for LSU, so they will host recruits not Florida. The game is set to kickoff no later than 3:30 but no exact time has been announced. 

Q: How are we looking for in-state WR/RB? Is the staff looking for more speed on offense?

I think the staff is doing well and are in the mix for several in-state wide outs and running backs in the next few classes. In the 2018 class, I think four-star IMG wide receiver Brian Hightower is one to keep an eye on. He constantly talks up Florida, however, has not yet visited this fall. Warren J. Thompson, on the other hand, has been a frequent visitor this fall and is returning to campus once again this weekend. Thompson is looking at Florida, Miami and Florida State among others. The Canes seem to be the team to beat at the moment.  Jermaine Eskridge and Jacob Copeland are the other two wide outs that have Florida high on their respective lists. Copeland was in Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, while Eskridge will be at Florida's game against Missouri.

At running back Lorenzo Lingard has shown a lot of interest in Florida, however, this will be a fight. Miami, Florida State, Auburn and Alabama are in the mix here. 

As you can tell from this list, Florida is looking for physical wide outs [Hightower and Copeland are great examples of receivers catching in high traffic areas]. 

Q: What is the fallout from Hurricane Matthew on our recruiting, and specifically, official visits? Are we going to be able to reschedule a lot of these guys for officials, especially the OOS guys like DPJ and the Cali kids? 

The Gators were set to have their biggest recruiting weekend for the LSU game, so rescheduling that game and moving it to a road game does hurt - since Florida will lose out on two home games to bring in recruits. However, the Cali kids, Elijah Blades and Rahyme Johnson look to take their official visits after the season [not set], and Donovan Peoples-Jones still has not set his visit, however, it could bode well to have the last visits rather than one of the first. 

Q: Is Nord a recruiting machine?

Greg Nord had his successes in this class which included Zech Byrd and Kemore Gamble [Randy Shannon was the area recruiter for Gamble, however, Gamble says he talked to Nord frequently as well]. 

Q: How many more D-linemen are we going after? Are Jarez Parks and LaBryan Ray still big possibilities at defensive end?

I think the staff sees four-star Zachary Carter as more of as a defensive tackle, and would love to add Jarez Parks and LaBryan Ray. Both Parks and Ray are two prospects that continue to consider Florida and I could see one of them joining the 2017 class by signing day. 

I think the Gators are still looking to add at least one more defensive tackle as well. Aubrey Solomon is no doubt the biggest target for the staff on the board, however, Tyrone Truesdell is another Georgia native worth watching. According to the interviews with Truesdell after his visit, a visit from mom could go a long way to sealing the deal with him. 

I do believe the Gators will also have an opening at defensive tackle in this class. I think there is one commit that could be on the verge of a decision to move away from Florida.... 

Q: Is Blake Barnett a target for the staff?

The Alabama quarterback transfer is definitely one to watch the next few months. The Gators are keeping an eye on what is going on with him. 

Q: Do you see us taking 4 LB's? Rahyme being the (probably) most likely, and who do we have a stronger chance with...Levi Jones or Hines?

With the class size a bit bigger than expected, I can see Florida taking four linebackers. Right now Florida has James Houston IV and Ventrell Miller on the board. As you mention in your question, Rahyme Johnson looks the most likely out of the bunch, due to his connection with Gators pledge, Elijah Blades, however, UCLA should not be discounted so quickly with his recruitment. On the other hand, I think Hines is going to be harder to sway towards Florida. Levi Jones does have connections to UF and looks the most likely between two Texans. 

Q: Anything new with Adonis Thomas?

Nothing new on this front. 

Q: Lingard---any real chance here?

As mentioned above, the Gators have a real chance with Lingard. He has already visited this year and is expected to visit once again on Saturday.

Q: Is there anything new with D'Anfernee McGriff?


Q: When is Kai-Leon Herbert going to visit? What about Navaughn Donaldson? What about Tyrone Truesdell?

No set dates for return visits for any of these guys. Herbert was set to visit for the LSU game before it was postponed. Trusdell tells me he expects to take his official after the season. He will visit Louisville in January. Nothing new with Donaldson.

Q: Anything new on Brad Stewart? CJ Henderson?

Again nothing new with either of them. Brad Stewart is focusing on his season, although the Gators are the favorite still. Virginia Tech is showing more interest lately, however, seems like the family still like Florida. Henderson remains the same. Florida looks to be in the drivers seat with the South Florida cornerback. 

Which of our targets/commits plan to enroll early?

Q: In a scale of 1-10, with 10 being 100% outs, what are our chances of landing Leatherwood? To me, it's maybe our most important "get".

I put this at a 5. Until Leatherwood actually visits Florida and sets an official I don't see this happening. 


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