This was a busy weekend across the country for college programs. Florida once again welcomed its fair share of big targets to campus, while other programs did the same. Here are a few notes from this weekend:
The message remains clear from the pledges, the Gators were impressive this weekend and they are going to be adding some big names in the 2017 class. Several of the committed visitors mentioned: Christopher Henderson, Nick Smith and Tedarrell Slaton as three players Florida should expect to add in this cycle. Lets break these visitors down:
Although Alabama was pushing last week after Henderson visited last weekend, this weekend was a success for Florida. The four-star cornerback and his family enjoyed his visit to Gainesville and at this time it seems Crimson Tide is not in the two horse race for the Scout 300 playmaker. It looks like this is down to Florida and Miami, with UF being the favorite.
The Gators offered Elijah Conliffe recently and the four-star defensive tackle made the decision to visit Florida. Although the Gators seemed to have impressed Conliffe, Tennessee seems to be the one that has impressed the mother, as reported by Bob Redman HERE this weekend. At one point it seems this would be a race between Penn State and Alabama, however, it seems the Gators will not go toe to toe with the Vols if they want to win over the mom.
Tedarrell Slaton is the highest ranked uncommitted offensive tackle left in the country and things continue to lean Florida. We continue to hear that because the Gators are recruiting Slaton as a defensive tackle, UF is considered the leader. Nothing has changed that notion.
The Gators should be confident with Nick Smith. The Dr. Phillips linebacker described the visit as a ten and although he is considering a visit to Louisville or LSU next weekend, this recruitment should be considered a Florida lean.
Targets Visit Elsewhere
Several targets visited Alabama this weekend including four-star defensive end LaBryan Ray. Ray is no stranger to 'Bama's campus and all things considered it seems like this visit was once again a success for the in-state school. However, Florida gets a shot at the defender this weekend. Although it's safe to say Alabama is in the driver's seat.
Henry Ruggs was another playmaker to visit the Crimson Tide this weekend. The wide receiver has visited Alabama and Florida this month, and has played with the idea of visiting Florida as well - however has not set any visit. Penn State is set to take a visit, however, a decision could come much sooner than even the visit to State College. So put this under longest of long shot for Florida.
Four-star cornerback commit, Elijah Blades took a visit to Nebraska this weekend. Although the visit seems to have left an impression on the west coast playmaker, with many close to the program saying that the visit could not have gone better, it is still hard to say that Blades is leaning away from his Florida pledge. At this time, the Gators should be considered the favorite.
Big news for Florida on Sunday when Kai-Leon Herbert decided to decommit from Michigan. The four-star offensive tackle is visiting Florida this upcoming weekend. Although the American Heritage did visit Miami this past weekend, the Gators are still considered the most likely landing spot for Herbert.
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- Cam Spence is done with visits. The Maryland pledge visited Louisville this past weekend and should be making a decision soon.
- Devante Wyatt is on flip watch. The Georgia pledge is visiting Florida next weekend and there are some rumblings that the Gators are a serious contender.
- James Robinson visited Ohio State this past weekend. Many, however, believe that this is a race between Oklahoma and Florida.
Here is a quick look at some of the expected official visits (as always this could change)
**Visit up in the air**