Florida held its Orange and Blue Debut spring game on Friday night in front of fans and a few top targets. What did the recruits think of the game and their visit?
Scout's No. 3 cornerback still is keeping a lot close to the chest. Tyreke Johnson does not want to name any favorites at the moment, however, Florida remains firmly in the mix for the five-star playmaker from the Jacksonville area.
"I loved it," said Johnson of his recent visit to see the Gators. "I love what I saw from their defense. I saw they are playing press man.. it seems like they want those long corners inside the dude's face and to challenge the receivers at the line, it is something very exciting. I also like how the defense flying around and hitting people...Tonight they left it all out on the field. They just gave it 110 percent."
"It's always good to come back to Florida," said Jacob Copeland. The Scout 50 wide receiver told FightinGators.com that Florida and Clemson remain as his top two. "They are building up. I think in the next couple of years Florida is going to be that team that is going to take off and be in the National Championship game." He is set to visit the Tigers next and is set to make his decision at the Under Armour game at the end of the year.
Richard Gouraige is slowly becoming a regular at The Swamp. The Scout 150 offensive tackle made his second visit to Gainesville this spring for the spring game, "I loved it." According to Gouraige, seeing new offensive line coach Brad Davis in action is definitely one thing that stood out about the visit.
"Coach Davis just brings that new style, that new swag and he just keeps it real," said the Cambridge-Christian School playmaker. "He is just investing all of his time on me and just saying that I can come in and make an impact on this team."
Gouraige's mother has also become a fan of Florida. He says his mother not only likes the proximity to home but also the general feel of the program. Gators are standing out right now due to Coach Davis but Clemson and North Carolina are two other programs that remain in the mix for the four-star lineman.
Jalen Goss is the latest prospect that has decided to pull the trigger and join Jim McElwain's 2018 class.
"I've wanted to come here since I was in middle school," said the Lowndes standout that is being recruited by Florida as a tight end. "It's close to home too."
"I enjoyed it," said Jashaun Corbin about the Orange and Blue Debut. The Holy Trinity Episcopal running back has seen the Gators show him more interest in recent weeks after Ja'Juan Seider's addition to the staff. "Coach Seider has them increasing their skill play since last year. They are being more versatile, catching the ball."
According to Corbin, Florida is now one of his top schools, however, he does not want to name an overall leader. He plans to make a decision after his season. Other schools in the mix for him include: Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, LSU and Oregon.
Sevyn Banks returned to Florida on Friday night and although his brother, Marcell Harris, is a Gator, don't expect any favoritism from Banks. On the contrary Banks told FightinGators.com that he is taking his time in his recruitment so that he can explore all of his options. Banks remains firm that he does not have any favorites at this time.
"Besides Florida, Notre Dame, LSU and Ohio State," have been recruiting him the hardest.
Although he is not naming any favorites Banks says he likes the fact that the Florida coaches "actually care about you," he said. "They are going to ask how you're family is doing; how your grades are doing; have you been working out; have you been respectful and things like that."
Derick Hunter is no stranger to The Swamp. The 2019 Dunbar athlete visited the Gators for junior day a few weeks back and made his return once again on Friday night. According to the Fort Myers, Fla. playmaker, Florida feels like "home" to him. Although, he is very familiar with the Florida program, Miami is another program Hunter is taking into serious consideration. The Hurricanes is his "dream school" and he is set to visit the Canes on Saturday. The Dunbar standout admits that Florida and Miami are his top two schools and he plans to make a decision relatively soon.
Cajuan Smith knew Florida would be his choice. The Oxbridge Academy standout committed to Florida last week after a visit and he made a quick decision to return to Gainesville for the Orange and Blue Debut game on Friday night. According to Smith, he is still going to make other visits, however, he admits that in order for other teams to flip, the entire staff at Florida would need to leave and the other programs will need to pull a "Houdini" in order to make it happen. Schools that continue to reach out to Smith include: Oklahoma, Alabama and LSU.
Could their be a commitment on the horizon for John Dunmore? The Gators still look like the team to beat for the wide out from American Heritage Delray. After the spring game he said that UF stands out because of the balance it provides.
“Florida just felt like home, I feel comfortable here. Not only for football, but academic wise too," he said. "Football is not going to last forever, so I know going here for academics it will take me farther in life.”
Stay with FightinGators.com as we continue to reach out to the visitors from Friday night's game.