Florida is on the road recruiting for spring evaluations, and although new offers are being given out, there is no question that there are a few prospects that are high on their list. Here is a quick look at who the Gators have as their most wanted in the 2018 class.
No question here who is undoubtedly a top target for Florida, Justin Fields is on every one's most wanted list. The four-star quarterback is committed to Penn State and does not really like speaking about other schools, however, he is being courted by the Gators and has revealed that UF is a school that is recruiting him hard. He is an early enrollee so this will not be a National Signing Day flip.
Things have been trending better for Tyreke Johnson. The five-star cornerback has visited the Gators twice this spring and the partnership between Corey Bell and Tim Skipper has certainly put on the full court press on the defensive back from Jacksonville. Other schools in the mix: UCLA, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Stanford.
Also on the way up the trend meter this spring is Richard Gouraige. The Scout 300 offensive tackle looked like a Clemson lean for the longest time, however, new offensive line coach,Brad Davis, and the Gators have certainly made waves the playmaker from Tampa.
Things certainly changed for Jacob Copeland. The four-star wide receiver has had Clemson and Florida on top for months but then this month decided not only to expand his list to five schools, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and Mississippi, but he also eliminated the Tigers all together. Many point to Auburn and the Gators as the two teams to beat at the moment. He is not deciding until the Under Armour game in January.
In the same vein as Gouraige, the addition of Davis to the staff has certainly helped matters with William Barnes. The Gators should be considered a favorite and is in a fight with North Carolina, Auburn, Ohio State and Florida State.
Channing Tindall is a high priority linebacker for Florida. The South Carolina native has South Carolina, Auburn, LSU and Georgia showing extensive interest. The Gamecocks are the team to beat at the moment and he has named several possible visits for the next few months, but that list did not include a visit to Gainesville. To sum up, Florida still needs to do work on this one.
Malcolm Lamar was recently seen wearing Florida gloves at practice and it seems like UF has not missed a beat with Scout's No. 4 defensive end. He mentions Florida, Alabama and Tennessee as teams in the mix, however, UF has done great in recent visits with him and his family.
Nick Petit-Frere visited Gainesville in January and things are trending better for the in-state program. However, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Auburn are other schools also in the mix and UF still needs to press to continue moving the meter with the four-star offensive tackle.
Things remain the same for Asa Martin. The Alabama native did receive an offer from the Crimson Tide over the weekend after his visit for the spring game, however, it still looks like a fight between Auburn and Florida to land the top running back. He says he does not expect to rush into a decision and has mentioned the summer as a possible time to commit.
Amari Burney is expected to make his decision on June 1st and Florida, who is recruiting the Scout 300 athlete on both offense and defense, is in good shape with the talented playmaker.