Summer is always a busy time for football programs across the country and Florida is no exception to the rule. The Gators are set to host a few top targets this week and are already hearing back from a few prospects about Friday Night Lights. Who are these recruits?
Kwantel Raines stopped in Gainesville on his way home from the IMG 7-on-7 tournament. The four-star safety from Pennsylvania has plenty of offers including ones from LSU, Penn State, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Kentucky. It is an uphill battle for UF for Raines. West Virginia is high on his list as well as Penn State. PSU assistant coach Terry Smith coached at Raines' high school, Aliquippa.
2019 athlete Mark Anthony-Richards is also slated to be on campus. His offer list includes the likes of Florida, Louisville and Miami.
Justin Fields is set to visit The Swamp early this week, as early as Tuesday. The five-star quarterback is seeing several schools show interest after his Penn State commitment. He has recently visited Auburn, Georgia and Florida State. The three schools that look in the driver's seat are: FSU, UF and Auburn.
Caleb Tannor is set to be on campus on Thursday. This will be the four-star defensive end's first visit to Florida. South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU are also in the mix here.
Azeez Ojulari is headed to Florida this weekend. The four-star defensive end picked up his offer from the Gators during the spring evaluation period and most recently visited Tennessee.
" Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Notre Dame and NC State have been hitting me up constantly. They are on me hard," said Ojulari when he talked to FightinGators.com after picking up his offer from the Gators. " They are telling me how I can come in and make an impact and how they need pass rushers and how their guys are graduating and there are opportunities open."
Making the Cut
Florida made the cut for a few of its top targets this week. Here is a quick look at where things stand:
The Gators have done well since offering the offensive tackle from West Virginia. Doug Nester named Florida into his top five, along with West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. I think the Buckeyes are the ones to watch out here early, while the Crimson Tide was his most recent offer. Good news is that although UF's offer came after Ohio State, Ja'Juan Seider has been recruiting Nester since his days at WVU.
Xavier Peters named Florida in his top ten:
Justyn Ross also trimmed his list this week. The five-star wide receiver announced a top five which include the Gators:
This is going to a hard sell to get Ross to leave his home state of Alabama.
Decision Coming Soon
Kyle Pitts visited two weekends ago and things continue to trend Florida's way. Pitt and his family were impressed by the Gators on the visit and Pennsylvania native is set to commit on July 4th.
Friday Night Lights
Here are some names that are being connected with a visit that weekend: