Things are quiet around Florida football this week since the dead period is in full effect, however, that does not mean things are not moving along.
Before we talk about the big recruiting event coming up, lets just update a few things that has occurred this past week.
Earlier this week we posted our "Gator Gauge" in relation to a few of the targets that participated in the event, however, things change.
Lets start with some good news, as I mentioned in that feature, Dante Stills' appreciation for the Gators program has grown tremendously in recent months and is now the team that can challenge West Virginia. The Mountaineers have plenty of family connections with Stills, however, Ja'Juan Seider has done a good job to establish his own connection with the four-star defensive tackle.
According to Scout Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, North Carolina trio Dax Hollifield, Rick Sandidge and Jordan Davis all look to remain in-state at this time - although Sandidge has also been linked with South Carolina. Hollifield is expected to take an official visit to Florida in the fall, while Davis has visited the Swamp in June, distance could very well be a key with him - Gainesville could be too far at the end of the day for the Mallard Creek standout.
Sandidge is an interesting one. The four-star 2018 prospect visited Gainesville in the spring and had voiced an interest in returning so that he can see the academic side of UF, since on his visit the university was holding exams and he could not venture around the campus. However in an interview with Scout during the Opening, he told Dohn that his July visits consist of trips to Georgia and South Carolina and maybe one to North Carolina. In addition to those visits he is planning a few officials as well:
Penn State nor Louisville were in his original Top 11, while Florida was. It will be interesting to see if the Gators win one of those last two officials.
Thats your warm up to the big news of the day, we are a week closer to the Gators' biggest recruiting event of the summer, Friday Night Lights. The event is set to be held on July 21st, and we can already get a closer look at some of the visitors expected at the camp.
In a previous Gator Blitz we already mentioned that the entire 2019 class is expected to visit, so here is a reminder of who is in the class:
But the big question is, who will be on campus from the 2018 class? Obviously this list is changing as we confirm more visitors. A thing of note is Florida is competing with a few other events that weekend including Alabama's cookout and Miami's Paradise Camp - so who visits can be telling.
So here is a quick ganger of some of the names making the trip:
A lot of top names expected including four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller. Other four-stars making the trip: linebacker Richard Jibunor, running back Dameon Pierce, linebacker Channing Tindall and running back pledge Iverson Clement.
Now there are some intriguing names to watch as well that are recent additions to our watch list including tight end/defensive end Dante Lang. Lang has moved up the Florida board recently as a tight end target.
Another name to watch is four-star wide receiver Elijah Moore. Moore's size has made UF hesitant to push forward, however, a visit from him can help the Gators decide if they want to pursue. If Florida does intend to pursue the South Florida native, Moore's recruitment will look very differently, as right now Ole Miss seems to be the school in control.
For a longer list of visitors click on the link below. We will be updating the list as more information becomes available.