RECRUITING: Georgia commit gets call from UF

The past two weeks have seen the Florida Gators recruiting board bursting with new names. The new coaching staff has taking a liking to some prospects that old staff didn't connect with. This Georgia safety is a new name on the Florida board, just contacted by the Gator staff Tuesday night.

Donovan Baldwin of Plantation (FL) American Heritage, a Georgia commitment, is ranked the number 44 defensive back in the nation by Scout.com. At 6-1, 175 pounds, Baldwin has only visited Athens and committed to the Bulldogs on his visit. His good friend Jeff Owens of Plantation High, is visiting Gainesville this Friday and Tuesday night, he got a call from the Gator coaching staff.

"Coach [Doc] Holliday called me earlier today but I didn't get a chance to talk to him and he left me a message," Baldwin said. "Florida just got into the mix with me so I don't know."

Owens, also a Georgia commitment, is making the trip this weekend but the situation isn't so clear with the Plantation defensive back who has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds.

"I know Jeff is visiting but I don't know if I am going to visit Florida," Baldwin said. "If I do it won't be this weekend, maybe the 28th."

While Florida is making an effort to get Donovan Baldwin to Gainesville, it may be a little bit late to turn him away from Georgia.

"I'm still committed to Georgia and it is likely I will sign with them on Signing Day," Baldwin said. "We'll see about Florida."


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