Three Schools Hold the Slight 'Edge' With Florida-Based 2018 DL Dennis Briggs

Dennis Briggs, the 22nd-ranked defensive end in the South, admits three programs hold the "edge" in his recruitment.

With already a laundry list of offers to sort through, 2018 defensive lineman Dennis Briggs was rewarded yet again last week when the Florida Gators decided to jump in on the fun with an offer of their own.

Briggs, who possesses additional offers from Florida StateMiami (Fl)OregonKentucky and Louisville among others, has yet to dish out an official list of top schools, but admits the trio of in-state suitors hold the advantage heading into the summer.

"I'm still open, but really, I'm not focusing on them but those three schools (Florida, Miami and Florida State) do have the edge," Briggs said. "I'm definitely open."

Tagged as the nation's 64th-ranked defensive end, Briggs has journeyed up to Florida's campus on multiple occasions in the past, and is now manufacturing the tight-knit relationships needed in order to take everything a step further.

"It's big," Briggs said. "Growing up being a Florida boy and watching all the Florida teams on TV, it's big to be recruited by them. I know the Gators have great academics and always have great athletic programs. I know coach Mac has been there the past three years as well.

"I have a good relationship with (defensive line) coach (Chris) Rumph, and I actually started talking with (defensive coordinator) coach (Randy) Shannon about two months before they offered, so we've been building up that relationship as well.

"I also got to talk with (offensive line) coach Brad Davis two weeks ago. I got to know him and what he's about, and we're starting to build that relationship now."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound junior does not have any immediate plans to travel up to Gainesville, but dishes out a flurry of visit destinations for once school is out for the summertime.

"I'm not in any rush to get up there right now because I've already been there twice," Briggs said of Florida. "I'm trying to get up to NC StateOhio StateIndiana and Tennessee.

"Florida is definitely going to be later in the summer."

Briggs is going back and forth in regards to his decision timeline, but hopes to reveal his decision at some point during the 2017 season.

Stay tuned to Scout for the latest developments in Briggs' recruitment.

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