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The Florida Gators have had great luck with flipping Miami Hurricanes commits the last few years and that has continued in the 2018 recruiting class.
Last Friday, the Gators hosted one of Miami’s top commits in defensive back Gilbert Frierson (6-1, 185, Miami, FL. Coral Gables Senior) who enjoyed his first Friday Night Lights.
“It was a great experience,” Frierson said. “Friday Night Lights, my first time out here. I heard a lot about it and I got to experience it.”
One of the things that stood out to Frierson was the Gators coaching staff and the way they treated him.
“The coaches, great coaches,” he said of Florida’s coaching staff. “The coaches are great; they always show positivity towards me, willing to do anything to get me to where I need to be.”
Despite Frierson being committed to Miami for sometime now, the Gators have had several coaches continue to talk to the Canes commit.
“Very often,” Frierson said on how often he talks to Florida. “I talk to Coach [Corey] Bell, Coach [Randy] Shannon, and Coach Hova a lot.
The message from Florida has continued to be the same since day one and it’s very simple message.
“We talk a lot that they want to see me here,” he said on the message from the coaches. “They want to see me play for the Gators and be apart of greatness.”
The Gators coaching staff also has a lot of helping hands as Frierson knows several of the Gators current players.
“Oh yeah, of course, I know Vosean Joseph, C.J. Henderson, Shawn Davis and I know a couple,” he said of the South Florida guys he knows. “Yeah, we talk a lot. I talk to C.J. and Shawn Davis.”
Frierson admits that Friday’s visit helped the Gators chances but he says every visit does that.
“I’ve been up here before. It’s not my first time,” Frierson said on if this visit helped Florida. “My third time up here. Every time I come up I just try to get more comfortable.”
The Miami defensive back doesn’t talk much about his status but did shed a little light on his status with Miami.
“Not too much in my recruitment, I don’t really know,” he said of how solid he is to Miami. “I’m just keeping quiet about my recruitment right now.”
Frierson did admit that he wants to give other schools a shot because of how early he committed to Miami.
“It’s tough because I committed very early in my recruiting process so I never gave schools a chance,” Frierson said of his recruitment. “I’m just opening it up a little bit.”
Over the next few months, Frierson plans to evaluate all of his options and see how this fall goes.
“I’m waiting on to see how the season goes,” he said on chances he flips from Miami. “I feel I can go anywhere. I can only pick one school.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Frierson is very open despite his commitment to Miami and Georgia is the team with the most momentum right now. The longer this goes on, the better chance Florida has to make up ground on the defensive back. Frierson does have a really good relationship with several of Florida’s coaches.
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It has already been a busy summer for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they’ve hosted a lot of prospects on campus for camps and unofficial visits.
Last Thursday the Gators hosted safety Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 187, Boosier City, LA. Parkway) and he received an offer while on campus after he spoke with the coaching staff.
“Coach [Randy] Shannon the defensive coordinator did while I was visiting,” Mukuamu said. “He told me that he loves the way I play and that he loves my size, ability and the kind of person I am.”
Mukuamu has double digit offers already but he admits that...
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The Florida Gators have had several big name prospects on campus this summer and that has included several of their current commitments.
One of those commitments that visited Florida was 2019 receiver Frank Ladson (6-4, 170, Miami, FL. South Dade) who had a laid back visit to Gainesville.
“It was great, I felt good being back,” Ladson said of his Florida visit. “I just talk to the coaches and chilled out and watched the camp.”
While on campus Ladson got to talk to his area recruiter, defensive backs Corey Bell and that have developed a solid relationship with each...
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Last Saturday the Florida Gators hosted two of its 2019 commitments on campus that had the chance to watch the summer camp.
One of those on campus was 2019 athlete commit Tyrique Stevenson (6-1, 180, Homestead, FL. South Dade) and he got the chance to see everything Florida had to offer on Saturday.
“It was a great visit. I really like it up there,” Stevenson said of his recent visit to Florida. “We walked around the camp and met the coaches. We walked around buildings and checked those out and just walked around campus. I got to see campus.”
While on campus Stevenson had the...
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The Florida Gators coaching staff hosted several guys on campus on Friday including a few guys committed to other schools and other instate rivals.
One of those prospects was Miami defensive back commit Randy Russell (5-11, 180, Miami, FL. Carol City) who enjoyed his visit on Friday night.
“This is a home, it’s great to know that they want me to come here,” Russell said of Florida. “It’s a great feeling to have.”
Russell liked Florida a lot before he committed to Miami this winter and he says that Florida is still a school he likes a lot.
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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 got its sixth member on Sunday when a local prospect committed to Florida.
2019 defensive back Trent Whittemore (6-3, 190, Gainesville, FL. Buchholz) announced his commitment on Twitter just days after getting his Gators offer.
“I got the offer early in the week,” Whittemore said. “I didn’t want to be rash but after praying and thinking all this week, I’m confident that I want to be a Gator.”
Whittemore’s decision to stay home and play for his mom’s [Missy Aggertt] former school who was a former Gators volleyball player was...
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It has been a very busy spring for the Florida Gators coaching staff that has included thousands of miles traveled and dozens offer handed out and that continued last week in Georgia.
Defensive backs coach Corey Bell was in Georgia last week and after watching Minnesota cornerback commit Terell Smith (6-0, 170, Snellville, GA. South Gwinnett) practice he delivered some good news to the corner a day later over the phone.
“Coach Corey Bell offered me over the phone,” Smith said. “He was just asking me what position do I prefer and asking me like just questions to get to know me a...
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The Florida Gators coaching staff has been busy both on the field and off the field this week as the offers have been going out in bunches this week.
On Wednesday, Gators defensive backs coach Corey Bell offered 2019 defensive back Jaden Davis (5-11, 165, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) after seeing him at his school.
“Coach Bell offered me,” Davis said. “He was not able to talk to me because I’m a 2019 guy but I was relayed the message by Coach [Roger] Harriott] today after he left the school.”
This is the 17th offer for Davis but the defensive back admits that...
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Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier much like the rest of the Florida Gators coaching staff hit the road on Tuesday for the first time this spring and he was in the Clearwater area visiting players.
Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) was one of the guys that got a visit from Nussmeier on Tuesday.
“Coach Nussmeier came by to see me,” Burney said. “It went good, he can’t talk to me but he talked to my coach. He was telling my coach that I’m a big factor for them and they need me.”
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The evaluation period is officially open for schools so they can now send coaches out to evaluate prospects at their schools. Coaches are able to visit each school twice during the evaluation period that runs through May 31st.
This is a big time for all coaches including the Florida Gators who have three new coaches on staff that will get on the road for the first as Gators.
With three new coaches, head coach Jim McElwain and director of player personnel Drew Hughes had to redesign the recruiting areas for each coach.
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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 had three of its members on campus for the Orange and Blue game on Friday night in the Swamp.
Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) was one of the ones on campus and he’s looking forward to seeing a packed house this fall.
“It was amazing, a great atmosphere,” Smith said of Friday’s spring game. “I heard it wasn’t the best atmosphere, but I’m coming to the LSU game for sure.”
Smith committed to Florida two weeks ago and he said several things went into him making that commitment to the...
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Trinity Christian in Jacksonville seems to have a big named prospect year after year and the same is true this year.
Cornerback Tyreke Johnson (6-1, 191, Jacksonville, FL. Trinity Christian) is that guy this year and on Friday he visited the Florida Gators for the spring game.
“I loved it. I loved what I saw from their defense,” Johnson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “It seems like they want the long corners inside the dude’s face and to challenge the receivers at the line is something very exciting, and I also like how the defense was flying around, hitting people. I...
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An interesting thing for the Florida Gators recruiting classes is that the 2019 class has the exact same amount of commits as the 2018 class does.
This speaks volumes to the way Jim McElwain and his staff have continued to recruit players earlier in the process.
On Saturday, the Gators hosted several 2019 prospects on campus including defensive back Tyrique Stevenson (6-0, 175, Homestead, FL. South Dade) who enjoyed his visit.
“It was a great visit, I loved it up there,” Stevenson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We visited the locker room, we went to practice and...
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Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain talked about how big of a Saturday it was for the Gators to host so many prospects on campus at his Monday press conference. McElwain said the Gators even added in some stuff at practice for prospects to see and that included athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who got to see some of the new coaches for the first time.
“It went great, it was a different experience from the last few times I’ve been there,” Burney said of Saturday’s visit. “Finally getting to a practice, I had never been to one before. Just...
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Several prospects picked up offers for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 on Saturday during the Gators junior day and that included one instate prospects.
Defensive back Juanyeh Thomas (6-2, 182, Niceville, FL. High) was one of those guys and he liked watching the Gators practice.
“It was great, I loved the facilities and I love the coaches,” Thomas said of the visit to Florida on Saturday. “The best part of it all was practice. I love the field tempo of their practices. We got to do a lot, though; we toured the facilities, went on the game field and then watched...
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The Florida Gators had a rare Saturday practice this weekend and they had several prospects on campus to watch that practice.
Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) was one of those guys on campus and he got to see a lot of things on Saturday.
“It was pretty good, everything went smooth,” Smith said. “We got to tour the facilities, the academic places, talk to the coaches and watch spring practice. They were in full pads and we got to watch a couple of inside runs and a couple of one-on-ones.”
The Gators have hosted Smith before but this was the...
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On Thursday, a big target for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 visited campus to see the Gators spring practice.
Safety Jamien Sherwood (6-2, 195, Jensen Beach, FL. High) visited Florida with his coach and got to see a lot of what Florida has to offer.
“It was great, I enjoyed every part of it,” Sherwood said. “When I first got there we went inside the stadium and then met Coach JaJuan [Seider], Coach Kerry [Dixon], Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain. Then they took us on a tour and we saw the facilities, the classrooms, and the tutoring...
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Instate recruiting is something that the Florida Gators recruiting board is full of for the Class of 2018 with the state of Florida being loaded at many positions.
One of those instate prospects the Gators are focusing on is athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who has co-leaders at this time.
“Florida and Ohio State are my co-leaders right now,” Burney said. “Just them producing defensive backs in the NFL is probably the best thing I like about them. They do it every year.”
Burney who plays both offense and defense in high school is being...
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The Florida Gators recruiting board for 2018 is starting to take shape as the coaching staff hands out more offers before spring practice starts.
On Monday the Gators offered safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) after he spoke to a Gators coach on the phone.
“Coach JaJuan Seider told me about the offer,” Smith said. “I called him on Monday night and he let me know about the offer. I’ve been waiting patiently for the offer and it was very exciting to get the offer. I’ve wanted an offer from Florida for a couple of years now.”
When Smith spoke...
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The state of Florida is loaded with defensive backs for the class of 2018, which is a good thing for the Florida Gators who are looking to reload the position.
One of the top targets is LSU defensive back commit Nadab Joseph (6-2, 173, Miami, FL. Edison) who speaks to Jim McElwain and other Gators coaches a lot.
“I talk to Florida all the time,” Joseph said. “I talk to Coach [Corey] Bell, Coach Mac and Coach [Randy] Shannon on Twitter all the time. I knew and talked to Coach Bell when he was at FAU before he got to Florida.”
Unlike most defensive backs who are talking to the...
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Two weekends ago the Florida Gators hosted several big prospects from the Jacksonville area on campus as they were heading down for a 7-on-7 tournament in Orlando.
One of those prospects was cornerback Tyreke Johnson (6-1, 175, Jacksonville, FL. Trinity Christian) who said he an impressive visit to Gainesville.
“It was a great visit, actually one of my better visits,” Johnson said of his latest visit to Florida. “Every time I go it feels more and more like home. I just got to see more and it was more so talking to Coach [Corey] Bell about coming in and the potential and...
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Two weekends ago Gainesville was filled with several prospects from the state of Georgia who visited the Florida Gators on their way to a 7-on-7 tournament in Orlando.
Safety Trey Dean (6-2, 180, Hampton, GA. Dutchtown) was one of those guys in town and he had a chance to catch up with everyone.
“It went good,” Dean said of his visit to Florida two weeks ago. “I was able to meet the new defensive backs coach and was able to talk with the other coaches. We got to see the campus and the facilities they’re building. I like what they’re trying to do.”
This was the first time...
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In two seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators Jim McElwain has had to hire 14 coaches. Five of those hires came after a coach was either let go or they left for a job elsewhere. It’s something he’ll have to get used to at Florida, a place where assistant coaches can quickly climb the coaching ladder, catapulting themselves into raises or even head coaching positions — like Geoff Collins.
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The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 has plenty of options at defensive back as this year is a loaded year for the position both in state and in the southeast.
Last Saturday the Gators hosted one of those top defensive back targets when Randy Russell (5-11, 180, Opa Locka, FL. Carol City) visited Gainesville.
“The visit was awesome, it was a great visit,” Russell said of his Florida visit. “I got to meet with the coaches, talk with Coach McElwain and be around some of the guys. We got to go to the basketball game and see the academic center which was great.”
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Most of the prospects on campus last Saturday for the Florida Gators were instate prospects except for one prospect that resides in Georgia.
That prospect was defensive back Myles Sims (Atlanta, GA. Westlake) who visited Gainesville for the first time on Saturday and left impressed.
"The visit went well for me and I liked the atmosphere and thought Florida had some great people,” Sims said. “I met their new defensive back coach and really liked him. They showed me the academic center and I thought that was really nice. Everything was good about Florida."
Saturday was the first...
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Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators big recruiting weekend last weekend, plus talk about the basketball team.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down how the new coaches are doing in recruiting, plus update you on how this staff is different from years past.
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If you took a quick look at the Florida Gators recruiting list of visitors for Saturday you would notice that the coaching staff had a lot of defensive backs on campus.
It wasn’t just average defensive back either, it was highly sought after guys including defensive back Sevyn Banks (6-1, 185, Orlando, FL. Jones) who enjoyed his visit.
“It was good, they showed us all around the school,” Banks said. “We got to tour the campus and try on the jerseys. We talked to Coach Mac, he talked to us for a little bit. We toured the new building that they made for all athletes to tutor at. We...
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