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Brown enjoys his first visit to the Florida Gators

Last weekend it was junior day for the Florida Gators and most prospects that visited were from in state, but one prospect traveled a long way to visit Gainesville.

That prospect was running back Leddie Brown (6-0, 210, Smyrna, DE. High) who made the long trek from Delaware down to Florida.

“It went great, I liked it,” Brown said. “I got to see the practices and see how everything works there. We toured the campus and got to see where the students live and stuff. And we got to see the dorms and stuff. I talked to most of the coaches too.”

During the multiple days on campus,...

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Jackson looking for answers from the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators only signed one tight end in the 2017 class after Zech Byrd didn’t sign with the Gators on signing day.

That means the Gators are looking to add at least one in this year’s class and on Saturday tight end Jarrett Jackson (6-4, 257, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. High) visited Florida.

“The visit went well, just a couple of things that I’m waiting to find out about,” Jackson said of his Florida visit. “It went great overall but there’s still some question about where I’m going to play at in college. I got to learn a little bit about the school,...

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Stevenson has UF as his leader: Florida Gators recruiting

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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Smith joins the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 picked up its third member of the class on Tuesday morning when it received a new commitment.

Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) gave the news that he was committing to Florida this morning.

“I want to announce that I’ll be spending the next four year at the University of Florida,” Smith said.

Smith visited the Gators two weekends ago and that was him and his family fell in love with Florida.

“This was my third time up here so I was letting my mom and granddad enjoy it,” he said. “They loved...

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Burney experiences a different visit to the Florida Gators

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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A dream come true for DB Thomas: Florida Gators recruiting

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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Davis made Saturday’s visit a success for Barnes: Florida Gators

Offensive lineman William Barnes (6-4, 312, Apopka, FL. High) has been on the Florida Gators campus several times but Saturday’s visit was different.

On Saturday, Barnes got to watch new Gators offensive line coach in person and he says that his visit was a success to Gainesville.

“It was definitely a great visit, I enjoyed it a lot,” Barnes said of his visit to Florida. “Getting to watch Coach Brad Davis coach and getting to talk to Coach Mac is always great. It was just a good visit.”

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Gregory likes the Florida Gators coaches and atmosphere

Saturday was a very busy for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they held a spring practice and a junior day.

One of the prospects on campus for that junior day was receiver Demarcus Gregory (6-3, 196, Duncan, SC. Byrnes) who enjoyed his time on campus.

“It went good, I loved the campus, it was really nice,” Gregory said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “I was able to talk to the coaches. I talked to Coach [Kerry] Dixon and Coach [Jim] McElwain one-on-one. We also toured the campus.”

Gregory got the chance to watch Florida practice and he was able to evaluate how Dixon...

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Ladson newest member of the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 picked up its third commit on Saturday afternoon.

2019 receiver Frank Ladson (6-4, 170, Miami, FL. Southridge) committed to Florida while on campus on Saturday for the Gators junior day.

"Florida always been one of my top schools," Ladson said. "With my favorite college WR Antonio Callaway being there and getting a feel for the school and coaches it felt like the right thing to do."

Ladson committed to Gators head coach Jim McElwain and the head man was excited to hear the news.

He said welcome to the family," he said of McElwain's...

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Corbin “loved” his Florida Gators visit on Friday

On Friday the Florida Gators hosted two of the top running backs in the country on campus for visits and to watch practice.

Running back Jashaun Corbin (6-0, 191, Melbourne, FL. Holy Trinity Episcopal) was one of them and he really enjoyed his visit to Gainesville.

“I loved the visit,” Corbin said of his Florida visit. “I toured all the facilities and went to all of the academic buildings. I sat down with all of the coaches and went to the offensive meetings before I went to practice.”

This was the first time on campus for Corbin since he picked up his Gators offer and he...

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An offer from UF would be huge for Bonitto: Florida Gators recruiting

Last Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted double-digit prospects on campus for the class.

Defensive end/linebacker Nik Bonitto (6-2, 204, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) was one of those on campus and he got to speak to several coaches.

“It went well,” Bonitto said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “We toured the school and then got to watch practice. I got talk to all of the coaches like Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Jim] Mac and Coach [Tim] Skip.”

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon spoke with Bonitto on...

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Florida Gators impressed Gouraige and his mother on Saturday

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Florida Gators on the recruiting front as several big instate targets were on campus watching the Gators practice on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge Christian School) was one of those guys on campus and it was a successful visit for the lineman.

“I loved it, it was a great experience,” Gouraige said of his Florida visit. “Talking to Coach [Brad] Davis and Coach Mac made it a great time. We got to sit down with all of the coaches, talk to the players, watch film and then we went to the...

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Manuel likes the Orange and Blue after Florida Gators visit

The Florida Gators have had a lot of prospects on campus for spring practice over the last two weeks and several of those guys have been underclassmen players.

One of those underclassmen was 2020 receiver Leonard Manuel (6-4, 205, Ocala, FL. Vanguard) who visited campus last week.

“It went good,” Manuel said. “We got to watch the practice and after the practice, we got to meet the head coach. After that, they toured us around the field and we got to try on the jerseys.”

While on campus the receiver got to talk to several coaches including his area recruiter Greg Nord who had a...

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Gators take the lead for Martin: Florida Gators recruiting

Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted several big targets for the class.

Running back Asa Martin (6-0, 193, Decatur, AL. Austin) was on campus and the visit lived up to his expectations he says.

“Overall, I loved it, it was everything I wanted it to be,” Martin said of how his Florida visit. “I loved it, we were there for most of Friday and all of Saturday. I got to hang out with the coaches, I talked to most all of them. I got to watch them workout and practice some. I hung out with some of the players and some of the...

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Waggoner picks up a spring break offer: Florida Gators recruiting

A lot of schools around the country are on spring break, which gives more prospects on the Florida Gators recruiting board the chance to see the Gators go through spring practice.

On Saturday, defensive end John Waggoner (6-5, 230, West Des Moines, IA. Dowling Catholic) took advantage of that and visited the Gators.

“It was good,” Waggoner said. “We first toured all of the facilities and looked at the academic center which is really nice. Then we went to watch practice, which was very competitive. After that, I spoke with Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain and that...

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McElwain’s beard and personality impressed Smith on Saturday

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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UF helps itself with Sherwood on Thursday: Florida Gators recruiting

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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Condon grew up a UF fan: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting visitors list is starting to see more names on it with the Gators going through spring practice now.

On Tuesday the Gators hosted several instate prospects and one out of state prospect in offensive lineman Owen Condon (6-7, 300, Oklahoma City, OK. Bishop McGuiness) who got to see a lot of things on Tuesday.

“It was a really good visit, I was on campus for about six hours today,” Condon said of Tuesday’s visit. “I got to see everything that I needed to see and I got to speak with Coach [Brad] Davis for awhile. I got to watch practice and then we left...

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Florida Gators offer “means a lot” to Milton

The Florida Gators are looking for a quarterback in the class of 2018 and on Tuesday they handed out an offer at the position.

Quarterback Joe Milton (6-5, 222, Orlando, FL. Olympia) was the guy who got that offer from Gators head coach Jim McElwain on Tuesday.

“They offered me during the visit,” Milton said. “Coach McElwain was the coach who gave me the offer. He first told me to think about how I would look in the Orange and Blue and then after that he offered me a scholarship.”

Milton has been very open about how much he wanted an offer from Florida and he explained why...

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Florida Gators are “number one” for Valentine after his visit

Tuesday was a busy day on the Florida Gators campus as the coaching staff hosted several prospects on campus and they were able to watch practice.

One of those guys was running back Lavonte Valentine (6-2, 190, Melbourne, FL. Melbourne Central Catholic) who got to see a lot on Tuesday.

“It was pretty good, I liked everything about it on both the football and track side,” Valentine said of Tuesday’s visit. “They showed me some of the academics too, it was pretty good. The first thing we did was talk to all of the coaches, and then we toured the Swamp. We got to see the new...

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Watt planning to see the Florida Gators this spring

The Florida Gators have done an excellent job of upgrading the receiver position since Jim McElwain arrived but they’re still looking for that tall and long receiver.

So far in the 2018 class, the Gators offered several guys that fit that bill including receiver Dominick Watt (6-1, 200, Hollywood, FL. McArthur) who says he speaks to Florida regularly.

“I’m still talking to Florida a lot,” Watt said. “I talk with Coach [Kerry] Dixon, Coach [Jim] McElwain, Coach [JaJuan] Seider and really everybody on the coaching staff. They all hit me up at different times.”

Watt picked up...

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Corbin excited about his UF offer: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is looking to add two running backs and they’re also looking to add speed at the position and that was noticeable in the last two offers.

Two weeks ago the Gators offered speed back Lavonte Valentine and last week the staff offered running back Jashaun Corbin (6-0, 191, Melbourne, FL. Holy Trinity) who heard the news from receivers coach Kerry Dixon.

“Coach Dixon was the coach the one who told me about the offer,” Corbin said. “He’s been to my school before and we met in January so we’ve been keeping in touch. So him, Coach [JaJuan]...

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Austin looking to visit the Florida Gators this month

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and his staff have done a great job of restocking the receiver position since arriving in Gainesville, but the position still lacks height and depth.

McElwain and his staff are hitting the Class of 2018 hard to fill those needs and receiver Kevin Austin (6-3, 198, Pompano Beach, FL. North Broward Prep) is one of those names they’re targeting this year.

“I mainly talk to Coach [Kerry] Dixon and Coach JaJuan [Seider],” Austin said on which coaches he talks to from Florida. “We text back and forth about spring practices and when I can come up...

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Burney has co-leaders this spring: Florida Gators recruiting

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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Harris excited to pick up a Florida Gators offer

The Florida Gators had a big need for linebackers heading into the class of 2017 and they filled those needs but they’re looking for more in 2018.

In the state of Florida, the number of big-time linebacker prospects is down so the Gators are looking out of state at several guys at the position.

Linebacker Michael Harris (6-2, 213, Tucker, GA. High) is one of the prospects and he picked up an offer from linebackers coach Tim Skipper over the weekend.

“Coach Skipper was the coach that told me,” Harris said on which coach offered from Florida. “We were talking on the phone and he...

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Valentine has a “oh wow” moment over Florida Gators offer

Despite starting spring practice last week, the Florida Gators have still been handing out a lot of offers in recruiting lately as they fill up their board for 2018 and 2019.

On Friday, running back Lavonte Valentine (6-2, 190, Melbourne, FL. Central Catholic) was on the receiving end of an offer from running backs coach JaJuan Seider.

“Coach Seider was the coach that offered me,” Valentine said. “He said he walked into the meeting room and all of the coaches were watching my film and they liked it. He had been telling me that they were going to offer me when I came up there but I...

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Ezzard has a strong relationship with Seider: Florida Gators recruiting

The last two Florida Gators recruiting classes have done a good job of rebuilding the receiver position at Florida but the process is continuing in 2018.

One of the top guys at the position is receiver Marquez Ezzard (6-1, 195, Stockbridge, GA. High) and he says he speaks with the Gators coaching a lot.

“I talk to Florida about three times every week,” Ezzard said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to really the whole coaching staff or at least most of them. I talk to Coach [JaJuan] Seider the most, though.”

Running backs coach JaJuan Seider has been selling Ezzard on the...

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Florida Gators recruiting mailbag for March 1st

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is squarely underway as prospects are now taking visits and participating in 7-on-7 football as spring football is underway in Gainesville.

The Gators coaching staff will host a lot of visitors during spring football and then on  junior day, which will be held on March 25th.

GatorCountry asked for your questions on the 2018 class and all things Florida Gators recruiting for this Gators recruiting mailbag.

Here’s this week’s recruiting mailbag:

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Petit-Frere thinks highly of new Florida Gators OL coach

The first few weeks on the job for Florida Gators new offensive line coach Brad Davis has been successful on the recruiting trail as prospects visit campus to meet him.

Two weekends ago offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere (6-6, 260, Tampa, FL. Berkeley Prep) was on campus and had a great visit that included meeting the coaching staff.

“It was a good visit, Gainesville is a very special place,” Petit-Frere said of his latest visit to Florida. “The coaches were great and it was just a great visit. We had brunch, and then I got to meet some of the coaches. After that, we got to go...

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An excited Smith names UF his leader: Florida Gators recruiting

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.”

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