Recruiting

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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Florida Gators “in the top” group for LSU commit Joseph

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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Johnson has the Florida Gators “high up there”

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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Dean has a special connection to the Florida Gators

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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Seider improves his chances with Martin: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 will likely feature two backs in it and the coaching staff has several big options on the board right now.

One of the latest additions to the board is running back Asa Martin (6-0, 193, Decatur, AL. Austin) who picked up an offer from Florida two weeks ago.

“Coach [JaJuan] Seider was the coach that offered me from Florida,” Martin said. “He was saying that he likes my game a lot. He was recruiting me at West Virginia and offered me there too so now that he’s at Florida he wanted to offer me. Now that he’s there we can maybe make...

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Fuller impressed by the Florida Gators attention to education

Last Saturday the Florida Gators campus was full of 2018 prospects but the coaching staff also invited a few elite 2019 prospects on campus as well.

2019 defensive end Quashon Fuller (6-2, 240, Fort Myers, FL. South Fort Myers) was one of those underclassmen on campus and he likes the atmosphere around campus.

“It was good,” Fuller said on his Florida visit. “A lot of energy in the stadium at the basketball game. I got to tour the campus and I saw where they did their homework and studied at and the practice field.”

Fuller and his family got the full tour as well as talking to...

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Montilus has UF as one of his “top teams”: Florida Gators recruiting

The Orlando area is loaded with prospects in 2018 and the Florida Gators recruiting class is hoping to add several members from that area this year.

Many of those prospects are offensive lineman including Ed Montilus (6-4, 296, Apopka, FL. High) who visited Gainesville last Saturday.

“It went great,” Montilus said of his visit to Florida. “ I got to meet the new offensive line coach. I didn’t get to spend that much time with him but I had a great time. I went to the basketball game and it was a great campus it feels like home.”

Montilus has been on the Gators campus a lot...

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Russell has a reunion at UF: Florida Gators recruiting

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.”

Unlike most...

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A Florida Gators offer would mean a lot to Campbell

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain didn’t waste any time getting prospects on campus to meet his new offensive line coach Brad Davis just six short days after he was hired.

On Saturday offensive lineman John Campbell (6-5, 290, Orlando, FL. Dr. Phillips) was one of those prospects on campus and he enjoyed meeting with McElwain and the staff.

“It was good. We didn’t really tour the campus or anything,” Campbell said on his Florida visit. “Pretty much we just went to the game and I hung out with the new coaches. I talked to Coach Mac before I went to the game. We were in his...

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Sims believes the Florida Gators are “DBU”

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."

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Taylor has a “successful” visit to the Florida Gators

Several 7-on-7 teams stopped by Gainesville on Friday to let their players visit and meet with the Florida Gators coaching staff on their way to Orlando for a big tournament.

One of those teams was a team out of Tennessee, which meant Tennessee athlete commit Alontae Taylor (6-0, 182, Manchester, TN. Coffee County Central) got to visit Florida.

“It went great, real great time,” Taylor said of his visit to Florida. “We got to meet all of the coaches, tour the facilities and try on the jerseys. After that, we got to talk to all of the coaches.”

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