Recruiting

Details of Justin Fields’ visit to the Florida Gators

The Justin Fields’ show pulled into Gainesville on Tuesday afternoon and stayed in Gainesville for a little more than 24 hours before the quarterback headed home with his mother.

Fields is one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country and he visited Georgia, Auburn and Florida State last week prior to his trip to Gainesville.

GatorCountry is going to bring you some of things that Fields was able to do on his trip that included meeting a Gator legend.

Florida rolled out the red carpet for Fields and his mom during his time in Gainesville and it started from the moment he...

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An excited Tillman always wanted to join the Florida Gators

Last week the Florida Gators picked up another 2019 commitment after one of Jim McElwain’s football camps.

2019 athlete Marcus Tillman (6-0, 195, Orlando, FL. Jones) decided to commit to Florida after a meeting with the head man himself.

“Coach McElwain was telling me what I wanted to hear and Florida is my dream school,” Tillman said on why he committed. “I’ve always wanted to go there so I just decide to commit.”

Tillman was in McElwain’s office when he told the Gators about his decision to commit and the news was well received.

“He was real happy and he give me a...

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Mukuamu high on the Florida Gators after his visit

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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Ladson still high on his Florida Gators commitment

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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Stevenson solid with his commitment to the Florida Gators

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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Florida Gators a “perfect fit” for Upshaw

The Florida Gators picked up a new commit on Saturday when defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River) committed while on campus.

Upshaw picked up a Gators offer a few weeks ago and said he knew he wanted to commit because of several reasons.

“It was just a perfect fit for me,” Upshaw said on why he decided to commit on Saturday. “I like the coaching staff, the school is close to my house, has my major, great academics and they play in the SEC, so it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The defensive end told head coach Jim McElwain about his...

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Williams joins the Florida Gators class again

The Florida Gators started the week off on a high note as the coaching staff picked up another commitment on Monday morning.

Safety Deontai Williams (6-0, 185, Jones JUCO) committed to Florida on Monday morning after visiting the Gators over the weekend.

Williams was a former commit to Florida out of Jacksonville Trinity Christian but was unable to qualify so enrolled at Jones County JUCO last year. The safety was unable to play last year due to an ACL injury but his knee has checked out with all of the coaching staff’s.

The safety had a busy spring as he picked up offers from the...

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Upshaw commits to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators received some good news for the second straight weekend when the coaching staff picked up another 2018 commitment.

Defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River) announced his commitment to Florida on Saturday while visiting the Gators for camp.

"I will be committing to the University of Florida," Upshaw said. " #ChompChomp

Upshaw picked up his offer from the Gators this spring after defensive line coach Chris Rumph visited him for a practice.

“Coach Rumph has been telling me that he just wanted to see me in-person,” Upshaw said of his...

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Nester has high interest in the Florida Gators

Last weekend was the first camp session for the Florida Gators this summer and that included several big underclassmen working out for the staff.

One of those underclassmen working out for Florida is 2019 offensive lineman Doug Nester (6-5, 295, Huntington, WV. Spring Valley) who got to tour the campus before improving his game with the staff on Friday night.

“It was really good, the coaching was great,” Nester said of Florida’s camp last Friday. “The drills went good and helped me out. I felt like I got a little bit better today because they were telling me things to work...

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Two in-state schools leading the way for Miller Lewis

Along with the 7-on-7 tournament and mini camps taking place this weekend, Florida also hosted offensive and defensive lineman for a camp on Friday.

Class of 2020 offensive tackle Miller Lewis (6-3, 298, Ocala, FL Vanguard) made the short trip to Gainesville for his second visit with the Gators.

“It was an amazing feeling, because I’ve already been up here one time,” said Lewis. “It was just a real pleasure to be back here again and put on the blue and orange.”

During the camp, Lewis got the chance to work out and get some coaching from offensive line coach Brad Davis and...

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Coker the newest member of the Florida Gators recruiting class

It has been a busy past few for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 and on Monday they added yet another member to the class.

2019 offensive lineman Andrew Coker (6-7, 335, Katy, TX. Taylor) announced his commitment to Florida after spending the weekend in Gainesville and he explained why he decided to announce on Monday.

“Mainly, I really like the Gators in general,” Coker said on why he committed on Monday. “ I was just waiting for my dad to get back from his vacation to have him be there with me, so that

Coker committed to both head coach Jim McElwain and offensive...

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Barnes likes the family atmosphere of the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators coaching staff hosted several targets over the weekend including one of the top offensive linemen in the country.

Offensive lineman William Barnes (6-4, 312, Apopka, FL. High) was on campus on Saturday where he wanted to watch a few of the Gators coaches in action.

“It went really great,” Barnes said. “I got to talk to the coaches a little bit. I got to hang out with them a lot. I came out here to watch the defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive line coach Brad Davis coach a little bit.”

After watching Davis coach, Barnes had the chance to speak with...

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Florida Gators showing Simpson more love than ever before

It’s a busy recruiting weekend for Florida Gators football as it hosts its first 7-on-7 tournament of the summer. Top 2019 corner back Jaylin Simpson (5-11, 165, Saint Simons Island, GA. Frederica Academy) competed in the tournament with his team and visited with Florida coaches on Friday.

“It’s been very good,” Simpson said of his visit. “I had a great time playing in The Swamp. It’s a good experience. Everything’s been so good so far. I like it.”

Simpson said he got a chance to talk to several coaches during his visit, but the message that stood out to him the most was...

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Florida Gators moving up for Sheffield

The Florida Gators hosted 2019 athlete Jashawn Sheffield (6-1, 178, Saint Simons Island, GA) along with his team out of Frederica Academy in its 7-on-7 tournament Friday.

The 4-star athlete, who has held an offer from Florida since January of 2016, got the chance to make more of a connection with Jim McElwain and the other coaches during his visit.

“Good, great,” Sheffield said of his time in Gainesville. “I mean, I got to talk to Coach Mac one on one. He wanted me to bring my mom next time I come and then we’ll sit down and have some more one on one time. He’s telling me to...

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Webb likes Davis a lot and his coaching style: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting camp session open on Friday night when the Gators hosted a 7-on-7 tournament and an offensive/defensive line camp.

Following Friday’s night camp, 2019 offensive line Clay Webb (6-3, 297, Oxford, AL. High) picked up an offer from Florida after working with offensive line coach Brad Davis.

“Coach McElwain offered,” Webb said on which coach offered him. “He said that he wanted me to be a part of the family. I think he would be a good coach to play under. I like Florida and it was a beautiful campus.”

This was Webb’s first trip to Florida and he...

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Goolsby joins the Florida Gators recruiting class

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 added a new member to the class on Saturday morning.
2019 athlete Maurice Goolsby (6-5, 196, Dunnellon, FL. High) announced his commitment on Saturday morning.
"First off, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent he gave me and the opportunity to further my education at the next level," Goolsby tweeted. "After long consideration with my family, I would like to announce my commitment to my dream school! I will be committing to the University of Florida."
Goolsby has been a frequent visitor to Florida and he says the home feel is a...

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Russell likes Florida Gators despite Miami commitment

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.

“Florida is a prestigious...

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The family feel led Burney to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators started their summer off on a high note when they picked up a big commitment on Thursday morning.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) announced his commitment to Florida on Thursday at his school when he picked the Gators over Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Burney spoke to GatorCountry.com about why he picked the Gators over the Buckeyes and Hokies.

“The family feeling, my parents have a great relationship with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier and Coach Mac,” Burney said on why he committed to Florida. “I have a great relationship with them...

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Whittemore the newest 2019 Florida Gators recruiting commit

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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Jibunor has a lot of interest in the Florida Gators

Monday was a busy day for the Florida Gators coaching staff as several 2018 offers were sent out as the staff closes out the evaluation period this week.

Linebackers coach Tim Skipper was one of the coaches who offered a prospect when he offered linebacker Richard Jibunor (6-3, 206, Athens, GA. Christian) after visiting his school.

“It was Coach Skipper, the linebackers coach,” Jibunor said of the coach who offered him. “He just said he likes the way I move and how fast I am and he likes my size. He’s just watched my film and he just loves me a lot and saw me today he was very...

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Minnesota corner commit talks Florida Gators offer

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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“All love for the Florida Gators” for Copeland

Spring football is coming to end, which means the spring evaluation period for the Florida Gators coaching staff is close to being finished.

On Friday, the Gators had coaches watching several spring games including two of them who were watching receiver Jacob Copeland’s (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia) spring game.

Florida was joined in Pensacola by coaches from Alabama and Ole Miss and that was something Copeland noticed.

“It means a lot because all of the coaches stay on me and let me know they want me,” Copeland said of all the college coaches at his game. “All of those...

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Spivey Senses part 2, defensive notes: Florida Gators recruiting

GatorCountry brings you a new edition of Spivey Senses where we break down the news and notes from the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018.

GC will bring you a two part series and we started on offense on Wednesday so let's move to defense in this edition.

Here are some of the things that you will learn from this edition of Spivey Senses:

Where are things at the defensive line position?
Who are some of the guys that Florida is looking at for linebacker?
The biggest names to fill spots for DBU
That and much more

Florida Gators recruiting mailbag: May 18th edition

It’s a huge period of time for the Florida Gators recruiting staff and every coaching staff in America as the recruiting evaluation period is currently under way.

For the last few weeks through the end of May, the Gators coaches will be visiting prospects around the country and watching them practice.

Gator Country’s members have a lot of questions about how the 2018 class will shake out and who are the top prospects that the Gators are after right now. We answer your questions in this week’s Florida Gators recruiting mailbag.

Well let’s dive right in to this week’s...

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Spivey Senses part 1, offense notes: Florida Gators recruiting

GatorCountry brings you a new edition of Spivey Senses where we break down the news and notes from the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018.

GC will bring you a two part series that will start on the offensive side of the ball today and finish with the defensive side of the ball on Thursday.

Here are some of the things that you will learn from this edition of Spivey Senses:

Where are things at the quarterback position?
Who are some of the guys that Florida is looking at for the second running back spot?
How's Brad Davis doing on the recruiting trail?
That and much...

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Gerald knows of playing time at UF: Florida Gators recruiting

One of the biggest positions of needs for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is finding a pass rushing defensive end.

On Monday the Gators went out and offered one of the top JUCO’s in 2018 when they offered defensive end Dorian Gerald (6-3, 225, Santa Clarita, CA. College of the Canyons) after a phone call with Florida.

“Coach [Drew] Hughes asked me to call him and then he offered when I called,” Gerald said of who offered him from Florida. “I was in class when he first DM’ed me and told me to give him a call. Me and Coach [Chris] Rumph have been in contact for a...

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Weston and Seider hitting it off early: Florida Gators

Several 2019 offers have been going out the last few weeks as the Florida Gators coaching staff travels across the country during the spring evaluation.

That continued last week when running backs coach JaJuan Seider was in South Florida and offered 2019 receiver Ja’markis Weston (6-3, 185, Clewiston, FL. High) after watching him.

“Coach Seider offered me,” Weston said of who offered him from Florida. “He came by my practice and he was watching me and then I called him afterwards and that was when he told me he was offering me as a receiver.”

When Seider and Weston spoke...

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Florida Gators offer means a lot to Wildgoose

The Florida Gators were very active on the recruiting trail last week and they offered several prospects including a 2018 prospect from South Florida.

Rutgers cornerback commit Rachad Wildgoose Jr. (5-11, 190, Miami, FL. Northwestern) picked up the offer from Gators defensive coordinator Randy Shannon last week.

“My head coach told me that Florida was there and that they were watching me,” Wildgoose said of the day he was offered. “Coach Shannon was out at my practice and then he told my head coach that he was offering me.”

Despite being a commit to Rutgers, Wildgoose admits...

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An interested Fitzpatrick picks up Florida Gators offer

The tight end position is one of the positions that has struggled the most for the Florida Gators the last few years and that has led the staff to look for several prospects in this year’s class.

With one already committed, the Gators offered tight end John Fitzpatrick (6-6, 230, Atlanta, GA. Marist School) after visiting his school on Thursday.

“They offered me as a tight end today [Thursday],” Fitzpatrick said of Florida. “Coach [Greg] Nord came by my school and then later I talked to Coach [Chris] Rumph and he explained that they were really excited about me and wanted to...

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