With the spring evaluation period ongoing, the Florida coaching staff is out seeing and talking to a ton of prospects around the country.
Over the next two weeks GatorCountry.com is going to break down each position and talk about the prospects that the Gators have offered or guys that are close to an offer.
Now that GatorCountry has went through the offensive side of the ball, we will now go through the defensive side of the ball.
We will start with the defensive tackle position where the Gators would like to sign three prospects and already have one committed.
Here are the prospects that have offers:
Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown
The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Brown is one of the top defensive tackles in the country and has said he will visit Gainesville this summer. Right now it’s unclear if he will actually visit or not.
Cincinnati (Oh.) Winton Woods defensive tackle Daniel Cage
Cage is another prospect who says he will visit Florida this summer. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Cage has a lot of interest in Florida and says he will visit a number of schools this summer before narrowing his list.
Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Christmas is a Florida State commitment and the Gators haven’t been recruiting him much. Christmas is a prospect who never showed much interest in Florida.
Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark
Florida and Miami are once again battling it out for a defensive tackle in South Florida. Last year the Gators won out for Jaynard Bostwick and they are trying to do the same with the 6-foot-2, 325-pound Clark. Clark says that Florida and Miami are tied at the top but some people close to Clark say the Gators have the slight edge.
Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard
The 6-foot-2, 328-pound Gaillard once had Florida as his leader but when the Gators wouldn’t offer his teammate, Gaillard eliminated Florida from contention.
Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley
Holley is a prospect Florida is very high. The 6-foot-4, 299-pound Holley says he will visit Florida in June for one of Will Muschamp’s camps. Holley will also visit Florida State and a few other schools in the south.
Covington (La.) High defensive tackle Garrald McDowell
The 6-foot-3, 257-pound McDowell received a couple of visits from Florida this spring. Right now McDowell has shown Florida some interest but it’s to be determined whether he visits Florida or not.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten
The Florida commitment says he is solid to the Gators but he is receiving a ton of interest from Alabama and Miami. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Moten plans to visit Florida in June and that visit should help the Gators solidify Moten’s commitment even more.
Carrollton (Ga.) High defensive tackle Dontavius Russell
The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Russell is a Georgia commitment and a solid one. I don’t expect Russell to visit Florida at this point.
Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic defensive tackle Travonte Valentine
Valentine is a former Florida commitment but the two sides parted ways. Right now Florida isn’t recruiting the 6-foot-3, 286-pound Valentine very hard.
Saluda (S.C.) High defensive tackle Dexter Wideman
The 6-foot-3, 276-pound Wideman is another prospect that says he may visit Florida this summer, if he does, the Gators could become a player for Wideman.