Elite prospects visiting Florida this weekend

The Florida Gators have been handing out offers left and right for the last month and a half and this weekend the Gators will welcome several of these top prospects to campus for unofficial visits.

These visits will be about getting prospects on campus and touring the campus and facilities as well as letting them meet the new coaching staff as the staff tries to build relationships with these underclassmen from the class of 2016 and 2017.

Saturday will be the first big weekend for visits and starting next Monday when the Gators open spring practice, the coaching staff will start welcoming even more prospects on campus as they will be watching spring practice as well as touring the facilities and meeting the new staff.

Here is whom Gator Country has confirmed as visiting this weekend, but there is sure to be more visitors on campus that have yet to confirm their plans to us at the time of this article.


2016 visitors:

Defensive end JaQuan Bailey (6-3, 235, Jacksonville, FL Raines) is looking for a Florida offer this weekend. Bailey calls the Gators his favorite team and an offer would like push the Gators to the top.

Offensive lineman Parker Braun (6-4, 272, Kissimmee, FL Osceola) will visit Florida on Friday before heading to Auburn for a visit on Saturday. This will be Braun’s first visits this spring.

Athlete Korey Charles (5-11, 164, Tallahassee, FL North Florida Christian) has a Florida offer but this will be his first trip to Gainesville and Charles says that he has no leaders right now.

Auburn receiver commit Nate Craig-Myers (6-2, 198, Tampa, FL Tampa Catholic) has been an Auburn commit since last fall but that commitment is shaky and the Gators are a team that is rising up in Craig’s recruitment. This is a huge visit for both parties.

Cornerback Chauncey Gardner (5-11, 190, Cocoa, FL High) is a former Florida commit but decommitted when the coaching change happened but the Gators are still the team to beat early on. Gardner’s high school coaches brother is now on staff at Florida as a quality control assistant which could help Florida.

Running back Elijah Holyfield (5-10, 195, College Park, GA Woodward Academy) is the son of Evander Holyfield and has been talking up Florida a lot as of late but this will be his first trip to Florida.

Offensive lineman Nathan Hoyle (6-2, 311, Jacksonville, FL Trinity Christian) hasn’t received an offer from Florida yet but that could change this weekend if he measures in well. Hoyle is a guy that can play inside or outside in college and that is a plus for colleges.

Miami receiver commit Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 190, West Palm Beach, FL Dwyer) received an offer from Florida on Thursday night and this will be his first trip to Florida this weekend.

Linebacker Jonathan Jones (6-2, 210, Orlando, FL Oak Ridge) is another prospect that Florida has yet to offer but the Gators have been in talks with Jones as of late; they just want to see him in person.

Cornerback Trayvon Mullen (6-2, 160, Coconut Creek, FL High) is considered one of the top defensive backs in the country but the Gators have never really seemed like a legit contender for Mullen but this weekend could change things.

Running back Lamical Perine (5-10, 206, Theodore, AL High) grew up a Gators fan but has yet to receive an offer from Florida yet but he will make the 8-hour trip to Florida this weekend.

USF receiver commit Kalen Riles (5-11, 173, Tallahasee, FL Rickards) will head to Gainesville this weekend looking for a Florida offer.

Tight end Christian Roberson (6-6, 230, Powder Springs, GA McEachern) was offered by tight ends coach Greg Nord during the month of January and he will make his first visit to Florida this weekend.

Defensive back K.J. Sails (5-11, 165, Gibsonton, FL East) will be looking to pick up an offer this weekend.

Receiver Freddie Swain (6-1, 174, Citra, FL North Marion) has had Florida as his leader for months now but this will be his first chance to sit down and talk with Jim McElwain and new receiver coach Kerry Dixon.

Offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (6-4, 345, Cocoa, FL High) will be making the trip to Gainesville with Chauncey Gardner and he’s looking for a Florida offer during the visit.

Athlete Tyrek Tisdale (6-2, 200, Orlando, FL Oak Ridge) recently picked up a Florida offer and the Gators are hoping to gain traction in his recruitment this weekend.

Receiver Binjimen Victor (6-4, 170. Coconut Creek, FL High) is considered one of the top receivers in the country and he has been talking to Florida on a daily basis but this will be his first time to meet the new coaching staff at Florida.

Florida receiver commit Rick Wells (6-0, 187, Jacksonville, FL Raines) will be helping the Gators recruit this weekend as he has become the lead recruiter for Florida in the class of 2016.

Safety Justin Hosea-Williams (6-0, 195, Theodore, AL High) is a prospect that is under the radar has yet to receive an offer from Florida.

Defensive tackle Darius Whitfield (6-3, 260, Mobile, AL St. Paul’s) picked up a Florida offer last week and he wants to take a photo with the Chucky doll this weekend while in town.


2017 visitors

Ohio State athlete commit Bruce Judson Jr. (5-9, 176, Cocoa, FL High) admits that he’s eager to meet the new coaching staff but the Gators have a lot of ground to make up in his recruitment.

Running back Jamari Peacock (6-0, 241, Yulee, FL High) says that he wants a Florida offer and he hopes to get that this weekend during his visit to Florida.



Stay tuned to Gator Country.com for all of the updates on this weekend’s visitors.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.