Florida Gators recruiting notebook for May 18th

News around the Florida Gators recruiting efforts continues to buzz, as the Gators coaching staff is on the road for the evaluation period. The coaching staff has two more weeks on the road  and they will be using a lot of those days to watch spring games.

Gator Country brings you a recruiting notebook to get you caught up on all things Florida Gators recruiting, as we bring you the latest offers and buzz from the road.

First things first, the Gators assistant coaches are spending a lot of this week in the state of Florida watching spring games. Running backs coach Tim Skipper will see cornerback Shaun Wade in his spring game on Thursday. Linebacker’s coach Randy Shannon will be in South Florida and the rest of the coaching staff will be in their recruiting areas this week.

Cornerback Eljiah Blades (6-3, 170, Pasadena, CA Muir) says his top three schools are Florida, Arizona and Utah and he will commit on June 12th, which is his birthday. Blades is scheduled to visit Gainesville before that commitment date and he will still take official visits after his commitment.

Defensive tackle Neil Farrell (6-4, 287, Mobile, AL Murphy) is a prospect on the rise in the southeast and the Gators visited him earlier this spring. Farrell says he has high interest in the Gators and he will visit Gainesville this summer.

Florida Gators athlete commit Kadarius Toney (5-10, 175, Prichard, AL Blount) picked up an Alabama offer on Tuesday morning as an athlete to play defensive back and receiver. Toney is solid to Florida and says that the Alabama offer doesn’t change anything. Toney plans to visit Gainesville for multiple days in June.

Florida offered twin defensive tackles Brandon Gaddy (6-5, 285, Virginia Beach, VA Bishop Sullivan) and Breyon Gaddy (6-5, 353) on Monday afternoon. Right now the Gaddy twins say Tennessee and Clemson are ahead of the pack, but they have interest in the Gators. The biggest thing for Florida is getting both prospects on campus for a visit this summer.

2018 receiver Warren Thompson (6-4, 185, Seffner, FL Armwood) announced a top seven on Monday that consisted of Florida, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Penn State and South Florida. Right now Florida and Miami are the teams to beat for Thompson.

Florida offered 2018 Miami receiver commit Josh Jobe (6-1, 180, Miami, FL Columbus) last week after Randy Shannon and receivers coach Kerry Dixon visited his school. Jobe is expected to visit Gainesville this summer with his teammate and fellow Miami commit C.J. Henderson.

Last week Florida offered cornerback Deommodore Lenoir (5-11, 182, Los Angeles, CA Bishop Mora Salesian) while out at his school. Lenior named a top 10 shortly after that offer and it consisted of Florida, Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, San Diego State, USC and UCLA. Oregon is considered to be the team to beat.

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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.