Florida Gators recruiting visitors list for spring game

Head Coach Jim McElwain’s plan for a Friday night spring game was put in place so the Florida Gators recruiting efforts could be a full weekend, instead of just one day. McElwain’s plan looks to be working out nicely as the Florida Gators are set to host several big name prospects this weekend in Gainesville.

McElwain and his staff have done an incredible job of getting big name prospects on campus this spring and now the Gators hope prospects will see a strong performance on Friday night. The atmosphere of a Friday night game in the Swamp is something else the Gators hope to help with recruiting.

Florida will not only host prospects for the future classes, but they will also host two prospects in the class of 2016 one of which is already to attend Florida next fall.

Here’s a look at the Florida Gators recruiting visitors list for this weekend.


Florida will play host to two official visitors this weekend and both hail from the class of 2016. Safety signee Joseph Putu signed with the Gators in February without ever taking a visit, but that changes this weekend. Putu is scheduled to take his official visit to Florida this weekend before enrolling this summer.

The next official visitor is JUCO defensive tackle Josiah Coatney, who found out late that he would be able to enroll in a Division I school this summer. Coatney, who is a native of South Carolina, has already taken an official visit to South Carolina and Coatney arrived in Gainesville on Tuesday night.

2017 commits:

This Friday night is a huge night for the Florida Gators in the class of 2017 as several big names are scheduled to be in the Swamp. Florida will host guys that are committed to other schools on campus in hopes of getting a flip to the Gators. Helping the coaching staff will be the Gators three commits for 2017 and one in 2019.

Quarterback commit Jake Allen will be back on campus and the coaching staff will look for him to do some recruiting of his own. Allen has been a big recruiter for this class and that should continue on Friday night.

Receiver Daquon Green is a big named guy in the Tampa area and the Gators are hoping he will help with guys in that area as well as other receivers.

Offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort is a huge commit for Florida and he will be in Gainesville for the first time this spring.

2019 athlete commit Jaleel McRae is very outspoken about Florida and he will definitely be working on the ears of prospects this weekend in Gainesville.

2017 offensive playmakers:

Receivers Trevon Grimes and James Robinson headline the receiver position this weekend, as both prospects are considered top receivers in the state and country. Florida is right in the mix for both as the Gators are battling Ohio State for Grimes and Clemson for Robinson.

Tight end Kemore Gamble is a prospect high on Florida after decommitting from Miami and he’s already in Gainesville for his three-day visit to Florida.

North Carolina running back commit Adarius Lemons and running back A.J. Davis are both expected in town. Lemons is a guy that Florida is continuing to recruit despite his commitment to North Carolina.

Athlete Bruce Judson and DeeJay Dallas are both being recruited to play the slot receiver and both are scheduled to be in town. Dallas is a guy that Florida is battling Georgia for.

Offensive linemen visiting:

Alabama Crimson Tide commit Alex Leatherwood is one of the top guys on the board and he will make his first visit to Gainesville this spring. Leatherwood is guy that continues to communicate with Florida despite his commitment to the Crimson Tide.

Offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert has Florida as his leader heading into the visit as the Gators look to close the deal. Herbert is very good friends with commit Jake Allen.

2018 offensive lineman Christian Armstrong (6-5, 310, Warner Robins, GA High) is scheduled to make his second trip to Gainesville this spring on Friday night.


DBU looks to reload: 

Florida needs to reload the defensive backfield and they will have several top guys in attendance this weekend.

Cornerback Shawn Davis (6-1, 195, Miami, FL Southridge) arrived in Gainesville on Thursday and will stay through Saturday. Davis is a guy very high on Florida right now.

Cornerback Tavyn Jackson (5-11, 173, Tallahassee, FL Rickards) doesn’t have a Florida offer yet but will visit on Friday. Jackson just recently picked up an offer from Auburn.

Miami defensive back commit C.J. Henderson will be making his second trip to Gainesville in three weeks as he arrived on Thursday night. Henderson is a guy that can play offense or defense but the Gators like him on defense.

Safety Grant Delpit (6-1, 180, Houston, TX Lamar) is scheduled to make the long trip to Gainesville for his first visit. Delpit is a guy that likes Florida a lot and picked up an offer recently.

Safety Ken Handy-Holly (6-2, 194, Jackson, AL High) will make his first trip to Gainesville this spring on Friday night. Handy-Holly is a guy that is long and athletic from the safety position.

Ohio State cornerback commit Shaun Wade says he may visit on Friday night but at the time of this article he wasn’t sure.


Other big names coming

Linebacker Tyler Taylor (6-3, 220, Sugar Hill, GA Lanier) is visiting Florida with his mother on Friday. Taylor has high interest in Florida entering his first visit to Gainesville.

Athlete Hamsah Nasirldeen (6-5, 210, Concord, NC High) is scheduled to be in town on Friday. Nasirldeen can play linebacker or tight end at his size. This will be his first trip to Gainesville.

2018 prospects:

Florida is getting an early jump on 2018 prospects and that will continue on Friday night.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the top quarterback for 2018 and he arrived in Gainesville on Thursday for his two day visit. Tennessee is considered the favorite but Florida is looking to change that.

Quarterback Jarren Williams (6-3, 206, Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett) hopes to pick up an offer on Friday night after picking one up from Florida State this week.

Defensive back Donte Burton (5-11, 173, Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett) plans to visit with Williams on Friday night.

Athlete Justin Watkins has become a regular visitor to Gainesville and he plans to return on Friday night. Florida is in good shape here.

Receivers Amari Burney (6-1, 201, Clearwater, FL Central Catholic) and Warren Thompson will also be in town.


Here are some additional names that should be in town:

2017 TE Zech Byrd
2018 WR Jacob Copeland
3 star DE/LB J’Jakyre Daley
S Tyree Gillespie
2018 OL/DL Richard Gouraige
2018 DE Stacy Kirby
2018 QB Michael Penix
2018 OL Cleveland Reed
2019 RB Trey Sanders
2017 ATH Antoine Sims
2017 ATH Ladarius Toney
2017 DB OJ Tucker
2017 FSU RB commit Zaquandre White
2017 DE Jordan Wright



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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.