The Gators currently sit with three commitments in the Class of 2016 and on Monday cornerback commit Tre Jackson (5-8, 164, Baton Rouge, LA, University Lab School) was on campus for a visit.
“Florida was good,” Jackson said. “I just talked to a couple of the coaches and went around the campus a little. I got to check out the facilities and the dorms and I talked to Coach [Will] Muschamp and Coach [Brian] White mainly during the visit.
Will Muschamp wasn’t able to stay throughout Jackson’s visit due to his trip to SEC Media Days. Before he left he had a quick conversation with Jackson.
“Coach Muschamp was saying stay in touch and to stay strong in school,” Jackson said. “He wanted to know how football was going and how I was doing on the field this summer.”
Travaris Robinson is a guy that Jackson has a good relationship with, but on Monday he spent time with another coach and was introduced to some of the new coaches on staff.
“I didn’t get to talk to Coach T-Rob because he was still on vacation,” Jackson said. “I talked to Coach White though about everything and we just hung out mainly. There were a few coaches that I hadn’t met before so he introduced me to them. Coach [Drew] Hughes introduced himself to me and that was my first time meeting him.”
Jackson’s father, Jack, played at Florida and that was a big reason the younger Jackson committed to the Gators so early. Right now, the commitment is strong despite recent attempts by others to sway him.
“I’m solid to Florida but some schools are starting to call me more,” Jackson said. “Mississippi State, South Carolina and Arkansas are recruiting me real hard.”
Not too much to worry about for Florida, however, as Jackson is one of the top recruiters for the orange and blue and he has eyes set on two top Tampa prospects.
“I’ve been recruiting a lot of people lately,” Jackson said. “I was working on Jerome Baker but now he’s in the class so I’m working on Ray-Ray McCloud and Byron Cowart to commit. It was big to get Jerome though.”
The 2016 cornerback has seen his stock rise a ton recently including winning an award at a camp last weekend.
“I won the underclassmen award at the Rivals challenge last weekend,” Jackson said. “It was a blessing but I felt I could’ve done better but I made a few good plays out there.”
Jackson added he will be back in Gainesville for the LSU game this fall.
INSIDER TAKE: Jackson is as solid as he can be and is always talking up Florida on Twitter to other prospects. I’ve been told that he texts a lot of prospects as well so while schools may try to get him it would take a lot to sway him away from the Orange and Blue.