As of last Monday the NCAA new mandated summer dead period began and won’t end until July 13th so Gator Country decided it would be a good time to get everyone caught up on where the Gators stand at each position.
Last week we took a look at the offensive side of the ball and this week we will look at the defensive side of the ball and get everyone caught up on who’s in the class and who may end up in the Class of 2015.
One thing we are also going to add to each position is a quick look at who to keep an eye on for the upcoming Class of 2016.
First up in our week-long series was the defensive line position that included defensive end and tackle. Linebacker followed that and today we will move on to cornerback.
Right now Florida has two commits at the cornerback position in Marcus Lewis (6-0, 184, Washington D.C. Friendship Academy and cornerback Jalen Julius (5-11, 173, Orlando, FL West Orange).
Lewis is the typical cornerback for Will Muschamp as he’s long and athletic and while he says he wants to take a few visits, Lewis is very likely to sign with Florida in February if the coaches are in Gainesville.
Julius is a little less solid to Florida than Lewis as the Orlando product wants to take several visits and he has talked about how much he has liked other schools like Louisville. At the end of the day if Florida wants Julius they can keep him.
With two commits in the class Florida is only looking to sign one more cornerback unless one of the two that are committed flips.
The Gators have several top targets on the board and here are a few guys that could fill the Class of 2015 at the cornerback position.
Cornerback Tyrek Cole (5-11, 162, Miramar, FL High) is committed to Florida State and has been since last summer but he admits that he still hears from Florida and that he wants to take an official visit to Gainesville this fall. While I think it’s a long shot to flip, him he’s still a target.
Cornerback Darius Slayton (6-1, 175, Norcross, GA Greater Atlanta Christian) visited Florida in June and had a good visit with the Gators. His parents also had a good time with Will Muschamp and the coaches and three teams are standing out for him. Auburn, Florida, Georgia. Auburn is the leader, in my opinion, but if the Gators are able to get him back down for a visit they could gain on Auburn. My prediction is Auburn as of today.
Cornerback Carlton Davis (6-2, 178, Miami, FL Norland) has Miami, Florida and South Carolina on top but sources have told me Miami and South Carolina are slightly ahead of Florida. Right now I don’t know if South Carolina will have room for him so it could be an in-state battle. My current prediction is Miami but that could easily be switched.
Cornerback Jeremy McDuffie (5-11, 169, Snellville, GA Shiloh) has a top two of Florida and Duke but the Gators have an edge with McDuffie wanting to run track. McDuffie blew Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson away at camp and Gators would love to add him to the class. Right now I think Florida lands McDuffie.
Look ahead to 2016
Florida has two commits in the Class of 2016 in cornerback Tre Jackson (5-8, 164, Baton Rouge, LA University Lab) and cornerback Chauncey Gardner (5-11, 190, Cocoa, FL High).
Jackson is solid to Florida as his father, Jack Jackson, is a Gator Great. Jackson plans to visit Florida later in July and he’s actively recruiting for Florida on Twitter.
Gardner flipped to Florida from Miami in June and has been on Twitter posting photos of him in new Florida gear. He has also starting to recruit a few guys on social media as well.
Florida has only offered one other guy in the Class of 2016 but many more offers will be coming.
Cornerback Kristian Fulton (6-0, 165, Metairie, LA Rummel) will be one of the top corners in the country in 2016 but right now he hasn’t shown his hand on where he’s leaning.