Florida football coach Will Muschamp is known as a defensive coach and, perhaps more importantly, he is known for working closely with the secondary.
Prospects take notice of that and it has shown as the top cornerback in the country in Vernon Hargreaves III has committed to the Gators for the Class of 2013. Florida has a shot to land one of the best safeties in the Class of 2013 as well in Marcell Harris.
With that being said, prospects from the Class of 2014 have already started receiving offers in the secondary.
Here are five prospects to watch for in the Class of 2014 as the Gators will look to build on the impressive haul of Class of 2013 prospects:
Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County cornerback Duke Dawson- The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Dawson picked up a scholarship offer from Florida this summer after working out at a camp. Dawson admits to growing up a fan of Florida State, but said that Florida leads for him early on. Expect Dawson to visit Florida this fall.
Marietta (Ga.) High cornerback D.J. Smith- Smith is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the Southeast region and has impressive coverage skills. The 6-foot-, 180-pound Smith has said Florida, Alabama and South Carolina stand out to him, but those close to Smith believe Florida leads for him.
Washington D.C., Friendship Collegiate Academy cornerback Jalen Tabor- The 6-foot, 181-pound Tabor visited Florida this summer and picked up an offer from Florida. Tabor said he grew up a Florida fan but he is also friends with Eddie Goldman, who signed with Florida State in 2012. This one could come down to the Florida schools.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School cornerback Quincy Wilson- Wilson picked up a scholarship offer during the spring and visited Florida this summer. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Wilson is really impressive in his coverage skills and is able to play man defense well.
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside safety Quin Blanding- The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Blanding is considered one of the top prospects in the country, regardless of position. Blanding has a lot of interest in Florida and said he will visit soon. If Blanding visits Florida will be in contention for the run-stuffing safety.