Florida Gators offensive line recruiting board

The Florida Gators are in search of offensive linemen in the class of 2017 after Kai-Leon Herbert committed to Michigan on Wednesday morning.

Florida has offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort is currently committed in the class, but the Gators are trying to add three more linemen in the class of 2017.

The Gators board will certainly grow over the last month of the summer and into the fall but Gator Country looks at how the board shapes up now.


Auburn offensive line commit Calvin Ashley (6-8, 311, Washington DC., St. John’s College High) has been a target for the Gators for awhile but his move outstate will certainly not help Florida out. Right now Ashley is a long shot but as you can tell with his changing of high schools lately, the offensive lineman could change his mind on colleges.

Offensive lineman Toryque Batemen (6-8, 305, Gadsden, AL City) plans to visit and workout for the Gators at Friday Night Lights. Batemen is a prospect that Alabama and Tennessee are after as well but if the Gators offer him then they will be in the mix.

Offensive tackle Caleb Chandler (6-5, 295, Jefferson, GA High) just named a top six with Florida included in the list. Chandler plans to visit Florida in July and work out for the Gators and that will be a big test as to how hard the staff recruits him.

Miami offensive line commit Navaughn Donaldson (6-5, 335, Miami, FL Central) is a big target for the Gators. Donaldson is expected to visit Gainesville this summer with his parents for the first time. Florida State and Miami are also in the mix for Donaldson.

Offensive tackle Obinna Eze (6-8, 282, Nashville, TN Davidson Academy) is new to football but says he wants to visit Gainesville. Eze says he knows a little about Florida but wants to learn more about the Gators. A visit from Eze could put the Gators in contention.

Offensive tackle Tony Gray (6-4, 272, Lawrenceville, GA. Central Gwinnett) has said he may visit Florida this summer for his second visit this offseason. Gray visited Gainesville this spring and liked the trip and right now Georgia appears to be the team to beat. Florida is trying to overtake the Bulldogs lead.

Alabama offensive line commit Alex Leatherwood (6-5, 298, Pensacola, FL Washington) plans to visit Florida for Friday Night Lights. Leatherwood continues to flirt with Florida while saying he’s solid to Alabama. This battle will stretch into the fall for sure.

Offensive tackle Billy Ross (6-5, 295, Huntington, WV High) visited Florida this spring and may visit again this fall. Ross has interest in both Florida and Florida State.

Offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz (6-3, 313, Bradenton, FL IMG Academy) plans to announce his top five this week and official visit plans and the Gators are expected to make the cut. Florida has been recruiting Ruiz hard this offseason. Michigan and Alabama are also in the mix.


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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.