Florida Gators recruiting coaching visits for April 27th

The Florida Gators recruiting buzz is very strong this week as the Gators assistant coaches are on the road for the first time during the evaluation period. It all started on Monday when the coaching staff was in Jacksonville and Orlando and that continued on Tuesday as they moved further down the Sunshine state.

Wednesday looks to be the busiest day so far, as the coaching staff will be in the loaded areas of Tampa, Polk County and the surrounding areas of Tampa. The coaching staff will see several big time targets for the 2017 and 2018 classes on Wednesday.

GatorCountry will now highlight where the assistant coaches are scheduled to be during the day on Wednesday. This is only a preview and there will be more players seen then we highlight.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is scheduled to visit North Carolina running back commit Adarius Lemons and his teammate defensive tackle Kane Taylor (6-3, 270, Clearwater, FL Catholic) in the morning. Taylor is still looking for a Gators offer while Lemons is still being recruited despite his commitment. While in Clearwater Nuss will visit receiver CJ Cotman (5-10, 175, Clearwater, FL Catholic), who has a Florida offer. Defensive tackle Jordan Scott (6-1, 345, Largo, FL Pinellas Park) is also scheduled to receive a visit from Nussmeier.

Running backs coach Tim Skipper will join Nussmeier at Clearwater Catholic to visit Lemons and Taylor. Skipper will then head to Armwood high school to see 2018 receiver Warren Thompson (6-4, 185, Seffner, FL Armwood) and 2018 running back Brian Snead (5-11, 187, Seffner, FL Armwood). Skipper will continue his busy day when he visits athlete Devan Barrett (6-1, 195, Tampa, FL Catholic), who is being recruited to play running back or safety. Running back Malik Davis (5-11, 187, Tampa, FL Jesuit) will also get a visit and, while he doesn’t have a Florida offer yet, he’s someone the Gators are watching.

Receivers coach Kerry Dixon has a huge day on Wednesday as he visits big receiver target James Robinson at Lakeland High School. Robinson has Clemson and Florida on top. Dixon will also visit receiver commit Daquon Green in Tampa on Wednesday. Green is very solid to the Gators.

Tight ends coach Greg Nord is scheduled to stop by Pasco High, Zephyrills High, South Sumter, Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch High school on Wednesday.

Offensive line coach Mike Summers will get to see two big offensive linemen on Wednesday in Tampa. 2018 offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 250, Tampa, FL Cambridge) just picked up a Gators this spring and he’s very high on Florida. Offensive lineman Desmond Bessent (6-9, 265, Tampa, FL Sickles) doesn’t have a Florida offer yet but he’s someone that the Gators are watching.

Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins will spend his Wednesday working on big defensive end target Zach Carter at Hillsborough High School. Carter seems to be leaning towards Florida but Clemson is right in the mix.

Linebackers coach Randy Shannon will see linebacker Lionel Cummings (6-2, 201, Bartow, FL High) who doesn’t have a Florida offer yet. Shannon will also see linebacker Ventrell Miller (6-1, 225, Lakeland, FL Kathleen) who doesn’t have a Florida offer either. Both are prospects the Gators are watching. 2018 offensive lineman Cleveland Reed (6-3, 295, Fort Meade, FL High) is another prospect Shannon will watch.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph has a loaded day as he will see defensive end Zach Carter with Geoff Collins as well Devan Barrett with Tim Skipper. Rumph will follow that up by going to Plant High School to see athlete Juwan Burgess and 2018 TE Judge Culpepper. Both of the Plant guys have Florida offers.

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray will be in his hometown to work on Lakeland prospects James Robinson and running back A.J Davis on Wednesday. Gray has done a great job on Robinson since he arrived in Gainesville.


Stay tuned to GatorCountry.com for all of your information on these very important evaluation visits. 

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.