The Florida Gators will open the 2018 football season on Saturday night when they take on Charleston Southern in the Swamp.
On Saturday the Gators will also host several visitors on campus for visits including four official visitors and several commits.
With Dan Mullen starting his Gators head coaching career, a lot of eyes will be on how the team starts the season and how the offense performs.
GatorCountry brings you a visitors preview for this Saturday’s game in the Swamp.
You often don’t see a ton of official visitors for week one games but because of the three day weekend, the Gators will host four official visitors on campus this weekend.
Leading the way is running back Nay’Quan Wright (5-8, 185, Miami, FL. Carol City) who has a lot of interest in the Gators and after having a great first game he has shown that he’s fully recovered from his injury. Georgia is also talking to Wright a lot but the Gators are in good shape early on.
Joining Wright will be his teammate in Miami defensive back commit Jarvis Brownlee (5-10, 169, Miami, FL. Carol City) who recently visited Florida for Friday Night Lights. Brownlee picked up an offer from the Gators in late July and has shown a lot of interest in Florida since then.
One of the biggest needs in this is offensive lineman and the Gators will host offensive lineman William Harrod (6-5, 312, Fort Washington, MD. National Christian Academy) who has recently said the Gators are high on his list. Harrod has North Carolina and Tennessee high on his list but Florida is a team to watch.
Last but certainly not least is LSU defensive back commit Maurice Hampton (6-0, 195, Memphis, TN. University School) who will take his first visit to Florida this weekend. Despite being a solid commit to LSU, Hampton says he wants to take all five official visits. At the end of the day this may all turn out to be for nothing as Hampton is projected as a high draft pick in next June’s MLB draft.
Two unofficial visitors
Joining the four official visitors are scheduled to be two of the Gators top targets on unofficial visits.
Headlining the list is running back Trey Sanders who will be back on the Gainesville campus for the first time since the spring. Sanders’ older brother Umstead will make his college debut for the Gators on Saturday night as well. Heading into the visit Alabama has the edge for Sanders but the Gators are hoping to make up ground this fall.
Joining Sanders is scheduled to be defensive end Lloyd Summerall who has been a frequent visitor to Florida since May. Summerall likes the Gators a lot but Florida State and Miami are also very high on the defensive end’s list.
Commits coming to town
While the Gators coaches are coaching the game, Florida will have several of its commits in the south end zone to help recruit the top targets.
Linebacker commit Diwun Black who has been a vocal recruiter for the Gators is scheduled to be on campus now that he’s instate for high school.
Joining Black is defensive tackle commit Jaelin Humphries who will make the drive down from Georgia to see the Gators. Humphries was last on campus for Friday Night Lights.
Florida will also have two of its 2020 commits in town when quarterback commit Anthony Richardson makes the short drive over to campus and defensive end commit Josh Griffis will make the trip up to see Florida on Saturday from IMG.