Top five remaining defensive targets for the Florida Gators in 2020

The Florida Gators currently have 18 commitments in the class of 2020 as they head into the start of football season in a week and a half against the Miami Hurricanes.

GatorCountry.com brings you the top five targets remaining for the Gators coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball after we broke down the offensive targets in part one.

This is our opinion of the top five targets as the Gators coaching staff still has a lot of targets on the board that they’re hoping will visit Gainesville this fall for either an unofficial or official visit to watch a game.

Enough talking, here are the top five targets remaining on the defensive side of the ball.

 

Defensive back Henry Gray– Gray visited Florida back in June for the first time in over a year and ever since that visit the communication between the two parties has been really good. Gray likely starts out for the Gators at safety and that’s position he’s ok with. Gray plans to take an official visit to Florida as the Gators battle Miami, Michigan and Penn State for the defensive back.

Alabama defensive back commit Jahquez Robinson- Robinson has admitted in the past that his family like Florida and LSU a lot and Robinson has been a frequent visitor to Gainesville. Robinson says he will be back in Gainesville for a couple of games this fall and then likely an official visit. The Gators have to continue to recruit Robinson hard as he projects to play corner in college. LSU is also in the mix for the Alabama commit.

Alabama defensive tackle commit Timothy Smith- Smith committed to Alabama just days before he showed up to Gainesville to workout at Friday Night Lights. Smith is the Gators top remaining defensive tackle target and along with the coaching staff, several commits for Florida are recruiting Smith hard. Smith doesn’t talk much about upcoming visits but the Gators should get the tackle on campus again this fall. This is a battle that will go down to the wire.

Defensive end Zykeivous Walker- Walker has said in the past that Florida is recruiting him the hardest and that he has a good relationship with defensive line coach David Turner but it has been a few months since Walker has been in Gainesville. Georgia is right there battling Florida for Walker and this is a battle that would be big for Dan Mullen and his coaching staff to win. The defensive end has went back and forth on when a decision could come but this fall is still likely.

Oregon safety commit Avantae Williams- Despite being committed to Oregon, Williams has been in Gainesville a ton and has a great relationship with the coaching staff. Williams continues to say the right things about his commitment to Oregon but the Gators and Georgia look to be the two teams that has Williams interest the most right now. Williams doesn’t plan on making a final decision anytime soon but expect him to visit both campuses this fall.

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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.