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 offensive side of the ball and in part two we will breakdown the top five guys on the defensive side of the ball.
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 offensive side of the ball.
Running back Demarkus Bowman- Bowman is committed to Clemson and has been since early in 2019 and because of Clemson’s policy of not allowing commits to visit other campuses, Bowman hasn’t visited Florida since he committed. The Gators continue to recruit Bowman as he’s one of the top players in the country and he’s also at Lakeland where the Gators have done well in the past. Right now the Gators have their work cut out for them but Bowman is a guy that you recruit until he signs.
Offensive lineman Marcus Dumervil- Dumervil made his first visit to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights and he stayed on campus for three days with his good friend and Florida commits Derek Wingo. Dumervil left the visit with positive things to say about the Gators and Florida can now expect to get him on campus more. Florida is battling LSU and others for Dumervil but they’re now squarely in the mix for one of the top lineman in the country, the good news for Florida is that Dumervil has already used official visits to LSU and Oklahoma. Dumervil is also a true tackle and that’s what the Gators need to finish off the 2020 class.
Receiver Xzavier Henderson- Henderson is the younger brother of Florida defensive back CJ Henderson so the Gators should have plenty of chances to host the younger Henderson on campus this fall. Clemson is the Gators biggest competition but with the Tigers adding receivers to the class already, the Gators could benefit form that. Henderson wants to wait until the All-American game to make a decision, which gives Florida plenty of time to gain ground on Clemson for Henderson.
Athlete Arian Smith- Smith is one of the fastest kids in the country and he wants to run track and play football in college, which is something that helps Florida out a lot. Smith knows the history of the Gators track program and also understands how Dan Mullen could use him on offense or even potentially on defense if he chooses that. Florida State and Georgia are also serious contenders for Smith who just moved to Lakeland to finish his senior year of high school. The Gators need to get Smith back on campus this fall to get the momentum back in their favor.
Offensive lineman Issiah Walker- Outsider of Dumervil, Walker is the Gators only other true offensive tackle remaining on the board for 2020 heading into the season. The former South Carolina commit has been on campus in Gainesville a lot and was just on campus for Friday Night Lights where the staff explained to him that he and Dumervil were the two guys the staff wanted to finish the class with. Walker is looking hard at Florida, Florida State and Miami but the lineman has arguably the best relationship with the Gators coaching staff right now.