The Florida Gators recruiting efforts have been in full force this week and the coaching staff is slowly working its way throughout the state hitting as many schools as they can during the day. So far this week Florida has hit the Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Polk County areas this week.
Thursday sees the coaches hit the talent rich South Florida area as well as a few panhandle prospects. The coaching staff will see several big time targets for the 2017 and 2018 classes on Thursday.
GatorCountry will now highlight where the assistant coaches are scheduled to be during the day on Thursday. This is only a preview and there will be more players seen then we highlight.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is scheduled to stop by Dwyer High School on Thursday before moving to see defensive end K’jakyre Daley (6-4, 215, Riviera Beach, FL Suncoast), who is looking for a Gators offer. Defensive back Amari Carter (6-2, 180, Palm Beach Gardens, FL High) is also looking for an offer but will be evaluated by Nuss on Thursday. Defensive end Jonathan Garvin (6-4, 222, West Palm Beach, FL Oxbridge Academy) has visited the Gators in the past but he’s also looking for an offer still.
Running backs coach Tim Skipper will visit Southridge High School on Thursday, home to over a dozen 2017 Division I prospects. Tight end commit Kemore Gamble (6-3, 220) is one of those prospects at Southridge. Defensive back Shawn Davis (6-1, 195) and Miami running back commit Bentavious Thompson (6-0, 183) are also at the school.
Skipper will also stop by Boyd Anderson High School while in the area.
Receivers coach Kerry Dixon will be at Southridge with Skipper to see the talented prospects at the school before going to South Dade High School. Dixon is also scheduled to be at Homestead and Killian High on Thursday.
Tight ends coach Greg Nord is scheduled to be at Wakulla High, Fort White High, Columbia, Taylor County and Lafayette High on Thursday.
Offensive line coach Mike Summers will get to see big Alabama offensive line commit Alex Leatherwood on Thursday as the Gators try to flip the talented lineman. Summers will also see 2018 receiver Jacob Copeland (6-1, 188, Pensacola, FL Pine Forest) and receiver Damond Johnson (6-1, 162, Pensacola, FL West Florida Tech) while in the panhandle. Copeland is a Gators lean and is one of the top 2018 prospects in the sunshine state for next year.
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has a big target to focus on during the day on Thursday and that’s defensive end Jarez Parks who has Florida and Florida State on the top right now.
Linebackers coach Randy Shannon knows the Miami area about as good as anyone in the country and he will have a jammed packed day on Thursday. Shannon will see Syracuse receiver commit Sharod Jackson (6-1, 170, Miami, FL Jackson), 2018 Auburn defensive end commit Robert Hicks and linebacker Billy Joseph (6-1, 215, Miami, FL Northwestern. All of those prospects are looking for offers at Florida. Maybe the biggest target Shannon will see is Miami offensive line commit Navaughn Donaldson (6-6, 341, Miami, FL Central) who is listening to the Gators pitch. While at Central Shannon will see Miami linebacker commit Waynmon Steed (6-0, 224, Miami, FL Central).
Defensive line coach Chris Rumph will be in the Pahokee/Belle Glade area all day on Thursday.
Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray will see big time linebacker D’Andre Wilder (6-2, 204, Miami, FL Carol City) who plays for former Gators receiver Aubrey Hill. Defensive backs Latavious Brini and Natron Culpepper (6-1, 165, Miami, FL Carol City) will also receive visits from Gray on Thursay. Brini is a huge priority for the Gators.
Stay tuned to GatorCountry.com for all of your information on these very important evaluation visits.