The 2018 college football season has finally come to an end, which means recruiting for the next few weeks is about to be hectic. The Gators capped off their early national signing day finishing with the number eleven recruiting class. The staff did a wonderful job of feeling out needs at just about every position.The offensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs all became replenished with this years recruiting class. Now we look towards National Signing Day in February with just about 3-4 spots to complete the 2019 recruiting class. With all that being said, Florida looks to host a big “official visit” weekend with some big names stepping on campus.
Official Visit Weekend: 1/11/19
Areji Henderson- 4 Star WR- Committed to Florida.
During this past weekend the Gators received a huge surprise commitment from the 4 star WR out of Texas. Areji chose the Gators during his UA game when he seemed to be trending heavy for instate rival Florida State. Henderson looks to be on track for the Feb signing day, however he’s discussed the possibility of taking official visits to other schools.However, Mullen wants to lock up Hendersons decision early so other officials could be negated.
Ira Henry- 3 Star OT- Uncommitted
Mullen has emphasized the importance of having a great offensive line with quality depth. The staff has already signed seven talented offensive lineman to this years class, nevertheless you can never go wrong with adding more to a already solid group. The Gators offered Henry back in October and have been in solid communication since then. Could Henry be a surprise commit this weekend? It’s shaky as of right now. I would believe Henry is leaning more towards FSU.
Smith Vilbert- 3 Star SDE- Uncommitted
The defensive line takes a slight hit with Polite, and Jefferson heading to the draft. Despite the departures, the Gators still have quality depth on it’s roster and have a few recruits coming in this years class. The typical football saying is that “you can never have to many pass rusher” and in this case it rains true. The Gators want to keep being an aggressive/attacking defensive line, and I believe Vilbert fits that mold. As of now it seems to be an Oregon, Penn State race but with a Florida visit things could change.
Charles Moore- 4 Star SDE- Uncommitted
Big news came from Moore during this week as he announced his de-commitment from Miss St. The talented Mississippi stud is projected to play DT at the next level, and as stated before DT is a big need for Florida’s class. During his UA practices he interviewed with Gator Territory writer Corey Bender and discussed his current recruitment before his de-commit. During the interview he stated the Gators were “on the outside looking in” with his recruitment, however he did mention his great relationship with DL coach Sal Sunseri. I believe have a great shot with Moore, he’s a necessity and the gators need a big time recruit like this.
Kaiir Elam- 4 Star DB- Uncommitted
Florida has once again stocked up on talented DBs in this year’s class and looks to add more to go along with them. Elam is a very special talent and is arguably viewed by many in the South Florida region the best defensive back in high school football. It’s a surprise that the staff wants to get Elam on campus so early before Feb. Could this push for a commitment? Definitely, Elam seems to be all Gator right now. Elam isn’t in any type of rush he’s a smart kid he’ll wait to sign in Feb. Elam is also the nephew of former Florida Gator DB (Matt Elam), Gator legacy runs through the family it will be something to keep an eye on.
Mark-Anthony Richards- 4 Star ATH-Uncommitted
With the staff missing on 5 star RB Trey Sanders , Richards becomes a hot commodity as the the cycle comes to an end. Richards is a dynamic ATH that plays on both sides of the ball. You can line him up at DB, RB, WR, it doesn’t matter the kid can flat out ball. During his collegiate Richards plans to play on the offensive side which makes it easy for mullen to pitch the toney/percy role. The toney/percy role is basically lining up your best offensive weapon at the running back and receiver positions. As of now it seems to be an Auburn and Penn State race. However don’t rule out Miami, Richards has family ties to the program due to his brother and former wr Ahammon Richards. Do the gators have any shot of landing Richards? Very much so, but this visit has to be a home run.
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