With the contact period of the recruiting season beginning on Nov. 28, Florida’s coaches were out in full force this week visiting committed and uncommitted prospects all around the country.
Urban Meyer said after the Gators’ humiliating loss to Florida State that his coaches would be hitting the road harder than ever the next day to try and start the rebuilding process. Meyer wasn’t joking as Florida’s staff has been one of the busiest in the country this week.
Here’s a list of some of the guys Florida’s coaches have checked out this week:
QB Jeff Driskel — Still very, very solid in his commitment to Florida.
FB Hunter Joyer — Will be Meyer’s first true fullback in his offense and has pure ability to make early impact.
WR Javares McRoy — Wants to be a deep threat, but will need time to develop.
TE A.C. Leonard — Alabama is still pursuing him, but he’s set on enrolling at Florida in January.
OL Trip Thurman — Florida’s top lineman commit. He moves very well for his size.
OL Chase Hounshell — Athletic, but raw at offensive tackle.
LB Ryan Shazier — He’ll make it in for his official next week. Yes, he does have a ride.
CB Nick Waisome — Safeties coach Chuck Heater visited him this week. He’s still solid on his commitment.
CB Louchiez Purifoy — Alabama is also showing a lot of interest and he’ll officially visit there in January.
CB Valdez Showers — He’ll officially visit next week.
ATH Clay Burton — He’ll officially visit next week.
Recruits of interest
WR George Farmer (Gardena, Calif., Serra) — Still a long shot for the Gators, but tight ends coach Brian White is certainly working hard.
TE Junior Pomee (Moreno Valley, Calif., Rancho Verde) — Florida is still up there, but UCLA and Cal still have a little of the edge.
OL Josue Matias (Union City, N.J.) — He’s set to visit Florida next week.
DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, Calif.) — Another one of White’s targets, but it looks like Cal is the team to beat here.
DE Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga., Thomas County) — He’s one of the top defensive ends in the country and this is a position of need for Florida.
DE Jeoffrey Pagan (Asheville, N.C.) — He decommitted from Florida this week, but linebackers coach D.J. Durkin was in to see him.
LB/DE A.J. Johnson (Gainesville, Ga.) Tennessee verbal — He’s still getting a lot of interest from Florida, but more as a defensive end than linebacker.
LB Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C., Anson) — His recruitment could depend a lot upon Pagan. These two are very close with each other.
LB Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va., Hermitage) — He’ll officially visit Florida this month, and Florida has been at the top for a while.
LB Lamar Dawson (Danville, Kent., Boyle County) — Safeties coach Chuck Heater is expected to be at his state title game tonight.
S Wayne Lyons (Ft. Lauderdale Dillard) — Florida has been near the top for a while, but Stanford is making a strong push.
S Malcolm Mitchell (Valdosta, Ga.) — Safety is a position of need for Florida, so keep and eye on him.
ATH Damian Swann (Atlanta Grady) — Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin stopped by to check on him this week.
ATH Marqise Lee (Serra) — White is still working him and Florida is still one of his top schools. What Farmer does will be key.