UF coach Will Muschamp hosted four uncommitted prospects over the weekend and two of them are expected to join Florida’s class on National Signing Day.
Port Saint Lucie West Centennial defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick officially visited with both of his parents, who are heavily involved in his recruitment.
“It was nice, it was real nice,” Bostwick’s mother said of their trip to UF. “I got a nice tour of the school, I got a lot of information, all of my questions were answered and I think it’s a good fit for him.
“I just fed off of his feelings. He was very anxious to see the town. When we got there, he opened up a lot. I think he’s really comfortable there and that really matters to me.”
Bostwick’s high school coach, Ron Parker, said his four-star standout is closest to Florida’s coaches and their relationship may be the reason he chooses the Gators over Miami and Alabama. His mother shared that sentiment.
“I can honestly agree with him, and I understand why,” she said. “Miami was home and that’s where he’s from, and Alabama was enjoyable and a privilege to visit. But he has a different bond with the Gators I guess. (Defensive tackles coach) Bryant Young is a good guy. He’s just like Jay-nard. They share so many characteristics and they hit it off from the start, so that’s a big plus. He’s like an extension of me and my husband. I’m very, very comfortable with him.”
New Smyrna Beach receiver James Clark arrived in Gainesville on Saturday for an unofficial visit and stayed overnight. He will announce his decision Wednesday at 9 a.m and his three finalists are Florida, Clemson and Ohio State.
UF quarterback commit Max Staver, who also unofficially visited this past weekend, believes Bostwick and Clark will be Gators.
“I feel confident about James Clark and the defensive tackle (Jay-nard Bostwick),” Staver said. “I think those two had a lot of fun. They were smiling all weekend and hanging out with the coaches and early enrollees. They really enjoyed themselves and I think we have a good shot with both.”
The other uncommitted visitors for Florida were JUCO quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Yuma, Az./Arizona Western C.C.) and receiver Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin). McEvoy committed to Wisconsin on Monday and Kentucky will likely land Timmons on Tuesday.
Defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) and linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach Mainland) are also off Florida’s board. On Sunday, Adams eliminated UF from consideration and Powell was told there’s no longer a spot for him in the class.
Some good news for the Gators came from JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.). He dropped his commitment to Ole Miss on Sunday and will choose between Alabama and Florida this Wednesday.