Signing a top-tier Buck prospect is one of the biggest priorities for the Florida Gators in the 2014 recruiting cycle.
But their options have dwindled down since we last touched on this subject a month and a half ago.
Tallahassee Godby’s Jacob Pugh visited UF twice in April, but as anticipated, he decided to stay close to home and committed to FSU on Wednesday. The coaches could continue to pursue Pugh, but he lives eight minutes away from Doak Campbell Stadium and will be hard to steal from the Noles.
Denzel Ware has transferred back to Crestview after spending the spring at Opp (Ala.). He tried to pledge to the Gators following the Orange & Blue Debut, but Will Muschamp wasn’t ready to accept his commitment and things haven’t changed on that front.
At this time, that leaves Trent Harris (Winter Park) and Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale University School) as the top targets left at the position.
Harris lists Florida as his leader and could have already been in the class, but he postponed his May 24th decision after getting offered by Ohio State. He’s still expected to end up at UF, although the Gators will have to sweat out his visit to Columbus this summer.
Should Harris go elsewhere, Yeargin would become a must-get. He took a trip Gainesville on March 29 and was seen by the staff during the fourth and fifth week of the Evaluation Period. Florida is considered one of the favorites to land him, but there’s a long way to go in his recruitment and he doesn’t plan on deciding until National Signing Day.
The Gators have other targets at linebacker and defensive end who could potentially play the Buck position if they come to Florida, but look for the coaches to put the full-court press on Harris and Yeargin moving forward.