Less than a month after visiting Gainesville and warming up to the idea of staying in-state, St. Petersburg Lakewood offensive guard Isaiah Wynn is off Florida’s board.
The Rivals100 member committed to Georgia on Sunday, two days removed from attending Dawg Night in Athens. UGA had been the public leader for Wynn since May, but the Gators appeared to be trending upward with him.
They received his first trip of the summer on June 16, and he spoke highly of the visit on his Twitter account. His relationship with former teammate and UF sophomore defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was also working in Florida’s favor.
But the Gators sent out a late offer to Wynn, and while he expressed no hard feelings about the delay, it still put them behind schools such as Georgia in building relationships with the coaches, which ultimately won him over. Wynn says he will not take any more trips and is shutting down his recruitment.
In-state offensive guards Montel McBride (Plant City) and Corey Martinez (Tampa Catholic) made their pledges in early July to Florida State and Alabama, respectively. Neither were offered by Florida, but they had visited the school and were once high on UF.
The Gators will now be hard pressed to find a realistic and quality target if one of their interior linemen commits doesn’t stick. Jacksonville Raines’ Travaris Dorsey seems unlikely to waver following his latest stop in Gainesville. Joseph Paul, however, is a different story.
The 6-foot-4, 340-pounder from New Orleans maintains that his verbal is solid, but he’s visiting Texas on July 27 (instead of Florida’s Friday Night Lights) and plans to use his officials in the fall. UF doesn’t sound completely sold on him, either. When Paul camped in June, he did not speak with Will Muschamp and was told he needed to lose 15 pounds.
Should Paul leave the class one way or another, the only known-option left for the Gators right now is offensive guard Demetrius Knox of Fort Worth, Texas. The Rivals100 member will officially visit Florida for the FSU game and has UF is in his Top 5 along with Miami, Ohio State, TCU and UCLA, his current leader.