After inking 23 players in the 2017 class to letters of intent, the Gators have turned their recruiting efforts to the 2018 class.

To kick off the weekend, Florida’s coaching staff is expecting eight visitors on campus Friday night, including 2018 defensive back Trey Dean out of Dutchtown High in Hampton, Georgia.

Five-star athlete Tyreke Johnson out of Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville) will make the short trip to Gainesville on Friday to see the University of Florida.

The Gators have a new defensive backs coach in Corey Bell, and he’ll have an opportunity to make a strong impression on the Rivals100 prospect.

The Gators are also expecting a visit from four-star athlete Alontae Taylor. The Manchester, Tennessee, native committed to the Volunteers in June but has continued visiting programs around the Southeastern Conference.

Four-star safety Brendon Harris will make the trip south from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to visit Florida this weekend.

Christopher Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) will be in Gainesville on Friday to visit the Gators. The three-star prospect picked up an offer from the Gators on Friday as well.

Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) wide receiver Jadon Hasselwood will take an early look at the Gators on Friday. The 2019 prospect is back on campus after being offered by Florida on Oct. 17.

Three-star safety Jaylen McCollough (Powder Springs, Ga.) holds scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama and Georgia, but the Gators have yet to offer the rising 2019 prospect.

That could change, however, when McCollough arrives in Gainesville on Friday to visit UF.

2020 athlete Avantae Williams (Deland) committed to the University of Miami on Thursday, but his recruitment is far from over.

In fact, the Gators may have an advantage in his recruitment.

Florida’s coaching staff was the first Division I program to offer the rising prospect, and Williams is expected to arrive in Gainesville on Friday to visit with the coaching staff.

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