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Official visit to UF impresses 6-foot-7 DE Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald

Standing at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, defensive end Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald has the frame of a five-star prospect. But with just three days to go until National Signing Day, Abadi-Fitzgerald holds just a handful of scholarship offers. Yet one of those offers is from the Gators. Coach Jim McElwain was in Lakeland on Tuesday to meet Abadi-Fitzgerald, and Florida’s head coach quickly offered him a scholarship in the 2017 class. However, with 72 hours until National Signing Day, the offer alone wasn’t… Read More »

Florida flips 3* safety Donovan Stiner from Houston

The final weekend before National Signing Day turned out to be Florida’s most significant period of the 2017 class. The Gators landed a verbal commitment from three-star safety Donovan Stiner, the third prospect to commit to Florida’s 2017 class in the past 24 hours. 🐊 pic.twitter.com/Jb00b5OZ9t — DONO▼AN (@dstiner3) January 30, 2017 The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder out of Bellaire, Texas, spent the weekend in Gainesville on an official visit, giving coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff an opportunity to flip… Read More »

Gators land second commitment of the night in 4* DB Brad Stewart

Florida’s 2017 class picked up its second commitment of the night Saturday with the addition of Brad Stewart. The four-star cornerback out of McDonagh High in New Orleans gave the Gators his verbal commitment while on an official visit to the University of Florida. Gotors take care of gators… Truly a blessing to be apart of the family🐊 #BDN pic.twitter.com/xgTsOkuv27 — 🎗 (@B_Stew5) January 29, 2017 “Truly a blessing to be a part of the family,” Stewart wrote on his… Read More »

3* LB Nick Smith commits to Florida

Florida’s 2017 class received a verbal commitment Saturday from a three-star linebacker out of Orlando. Nick Smith (Dr. Phillips High) announced on his Twitter account he was committing to the Gators over Michigan State. Sorry For The Wait™ 😈💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/J4iQXQIWW1 — Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) January 28, 2017 The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder took an official visit to Gainesville this past weekend after decommitting from N.C. State on Jan. 15. “It was fun,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays of his visit… Read More »

Florida hosting 13 official visitors with Signing Day approaching

The final weekend before National Signing Day is poised to be a big one for the Gators.   Update: The Gators are hosting three-star linebacker Lacedrick Brunson (Miami, Fl.). Brunson holds scholarship offers from just Arkansas and Florida Atlantic, and the Florida visit is his lone official visit. The original article appears below: Four-star running back Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, Fl.) has had an up and down recruitment by the Gators, but his future has started to clear up. Lemons will… Read More »

Florida coaching staff goes in-home with LaBryan Ray

With the final weekend before National Signing Day in sight, Florida’s coaching staff has been on the road visiting prospects in the 2017 class. Coach Jim McElwain and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are in Madison, Alabama for an in-home visit with four-star defensive end LaBryan Ray. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect will announce his decision Wednesday and the Gators remain in the running for his signature. Gators running backs coach Tim Skipper is in Tampa visiting four-star running back Malik… Read More »

4* DB Elijah Blades decommits from Florida

With just a week until National Signing Day, Florida’s 2017 class has taken a significant hit. Four-star defensive back Elijah Blades (Pasadena, Calf.) announced on his Twitter account his decommitment from the University of Florida. No interviews or questions. pic.twitter.com/7BEPWBpacc — ELIJAH – BLADES™ (@savageszniv) January 26, 2017 “Florida is still in it,” Blades wrote. “(It’s) coming down to Signing Day.” Blades, the No. 16 ranked defensive back in the 2017 class by 247Sports, later announced his collegiate decision is… Read More »

UF targets making moves before NSD

The Gators seem poised to make a big splash on National Signing Day, thanks to several late movers and shakers who could end up in Florida’s 2017 class. Six prospects in play for National Signing Day made big decisions last week that could lead them to Gainesville.   Kai-Leon Herbert The four-star offensive lineman seemed set to spend the next 3-4 seasons in Ann Arbor, but Herbert backed off his commitment to the Wolverines on Sunday. “Things just went south,”… Read More »

Florida set to host 11 prospects on official visits

The second-to-last weekend before National Signing Day tends to be one of the biggest and most important, and the Gators have seemingly pulled out all the stops. Coach Jim McElwain and his coaching staff are scheduled to host 11 highly ranked prospects on campus for official visits. Three-star quarterback Jake Allen (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.) has been committed to the Gators for more than 18 months and he’s seemingly seen everything UF has to offer. But Allen will be just one of seven… Read More »

Gators coaching staff visiting several top DT prospects

On Jan. 3, Florida’s 2017 class added three-star defensive tackle Kyree Campbell as a mid-year enrollee. But with just two weeks until National Signing Day, Campbell remains the lone defensive tackle prospect from the 2017 class committed to the Gators. However, coach Jim McElwain and his staff are making a late push for a pair of talented defensive linemen. McElwain, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are in Norfolk, Virginia, to see twins Breyon and… Read More »