Now that the month-long July recruiting dead period is about to come to an end, much like we did in ranking Florida’s chances with the 29 official visitors, Inside the Gators takes an in-depth look at 10 June unofficial visitors in this edition of Buy, Sell or Hold. by sharing what we would do if each were a stock to be bought, sold, or held.
The criteria mostly being where Florida currently stands with them as well as the direction in which their recruiting is trending.
To be perfectly clear, a Sell Order doesn’t always mean we believe Florida has no chance at a prospect, just as a Buy Order doesn’t mean it is a given that they will sign with the Gators.
This market, just like the stock market, can be volatile and this is all just a snapshot in time.
From the very beginning, Jayden Gibson has stated that he wasn’t in a hurry to make a commitment or even name a leader. However, when he came out with a top-eight earlier this month, I was a bit surprised. Just speaking to him on multiple occasions, I thought he had narrowed his focus a bit more than that – and that the Gators were the unstated leader. A pledge may not come anytime soon, but the Gators are still the team to beat with Auburn, Georgia, and Miami worth watching.
From just before we spoke with him back in March through Florida’s Summer Kickoff, the Gators were the outright leader for four-star wideout Isaiah Horton. However, Florida then received commitments from Isaiah Bond and CJ Smith and are in a very good spot for Evan Stewart and Gibson, pushing Horton down the board a bit.
|If Azareyeh Thomas is truly a cornerback prospect, then when you look at the board at safety, where targets have dropped off left and right, it may cause Florida to have to really amp up the pressure on someone such as Tre Donaldson. He visited Florida and Florida State unofficially at the beginning of the month and then took two official visits to Auburn and Louisville in June. I was tempted to put in a Buy Order, but watch out for Auburn after they also offered in basketball.|
|In the beginning, the one thing that was setting Florida apart when it comes to four-star athlete Jaren Kanak is that while others saw him on defense, the Gators wanted him as a receiver. However, that has now changed and UF projects him as a linebacker. I assumed that he would have jumped on the offer from Clemson, but he didn’t. I still like the Tigers' chances, but we’ll see if Florida receives one of his remaining three official visits.|
|One time LSU defensive tackle commit Shone Washington told Inside the Gators back when he was leaving his June unofficial visit that he had already penciled Florida in for an official visit this fall – and could have made this list with a Hold Order. Instead, I am going with JUCO defensive tackle Myron Green because – if Florida offered – he would be the more likely of the two to commit on the spot. And with Florida losing transfer defensive tackles Antonio Valentino and Daquan Newkirk after the season, they may be in the market for more immediate help depending on how some of the young linemen develop this season.|
|After taking several unofficial visits in June, three weeks ago five-star linebacker Shawn Murphy tweeted out a top-five consisting of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, and Penn State. He is a closed book as far as getting anything from. There may not be a Florida vibe there, but anyone who tells you that they know where he is going is fooling themselves and you.|
While he was still committed to Florida State, four-star defensive end Nyjalik Kelly told Inside the Gators that he grew up a fan of Florida and it appeared that the Gators were trending up for him for a while. However, even after a brief stop on campus in June, where he took the tours while his teammates were camping, Florida has been falling off. It doesn't appear as though UF is in line for another unofficial visit this summer or an official visit in the fall.
Early Thursday Jaylon Glover informed Inside the Gators via Twitter DM that he would be attending Florida’s Friday Night Lights Camp on June 30th and then this morning he tweeted out his plans to make his commitment on August 6th. He has a top-five of Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Utah, but the in-state schools are likely the teams to beat.
Six weeks ago I would have put in a Sell Order for Kamari Wilson, two weeks ago I would have put in a Buy Order but as of today, I would put in a Hold Order. After his June unofficial visit, he had great things to say about the staff and his time on campus when he spoke with Inside the Gators. However, he told me something this week, that would make me rethink that. Moreso than perhaps anyone else included in this feature today, he will be all over the place before he finally decides.
|It is all but impossible to get anything of significance from Shemar Stewart himself. He simply doesn’t talk much and when he does grant an interview, it comes in the form of two-and-three word replies. What you have to follow then is his actions, and the truth is he didn't spend as much time at Florida as he did his other June visits and has all but lived on the Miami campus. No matter how hard you may try, there is no reason to feel good about where Florida stands with him today.|