ITG Recruiting Intel: Updates on Nolen, Thomas, Wilson and many more

Jul 26, 2021 | 0 comments


In sending out messages to see who may visit for Florida's Friday Night Camp and Saturday BBQ, one of the replies received was from Kenyatta Jackson Sr. the father of Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade four-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson‍.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was originally scheduled to officially visit the last week of June, but the UF coaches canceled official visits for that weekend. I broke the news after I spoke with then scheduled visitor Jacorey Thomas – who wasn't happy that UF tried to get him to rearrange his scheduled visits to fit them in. 

He of course ended up committing to Georgia before Florida could get him on campus.

Now, while it certainly didn't help, it isn't a given that canceling that official visit cost Florida a shot at Thomas.


However, it does appear that it has helped to end their chances with Jackson.

According to Mr. Jackson, his son won't be 'wasting his time' visiting any schools outside of Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.

I asked him why Florida fell off with his son, and he replied, 'They wasn't consistent.'

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Speaking of South Florida defensive ends.

Back in March, while he was still committed to Florida State, Dillard (Fla.) High School four-star defensive end Nyjalik Kelly‍ told Inside the Gators that he actually grew up a fan of Florida – and the Gators, led by Dan Mullen, were in constant contact with him.

That contact led to him taking an unofficial visit to Gainesville in early June – but it may be a while before he visits campus again.

He told ITG that he will be at Miami this Friday and Saturday, and is unsure of when he will make it back to see Florida.

Back in March, he seemed overly excited about the Gators, but that has tailed off a bit. I asked him if UF had fallen out of it, and he replied, 'Naw' but it is evident that the Orange & Blue trail Miami and Florida State in-state, plus he still likes several out-of-state programs.

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Another prospect who will spend the weekend elsewhere is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star safety Kamari Wilson‍.

Last week he told ITG that he will be visiting Georgia on Friday and Saturday. Interestingly, he asked us not to release the information last week and hold it until this week, because, according to him, IMG is strict about their players setting up visits once they are back on campus.

Yes, you would have rather have seen him in Gainesville rather than Athens over the weekend, but don't take it as Florida has fallen out of it. UF is still very much in the picture, if not a top one or two option.

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I know, by this point you are tired of the bad news, but here's another tidbit.

The father of Powell (Tn.) five-star defensive lineman Walter Nolen‍ told ITG that his son will be at Texas A&M this weekend rather than Florida.

Going off of his Twitter posts, you would think that the father likes several schools more than Florida. So, I asked him to put aside who he thinks his son favors and asked him if he had any favorites himself.

He replied, 'No favorites. Everybody sounds the same. No one standing out, everybody is tied for first place.'

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The news on the offensive side of the ball is much better.

Flower Mound (Tx.) four-star quarterback commit Nick Evers‍ told Inside the Gators that he and his father will travel to Florida for both the FNL Camp and Saturday BBQ along with Frisco (Tx.) Liberty 7-on-7 teammate, five-star wide receiver Evan Stewart‍  and his father.

As bad as things are currently, it is hard to imagine where this class would be without Evers leading the charge.

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After visiting Florida for their Elite Camp back on June 25th, Milton (Fla.) 2023 four-star wideout Raymond Cottrell‍ will be back on campus this week. 

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder said he will be at FNL, but won't be competing because of an injury, but he will stay overnight and attend the BBQ the next day.

He was at Florida State over the weekend and the Gators and Seminoles look to be the early leaders with at least 16 months remaining in his recruiting process

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Florida is trying to make a run at Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab 2022 four-star cornerback Austin Ausberry‍, who will unofficially visit UF on Tuesday.

His brother, 2023 five-star linebacker Jaiden Ausberry‍ attended Florida's Summer Kickoff Recruiting Event back on June 1st. However, Austin wasn't able to make it because he already had plans to be at Alabama.

Jaiden will not be with Austin for this trip.

Austin said that he is mostly looking at three programs 'Notre Dame, Alabama, and LSU.' and that depending on how his visit goes 'Florida would be in the running.'

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Sticking with the state of Louisana. 

Back in mid-June, Jennings (La.) four-star running back Trevor Etienne‍ told Inside the Gators that he wanted to visit Florida, but he couldn't get in contact with the coach.

He said, 'I think I have the wrong number for Coach Knox.'

Of course, he didn't have the wrong number, back then Florida's board was flush with running backs, so they felt no need to return his calls. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the Gators got in and have stayed in contact and are trying to get him on campus.

Normally, you wouldn't love UF's chances, but with his brother Travis Etienne an hour away playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Gators can make the pitch that the family to stop in to watch Trevor on Saturday and go right up the road to watch Travis on Sunday.

With the running back board getting smaller by the day, he is definitely a player to watch going forward.

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Finishing up in the Bayou State, Donaldsonville (Fla.) Four-star defensive end J'Mond Tapp‍ told Inside the Gators that while he wanted to visit UF this weekend, he won't make it in.

'I wish I could make it to the cookout, but I’m busy,' said Tapp. "I'm trying to schedule [an official visit] Florida, I want to say during the season.'

Tapp has only officially visited Texas so far.

He said he is in contact with Kelvin Bolden, Greg Knox, and David Turner.

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Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson three-star running back Jaylon Glover‍ told ITG that he will be at Florida's FNL Camp, but isn't going to the Saturday BBQ.

He is scheduled to make his commitment announcement the Friday following FNL with Florida and Florida State as the two most likely, but the Orange & Blue has been surging.

It is interesting that he will go to the camp, but not the Saturday event for the top kids.

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On Saturday Niceville (Fla.) four-star defensive back Azareyeh Thomas‍ released a top three of Florida, Georgia Tech, and LSU.

Though he included the Yellow Jackets, their main draw, his brother GT safety Juanyeh Thomas could actually leave after this season.

This is mostly a Gator/Tiger battle. He told ITG that he will be at Florida for FNL (he didn't say the BBQ) and is planning on revisiting both LSU and GT.

Of all the prospects officially visiting that first big weekend, he was the one – well him and Nolen -who when he left, it felt like he was on the verge of committing. Getting him back on campus this summer is big for Florida.

Note: After publication, Thomas messaged me that he will be at the Saturday BBQ as well.

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