Weekend Visitor Preview: Condensed list could still contain a big surprise

Dec 10, 2021 | 0 comments


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OFFICIAL VISITORS
 

David Conner‍ 

Offensive Tackle""

The Skinny:  When Florida fired Dan Mullen it was Conner who was the first pledge to come out and say he picked the school for the school, not the coaches. That stance, as well as a lack of marquee suitors (though Indiana and Virginia visited him at school), resulted in him being Inside the Gators’ most likely commitment to actually still sign with the Gators. I doubt it is a pure coincidence that the assistant offensive line coach was named on the day he is scheduled to officially visit. He is scheduled to arrive around 2:40 p.m. with his parents.

Ranking the current commitments from least to most likely to sign with Florida

@Chris McClellan">Chris McClellan‍ 

Defensive Lineman""

The Skinny:  McClellan is supposed to be pulling double duty this weekend, visiting Oklahoma first and then making the trek to Florida. If we are being honest with ourselves, the Gators initially received his commitment by default when Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Alabama had better commits and options. That's just the reality of it. Now, with the coaching change in Norman, and with Brent Venables being a defensive-minded coach to boot, it's probably worth watching as to whether the trip to Gainesville even takes place. If he still visits, you have to love the Gators’ chances of signing him on Wednesday.

Devin Moore‍ 

Defensive Back""

The Skinny: Even before Brian Kelly left Notre Dame, Florida seemed to be gaining some steam with Moore. After the coaching change with both the Gators and the Irish, you had to like UF's chances a little more. However, when Notre Dame hired Marcus Freeman, their defensive coordinator, to become their next head coach, there was a reason to be concerned. The fact that Moore is taking an official to Gainesville rather than revisiting South Bend is a positive sign for the Orange & Blue

Shone Washington‍ 

Defensive Tackle""

The Skinny:  First to clarify my stance, I completely understand that it's difficult to evaluate a defensive tackle at a no pads one-on-one came where there is no bull-rushing allowed. Everything is based on explosion and hands. However, having said that, Washington simply didn't impress at the UF Elite Camp at the end of June. I was surprised that Georgia took him, but obviously, they know what they are doing. If any program can flip him, it is Florida. Not only because of Jabbar Juluke, but I’ve been told that Kelvin Bolden, despite not knowing if he would be retained or not, has stuck to Washington like glue. Washington will arrive in Gainesville around 5 p.m.

Kamari Wilson‍ 

Safety""

The Skinny: To be forewarned, his visit is not a given. However, Inside the Gators was told that when Billy Napier became the head coach, one of his goals this cycle was to get back in the good graces of Wilson, after the five-star safety left Florida off his final four list. Georgia is still the overwhelming favorite to land him, but if (and it is still an if at this time) he comes in for the weekend, the Gators are at the very least still in the mix.

His status will be updated as soon as it is known one way or the other if he is coming in.

TARGETS VISITING ELSEWHERE

Julian Armella‍ – Despite being included in his final four, Florida has always been nearer the bottom of his lists than they have been to the top. The Gators’ only chance here is getting him to visit Gainesville on the way back from Tallahassee.

Austin Ausberry‍ – You would think that Florida hiring Corey Raymond could have, would have been the tilting point in favor of the Gators, but with him choosing to stay close to home and visit LSU instead of UF this final weekend, that certainly isn't a positive development.


Jacurri Brown‍ – As was posted on the WCC, Florida quarterback analyst Ryan O’Hara visited Brown this week and asked him to hold off signing until February. The Miami commit told Inside the Gators that he would think about it over the weekend, but with him visiting Miami, the program he is committed to, the chances of it happening seem slim.

Trevor Etienne‍ – It’s probably safe to say that Clemson and Florida are his leaders, making it a positive (assuming he doesn't commit and shut everything down) for the Gators that he is getting his official visit to the Tigers out of the way early and visiting UF next month. 

Matthew McCoy‍  – After speaking with Billy Napier this week, he thought that he was officially visiting Florida this weekend, but the Gators only want to host those who are signing early, while McCoy is waiting until February. Instead, he told Inside the Gators that he will officially visit Maryland this weekend.

Ahmad Moten – He has started to receive a ton of attention along the recruiting trail, earning offer after offer as of late. He will be at Iowa State this weekend, but isn't signing until February, meaning Florida still has plenty of time to get him on campus.

Shazz Preston‍ – If the name sounds familiar it is because we shared a tidbit on him in a Mock Class update back in the beginning of November when we were told that he had an intermediary contact UF on his behalf and gauge their interest in him, but they were told he was further down the board. Now, to be clear, that is when UF had commitments from Isaiah Bond‍, CJ Smith‍ , and Jayden Gibson‍ and was still in the running for Evan Stewart‍. Now that every single one of them is out of the picture, UF is making a run at Preston, visiting him at school this week. We'll see where he stands after visiting Alabama this weekend.

Quency Wiggins‍ – Another in-state target who is seeing LSU this last weekend rather than the Gators. The race is basically down to these two programs and you have to like the Tigers' odds at this point.

 

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