Recruiting Intel: Florida has been in contact with four-star transfer

Jan 18, 2022 | 0 comments

With Kemore Gamble opting to transfer to Central Florida, though the Gators have some young talent at the tight end position, they don't really have any proven players. 

That could be enticing to a player at the position in the transfer portal.

@Michael Tr">Michael Trigg, a four-star in the Class of 2021, who played his high school ball at Tampa (Fla.) Carrollwood Day before signing with Southern Cal.

He was recruited to USC by John David Baker, who is now at Ole Miss, which is where Trigg visited over the weekend.

However, Trigg told Inside the Gators that Florida wideout coach Keary Colbert, who of course was also at USC, has also been in contact.

As you might expect, he is getting a ton of interest.

When he sets his visits I'll update this.""Some other developments on the tight end front. As we stated in our Great Eight breakdown when it comes to New Iberia (La.) Westgate three-star tight end Danny Lewis‍, though he was at that time committed to Cincinnati, Florida's biggest concern had to be if home state LSU made a play for his services.

Of course, the Tigers have done just that by extending an offer last week.

Lewis is trying to work his official visits around his basketball schedule. We've been told that LSU is going to get one for sure, either this weekend or next – and Florida will possibly get the weekend he doesn't go to Baton Rouge.

LSU's offer to Lewis is likely what resulted in Florida going in for a visit with Weatherford (Tx.) three-star tight end Hayden Hansen.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was at one time committed to Louisiana while Billy Napier was the coach of the Ragin Cajun's. He will visit UF this weekend and told Inside the Gators that he is also looking at Washington State and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham three-star athlete Arlis Boardingham‍ told Inside the Gators that Florida is looking at him as a flex tight end that they can move around. He said that his player/host Chief Borders was upfront and honest with him about the program. He has a visit to Oregon for this coming weekend and said he could make his decision soon afterward, or wait until Signing Day.

I question if he is a take right now. Some visitors, such as Miguel Mitchell, had one-on-one conferences with Billy Napier scheduled for Sunday. Boardingham didn't. I would assume that means they are slow playing him.

On thing about Mitchell, I spoke with him briefly outside of the hotel when he was leaving and then via DM on his way home. He seemed genuinely thrilled with his pledge, but three different times in our exchange, he answered questions, except whether or not he still planned to visit Tennesee.

We’ll see if that was an honest oversight, or if there is still a visit in the works.""Two prospects who were originally scheduled to visit this past weekend but didn't make it in are Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy four-star linebacker Shemar James‍ and Ponchatoula (La.) four-star safety Jacoby Mathews‍.

James is already signed, sealed, and delivered, so there's really nothing to worry about with him.

Mathews on the other hand has taken a haphazard approach toward making and sticking to planned visits, whether they be official or unofficial. He has rescheduled for this coming weekend and then will go see LSU the following Friday.

If he visits (and with him the IF part is always the most important), because of his relationship with Kamari Wilson and Corey Raymond, UF stands a chance, but you still have to like the home-state school as the favorite.""Cypress (Tx.) Cy Park five-star linebacker Harold Perkins‍ finally made it to campus over the weekend for his official visit with the Gators. There’s a ton of buzz about him on social media and there is no doubting that he enjoyed his trip, but I don't believe it is going to be enough to flip him from Texas A&M.

I tried several times during our interview at the airport to get him to state the status of his commitment, but he wouldn't do so. It will be interesting to see what kind of feedback he gives after what he says is going to be trips to LSU and Miami.

One interesting aspect of his visit is that he raved about the Florida coaching staff, all other than actual linebacker coach Mike Peterson, who he said he didn't know and wasn't sure if he even met him.""Florida is in the running for but hasn't offered Trenton (N.J.) Notre Dame three-star defensive lineman Jayson Jenkins.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder told Inside the Gators that Billy Napier, Darnell Stapleton, and Patrick Toney will be visiting with him on Wednesday. That is after Tennessee had an in-home on Monday and West Virginia is due in on Thursday. He is scheduled to be at UF this weekend and was going to go see Missouri the following weekend, but the Volunteers have bumped the Tigers from the picture."" If I were a betting man, as of Sunday I would feel good about current target Caleb Douglas‍ being part of the signing class if Florida really pushes and current commit Jalen Farmer‍ not being included in it.

When it comes to Farmer, I haven't interacted with him enough to get a good feel on his personality, but he didn't seem overly impressed with the visit to Florida and honestly seemed to light up more when talking about Auburn and Kentucky.

As for Douglas, his status may depend on what happens with Gladewater (Tx.) four-star receiver DJ Allen‍. 

Allen told Inside the Gators that when they visited him the Florida coaches told him, “They needed a playmaker like me.”

He went on to say that he would be setting up an official visit with Florida, though he hadn't yet.

When he does set that visit, what is he looking for? 

“It will depend on the relationship I have with the staff, if it feels like home, if they throw the ball and throw it well, and the business program.”""Two weeks ago in the We Chomp Chat, we reported that it didn't look like Florida was done at the quarterback position because they were in constant contact with Tulsa (Ok.) Lincoln Christian three-star quarterback Max Brown.

Though he is committed to Central Michigan, and Florida has yet to offer, he said that he was speaking with both Napier and quarterback analyst Ryan O’Hara – and they told him they would be visiting him and setting an official visit when the dead period ended.

They did just that on Monday, and he will in turn officially visit UF this weekend.

It is hard to imagine Florida going into next season with six scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. If UF offers, that means there is likely some upcoming attrition at the position.

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