Recruiting Wire: Florida offers three-star linebacker

Sep 21, 2022 | 1 comment

Recruiting Wire Update

Sept. 21, 2022 2:28Three-Star Linebacker OfferedImpact Scale 1-to-10: 4

After committing to Memphis over the summer, Smyrna (Tn.) three-star linebacker Arion Carter has seen the interest in him pick up dramatically.

Since his pledge, he has earned offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Southern Cal, Tennessee, and now Florida.

Though he plays several positions on the high school level, on Wednesday Carter told Inside the Gators that he was offered by Florida linebacker coach Jay Bateman as an inside linbacker.

He said he wants to visit Florida but doesn’t know when it will happen.

“I don’t know yet,” Carter replied when asked when he would make it to Gainesville. “But I would like to get down there sometime.”

He said that he doesn’t currently have a leaderboard.

Impact Scale: 4 Even giving this a grade of 4 might be a bit of a reach. He has received a ton of offers lately and it doesn’t feel like the one from Florida has overly impressed him. If he sets up a visit, the impact here will increase significantly.

Recruiting Wire Update

Sept. 18, 2022 1:192024 Four-Star CommitsImpact Scale 1-to-10: 7

North Palm Beach (Fla.) Benjamin 2024 four-star running back Chauncey Bowens first caught the attention of Florida’s coaching staff back in the summer when he was a standout at the Gators’ 7-v-7 tournament in late June.

Though he has two more years of high school, the 6-foot-210-pounder looks college ready but also displayed some explosion as well. In our 6/22 Florida 7-v-7 Insider – Recruiting News, Notes & Observations we stated that a Florida offer could be on the way.

He received it the very next day.

After visiting Flordia on Saturday for their closer-than-expected win over South Florida, Bowens had seen enough.

Impact Scale: 7 Normally, you shouldn’t get overly excited about a commitment from a prospect a cycle away from his decision because the chances of them sticking aren’t great, but with former Florida quarterback Eric Kresser the head coach at Benjamin, you know that he’ll have someone there in his ear and willing to bring him to Gainesville frequently. Also, the timing probably isn’t an accident. Just when some fans are voicing their displeasure with how Florida has started the 2022 season, especially on the offensive side of the ball, Billy Napier and Company throw the fan base a bone.

Recruiting Wire Update

Sept. 13, 2022 11:28 p.m.Safety Sets Decision DateImpact Scale 1-to-10: 8

Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton three-star safety Bryce Thornton announced via Twitter that he would be making his commitment announcement in a month, on October, 13.

Back in the spring, Thornton released a top five consisting of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Miami. However, over the last couple of months, he has been focusing mainly on two SEC programs.

In an interview conducted over DM, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder said he is down to two: “Florida and Alabama.”

At this point, he said that it comes down to feel and fit.

“The most important factor now is where I feel comfortable because both schools are similar,” said Thornton. “So, just where I’m going to be happy at.”

Thornton took an unofficial visit to Florida this past weekend and said that he will visit Alabama later this month when they play Vanderbilt (9/24) and is scheduled to return to Florida on October 21 (for his official visit), after his announcement.

Impact Scale: 7 Obviously, with him scheduled to officially visit Florida the week after he makes his announcement, that is a positive sign for the Gators. The one worry would be is if Alabama goes all in at any point between now and then, or even now and signing day.

Recruiting Wire Update

Sept. 5, 2022 8:17 p.m.Florida Commit Norman Offered by SyracuseImpact Scale 1-to-10: 7


As Inside the Gators reported in last Friday’s Weekend Visitor Preview – instead of visiting Florida for their game against Utah, instead four-star defensive line commit Will NormanΒ would be going to Syracuse instead in order to see the South Jersey talent that was there. When asked at that time if it was an official visit, he responded ‘hell no.’

It was made public last week that the one time Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy lineman was heading back to New Jersey to play his final high school season. That was after he was at first planning to attend Baltimore (M.D.) St. Francis. Obviously, it’s just common sense that the further away from Gainesville he gets, the worse it is for Florida because instead of being a two-hour drive away, he is now a four-hour (at best) plane ride away – and has already used his Florida official visit.

It will be interesting to see if he takes any visits elsewhere this fall. Also, keep an eye on what Florida does on this end after hosting Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola four-star John Walker (also first reported in our Weekend Visitor Preview on Friday).

Impact Scale: 8 This isn’t good news for Florida. Obviously, they would be in better shape had he stayed close by at IMG Academy. Also, as mentioned above, keep an eye on what happens with Walker.

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