National Signing Day is fast approaching. While the Florida Gators have had their share of hits (Gerald Willis, Thomas Holley) and misses (Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane) in recruiting thus far, there is still time to solidify an already strong recruiting class.
Here is a look at a few prospects that Florida should target down the stretch.
CB Adoree’ Jackson
Florida has been hot on Jackson’s trail for months now. The No. 3-rated cornerback by ESPN, Jackson is a tremendous athlete who excels at both football and track. At just 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, perhaps Jackson’s only flaw is that he is slightly undersized, but that did not seem to have much of an impact on his ability as a cornerback, wide receiver and punt returner in high school. With Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson both leaving Florida early for the NFL, Jackson would fill a huge need. And, just imagine a secondary featuring Vernon Hargreaves III, Jalen Tabor and Jackson. Talk about a ‘No fly zone.’
DE Lorenzo Carter
A five-star defensive end out of Norcross, Ga., Carter is arguably the most explosive pass rusher in this class. His top two choices appear to be Georgia and Florida, with a slight edge going to the Bulldogs. With Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham leaving this week to take the same position at Louisville, now would be an ideal time for the Gators to step in and seal the deal with Carter. With his length and frame, the 6-foot-5, 234-pound Carter would be an ideal fit as a Buck linebacker in Florida’s system, as the perfect replacement for the departing Ronald Powell.
OT Damian Prince
Prince is one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country. His top choices appear to be Maryland, Florida and South Carolina. Florida already has three offensive tackles in its class (including two early enrollees), which could deter Prince if he hopes to play immediately. However, offensive line is a huge need for the Gators and with the arrival of new offensive line coach Mike Summers, opportunities for playing time are wide open. With Prince scheduled to visit Florida on Jan. 31, the Gators are in a perfect position to make a last minute pitch to the four-star tackle.
If the Gators can land even just one of these three players, it would go a long way in making an already strong recruiting class even stronger.
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