We’re right in the middle of the offseason, but recruiting never stops.
Here’s some of the latest recruiting news involving the Gators:
* Although 2017 Jacksonville-Trinity Christian cornerback Shaun Wade is verbally committed to Ohio State, the Gators have not given up on the five-star prospect. New Florida defensive backs coach Torrian Gray is still in Wade’s ear. “He tells me that he wants me real bad,” Wade said to Gator Country. Wade said “Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, and a few other schools” are still in the mix.
* 2017 Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas QB Jake Allen, who is committed to Florida, hinted that the Gators have some recruiting surprises up there sleeves. “I think it’s coming together,” Allen said to 247Sports of the Gators’ 2017 class. “I think there are some things under cover that people don’t know about that coach Mac is cooking. But things are going great right now.” When pressed for details on what’s cooking, Allen didn’t give many. “Just a couple guys that are thinking,” he said.
* 2017 four-star Hun School (N.J.) DT Fred Hansard (6-3, 324) is being recruited hard by the Gators. “I talk to Florida almost every day,” Hansard said to Gator Country. “I would say I speak to every coach on the staff some. Me and Coach Mac text each other every other day, so I would say they are recruiting me hard.” The Gators need to sign a defensive tackle this recruiting cycle, as they didn’t sign one in 2016. “I talk to (defensive line coach Chris Rumph) a lot over the phone,” Hansard said to Gator Country. “He says that they need defensive linemen bad and that I would be a huge get for them. He says that he wants me pretty bad this year and that if I work hard there’s no doubt that I would play early at Florida.” Hansard hasn’t named a leader yet, but said Florida is “in a great place for me right now.”
* Gators defensive backs coach Torrian Gray attended Trinity Christian’s spring game last week to watch Ohio State CB commit Shaun Wade, 2018 CB Tyreke Johnson and 2018 S Chamarri Conner, according to SEC Country.