Recruiting: Gators land Florida’s No. 1 RB, Adarius Lemons

Adarius Lemons, a 4-star running back from Clearwater, Fla. (Zach Abolverdi/AJC)
Adarius Lemons, a 4-star running back from Clearwater, Fla. (Zach Abolverdi/AJC)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s recruiting momentum continued Sunday with another verbal commitment for the Gators.

Adarius Lemons, a 4-star running back from Clearwater, Fla., flipped from North Carolina to UF. He attended Friday Night Lights and told SEC Country the Gators were pushing for his No. 1 spot.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect is ranked the No. 1 running back in the state of Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Florida now has 12 members in its 2017 class following the additions of Lemons and linebacker James Houston this weekend.

Gators commits and fans got #Lemons2TheSwamp trending on Twitter Sunday, and the UF coaching staff celebrated the news with lemon tweets.

Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Gators coaches checking out in-state spring games

Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (UAA Communications photo by Jay Metz)
Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (UAA Communications photo by Jay Metz)

A handful of Florida coaches were checking out some of the Gators’ top in-state targets Thursday night.

UF offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon II were in Tampa for Florida commit Daquon Green (Tampa Bay Tech) and a pair of 2018 teammates from Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.), wide receiver Warren Thompson and running back Brian Snead.

Running backs coach Tim Skipper and secondary coach Torrian Gray attended Jacksonville Trinity Christian’s spring game to watch Ohio State cornerback commit Shaun Wade, 2018 cornerback Tyreke Johnson and 2018 safety Chamarri Conner, who earned an offer from Michigan on Tuesday.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph went to see defensive end Zachary Carter of Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Carter told SEC Country two weeks ago the Gators will be tough to beat. Earlier Thursday, Rumph was in Largo to visit Pinellas Park defensive tackle Jordon Scott.

Offensive line coach Mike Summers paid a visit Thursday to Pensacola offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, an Alabama commit.

Gators RB Jordan Scarlett calls Citrus Bowl suspension “humbling experience”

Running back Jordan Scarlett learned a lot during his first season with the Gators.

Jordan Scarlett #25 of the Florida Gators rushes for yardage during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 31, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jordan Scarlett #25 of the Florida Gators rushes for yardage during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 31, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The former Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas star arrived to Gainesville as a four-star prospect, but he ended his freshman season serving a one-game suspension. Scarlett was suspended for the Citrus Bowl after being charged on Dec. 23 with first degree misdemeanors for marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Continue reading “Gators RB Jordan Scarlett calls Citrus Bowl suspension “humbling experience””