Contact period: Day 1 notes

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Five-star DE Lorenzo Carter officially visited UF on Sept. 21 and will take trips this month to LSU, FSU and Georgia before deciding on signing day. (Photo by Under Armour)

You can always tell which recruits are a school’s top priorities by who gets visited on the first day of a contact period.

Florida coaches spread out across the country Thursday to see their No. 1 targets face-to-face for the first time in more than a month.

UF checked in on a trio five-stars prospects in defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.), athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) and offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara).

Receiver Myles Autry, Carter’s teammate, also got a look from the Gators. After spending a week with Will Grier for the Army All-American Bowl, Autry tweeted he would love for him to be his quarterback in college.

That now could be a possibility, which would certainly help Florida’s chances with Carter.

Jackson hosted Florida coach Will Muschamp and Southern Cal coach Steve Sarkisian. The two-sport athlete has one more official visit remaining, and both UF and USC are vying for it. His recruitment appears to be a battle between the Gators and Trojans, so whoever gets that final trip likely lands him.

Florida was the first school to visit Prince on Thursday and will be the last to see him before signing day. With Mike Summers, his favorite offensive line coach, and Jalen Tabor, his best friend, both at UF, the Gators are in good position.

Here are some other 2014 prospects who were visited by the coaches:

WR Krenwick Sanders, 6-2, 190, Jesup, Ga./Wayne County (Wisconsin commit)
TE C’yontai Lewis, 6-6, 211, Alabaster, Ala./Kingston (Florida commit)
OL Andrew Mike, 6-7, 280, Tucson, Ariz./Sabino
DE Davon Godchaux, 6-4, 270, Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine (LSU commit)
DE Justus Reed, 6-3, 216, Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic (Florida commit)
DE Gerald Willis III, 6-3, 275, New Orleans, La./Edna Karr (Florida commit)

The Gators also offered Miramar offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste, one of eight official visitors this weekend, and are going after Hialeah quarterback Alin Edohaurd.

36 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks, Zach! Your coverage is remarkable and your space is the first I check early every morning. You’ve given us a working list of priority prospects. Who else do you think remains on Florida’s board?

  2. FSU has 29 oral commits the last I checked – 12 different recruits were mentioned, so 75% would be 9. That would give FSU a recruiting class of 38. I don’t think so.

    It will be interesting to see who the Gators get to fill out the final spots. They have definitely addressed their needs at TE and OL. Hopefully Grier is the answer at QB.

  3. @James Fisher…..

    I can’t stand Free Shoes U…..but I have never visited any of their blog sites to troll. What would be the purpose?

  4. I doubt James is a true Nole fan. If he were he would not spend so much time on a Gator page. He would spend his time on a Seminoles site discussing their recruiting class. There is something wrong with him as he enjoys being ridiculed.

    So what recruits do Gator fans want to see fill out the remaining spots?

  5. The one young man I would love to see UF nab is Carter. I really think he would help this team tremendously. Getting Autry would be lagniappe for them as well. I think Prince is in the fold once he visits. With Tabor & Summers here to navigate him through his visit I think seals the deal. Keep going strong, Gators!!!!

  6. I think Carter is a long shot. Better chance with Jackson, but think it is still more likely that he stays closer to home. I see Prince as the most likely of the three.

    Would like to see them pick up either Treon Harris or Alin Edouard for more depth at qb.

  7. When it’s over this will be a top five recruiting class. I love the class so far and there isn’t any of the recruits that our coaching staff is recruiting that will not help elevate this class and help UF move back to the top of college football elites where we belong! Great job by Coach Muschamp and his staff! 2014 will be the year of the Gators! GO Gators!

  8. I don’t think if Jackson visits it will be guaranteed that we land him. He lives in California he has probably been to USC a couple times. Has he ever been to Gainesville? He might take the trip just to see what it is like.

  9. We have met our needs and met them with quality student athletes. The ones we add, from here out will be extra icing on the cake. Getting Carter would be huge and I believe we have a much better shot than some think. If we land all three, we will have a top 3 class. We need to land at least one to finish in the top 5. Regardless, rankings don’t mean much. We have met our needs and that’s what’s important.

  10. Zach,

    I keep seeing people say Moral Stephens will play tight end even though the recruiting sites list him as a wide receiver. I know that his size would allow him to bulk up enough to play tight end but with three tight ends on the roster plus Goolsby and Lewis committed why are the coaches trying to turn a top notch receiver into a tight end?

  11. The three TEs on the roster are not very good receivers. They are blockers. If we are going to a more spread attack you need TEs to be able to make plays in the passing game. The Stephens kids is going to be a big dude when it is all said and done. Lewis will probably RS. I can see Goolsby playing the most out of these three next year while Stephens and Lewis RS.

  12. I agree with Chad S on the Jackson deal, he can make a trip to USC anytime on his on dime and they will treat him like a king. But to come to Florida on your pwndime is a different story. If USC gets the Official, He’ definitely saying “Good Bye Florida”. GO GATORS!!!!

  13. GIGator – I agree with you. No matter the final ranking, I like this class. They appear to have addressed their main needs.

  14. We definitely need Jackson, Carter and Prince. and either Kelleher or Lauderdale. We still have NOT gotten SEC quality offensive linemen. With the exception of Clarke none of the linemen are in the top 20 in the country so we especially need Prince.

  15. It’s silly to say whether or not the needs on the offensive line have been met or not. Offensive line is very hard to evaluate, it’s likely that a 3 star will be as good as a higher ranked player. The main thing is to get the kids you want, Summers hasn’t been there long enough to evaluate the guys already committed, I’m pretty confident the last OL coach did a good job though. He didn’t stop being a good coach when he got to Gainesville. Sometimes you miss on on can’t miss guys. Humphries was 5 star who has so far not lived up to his billing, he was benched last year. Maybe he’ll improve this year, but at least there will be alternatives. Hopefully one or two guys will be able to come in and contribute as true freshman, but I would not expect it. There’s normally a big problem if you expect true freshmen to play on either line.

  16. I have to agree some with Snowprint on the O-line, Humphries REALLY has not in MY opinion banned out to be the GREAT tackle I expected. That is the past and I know he realizes what it takes NOW to be an elite SEC LEFT tackle and he’s up to the task, if he plans on going to the next level, this is the year that the big boys will be taking a close look at him. “It’s showtime Baby”. Also he’s right about , if you have to depend on true freshmen on either line you have problems. VERY few true freshmen canor do perform at the desire level in this league, this is a line of scrimmage league, REMEMBER! GO GATORS!!!!

  17. If Jackson has eyes on the olympics and wants a 2-sport school, why didn’t we send UF track coach AND football coach to CA for the in-home visit at the same time?

  18. You can not say for certain that the Gators have met their offensive line needs. You can see though that they our trying to. Look at the number of offensive line verbal commits they have and they are still looking for more.

    I am not as sold on Tim Davis as you are. After watching the offensive line play, it is hard to imagine that he was doing a good job. Hopefully the combination of a better coaching, less injuries, another year and some new players will lead to better offensive line play.

  19. I’d love to see the last 5 spots go to Lauderdale, Jackson, Prince, Carter, and Autry. The only problem I see with this class is we don’t have enough spots open to get everyone we have a very good shot at> I’d also like to see us get McKenzie, Jones or Scott, Harris, and some others but there’s only so many spots left. This class is great though! Go Gators!

  20. Did not realize Myles Autry was such an awesome player.
    Watched the videos of his 2012 season and the 2013 championship game after he came back from an knee injury.
    In the championship game he returned a kickoff for a 94 yard touchdown and caught a pass for a 69 yard touchdown.

    This guy is GOOD! Sure hope he is in this 2014 class.

  21. Yeah I agree Steven. I never really heard about him until he made the comment about Grier then I looked up some tape and came away very impressed.

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