Big recruiting weekend at UF

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The University of Florida’s annual football recruiting event, Friday Night Lights, is expected to draw some of the nation’s top prospects to Gainesville for the weekend. Recruits from across the country arrive as early as today to participate in drills, visit the facilities and meet Florida’s coaching staff.

UF’s “Next Level Quarterback Camp” begins today for signal callers looking to make it to the collegiate level. Recruits will have an opportunity to participate in drills at the indoor practice facility with both UF’s coaches and several well-regarded quarterback coaches from across the country. Campers will also have dinner with the coaching staff, participate in film review sessions and more. Thursday night also will kick off the first night of “Sophomore Night,” an evening of drills and instruction from UF’s coaching staff for more than 100 budding prospects. The event, which runs through Saturday morning, coincides with Friday Night Lights, which should feature several UF commits, highly ranked recruits and many prospects looking for further evaluation from the Gators coaching staff.

Headlining the list of uncommitted prospects is 2018 quarterback Matt Corral out of Long Beach, California. Corral, a five-star prospect and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports, holds an offer from the Gators and will spend three days in Gainesville visiting UF’s campus. With just eight commitments in the 2018 class to date, and no quarterbacks among them, locking up a premier prospect such as Corral could give Florida’s class momentum to secure commitments from more top prospects who have been intrigued by UF’s recruitment of quarterbacks.

Along with Corral, several prospects who have verbally committed to UF’s 2018 class are expected to make the trip to Gainesville. Iverson Clement, the No. 1 running back prospect in the 2018 class from New Jersey, is expected to arrive in Gainesville for Friday Night Lights. Clement will be making his first trip to Gainesville since he committed to coach Jim McElwain and the staff on April 13. In addition, fellow UF commits Corey Gammage, a wide receiver out of Delray Beach, Amari Burney, a defensive back from Clearwater, and Divaad Wilson, a defensive back out of Miami, are expected in Gainesville for the weekend. Randy Russell, a defensive back from Miami who recently named the Gators in his top-five schools, is expected Friday in Gainesville. Russell is one of several recruits on commitment watch for Florida.

All nine prospects verbally committed to Florida’s 2019 class have indicated their intentions to attend Friday’s events at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida’s eyes also are focused on the future, as the staff will once again get a good look at arguably the top sophomore quarterback in the nation in Harrison Bailey. The Marietta, Georgia, native is already receiving significant interest from the top programs, and the Gators remain heavily involved in Bailey’s recruitment.

Friday night’s event is free and open to the public.

If you go:
What: Friday Night Lights, some of the nation’s top college football prospects work out before UF coaches.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Admission: Free

Some of the top prospects expected to be in attendance Friday in Gainesville:
2018 QB Matt Corral (Long Beach Poly, Ca.)
2018 RB Iverson Clement (Rancocas Valley Regional High, NJ) – UF commit
2018 WR Jacob Copeland (Escambia High)
2018 WR Corey Gammage (American Heritage-Delray) – UF commit
2018 TE Dante Lang (Boca Raton High)
2018 OL William Barnes (Apopka High)
2018 DB Randy Russell (Miami Carol City High)
2018 OL Ed Montilus (Apopka High)
2018 DL Coynis Miller (Jackson Olin High, Ala.)
2018 RB Leddie Brown (Smyrna, MD) – WVU commit
2018 WR Tyquan Thornton (Booker T. Washington High)
2018 LB Channing Tindall (Spring Valley High, SC)
2018 DB Amari Burney (Calvary Christian High) – UF commit
2018 DB Divaad Wilson (Northwestern High) – UF commit
2018 DB Rachad Wildgoose (Northwestern High) – UGA commit
2019 DB Derek Stingley (Dunham High, La.)
2019 DB Trent Whittemore (Buchholz High) – UF commit
2020 QB Harrison Bailey (Marietta High, Ga.)
2019 OG Kardell Thomas (Southeastern University Lab School)
2019 John Dunmore (American Heritage High) – UF commit
2019 Jaquaze Sorrells (Largo High) – UF commit
2019 Maurice Goolsby (Dunnellon High) – UF commit
2019 Andrew Coker (Taylor High, TX) – UF commit
2019 Tyrique Stevenson (South Dade High) – UF commit
2019 Marcus Tillman (Jones High) – UF commit
2019 Jaleel McRae (New Smyrna Beach High) – UF commit