Despite the poor start to the season and the negative reaction by many fans, everything remains positive in recruiting, UF football coach Jim McElwain said.
“It’s been great. It’s been really positive,” he said. “A lot of guys see the opportunity they’re going to have and momentum has been really good with that.”
The Gators already have 18 commitments for the 2018 recruiting class, and all seem firm, including four-star quarterback Matt Corral, who continues to recruit for UF and plans to enroll in December.
McElwain was asked why he thinks recruiting is going so well, especially with all the negativity swirling around the program with the 3-3 start.
“No. 1, relationships,” he said. “No. 2, there are opportunities. Seeing the growth, everything from the facilities to the emphasis put on certain things I think has been really good.”
McElwain said the Gators are hoping all of the commitments will become signees during the new early signing period in December.
“It will be interesting to see,” he said. “Obviously, we’d like to sign all 25 in December. We’ll see. Certain guys are ready earlier, obviously the ones that we can get in here at mid-year. We’ve got a pretty good deal set up as far as that announcement.”
McElwain said there is a lot of negative recruiting going on by other schools.
“That’s a tactic that a lot of people use,” he said. “It’s not something we believe in. We’re honest and upfront. Let them know the way it’s going to be.”
|2018 UF verbal commitments, with Rivals star rankings|
|Dameon Pierce||RB||Bainbridge, GA||5-11||210||4*||5.8||8/6/17|
|David Reese||LB||Vero Beach||6-2||210||4*||5.9||7/29/17|
|Randy Russell||DB||Miami Gardens||5-11||175||3*||5.6||7/22/17|
|Matt Corral||QB||Long Beach, CA||6-2||185||4*||6||7/22/17|
|Dante Lang||TE||Boca Raton||6-5||230||3*||5.7||7/21/17|
|Kyle Pitts||TE||Warminster, PA||6-4||224||4*||5.8||7/20/17|
|Deontai Williams||DB||Ellisville , MS||6-0||175||3*||5.7||6/12/17|
|Iverson Clement||RB||Mount Holly, NJ||5-11||190||4*||5.8||4/13/17|
|Corey Gammage||WR||Delray Beach||6-2||188||3*||5.6||4/8/17|
|Jalynn Williams||WR||St. Petersburg||5-11||183||3*||5.7||1/13/17|