Florida’s Spring game is shaping up to be one of the most significant in recent memory, for the team and fans alike. Considering coach Dan Mullen expects a packed Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, the Gators have an opportunity to make a lasting impression on multiple top prospects in the 2019 class.
There’s no shortage of top prospects expected in Gainesville for the weekend, including the first official visitor of the cycle in Hyattsville (MD) safety Nick Cross. Ranked the No. 5 safety in the 2019 class by 247Sports, Cross has received significant interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State, while UF defensive line coach Sal Sunseri has heavily recruited him to Florida.
The Gators will also host a pair of highly recruited defensive back prospects out of Louisiana – Derek Stingley and Chester Kimbrough. Pulling either prospect out of their home state would be an absolute coup for Florida’s recruiting efforts, and Kimbrough could even be on commitment watch when he arrives on campus this weekend.
Prior to his commitment to Alabama, Florida had made an effort getting Brendan Gant on campus. Now, Gant will make the trip to Gainesville for his first unofficial visit with the the new coaching staff.
Tallahassee defensive back Cortez Andrews will touch down in Gainesville for an unofficial visit this weekend to UF, although Florida has work to do if they hope to pry the No. 21-ranked safety away from the likes of FSU and Alabama.
Florida this Saturday 🐊🐊📍
— Cortez Andrews (@GloTez10) April 10, 2018
Orlando linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr. de-committed from the Gators following the departure of coach Jim McElwain, but Tillman has kept his eye on Florida, and the new coaching staff has recruited him heavily. He’ll also be on campus this weekend, and he’s another name to keep an eye on when it comes to a possible re-commitment.
If they haven’t already, UF fans should get to know the name Mycah Pittman. A consensus top-10 wide receiver in the 2019 class out of Calabasas, California, Pittman will make the cross-country trip with his family to see Florida’s Spring game, leading to speculation he could become the latest prospect to join UF’s class.
Four of UF’s 2019 commits – linebacker Jammal Abrams, wide receiver Dionte Marks, offensive lineman Ethan White and safety Trent Whittemore – will make the trip to Gainesville to experience the game atmosphere at Florida.
Furthermore, 2020 commits Keyvone Lee and Josh Griffis are expected to take an unofficial visit for the Spring game, while 2018 walk-on linebacker Umstead Sanders will also make the trip to Gainesville.
Mark-Antony Richards, one of the top running backs in the country out of West Palm Beach, will make the trip to Gainesville after taking an unofficial visit to Miami on March 31.
Defensive lineman Derick Hunter Jr. was originally planning to attend Miami’s Spring Game this weekend, but changed his mind and will make the trip north from Fort Myers.
And the Gators will host guard Keiondre Jones, one of the top offensive linemen in the 2019 class and the cousin of UF quarterback Emory Jones.
With the amount of work the coaching staff has put in on the trail, Florida’s recruiting efforts could be in for a massive pay-off this weekend.