Gators, looking to build on momentum from spring, hosting 5 official visitors


With the summer quickly approaching, Florida’s recruiting is looking to build on the momentum from the spring.

The Gators anticipating hosting five official visitors over the weekend, including a pair of highly recruited defensive backs in Bellflower (Calif.) prospect Chris Steele and Baton Rouge (La.) native Derek Stingley Jr.

Both prospects unofficially visited the Gators within the past two months, as Stingley arrived in Gainesville for Dan Mullen’s first spring game as head coach of the Gators. The 6-foot-1, 188 pound Steele is making his second trip in three weeks to UF from the West Coast after taking an unofficial visit May 18. Before committing July 7, Steele expects to take official visits to Miami (Fl.) on June 16 and the University of Southern California on June 22.

The Gators will also get an official visit from four-star Lawrenceville (Ga.) defensive lineman Jaelin Humphries. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Humphries has received heavy interest from Georgia and South Carolina as of late, but UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who has served as Humphries’ primary recruiter, has made a strong push recently, resulting in the official visit this weekend.

UF will also host another Peach State prospect in Buford (Ga.) native Riley Simonds. Ranked the No. 17 overall guard in the 2019 class by 247Sports, Simonds has narrowed his options to several schools, with Virginia Tech and the Gators the perceived favorites to land his services.

And UF will host a 6-foot-7 JUCO tight end making a career transition. Lucas Krull, a 6-foot-7, 255-pounder out of Shawnee (KS), originally signed with Arkansas to play baseball in 2016 before deciding to pursue a football career.


  1. Uh, Graham, this headline touts the momentum from Spring. What momentum might that be? I know there have been a lot visits by a number of top 200 recruits, which is all well and good. These are “feel good” moments. But we certainly haven’t seen any significant commitments being made, in either quantity or quality! Meanwhile, UGA and FSU continue to get commits from 5* prospects while getting visits from many of the same guys over the past couple months. I am all for this new coaching staff and the efforts they are making to strengthen the roster but “fake headlines” to grab attention is going a bit overboard. No need for sugar pills at this point, just the facts.

    • I don’t think that was his intent, Dan, but I sure hear your frustration. I was thinking this afternoon about what a shame it is that the only 5* we might get on this team is a transfer from Ohio State for medical-family compassion reasons. But then, I had to remind myself to take the long view, and realize that it’s still very early in Mullen’s process. They will come again, just give it time.

  2. Taggart had some built in advantages in recruiting Florida that are helping early. It’s obvious why Georgia has early momentum. Give them some time and evaluate it at the end. Mullen will get it done…..but a couple 5 star commitments soon would be nice.

  3. Recruiting the 5* players will hinge entirely on how the season goes. The interest is there but commitments will be based on the ‘18 gators performance. Biggest games for recruits will be LSU & USC since they are home games… we all know how the swamp rocks and rolls in hard fought Ws and there are several elite recruits considering these schools.

    • That IS the truth of the matter, JM. A solid regular season–doesn’t have to be perfect–and a good bowl win should set the tone. That is fundamentally how it works, regardless of all the speculation pro and con.

      So we’ve all read the propaganda, we’ve all had it drilled into us night and day that Willie Taggart is the second coming of Christ personified (although his record doesn’t support it we’re told to look away), we know that the depth of their barely 7-6 team last year quite naturally translates to 15-0 next year and every year thereafter, and that they’re so good that they have to turn away 5* recruits. I’m just wondering….anyone care to speculate what their record will really be in 2018? Or are they above all that earthy nonsense now that Taggart is deified?

      • The only thing Taggart has proven so far is that he’s a good snake oil salesman. For us, there’s a new comfort level with Dan after we’ve been thru hell with MacNuss incompetence and the chimp HBC training years before that. I’m OK with where we are right now.

        • Oh I am too, believe me tunaboat. I’m just getting tired of the imbalance of sports media reporting, that’s all. Taggart this, Taggart that, FSU, FSU……I’ve never heard anyone yet give an honest appraisal of what their record will look like next fall. Personally, I think not only does Mullen beat them in his first season, they lose quite a few besides.