Phillips evaluates several Peach State prospects

Phillps has hit the Peach State hard in Week 3 of the Evaluation Period. (Photo by Doug Finger/Staff Photographer)

Florida recruiting coordinator and receivers coach Joker Phillips has spent the week evaluating some of the top talent in the state of Georgia.

He checked in on five Rivals250 members Thursday. Norcross five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter was the highest-rated prospect Phillips saw. The Gators are in third place for him behind Alabama and Georgia, but he has never visited UF and plans to in the coming months.

Carter’s teammates — athlete Myles Autry and linebacker Kevin Mouhon — also had Phillips’ attention. The Gators don’t appear to be one of Autry’s favorites, but they’ve gained Mouhon’s interest since offering him April 22.

Phillips dropped in on Buford linebacker Korie Rogers. The Rivals100 member announced five finalists last month and UF didn’t make the cut. He’s scheduled to announce his decision this summer.

However, Florida is in much better position with Marietta Walton cornerback D.J. Smith, who grew up a Gator fan and was seen by Phillips on Thursday. Tennessee is currently the leader for Smith, but he isn’t committing anytime soon and UF has time to make a move for him.

Phillips also visited Cedartown running back Nick Chubb and Monroe Area athlete Stanton Truitt this week, but the Gators aren’t a serious player for either prospect. Chubb is deciding on May 28 and has a Top 3 of Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina, while Truitt looks to be leaning toward Tennessee at this time.