Tarpon Springs East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott pulled the trigger Tuesday at The Opening and verbally committed to Clemson over Florida and UCF.
But the UF coaches will continue to pursue the Army All-American, much like they did in 2012 with Demarcus Robinson, and another back-and-forth battle looks to be brewing between the Gators and Tigers.
Similar to Robinson, Florida was the leader for Scott early on in his recruitment. The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder took two trips to Gainesville in the spring, including a visit for the Orange & Blue Debut, and was seen by UF twice during the evaluation period.
It’s unclear whether or not Scott will take officials to other schools in the fall, but the Gators have a good chance of getting him back on campus due to his teammate and fellow WR, George Campbell. A potential five-star prospect for the class of 2015, Campbell is an admitted Gator fan and believed to be favoring Florida.
Campbell and Scott have been best friends since middle school and consider themselves brothers. The two have stated they would like to play together in college, and if Campbell is leaning toward the Gators or commits to them this year, it could cause Scott to strongly reconsider UF.
There is still seven months left until signing day and a lot can happen between now and then. Robinson, for example, made his original pledge to Clemson on July 20 and changed his mind three times before enrolling at Florida.
With UF on the outside looking for its other top targets at slot receiver, Johnnie Dixon, Speedy Noil and Stanton Truitt, Scott will continue to be a priority for the staff.