Despite landing their top overall target, David Sharpe, and signing junior college transfer Drew Sarvary over the past two weeks, the Gators are still after offensive lineman in the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Their biggest priority is Derrick Kelly of Havana East Gadsden. The consensus three-star tackle has seen his recruitment blow up since he decommitted from Kentucky on Dec. 3.
Kelly is receiving interest from Alabama and has picked up offers from LSU and Tennessee. Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and South Florida had offered prior to this month.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder made an official visit to UF last weekend, the first of his five allotted trips.
“It was a great experience,” Kelly said. “I came to two games this season, but this time I got a chance to see more. I always wanted to get behind the scenes and check out Florida as a team and a school. This visit helped me gain knowledge of what all they have to offer.”
Kelly attended Florida’s annual football banquet and also learned about the criminology program, his desired major.
“Hanging out with everyone at the banquet was probably the best part of the trip,” he said. “I could see coach Will Muschamp is a very family-oriented guy. He just told me to come be a Gator and compete for playing time.
“Another highlight was seeing the academic side of things. I was informed that Florida is No. 12 in the nation in my degree, so that kind of stood out for me. My mom was overwhelmed by that as well.”
Kelly currently has a Top 3 of Florida, Florida State and LSU. He will officially visit the Tigers next month and also mentioned trips to Alabama, South Carolina and South Florida as possibilities.
Kelly plans to make his decision on signing day, and UF appears to be in good shape based on his determining factors.
“I’m looking for a school that’s family oriented, has great academics and gives chance to compete for playing time,” he said.