Two of the top targets on Florida’s board received in-home visits Thursday.
UF coach Will Muschamp conducted an in-home visit with five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince (District Heights, Md./Bishop McNamara), while secondary coach Travaris Robinson went to see five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Ca./Junipero Serra).
While we’re naming five-stars, UF attended Lorenzo Carter’s basketball game Tuesday at Norcross (Ga.), which was not reported by The Sun earlier this week.
Prince currently has a Top 3 of Florida, Maryland and South Carolina.
The Terps at one time appeared to have an insurmountable lead, but the recent staff turnover at his position has changed that.
Dave DeGuglielmo, who was hired by Maryland last week to replace fired OL coach Tom Brattan, left the school Thursday for an NFL job.
Prince officially visited the Gamecocks over the weekend and told Rivals.com afterward it was the third best visit he’s been on. That doesn’t sound too promising for them.
The Gators could have the inside track at Prince with them getting his last official visit and his relationships with Mike Summers and Jalen Tabor. However, there’s a new twist in his recruitment.
Rivals’ Mike Farrell reports that Prince is making a mid-week trip to Penn State before he heads to Florida. The distance factor certainly gives the Nittany Lions a chance to make a late run.
Jackson is still undecided on where he’ll take his final official on Jan. 31. The visit will go to UF, USC and UCLA, and whichever school gets that trip likely lands him. His other finalists are LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
One advantage the Gators have with the two-sport athlete is their track & field program. In the past five years, UF has won a total of five indoor and outdoor championships, while finishing in second place four times. None of Jackson’s other finalists have even been runner-ups except LSU in 2012. Florida’s indoor team is currently ranked No.2 nationally behind Arkansas.
Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and receivers coach Joker Phillips spent their Thursday at the house of FSU commit C.J. Worton of Homestead South Dade. He spoke with the Orlando Sentinel about the meeting.
“It was nice, real laid back,” said Worton, who officially visits UF this weekend. “Coach Roper, he’s new to the program so he didn’t really know a lot about Florida. I mean, he knew enough, but it was a good thing coach Phillips was there so he did a lot of the informing.”
The Gators also visited Pensacola West Florida Tech defensive end and Missouri commit Rocel McWilliams, who is a potential flip for Florida after his trip to Gainesville last weekend. His next official is with the Tigers.
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett linebacker Adonis Thomas, a 2015 prospect, was seen by Florida for the second straight week. Washington (D.C) Gonzaga cornerback Marcus Lewis, a Rivals100 member for 2015, was offered.