College coaches around the country returned to the recruiting trail Thursday with the start of the contact period.
Florida’s staff didn’t waste any time trying play catch-up with their top priorities.
According to ESPN’s Derek Tyson, new UF assistants Kirk Callahan and Terrell Williams met with Byron Cowart’s mother at Denny’s on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. The coaches then greeted the five-star defensive end at his bus stop and followed him to school.
Talk about a first impression. Williams also met with five-star end CeCe Jefferson on Thursday.
With the immense need at offensive line, position coach Mike Summers went to see Martez Ivey, Fred Johnson and South Carolina commit Christian Pellage.
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was in Georgia to try and land official visits from linebackers Roquan Smith and Adonis Thomas, while offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier hit Bradenton IMG Academy to visit Florida State quarterback commit Deondre Francois and Miami offensive line commit Tyree St. Louis.
Tim Skipper checked in on Jordan Cronkrite and Miami commit Jordan Scarlett, two of his top running back targets. Randy Shannon was also in South Florida to see to Kentucky cornerback commit Jeremiah Dinson as well as wide receiver Antonio Callaway, Texas cornerback commit Da’Vante Davis and Miami running back commit Mark Walton of Booker T. Washington.
With a receivers coach still not in place, director of player personnel Drew Hughes hit the road for the Gators and saw Florida WR commit Derrick Dillon, Georgia WR commit Van Jefferson, Purdue TE commit Brycen Hopkins and Alabama CB commit Rico McGraw.
Jim McElwain and tight ends coach Greg Nord tag-teamed for the day, visiting offensive guards Trey Dorouen and Mike Horton (UF commit) and tight ends Jared Pinkney and G.G. Robinson (Louisville commit).