Florida is still looking to add a couple wide receivers to its 2015 class, and one recruit who seemed like a long shot now appears to be a viable option.
U.S. Army All-American Van Jefferson decommitted from Georgia on Tuesday, announcing his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder from Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood had been pledged to the school since the summer.
A trip to Ole Miss in December halted plans to enroll early at UGA, and his visit to Oklahoma this past weekend led to the decommitment. Right now it’s a battle between Oklahoma and Ole Miss, a school he’ll visit again this coming weekend, but the Gators could make a late push for him.
Jefferson plans to officially visit UF on Jan. 30, the last recruiting weekend before signing day (Feb. 4). He has shown interest in Florida throughout his recruitment and visited Gainesville in June.
Now that Jefferson is uncommitted, his return trip at the end of this month holds much more significance for the Gators.
Smith eliminates Florida
Linebacker Roquan Smith announced three finalists Tuesday, none of which were Florida.
The Under Armour All-American is down to Georgia, Michigan and UCLA.
UF was once considered his leader after he visited the school twice in the summer, but he eliminated the Gators once they fired Will Muschamp.
However, Jim McElwain’s hiring of defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who recruited Smith at Mississippi State, caused the linebacker to give the Gators a second look.
Collins visited Smith last week on the first day of the contact period and tried to secure an official visit from him, but it looks like that won’t happen with his announcement Tuesday.
Miller spurns UM for UF
Collins had much better luck on the recruiting trail this week with defensive end Shareef Miller.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington received an in-home visit from Collins on Monday morning. Later that evening, Miller announced he’s taking his final official visit to Florida instead of Miami.
The Gators offered him on Jan. 8 and immediately became his leader, according to 247Sports ($).
His five finalists are Arizona State, Florida, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He plans to decide Feb. 2, a day after he returns home from his UF trip.
— (@MillerShareef) January 19, 2015
I will be taking my Last Official visit to the FLORIDA GATORS
— (@MillerShareef) January 20, 2015
McElwain visits Sandifer
Brandon Sandifer was scheduled to visit UF over the weekend with fellow offensive line commitments Mike Horton and Tyler Jordan, but an illness forced him to postpone his trip.
However, Sandifer doesn’t have to wait any longer to meet his future head coach. McElwain had an in-home visit with him and his family Monday night.
Sandifer plans to officially visit Florida at a later date this month.
— Heavy Chocolate (@_bsandifer) January 20, 2015