The Sun doesn’t typically provide coverage on prospects outside of the current recruiting cycle, but the news out of Volusia County this week is worth noting.
Florida offered Blake Hinson (6-5, 210) from Daytona Beach and Orange City’s Lorenzo Lingard (6-1, 185) on Monday.
— Easy Money (@B_Hinson21) March 9, 2015
Hinson and Lingard certainly have the size and pass the look test on film, but these two offensive players are 2019 and 2018 recruits, respectively.
Hinson, an 8th grader, is a wide receiver/tight end who played varsity at Warner Christian this past season. He’s also been offered by Miami and North Carolina, and his older brother is 2016 UM commit Evan Hinson.
Lingard was offered by Georgia in November and won running back MVP at the Rivals Speed and Skill Challenge in Orlando last weekend.
Florida’s offers to Hinson and Lingard could be a sign of change under new Gators coach Jim McElwain. The previous staff rarely handed out offers to high school underclassmen, let alone 8th graders. But in today’s recruiting landscape, the earlier you start pursing a prospect the better.
The Sun knew of a few instances in the past where a UF coach was advised to offer a talented underclassmen and get a leg up in their recruitment, but the assistant or Will Muschamp chose to hold off. By the time Florida did offer, some of those recruits had several big-time schools after them and the Gators were behind the eight ball.
With these latest offers and others by Florida in recent weeks, McElwain doesn’t seem to shy away from starting the recruiting process early. That could pay dividends for him and his staff in the future.
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