Florida coaches on the road

Florida's assistant coaches will be on the road recruiting for the next five weeks. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

With spring football wrapped up, Florida is now tackling one the busiest times of the recruiting cycle.

Last Wednesday marked the start of the evaluation period, a 60-day time frame in which assistant coaches can visit recruits twice at their high schools to evaluate them athletically and academically.

The UF staff didn’t hit the road much last week, primarily because spring football doesn’t start in most states (including Florida) until later this month or May.

But the coaches have made some stops this week, including one Thursday to five-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence out of Wake Forest (N.C.).

Another top target seen was consensus four-star running back Elijah Holyfield, a visitor at UF during¬†last month’s junior day event.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier hit up Houston (Texas) Westfield to check out quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole and wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, who decommitted from Texas A&M last week and was offered by the Gators on April 9.

The Florida coaches are also hitting the junior college circuit before high schools start practicing.

They saw two big names Thursday in wide receiver Taj Williams (formerly of Tallahassee Lincoln) and Florida State linebacker commitment Tyree Horton (formerly of Homestead South Dade). The Gators have a great shot with both JUCO prospects.

Click here to see the in-state recruiting areas for the staff.