Gators coaches hit the road as high school Spring practice begins


For high school football players in the state of Florida, Monday marked the commencement of Spring practice.

As a result, UF coaches hit the road throughout the state to evaluate practices, meet with coaches and scout some of the top recruits in the area.

Per NCAA rules, coaches are limited to two visits with each recruit. Coaches can’t meet with players in a one-on-one setting during this time, but rather must evaluate them from afar.

Tight ends coach Greg Nord is in Dunnellon, likely to see 2019 wide receiver Maurice Goolsby. Offensive line coach Mike Summers traveled to Neptune Beach to get a glimpse of 2017 three-star tackle Cordavien Suggs at Fletcher High.

Following IMG Academy’s visit to Gainesville on Friday as part of the school’s “College Road Trip 2016”, defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive coordinator made the trip down to Bradenton on Monday morning to take in a practice and see the facilities.

Three-star tight end Tre McKitty has been high on the Gators since decommitting from Miami last summer, and UF is the favorite for several other IMG prospects in the 2018 class.

Defensive coordinators Randy Shannon and Geoff Collins are traveling around the Orlando area on Monday, including stops at West Orange and Apopka.

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray is in Jacksonville with running backs coach Tim Skipper to take in practices at Trinity Christian, likely to see five-star cornerback Shaun Wade.

Wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon is down south at New Smyrna Beach to see 2019 cornerback Jaleel McRae at practice. He’ll then head to Mainland to see four-star safety Cyrus Fagan before finishing the day seeing four-star athlete Bruce Judson at Cocoa’s practice.

Florida’s coaches will continue traveling around the state throughout the week to take in practices.