Gators on the road in full force following dead period


With the dead period come and gone, the Gators hit the road in full force Thursday to see more than 30 prospects left on their board.

Coach Jim McElwain and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are in the Tampa area visiting a pair of Gators commits, wide receiver Daquon Green and running back Malik Davis. The pair will also see a pair of offensive tackles in Nicholas Petit-Frere and Richard Gouraige.

Rumph will also see Gators defensive end commit Zachary Carter.

UF running backs coach Tim Skipper is in New Orleans visiting four-star defensive back Brad Stewart. Skipper will also see 2018 wide receiver JaMarr Chase.

Gators wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon is schedule to visit Lakeland wide receiver James Robinson. Robinson has plans to turn around Friday and head to Gainesville for an official visit at Florida.

Dixon will then head to Seffner to see a trio of 2018 prospects at Armwood — wide receiver Warren Thompson, running back Jerome Ford and defensive end Malcolm Lamar.

Gators defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will be in Ft. Lauderdale visiting with Gators commit Marco Wilson, along with two prospects high on Florida’s board – offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert and defensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton.

Slaton will be in Gainesville on Jan. 20 for an official visit at Florida, while Herbert is scheduled to give the Gators his final visit on Jan. 27.

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray is in Tampa visiting USC commit Juwan Burgess (Plant High). The Gators have been heavily recruiting Burgess throughout his senior season and a possible flip remains in play.

Gray will then visit Gators linebacker commit Ventrell Miller.

Offensive line coach Mike Summers is in North Carolina on Thursday visiting with Gators commit T.J. Moore. Moore committed to the Gators on Christmas, and he’s scheduled to take an official visit to Florida on Jan. 27.

Summers is also scheduled to visit four-star athlete Ryan Jones and 2018 defensive tackle Rick Sandidge.

UF offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is visiting Gators quarterback commit Jake Allen on Thursday. Nussmeier will then head to West Palm Beach for an in-home visit with K’Jakyre Daley. He’ll also see four-star 2018 safety Gurvan Hall and three-star cornerback Keidron Smith.

Gators director of player personnel Drew Hughes is in Alabama picking up the slack left behind by the departure of defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. Hughes will first make an in-home visit to see Rivals 100 defensive end LaBryan Ray. Ray is currently scheduled to give the Gators his final official visit on Jan. 27.

Hughes will then head to Nashville, Tennessee, to visit four-star linebacker Jacob Phillips. The Gators are also looking to land four-star wide receiver Henry Ruggs, and Hughes will head in-home with Ruggs on Thursday night.

UF tight ends coach Greg Nord will see Gators commit Zech Byrd before heading to Newberry to see FSU defensive tackle commit Cory Durden.

Nord also is scheduled to visit with Turner County (Ga.) wide receiver Tamorrion Terry.