Gators coaching staff visiting several top DT prospects


On Jan. 3, Florida’s 2017 class added three-star defensive tackle Kyree Campbell as a mid-year enrollee.

But with just two weeks until National Signing Day, Campbell remains the lone defensive tackle prospect from the 2017 class committed to the Gators.

However, coach Jim McElwain and his staff are making a late push for a pair of talented defensive linemen.

McElwain, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are in Norfolk, Virginia, to see twins Breyon and Brandon Gaddy out of Bishop Sullivan Catholic. The Maryland commits will give UF their last visit on Jan. 27.

In addition to the Gaddy twins, the Gators plan to host a slew of defensive tackle prospects this weekend. Tedarrell Slaton (Ft. Lauderdale), Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.) are scheduled to arrive Friday in Gainesville for official visits to Florida.

The trio of McElwain, Rumph and Gray will visit five-star defensive back Devon Hunter (Chesapeake, Va.) in the morning before heading to Hampton for an in-home visit with four-star defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe. The 6-foot-4 Conliffe is scheduled to arrive Friday in Gainesville for an official visit at Florida.

Rumph will also be in Washington, D.C. visiting a Maryland commit fresh off an official visit to Florida.

Cam Spence (St. John’s College High) committed to the Terrapins in April, but he hasn’t shut down his recruitment. While the Gators have remained in the mix to sign Spence, he’s scheduled to officially visit Louisville this weekend.

Gators defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will be in Ft. Lauderdale to see four-star American Heritage offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert. The Michigan commit plans on giving the Gators his final visit on Jan. 27.