Florida Gators Hosting Blue-Chip Recruits At Spring Game

    The Florida Gators' list of recruiting visitors for their spring game is packed with blue-chip prospects looking for a closer look at the program during the Orange and Blue Debut.

    April 5, 2017

    The Florida Gators’ list of recruiting visitors for their spring game is packed with blue-chip prospects looking for a closer look at the program during the Orange and Blue Debut. 


    The Gators’ annual Orange and Blue Debut will take place on Friday night, and Jim McElwain’s staff has lined up an impressive number of blue-chip prospects ready and waiting to take in the Florida spring game.

    After making a late surge on National Signing Day to close out the 2017 cycle, the Gators are looking to take that next step forward and sign an elite 2018 recruiting class, and rolling out the red carpet on Friday night can help move the needle.

    Here’s a look at the recruits visiting Gainesville on Friday night and where Florida stands with all of them.

    4-Star WR Anthony Schwartz

    The Plantation, Florida native recently released his list of schools with Florida making the cut for his top 10. Along with the Gators, Schwartz included Auburn, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC. The Hurricanes are the biggest threat to Florida here, but with Miami already having commitments from 4-star receivers Mark Pope, Brian Hightower and Daquris Wiggins, expect the Gators to pull away from the pack. 

    4-Star WR Jacob Copeland

    The three schools to watch here are Clemson, Florida and Florida State. Copeland recently named Dabo Sinney’s Tigers as his leader with the Gators right behind, but there is a lot of time left in his recruitment, and Copeland has been very fond of both Florida and Jim McElwain. You can never count the Seminoles out, especially considering Copeland is from Pensacola, but this will be a Clemson-Florida battle.

    4-Star ILB Dax Hollifield

    The Gators have pulled prospects out of North Carolina before, and you might remember when they dipped into Shelby to grab Jonathan Bullard. Now, Florida is targeting Shelby again for Dax Hollifield. The two teams the Gators have to watch out for, though, are North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels have gained a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail during the last few years, and the Hokies are hot right now, too — especially with head coach Justin Fuente getting a contract extension after a very successful first season. Penn State, Notre Dame and South Carolina will all stay in play, too, but UNC and Virginia Tech look to be the favorites right now.

    4-Star OT Reuben Unije

    The Gators have been unable to dip into the IMG Academy up to this point, but that drought will end with Reuben Unije. Florida is the overwhelming favorite to land the 6-foot-5, 303-pound offensive tackle. Tennessee is ramping up its efforts, and Alabama will make a strong play as well. However, all signs are pointing toward Florida here.

    3-Star WR Dominick Watt

    Right now, Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats are the biggest threat to the Gators for Dominick Watt, but it’s highly unlikely Florida loses out for the 3-star wide receiver. If McElwain’s staff is willing to take Watt in the class, he’ll end up as a Gator. Florida has been trending upward with him, and he’s been quite vocal on social media about his excitement over attending the Orange and Blue Debut.

    3-Star WR Dominick Watt

    Right now, Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats are the Gators’ biggest threat for Dominick Watt, but it’s highly unlikely Florida loses out for the 3-star wide receiver. If McElwain’s staff is willing to take Watt in the class, he’ll end up as a Gator. Florida has been trending upward with him, and he’s been quite vocal on social media about his excitement over attending the Orange and Blue Debut.

    4-Star S C.J. Smith

    C.J. Smith recently committed to Florida on March 28, so he’s in the middle of the honeymoon period as far as his recruitment is concerned. The Gators shot up in his recruitment in a hurry, and there is a small chance they lose his pledge. Florida will need to replace Nick Washington and Marcell Harris at safety following the 2017 season, so Smith is expected to help strengthen the secondary in Gainesville.

    3-Star CB Divaad Wilson

    The Miami native committed to the Gators back on Feb. 3, and his stock shot up once he joined their 2018 class. He’s picked up scholarship offers from South Carolina, TCU and Tennessee since then, but it doesn’t appear Florida is in any danger of losing his commitment — especially with Randy Shannon being his lead recruiter.

    3-Star WR Dominick Watt

    Right now, Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats are the biggest threat to the Gators for Dominick Watt, but it’s highly unlikely Florida loses out for the 3-star wide receiver. If McElwain’s staff is willing to take Watt in the class, he’ll end up as a Gator. Florida has been trending upward with him, and he’s been quite vocal on social media about his excitement over attending the Orange and Blue Debut.

    2019 WR John Dunmore

    He doesn’t have a star rating yet, but that will change soon. Florida already landed one big-bodied wide receiver in its 2019 class with Frank Ladson Jr., and now it’s going after another with John Dunmore. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound wideout is picking up steam and already has an offer from hometown team Miami, but the Gators are getting in on the sweepstakes early, and that could hep them secure his eventual commitment.

    2019 DE Jaquaze Sorrells

    The 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive end gave Florida his pledge last June, and his recruitment is starting to pick up a little bit. Michigan extended a scholarship offer to the Largo, Florida native early last month. As it stands right now, he’s fully committed to the Gators.

    2020 QB Harrison Bailey

    The young gunslinger has quickly been dubbed as the next quarterback prodigy. He’s already picked up offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Tennessee and others. However, Florida does have one key advantage: Despite being from Marietta, Georgia, Bailey grew up cheering for the Gators and was a huge fan of Tim Tebow. He’s made the trip to Gainesville quite a few times already and told Campus Insiders he’s excited for the trip.

    “I just want to see how Florida operates and see how I would fit in if I happen to choose UF,” Bailey said.

    Right now, it’s expected to be a Florida-Georgia battle for Bailey.

    MORE: 4-Star OT Cleveland Reed Announces College Commitment

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