Tyreke Johnson On Florida Gators Visit: ‘An Amazing Trip’

    Five-star cornerback Tyreke Johnson enjoyed his visit to Florida, and it appears the Gators are trending upward in his recruitment.

    February 12, 2017

    Five-star cornerback Tyreke Johnson enjoyed his visit to Florida, and it appears the Gators are trending upward in his recruitment. 

    It’s been a rough stretch for Jim McElwain’s team when it comes to recruits out of Trinity Christian High School. Despite the fact it’s right up the road in Jacksonville, the Gators have not signed a player out of Trinity Christian since they landed offensive tackle Kavaris Harkless in the 2014 cycle.

    This past year, Florida missed out on blue-chip recruits like cornerback Shaun Wade and wide receiver D.J. Matthews, who went to Ohio State and Florida State, respectively.

    McElwain’s staff is trying to change that, though. This past weekend, the Gators received a visit from 5-star prospect Tyreke Johnson.

    The nation’s No. 2 cornerback and No. 9 overall player is also ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect in the CI 25 recruiting rankings. He told 247Sports the trip went great, and he really connected with new defensive backs coach Corey Bell.

    “It was an amazing trip,” Johnson said. “It was a trip that opened my eyes a lot because I got to talk with the new [defensive backs] coach and he’s a very cool guy.”

    Johnson has been impressed by the fact McElwain became the first head coach to ever lead a team to back-to-back SEC title game appearances in his first two seasons. And the 5-star cornerback seemed to buy into the Florida staff’s pitch that he should build his collegiate legacy right down the street from his home in Jacksonville.

    But what really earned Johnson’s respect is how he believes the Gators don’t try to change the players they recruit.

    “They’re getting dogs, and they’re letting them be them. That shows a lot because they’re not changing guys,” Johnson said. “[Vernon] Hargreaves was the same guy in high school that he was in college. They didn’t change him. They just tuned him up a little bit. It’s one of those things. They have [a] history of going first round, so that’s definitely a positive.”

    If he were to wind up in Gainesville, Johnson has the talent to provide an immediate impact. And that’s definitely been communicated by the Florida staff.

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