“Zach’s Mail Stack” is a weekly mailbag with SEC Country reporter Zach Abolverdi, who has covered Florida Gators recruiting since 2010. This week Abolverdi analysis how Florida recruiting could benefit from the on-field struggles of Florida State and LSU.
— Gator bait (@Gatorbait15UF) October 10, 2017
Abolverdi: In my most recent mock class last month, I replaced Miami commit Nesta Silvera with Coynis Miller as the projected defensive tackle signee for the Gators. He had recently named Florida his leader after visiting in late July, while Silvera publicly reaffirmed his pledge to the Hurricanes on Twitter.
While the swap made sense in practice, I’ve never felt confident the Gators would land either of those recruits. In the case of Miller, I thought a return trip needed to happen this fall in order to cement his affinity for Florida (if you buy that UF truly was his top school).
But since that first trip to Gainesville, Miller has visited Alabama three times and Auburn twice. This past Friday, he told SEC Country he was deciding between visiting Auburn or Florida the following day.
Miller chose the in-state school last weekend and I think he picks that program Friday.
How many of the top 250 that are uncommitted do you anticipate UF will get.
— Johnny Mack (@JBinGainesville) October 11, 2017
Abolverdi: In addition to Miller, the Gators have eight uncommitted targets in the 247Sports Composite rankings: wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, offensive linemen William Barnes, Richard Gouraige, Trey Hill and Nicholas Petit-Frere, linebacker Channing Tindall, defensive backs Tyreke Johnson and Patrick Surtain Jr.
Of the nine names, I anticipate Florida landing Barnes, Gouraige and Schwartz.
I think the in-state schools will land Hill (Georgia) and Tindall (South Carolina), while Surtain (LSU) heads out of state. I don’t have much of a feel for Johnson or Petit-Frere, but the Gators will be in it until the end for both prospects.
There’s a few more potential options in the top 250, such as 5-star wide receiver Jalen Hall and 4-star safety Kwantel Raines. Florida doesn’t appear to be in contention for 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell or 4-star wide receiver Justin Watkins.
Who's the early enrollees in this recruiting class
— jm (@gog8trvolh8tr) October 11, 2017
Abolverdi: Here are the Florida commits who plan to enroll early:
The aforementioned Johnson also plans to be a mid-year enrollee.
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