In the wake of Deondre Francois’ decision to stick with FSU and with the likelihood of flipping Louisville commit Lamar Jackson dwindling by the day, the Florida Gators staff put out a new quarterback offer on Monday.
N.C. State commit Jakobi Meyers (6-1 175) from Lithonia (GA) Arabia Mountain had an in-home visit with head coach Jim McElwain during which he received the Florida offer.
He’s a lanky kid with a live arm and good wheels but is very raw. The good news? Both Mac and Nuss have great track records with 3* or lower rated qb’s.
Meyers is expected to visit Florida this weekend.
If so, he’ll be alongside four star Louisville qb commit Lamar Jackson from Boynton Beach (FL). Jackson is McElwain’s plan B or 1-A at the quarterback spot this cycle.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier visited Jackson on Tuesday and confirmed the visit will take place this weekend.
While recent chatter has Jackson as solid to Louisville, expect the Gator staff to pull out all the stops to snag a weekend commitment from him now that Francois is off the board.
One thing’s for sure, coach Mac desperately wants a qb in this class. The biggest question is how far down the line is he willing to go?
Jackson, like Francois, will be a tough flip and Meyers is no sure thing either.
Getting to signing day will be like getting teeth pulled for Gator fans this year.
Lilburn Parkview defensive end G.G.Robinson, a Louisville commit, has been seeing a lot of increased attention as we close in on signing day.
The Gators are one of those new suitors. He has an official visit scheduled to UF this weekend but sources say he might not end up taking that visit.
Auburn has also become a player and word is they are the most serious threat to his Louisville commitment.
Problem is they haven’t offered yet. However, that offer is expected any day and if so expect him to trip to Auburn this weekend rather than Florida.
The Gators aren’t conceding anything as of yet sending two coaches in-home on Wednesday trying to maintain that coveted final visit spot for Robinson.
**update 8:13 am cst**
G.G. Cleared up the Auburn rumors in a Twitter this morning.
So G.G. will indeed take a visit to Florida this weekend. This news certainly increases the Gators chances here.
While Auburn may try to usurp a Gator visit from Robinson, the Gators will be trying to flip an Auburn commit.
Defensive end Richard McBryde is still planning to take a planned official to Florida this weekend.
While the Gators are desperately looking to add some defensive end depth McBryde is a strong Tiger commit and this is likely nothing more than a free trip for him.
There are rumors that Will Muschamp, who didn’t recruit him while at Florida, may be trying to run him out of Auburn’s class. Not quite sure how accurate that is but don’t pencil him in to this Gators class until further notice.
And speaking of Auburn, they went in-home with ESPN #1 overall recruit Byron Cowart on Wednesday. Head coach Gus Malzahn, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, and lead recruiter Travaris Robinson visited with him.
Cowart is down to Auburn and Florida, who will be in-home with him on Thursday, and he will announce his decision on signing day.
The Gators lead in his 247sports crystal balls with 62% to 25% for Auburn. The Tigers, however, have been trending up for him for some time.
Athlete Jalen Julius from Orlando (FL) West Orange may be back on the board for the Gators. He was recruited by the previous staff as a defensive back and briefly committed to the Gators back in April before backing off that pledge in July.
He has visited numerous schools officially and unofficially including most recently Ole Miss last weekend and Notre Dame, the perceived favorite to land him, the weekend before.
The only problem with the Irish being the favorites is they haven’t offered him yet. By default, most consider the Rebels to lead if the Irish do not offer.
Florida wasn’t even considered a player here until now. ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson tweeted Julius’ final four teams which head-scratchingly included Florida.
Now it appears the Gator staff has requested he visit this weekend and it appears he may indeed visit.
I think he really liked Florida but didn’t want to play defense which led to his decommitment. With a new staff, a new emphasis on offense, and the need for finding some suitable three star athletes to help fill out this class, I believe they’ll sell him on getting a shot on offense.
If so, he very well could be on commitment watch this weekend.
It’s no secret the Gators new staff is after some speedy playmakers in this class. Ath Javarius Davis (5-9 175) from Jacksonville (FL) Ed White fits that bill.
While every other program is recruiting the diminutive speedster to play on defense, the Gators are pursuing him as a combo slot receiver, running back, and punt returner.
The one-time North Carolina commit was very impressed with Auburn and basically they may be the team to beat for his services. The Gators staff is nothing if not persistent and he is expected to visit Florida this weekend.
If he makes it to Gainesville, the Gators have a chance. If not, he’s likely all Tiger.
Finally, offensive tackle Christian Pellage is set to decide between Florida, the home state school, and South Carolina, the school he’s been committed to for some time.
Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers went in-home with him on Wednesday and South Carolina is expected in-home on Thursday. After that he will make his decision and is expected to announce by the weekend.
The feeling here is he is agonizing between the two schools, and both staffs feel confident.
Stay tuned to Swamp Music for more Swamp Rumors and the latest on Florida Gator recruiting as we count down to signing day.