With spring practice well underway at Florida, the Gators staff is hosting a number of talented recruits each weekend. This weekend is no different as a trio of top 100 recruits are visiting.
The highest rated visitor is five star SDE Shavar Manuel from IMG Academy in Bradenton (FL). Manuel (6-265) is the top ranked defensive end in the nation and the number eleven overall recruit according to 247sports.
He’s considered a strong lean to FSU, where he was previously erroneously reported to have committed, but is trying to visit a number of schools over the next few weeks.
Expect coach Mac and his staff to pull out the red carpet this weekend for Manuel in an attempt to solidify the Gators in his recruitment.
While not the highest rated recruit, perhaps the most important visitor this weekend might be QB Dwayne Haskins (6-3 185) from the Bullis School in Potomac (MD). The reason is QB depth is not quite where the staff would like it to be.
The Gators did not sign a quarterback last cycle leaving them only with only true sophomore Treon Harris, redshirt freshman Will Grier, and junior Skylar Mornhinweg on the depth chart, with the latter likely remaining a career backup.
As a result, it’s imperative the staff sign a QB for numbers sake this cycle. For continuity and the sake of competition, it’s even more important they recruit a talented player at the position.
Haskins fits that bill nicely as a consensus top 100 (#64) recruit and the number five pro-style quarterback nationally according to 247sports composite rankings.
The good news for Gator fans is that he appeared to enjoy his visit.
At this point it appears Haskins is the top QB on the Gators board and it’s important to watch moving forward to see if he does indeed take another visit to Gainesville.
Finally, another top 100 recruit out of the state of Maryland in Gainesville this weekend is wide receiver Trevon Diggs, (6-0 183) from The Avalon School in Rockville (MD), who visited with Haskins.
If the name is familiar to Gator fans it’s because he’s the younger brother of Stefon Diggs, a top recruit himself as a high school senior and was a top Gator target at the time.
In the never ending search for playmakers particularly at wideout, Diggs is a difference maker and a player the staff would love to sign.
Diggs is the #5 rated athlete nationally and the #86 rated player overall according to 247sports composite rankings.
He seemed to enjoy his visit as well.
The staff has done a great job of building early momentum so far bringing in commitments each weekend for three weekends in a row. While the staff has focused thus far almost exclusively in-state, these are two players they would love to cherry pick from out-of-state.