Welcome to the Activity Timeline!
Here, you can find a live ticker of everything that happens in the land of Gator recruiting- from players on Florida’s board committing to a school to simply talking about visiting a school, and everything in between.
For the complete look at Florida’s 2017 recruiting board, check out the recently completed 2017 Big Board.
Sunday, July 24: RB Adarius Lemons decommits from North Carolina, commits to Florida
Friday, July 22, 10:03pm: 4 star LB James Houston commits to Florida
Friday, July 22, 9:30am: FNL participant list
Tonight is arguably the Gators’ biggest recruiting event of the year: Friday Night Lights. It’s an event that brings in dozens of the nation’s top prospects, and this year is no exception. Among the visitors/participants (commitment status in parentheses following their name and high school):
Rising Seniors (Class of 2017)
4 star QB Jake Allen, St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)
4 star DE Zachary Carter, Hillsborough High School (Florida)
4 star S Tray Bishop, 6-3, 195, Dawson (GA) High School (uncommitted)
4 star DB Latavious Brini, Mater Day Christian (Georgia)
3 star DB Shawn Davis, Miami Southridge (uncommitted)
4 star OT Kadeem Telfort, Booker T. Washington High (Florida)
4 star TE Kemore Gamble, Miami Southridge (Florida)
4 star RB Christopher Henderson, Christopher Columbus High School (Miami)
4 star WR Daquon Green, Tampa Bay Tech (Florida)
5 star OT Alex Leatherwood, Washington (FL) High School (Alabama)
4 star WR Jerry Jeudy, Deerfield Beach High School (Florida)
4 star S Hamsah Nasirildeen, Concord High School (uncommitted)
4 star DL Jordon Scott, Pinellas Park High (Florida)
3 star LB Ventrell Miller, Kathleen High School (Florida)
4 star DE LaBryan Ray, 6-4, 275, James Clemens (AL) High School (uncommitted)
4 star RB Adarius Lemons, Clearwater High School (North Carolina)
4 star DE Jarez Parks, Sebastian River (uncommitted)
Rising Juniors (Class of 2018)
DE Robert Hicks, Booker T. Washington High School (Auburn)
WR Jacob Copeland, Pine Forest (FL) (uncommitted)
DB Al Blades, St. Thomas Aquinas (uncommitted)
DB Demetrius Ivey, South Dade (Miami)
DB Josh Jobe, Christopher Columbus (FL) (Miami)
WR Mark Pope, Miami Southridge (uncommitted)
RB James Cook, Miami Central (FSU)
RB Ricky Slade, C.D. Hylton (VA) (uncommitted)
ATH Justin Watkins, North Marion (FSU)
WR Amari Burney, Clearwater Central Catholic (uncommitted)
ATH Xavier Williams, Chaminade-Madonna Prep (FL) (uncommitted)
Wednesday, July 20: Big Board update
As always, you can check out the complete Big Board here.
Trending up: QB Jake Allen (lock status). There were never really any doubts about Allen’s commitment status, but I decided to add the lock feature for guys like him. He’s as sure of a guarantee as you’ll ever find in recruiting.
Trending up: OT Alex Leatherwood (low interest to medium interest, 10% odds to 20% odds). The Gators aren’t giving up on the Alabama tackle commit. He’s coming to Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp, where you just know Allen and the other UF commits will be in his ear.
Trending up: WR DaQuon Green (lock status). If I’m going to lock up Allen, I may as well lock up Green, too. Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of his commitment to Florida, and he’s never wavered. This is where I issue the standard warning that anything can happen in the wild world of recruiting, but for all intents and purposes, consider him to Florida a done deal.
Trending down: OT Kai-Leon Herbert (30% odds to 20% odds). The 30% odds I gave him despite his commitment to Michigan was conditional on whether Allen could persuade him to attend Friday Night Lights. He isn’t coming, so his odds are downgraded.
Trending up: CB Latavious Brini (20% odds to 25% odds). Admittedly a marginal difference for the Georgia commit, but he sent out a cryptic tweet that read “Decisions” with the chin stroking emoji. Could be nothing, but hey, that’s how some recruits communicate these days.
Trending up: S Tray Bishop (25% odds to 50% odds). Bishop’s visit this past Monday went so well that he’s coming back for Friday Night Lights. The fact that he’s visiting Florida twice in one week is enough for me to consider him a coin flip, even though there are two other schools (Georgia and Auburn) in hot pursuit.
Trending up: S Hamsah Nasirildeen (20% odds to 40% odds). Not much has happened with Nasirildeen and Florida since he visited for the spring game until he decided to attend Friday Night Lights. Alabama still appears in the lead for him, but don’t rule him out, either.
Flip/commit watch: CB Shawn Davis. Davis loves Florida, and is apparently just waiting for one more chance to really impress the Florida coaches so they have good memories of him still in their mind when he pulls the trigger.
Trending up & Flip/commit watch: RB Christopher Henderson (Very low interest to medium interest, 10% odds to 25% odds). The Miami commit is now set to participate in Friday Night Lights. That’s intriguing enough to up his odds and add him to flip watch status.
Thursday, July 7
-Two four star Gator targets were taken off the board this past week. CB Latavious Brini has committed to Georgia, while offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert has committed to Michigan. Neither is a complete shock, although Herbert did seem to have a solid connection with current QB commit Jake Allen.
-In other news, prized offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood plans to visit Florida for the Gators’ annual Friday Night Lights. While currently committed to Alabama, Leatherwood has far from finished his recruitment process, so it’ll be interesting to keep tabs on him.