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Florida Coaches on the Road Monday: McElwain visiting five-star

With the BYE week in full effect the Florida Gators coaching staff will use this week to check on many of their top recruiting targets. On Monday the Florida coaches will be out in full force with many top prospects scheduled to receive a visit from the Orange and Blue.

Head coach Jim McElwain will be on the trail today and will make stops in Virginia and Michigan. He will join defensive backs coach Torrian Gray on his stop to see 2018 Rivals100 linebacker Teradja Mitchell and Rivals100 safety Devon Hunter. McElwain and Gray will also be seeing Rivals250 cornerback Ambry Thomas at Martin Luther King high school in Detroit. While in that area McElwain will then join wide receiver coach Kerry Dixon on a trip to see Detroit (MI) Cass Tech five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. With McElwain going to see these prospects on the first day out, it shows how high they are on the Gators wish list.

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Aside from a visit to see Peoples-Jones, Dixon will stop by Belleview High School in Florida to see a couple offensive linemen from the 2019 class.

Running backs coach Tim Skipper will be out in California making the rounds. He is slated to see Rivals250 cornerback commitment Elijah Blades at John Muir High School as well as four-star linebacker target Rahyme Johnson at Salesian. The Gators are high on Johnson’s list along with Nebraska, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Oregon. Look for both Blades and Johnson to unofficially visit Florida for the South Carolina game and take an official visit after the season.

Randy Shannon will be in South Florida to start the week off. He is expected to see three-star defensive end Jordan Wright at Dillard as well as recently offered 2018 offensive tackle Kahric Belle at North Miami Beach. At this time the Gators have not offered Wright, but have been evaluating him for months.

Tight end’s coach Greg Nord will be in the Southern part of Georgia to see prospects. He is slated to check on a pair of 2018 recruits in linebacker JJ Peterson and Alabama commit Damien Pierce. He will also stop in to see 2017 linebacker Walter Grant. The Gators offered earlier in the year, but it’s been Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia mentioned most for him as of late.

Offensive line coach Mike Summers is also in the Peach State today. He will see 2018 offensive lineman Trey Hill, 2018 Florida State commit Christian Meadows, and 2018 athlete Kearis Jackson. The Gators have offered all three prospects and are in good standing with them all.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph will also be working his way around the state of Georgia on Monday. He will see a pair of four-star defensive backs in safety Xavier McKinney and cornerback DeAngelo Gibbs. Rumph will also see Rivals250 defensive end Aaron Sterling, who recently backed off a commitment to Alabama.

The final Florida assistant making his rounds in the Peach State is offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. He is expected to visit four-star offensive tackles Tony Gray, Georgia offensive tackle commit Andrew Thomas, and 2018 offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer.

Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins will be in the state of Alabama to check out many top prospects in the Yellowhammer State. He will see Rivals100 defensive end LaBryan Ray, who is coming off a visit to Tennessee this past weekend. Collins will also see Crimson Tide commit’s Chadarius Townsend and Kendall Randolph as well.

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Tune in the rest of the day and this evening for updates on the prospects seen today and then throughout the week for the top kids seen this week.

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