Florida recruiting: Early look at the Gators’ expected visitors for LSU game

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As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.


5-stars scheduled visit to Florida

Florida is set to hold one of its biggest recruiting weekends of the year Saturday when No. 21-ranked Gators host LSU for their homecoming game.

SEC Country will have a full visitor preview at the end of this week, but here’s an early look at some of the recruits expected to attend.

The most notable names on campus will be 4-star quarterback Matt Corral and 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, a pair of top-50 overall prospects in the 247Sports Composite. Florida’s top-ranked commits will be attending their first game in The Swamp this season.

Copeland picked Florida over Alabama in early August, but the state’s No. 1-ranked WR has visited the Crimson Tide twice this fall. It’s critical that the Gators impress Copeland next weekend to give him reaffirmation he may need about his decision. As SEC Country highlighted last week, Corral’s commitment is solid.

RELATED: Future Gators: Matt Corral throws for 457 yards, scores 7 TDs in Week 6

Florida will host at least two of its top offensive line targets in 4-star tackle Richard Gouraige and LSU commit Kardell Thomas, a 5-star guard in the Class of 2019. UF offensive line coach Brad Davis has a chance to flip Thomas because of their Baton Rouge connection, and the Gators are still the team to beat for Gouraige.

Another 5-star offensive recruit on the visitors list is 2019 wide receiver Jordan Whittington, the nation’s No. 25 overall prospect for next year. Whittington hails from the Lone Star State (Cuero, Texas) and UF is in his top 3 along with in-state programs Texas and Texas A&M.

Anothe potential 5-star visiter is Patrick Surtain Jr., the nation’s No. 1-ranked cornerback and the state of Florida’s top overall recruit in the 2018 class. Surtain told SEC Country after the Tennessee game that he would return for homecoming weekend, but those plans have yet to be confirmed this week.

Several future Gators on hand Saturday in attention to Corral and Copeland. Florida will welcome 2018 commits Amari Burney, Randy Russell and Divaad Wilson — along with others — as well as 2019 commits Maurice Goolsby, Frank Ladson, Tyrique Stevenson and Jaleel McRae, the No. 4-ranked safety and No. 47 overall prospect nationally.


Miss a previous Gator Chomps notebook? Find every daily recap of Florida Gators recruiting right here.

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