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Tyrique Stevenson visiting Florida Saturday
Florida is still in contention for a handful of their 2019 de-commitments, including top-100 athlete Tyrique Stevenson.
The 4-star defensive back from South Dade High School (Homestead, Fla.) de-committed from Florida on Dec. 5 because of the coaching changes, but has started building a relationship with the new staff since then.
Stevenson has been in contact with Florida coach Dan Mullen, quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson and cornerbacks Charlton Warren.
“I talked to Coach Warren, Coach Johnson and Coach Mullen,” Stevenson said. “Coach Johnson came down to the school to talk to the seniors and I was able to meet him. I like the new DB coach, too.”
Stevenson committed to the Gators last spring at the Orange & Blue Debut and called Florida his “dream school” at the time of his decision. Mullen’s message to Stevenson has been to follow his dream.
“He tells me, ‘Come commit back to your dream school.’ He still wants me to be a Gator,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson attended three Florida games last season and plans to be return to campus on Saturday for the first time since Mullen took the job.
“I found a ride to junior day, so I’ll be there,” said Stevenson, who is ranked the nation’s No. 8 athlete and No. 89 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete holds offers from several big-time programs, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Oklahoma. The Hurricanes appear to be Florida’s biggest competition for Stevenson, but he claims no leaders at this time.
“I’m looking at all options, weighing out everything,” he said. “In the end, I’m going to pick what’s best for me. I’m on my way to graduating early and signing early. In the spring, I’ll be taking some officials, but I don’t know where to yet. I’m going to commit a couple weeks before I sign.”
5-star CB sets official visit with Gators
Stevenson is one of several top defensive backs that Florida has a shot with in the Class of 2019.
Another name to watch is Chris Steele, a 5-star cornerback from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. Steele received an offer from Warren on Jan. 8 and the Gators have secured one of his five allotted official visits.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound prospect plans to take a trip to Florida on Sept. 8 for the Kentucky game. He has also scheduled official visits with Louisville (April 6), Oklahoma (April 14) and LSU (April 21).
Steele is ranked the nation’s No. 3 cornerback and No. 29 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite.
News & notes
- The Gators handed out five new offers on Wednesday: 3-star quarterback Garrett Shrader (Charlotte, N.C.), 4-star wide reciever Dannis Jackson (Sumrall, Miss.) 4-star athlete Raymond Woodie III (Tallahassee, Fla.), 3-star cornerback Collin Duncan (Montgomery, Ala.) and 2020 wide receiver KeAndre Lambert (Norfolk, Va.).
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