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.
Anthony Schwartz trims list
A decision didn’t come from Anthony Schwartz in September, but the South Florida speedster was able to narrow his top 5 schools down to a pair of finalists.
After visiting Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee in recent months, the 4-star wide receiver from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) has eliminated three programs.
“I’m between Florida and Auburn right now,” Schwartz told SEC Country. “I just felt that those are two schools that like me the most, and I feel like I could do great at both of those schools. Both of them aren’t really cities. They’re more college towns. I felt like everything just flows there.”
Schwartz will be at Auburn this weekend and last visited the Tigers on July 30. After attending the Florida-Tennessee game last month, Schwartz told SEC Country he wanted to wait until his senior season concluded before making his commitment. He reiterated that stance Tuesday.
“I’m just trying to take my time because I was kind of rushing it before,” Schwartz said. “I could commit any time, whenever I feel comfortable. But I’m going to take my time and probably make my decision at the end of the season. I’m going to try to get it before signing day, like during December.”
The 6-foot, 172-pound Schwartz is ranked the nation’s No. 24 wide receiver and No. 172 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. With about two months remaining in his recruitment, Schwartz confirmed the Gators are still the team to beat ahead of his upcoming Auburn trip.
“I just like where the program is going,” Schwartz said of Florida. I like how the offense is improving every game. They have quarterback commit Matt Corral. He played well at The Opening. He can get me the ball deep. And when I’m there, I just feel very comfortable because I know a lot of players.”
Florida has Andrew Chatfield‘s attention
Schwartz is not the only American Hertiage player Florida is projected to land in the Class of 2018.
The Gators are also considered the favorite for 4-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield, who de-committed from Ohio State in late July shortly after receiving an offer from Florida and visiting the in-state program.
Chatfield hasn’t publicly named the Gators his leader, but they have his attention.
“I’ve been watching them,” Chatfield told SEC Country. “They’ve looked good the last couple weeks and I’ll just keep looking out for that. I’m still taking my time and just trying to make the right decision.”
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Chatfield is the nation’s No. 16 weakside DE and No. 302 overall prospect in the composite rankings. In addition to Florida, he said Oklahoma, Oregon and LSU are the schools recruiting him the hardest.
“Florida’s main message for me is that I can come in and have a chance to play at a big-time level,” Chatfield said. “You see all the freshmen that play at UF. The coaches aren’t afraid to go with young guys.”
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