With nine days left until National Signing Day, there's plenty to cover in the world of Florida recruiting. First things first, what's the latest on Florida targets?
Florida State commit and Florida target Treon Harris visited defending SEC champion Auburn this past weekend. The four-star athlete was intrigued by Malzahn's offense and seemed to enjoy his visit.
The Gators hosted three official visitors this weekend: Florida State wide receiver commit C.J. Worton, Tucson offensive tackle Andrew Mike, and long-time Gator pledge Quincy Wilson. Worton, a four-star wide receiver, popped up on the Gators' radar after Kurt Roper was hired as the new offensive coordinator, and seemed to love his visit to Gainesville, calling it "awesome", according to Luke Stampini of 247Sports. Florida are intrigued about their chances to flip both Harris and Worton from Florida State — and that has something to do with a potential glut of receivers at FSU.
Florida State has Worton, five-star wideout Travis Rudolph, and four-star receiver Jojo Robinson committed right now, is the likely destination for former Florida commit Ermon Lane, and appears to be in the picture for Louisiana stud Malachi Dupre, though Dupre is still expected to end up at LSU. That looks like a deep depth chart, and probably helped Florida flip Ryan Sousa away from the 'Noles in December. It might help with Worton, too.
And there has also been noise on Florida's end regarding Rudolph, amplified by a tweet from Worton asking whether Rudolph was coming to Gainesville last weekend. Rudolph hushed the rumors with a tweet of his own confirming his pledge to the Seminoles. But Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips did visit Travis Rudolph at his high school, Cardinal Gibbons in Broward County, to attend a basketball game last week; it doesn't appear as though Florida has stopped pursuing Rudolph.
Miramar offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste, who Florida hosted on a visit last weekend, committed to West Virginia while visiting the Mountaineers over this past weekend. While Florida is still probably in the picture for Cajuste, he's down Florida's board a bit at offensive line, especially with Damian Prince looking like a strong possibility for the Gators, and the pipeline from Miramar to West Virginia has been very productive over the years, producing players like Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey.
The Gators also hosted their first junior day for 2015 prospects this weekend with three big names in attendance: safety Derwin James, defensive end CeCe Jefferson, and linebacker Roquan Smith. James is a longtime Florida State commit and reaffirmed his pledge after the visit, which he called a "good experience"; it would be difficult to see him straying from FSU's flock. Jefferson and Smith, on the other hand, are two defensive players high on Florida's 2015 board and will be surely taking more trips to Gainesville in the near future.
And now for a couple big changes in the updated mock class:
Four big changes here: I added Prince, Worton, and Rocel McWilliams, and removed Adoree' Jackson.