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 UF recruiting news , tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators. New Florida assistant impresses 5-star safety
Florida played host to several recruits on campus Saturday, none bigger than Tyreke Johnson.
A 5-star safety from Jacksonville, Fla., Johnson visited UF with his 7-on-7 team, Pro Impact. He met with a current Gators defensive back as well as the new coach of the secondary.
“We had a ball,” Johnson said. “It was amazing. They had a lot more to offer this time. It was just one of those things where the trip was amazing. I spoke to Chauncey (Gardner), someone who is like my cousin, my brother. I really had a great connection with the new DB coach (Corey Bell).”
Bell was hired by UF coach Jim McElwain earlier this month to replace Torrian Gray, who took a job with the Washington Redskins. Johnson’s first impression of Bell was positive.
“He is real,” Johnson said of Bell. “He is one of those coaches that is not going to sugarcoat. He was just basically being honest. He wants you and there is an opportunity to play, but nothing is handed to you. It was just one of those conversations and I really respected that.”
Johnson also spent time with McElwain and linebackers coach Tim Skipper, his primary recruiter.
“Coach Skip is a character,” Johnson said. “That man is a character. He just lets me talk to Coach Mac and I get a good vibe.”
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 177-pound prospect, holds more than 2 dozen offers from across the country. Safety is a priority for the Gators in the recruiting class of 2018, so they’ll do all they can to keep Johnson in-state.
Florida coaches are selling proximity to home and their need at his position.
“There is a lot of opportunity,” Johnson said when asked what interests him about Florida. “It’s a great place to play and build your own legacy.” Gators pledge debuts as 4-star recruit in Rivals ranking
When Divaad Wilson committed to Florida on Feb. 3, he was not rated in the Rivals.com recruiting rankings.
On Sunday, the Miami cornerback received a 4-star rating from Rivals after being evaluated by their analysts. A 6-foot, 183-pound prospect, Wilson has impressive junior video. His stock should continue to increase in 2017. Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite. Miss a previous Gator Chomps notebook? Find every daily recap of Florida Gators recruiting right here .