Florida football: Gators' most important recruits for 2017 and beyond – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Recruiting never stops for the Florida football coaches.
Despite the ongoing season, they’re trying to close strong in the Class of 2017 and also get a head start on 2018 prospects.
Here are the two most important recruits for the Gators in the immediate and distant future.
Short term: 4-star CB Marco Wilson
Cornerback is the No. 1 priority in Florida’s class and the Gators are looking to sign as many as five players at the position. They will lose junior cornerbacks Jalen “Teez” Tabor and Quincy Wilson, both of whom are projected to be first-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Losing that type of talent is tough on a secondary, especially with no obvious replacements on the roster. Either Duke Dawson or Chauncey Gardner will start at nickelback next season, leaving one of the cornerback spots open.
Florida returns three other players in C.J. McWilliams, Joseph Putu and Chris Williamson, but none of them have shown any promise to this point. There’s a strong possibility the Gators will start a true freshman cornerback in 2017.
They have three commitments in their class and a few more targets on the board, but the prospect capable of playing right away is Marco Wilson from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 4-star cornerback and younger brother of Quincy Wilson committed to UF on Aug. 1 over Miami, Georgia, Ohio State and Southern Cal.
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect is somewhat underrated because he missed his junior year after tearing his ACL, but he’s having a monster senior season. Wilson has the skill set to be an elite cover corner and prevent the Gators from having a drop-off.
Long term: 4-star QB Artur Sitkowski
Quarterback is still a question mark for Florida moving forward following Luke Del Rio’s regression and the uncertainty of the young quarterbacks currently on the roster.