GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida could be close to landing a safety for its 2017 class.

But right now, that recruit is committed to another SEC school for a different position. Tray Bishop, a 4-star athlete from Dawson, Ga., pledged to Auburn as a quarterback in late July.

However, the U.S. Army All-American now sees himself lining up on the opposite side of the ball in college.

“I kind of made up my mind that I want to play defensive back,” Bishop told SEC Country. “At the end of the day, that’s what I want to do. When I made my mind up, the question I asked myself was, ‘Do I want to get hit or do I want to lay the hit?’ ”

Bishop is ranked the nation’s No. 4 athlete and No. 147 overall recruit. He said his top three schools are Auburn, Florida and Georgia, but the Gators could have the inside track because of their ‘DBU’ tradition.

“It’s a big thing,” Bishop said. “Florida is known for producing DBs, so if you want to be great then you should consider Florida. Coach (Torrian) Gray always says get over (to Florida) so he can coach me up. He’s one of the best DB coaches in America.”

UF coach Jim McElwain is also recruiting Bishop, and his pitch to him is simple but effective.

“Coach Mac’s favorite line is I’ll look good in the right orange and blue,” Bishop said with a laugh.

The 6-foot-3, 193-pound prospect attended his first Florida game last Saturday when the Gators defeated South Carolina, 20-7.

“I really liked it,” Bishop said. “For my first game, it was pretty good. I just liked the atmosphere.”

Bishop plans to set up official visits to Auburn, Florida and Georgia in a couple of weeks. He said the Bulldogs and Tigers will give him

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