High school football standouts visiting UF – Gatorsports.com
Clearwater Calvary Christian’s Amari Burney, a UF commit, tries to sack Cardinal Mooney quarterback Jack Koscho in a game earlier this year. Burney is visiting the UF campus this weekend. [Dan Wagner/GateHouse Media Services]
With the Florida football team’s season in the rearview, the focus turns to the future — and that future is arriving earlier than ever.
College football’s first 72-hour early signing period runs Dec. 20-22, meaning coach Dan Mullen and UF’s re-tooled coaching staff has less than two weeks before signing several prospects in the 2018 class.
With just 13 recruits verbally committed to the program, Florida is expecting at least six currently committed prospects to sign within the next two weeks. And before Dec. 18 arrives — when coaches can no longer visit prospects before the early signing period — the Gators have just two opportunities remaining to get prospects on campus for official visits.
The list of UF’s early signees taking official visits this weekend to Gainesville includes Calvary Christian (Fla.) athlete Amari Burney, Carol City (Fla.) defensive back Randy Russell, Bainbridge (Ga.) running back Dameon Pierce and Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) offensive lineman Chris Bleich, who became the first prospect to commit to Mullen when he flipped from UCLA on Nov. 29.
Aside from UF’s current commits, Florida also expects to host four-star Dutchtown (Ga.) safety Trey Dean on an official visit. Dean, who decommitted from Tennessee on Thursday, has continued taking official visits around the SEC as he looks to make a final decision on his collegiate destination, including a stop at the University of Alabama last weekend along with an upcoming official visit Dec. 15 at Kentucky.
And with Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro eligible for the NFL draft in April, Mullen is looking to prepare in the event of Pineiro’s departure. After