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With the dead period now in effect, SEC Country is counting down the top five recruiting targets for Florida in the Class of 2018.

No. 5 is Andrew Chatfield, a 4-star defensive end from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.

Recruiting importance of Andrew Chatfield

The Gators currently have seven defensive ends on the roster, but some attrition could take place. Junior CeCe Jefferson and redshirt sophomore Jabari Zuniga are both considering early departures for the 2018 NFL Draft. Two more defensive ends — Keivonnis Davis and Jordan Smith — are suspended indefinitely and Smith may not return to the team. With no DE commits and few targets at the position, Chatfield is a top priority.

Biggest competition for Andrew Chatfield

Miami. Chatfield de-committed from Ohio State in late July shortly after receiving an offer from UF and attending Friday Night Lights. The Gators appeared to be his top team at the time, but Florida’s coaching changes and losing season opened the door for the Hurricanes. Chatfield received an offer from Miami on Nov. 2 and made three trips to Coral Gables in a three-week span. UM is the odds-on favorite heading into the final stretch of his recruitment.

Signing day projection for Andrew Chatfield

Despite Miami’s emergence, the Gators still have a shot because of their need for defensive ends and proximity to home. Chatfield last visited UF for the regular season finale against Florida State and will likely return to campus next month for an official visit. But until the Gators replace former defensive line coach Chris Rumph, it’s hard to forecast how Florida will be able finish with

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