GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With depth and talent at the cornerback position, the Florida Gators will be selective with their targets for the 2013 recruiting class.
The Gators landed two cornerback prospects, Brian Poole and Willie Bailey, in their 2012 recruiting class. Bailey was a mid-term enrollee and Poole was an Under Armour All-American. Both could potentially see early playing time for the Gators.
As it currently stands, Florida has no commitments from 2013 prospects, but look for the Gators to land between two to three cornerbacks next signing day.
Targets: Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton), Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), Tre' Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters Prep), Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell HS), Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), Ali Groves (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), William Likely (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central), Nadir Barnwell (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway), Sheddrick Williams (Madison, Fla./Madison Co.), Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza)
Overview: Hargreaves and Alexander might be the top two corners on Florida's recruiting board right now. Hargreaves' father is an assistant coach for USF, yet the Gators have positioned themselves nicely to land the talented corner. Alexander has been committed to Tennessee since January, but his recruitment is definitely not over. Alexander visited Florida for its junior day, and the Gators have made up some serious ground. Miami is also a player for Alexander.
Bell said on Tuesday night that he expects to visit Florida over the spring. Bell grew up a Florida fan, but he also likes South Carolina. Florida will continue to pursue Fuller, one of the top players in the country, but at this point Fuller appears to be a long shot. Langley said in a recent video update with DawgNation that Florida is in his top three schools along with Georgia and Alabama. Langley will likely visit Florida over the spring.
Florida recently offered Willis from Arizona. Will distance be a factor? Willis says no, and he and his family will visit Florida in June. Though Willis is big enough and athletic enough to play corner or safety, the Gators are recruiting him as a corner.