Florida Gators' bye week included recruiting time in Tampa
The Florida Gators' bye week is over, but before we dive into Georgia week, let's look back at one of the most important bye-week duties: recruiting.
UF missed a key recruiting opportunity when its Oct. 8 home game against LSU was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew (and eventually moved to Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge).
The Gators' recruiting stops included some time in the Tampa Bay area. Coach Jim McElwain stopped by Hillsborough High (home of four-star defensive end and UF commit Zachary Carter).
Jesuit High running back Malik Davis - Hillsborough County's newly minted all-time leading rusher - claimed an offer from the Gators.
When McElwain first took over the program, he joked (I think) that he had to convince some schools that he was in fact the Gators' new head coach. Now? There's some buzz around a program ranked No. 14 nationally.
"People outside of here are really excited about the Gators and what we're doing and see all the things and where we're at," McElwain said last week. "It's fun to see that, here's the Gators, right? And they know how we're doing it and what we're doing. With that I think the response from the people within the schools, be it the head coach or the principals, the advisors we talk to, I mean they're, it's great. The power of that Gator brand, man, it's pretty cool."