Trevor Lawrence is giving the Florida Gators a chance to land the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the 2018 class.
It pays to be proactive. That rule holds true in college football recruiting, and that’s why the Florida Gators have been hot on the trail of Trevor Lawrence.
The nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the 2018 class hails from Cartersville, Ga., so, as expected, he has his home-state Georgia Bulldogs among his early leaders. However, that won’t stop the 5-star prospect from taking a trip to “The Swamp.”
In a recent interview, he said the visit to Gainesville, Fla. is on the horizon, and it’s because of the growth of the program following Jim McElwain’s first season as head coach.
“They’re going in the right direction, which obviously it looks like it. [Florida has] coaching stability,” Lawrence said.
He added on that the atmosphere in Gainesville is something he’s interested in experiencing, but he hasn’t paid too much attention to what the Gators have been building at the quarterback position right now.
Depending on who’s selling, that could be either good news for the Gators, or it could be bad.
In the wake of Will Grier’s decision to transfer and Treon Harris’ switch to wide receiver, Florida has true freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask on its roster from the 2016 class.
Not only has Jake Allen been committed to the Gators since July, but the 2017 4-star quarterback has been one of the program’s biggest recruiters, so it’s difficult to see him backing off his pledge.
Big-time athletes love competition, but they also don’t envision riding the bench for three years either.
Therefore, it’s imperative that McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier spin the depth chart situation in a positive light.
With Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson sitting in Lawrence’s top three, the Gators need to wow the big-armed recruit in order to be taken more seriously in his recruitment.
The Bulldogs are close to home. He grew up rooting for the Volunteers, and Clemson has a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail.
So, really, Florida is a dark horse to land his commitment.
Crazier events have transpired on the recruiting trail, though, so never say never on the idea Lawrence would pick Florida.
If he does don orange and blue, the picture frame would seem a little less crooked than it has been in recent years.
A string of Franks, Trask, Allen and Lawrence could not only patch the quarterback position in Gainesville, it could revitalize the motherland of the “fun ‘n’ gun.”