Florida trip moves Gators up ‘pretty high’ for Alabama commit Trey Sanders

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Florida trip moves Gators up ‘pretty high’ for Alabama commit Trey Sanders

As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the  latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.

Florida surprises  Trey Sanders

IMG Academy running back Noah Cain, a 5-star recruit, came to Florida last weekend for the purpose of checking out the Gators football program as a potential option.

Cain’s teammate, fellow 2019 RB Trey Sanders, did not have the same agenda. He is already committed to Alabama and seems happy with that decision.

“I was supposed to come up just to watch the game with my friends,” Sanders said when asked what brought him Florida. “It’s a big-time rivalry. It was a good time coming up just to watch it.

“But to see how the offense is now, it’s unbelievable. It changes a lot in my mind. … They lost by a PAT, but it was still a great defensive game in my opinion.”

RELATED: 5-star RB Noah Cain discusses recent Florida visit that led to his UF offer

The Tigers won 17-16, but Sanders still took away positives from Florida’s offensive performance — particularly the play of Malik Davis, who eclipsed 90 yards rushing for his fourth straight game.

“No. 20, I know he’s a freshman but he was really running the ball hard,” Sanders said. “That’s what I like about this team. They run the ball a lot, which I want to do in college.”

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Trey Sanders has been committed to Alabama since the spring of 2016. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

Sanders is ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back and No. 25 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. The Alabama pledge said he communicates with Florida director of player personnel Drew Hughes and assistant director of recruiting Ryan Smith.

“They said they want me here bad. They want me here next year. It could happen, it could not,” Sanders said. “It’s still even with everybody. Everybody is still in my recruitment.

“My commitment is still strong to ‘Bama, but the Gators moved pretty high. After the way the running back performed and the way they ran the ball, I like them a lot.”


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