Florida recruiting: September to-do list for Gators’ 2018 class

It’s been almost a month for Florida recruiting with no verbal commitments, but that should change in September.

The Gators could soon add another high-profile player to their 2018 class, which ranks second in the SEC and No. 7 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Every month, SEC Country will outline three items the Florida coaches need to accomplish on the recruiting trail. At the end of the month, we revisit the list to see if the Gators checked off any boxes.

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Here is Florida’s recruiting to-do list for September:

Land 4-star WR Anthony Schwartz

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The 6-foot, 172-pound Anthony Schwartz is ranked the nation’s No. 34 wide receiver and No. 171 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. (Zach Abolverdi/SEC Country)

Despite multiple commits at the receiver position, the Gators still have their sights set on one more wideout. Anthony Schwartz, a 4-star WR from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.), is schedule to make his decision some time this month.

In his last interview with SEC Country, Schwartz spoke highly of the Gators and has been favoring them since the spring.

“When I take visits I try to picture myself at that school and I can definitely see myself at Florida,” Schwartz told SEC Country. “The coaches have wanted me from the beginning and they think I can do big things in the offense. Plus they have a great track program.”

The Gators would become the No. 1-ranked class in the SEC with a commitment from Schwartz, who also has Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee among his finalists and took trips to all four schools in late July. He last visited Florida for its spring game.

More stellar play from Florida commits 

With the Gators dropping their season opener for Michigan, they must bounce back against Northern Colorado to generate some excitement and give recruits something to look forward to.

Another thing that will do that is the play of Florida’s commits.

A handful of future Gators — most notably Matt Corral, Jacob Copeland, Ja’Marr Chase and Dameon Pierce — have played exceptionally through the first two weeks of the high school football season.

Not only have those four offensive players stood out the most, but they’re among the core group of commits recruiting players to join Florida’s 2018 class. If they continue to dominate on the gridiron, it will help their efforts.

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Get a big turnout for Tennessee

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Gators WR Antonio Callaway caught a game-winning TD pass in the last Florida-Tennessee game in The Swamp. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Gators should get a good turnout for their home opener, but the following Saturday will be their first big recruiting weekend of the season.

The Florida-Tennessee matchup should attract prospects from across the state and Southeast after the last two suspenseful games in the rivalry. The staff must capitalize on that interest and get their top targets on campus for what will be a must-win for UF coach Jim McElwain.

If the Gators land Schwartz, pack The Swamp with visitors and have their commits continue to shine on Friday night lights, September will be a successful month for Florida recruiting.

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