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Anthony Schwartz next for Florida?
The nation’s fastest high school football player is approaching the finish line in his recruitment.
Anthony Schwartz, a 4-star wide receiver from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.), is scheduled to make his decision in the coming days.
“I want to commit in September so in the next week or so,” Schwartz told SEC Country.
His top schools are Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. The Gators took the lead for Schwartz in late May and maintained it through the summer, but he visited his other four finalists during the final week of July to get another look at those programs.
His last trip to Gainesville came on April 7 for Florida’s spring game.
“When I take visits I try to picture myself at that school and I can definitely see myself at Florida,” Schwartz said. “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.”
Schwartz, who runs a 4.27 and became the World Youth U18 record holder after breaking Jeff Demps’ 2008 record in late March, will be a two-sport athlete in college and plans to compete in the Olympics.
Despite his upcoming decision, Schwartz won’t be staying home this fall.
“I want to take officials to my top five schools,” Schwartz said. “I don’t know when they’re going to be, but I’ll schedule them soon.”
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Potential impact of Anthony Schwartz
The 6-foot, 172-pound Schwartz is ranked the nation’s No. 30 wide receiver and No. 147 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
Florida’s 2018 class is currently eighth nationally and No. 2 in the SEC with 238.11 points. If the Gators are able to land Schwartz, that number jumps to 246.15 points and they would have the league’s best class, surpassing Tennessee’s 244.28 points. Florida would also be ranked sixth nationally.
It should be noted that the Gators would not have six receivers in their class with the addition of Schwartz. Though he is listed as a wide receiver by recruiting services, UF pledge Jalynn Williams committed to the staff as an athlete and could play on either side of the ball at Florida.
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