Recruitment Rumor Mill: Florida Spring Camp Circuit Update
The spring camp circuit has kicked off with a bang, especially in the state of Florida, which has led to a lot of news coming out of the Sunshine State. As the recruitment rumors continue to swirl for the 2025 and 2026 classes, here’s a look at some of the latest developments in the high-stakes world of college football recruiting.
Elite Offensive Lineman Staying Focused
Four-star offensive lineman Thomas remains firm in his early commitment to Florida State. He has praised the consistent communication with Alex Atkins and the rest of the staff at Florida State. Despite this, programs like Florida, Miami, Georgia, and many others continue to press for time with Thomas. He is considering official visits to Tallahassee and other campuses in the coming months.
Prominent Safety Considering Verbal Commitment
An elite safety recruit is eyeing a preseason verbal commitment, and several programs close to home are in the mix, perhaps led by Florida. Stubbs has admitted that he nearly jumped on board during his last trip to Gainesville due to the prioritization from Billy Napier’s staff. Other programs such as USC, Georgia, Alabama, and Penn State are also in the mix come official visit season.
Wideout Considering SEC and ACC Programs
A well-traveled wide receiver is considering a decision timeline, with many SEC and ACC programs in the mix at this stage of the game. Miami, Florida, and Florida State have caught his attention, and Tennessee and Auburn have also impressed. With family ties throughout the state, this close battle could still sway in one direction or the other.
Tackle Talent Considering Top Programs
The lengthy tackle talent recently visited Clemson and is appreciative of the reputation of Matt Luke combined with the culture in Death Valley. Miami and Florida State are also among those heavily involved at this time, but several new offers have come in, leading to an expanded base of consideration.
Two-Way Player Drawing Interest
A versatile two-way player has the attention of plenty of programs, with two in-state powers building buzz. Florida and Miami are both in strong contention, and Florida State is still in the mix in what is shaping up to be a classic Sunshine State battle. A decision could be made prior to the season kicking off.
Florida Gator Commitment Contested
Another early pledge, committed to the Florida Gators, is being heavily contested. While all is well with the staff in Gainesville, Florida State, Georgia, and Miami – among others – are still in the mix. When it comes to official visits, it could be the Stanford Cardinal that kicks off the slate for Wiggins as he has yet to visit the Palo Alto campus.
UCF Commitment Drawing Interest
The UCF commitment is healthy, and programs have circled back on him on the trail, with Georgia presenting as the top challenger to the local Knights. A trip to Athens is in the works, and Auburn, Miami, and others have also continued to communicate with the versatile prospect.
Early Commitment to Miami
Miami secured an early commitment from Williams after an unofficial visit to Coral Gables. While the connection with Mario Cristobal’s program remains strong, several programs are continuing to push, including Florida State, Maryland, and Houston, in addition to planning return trips to The U.
Tigers Catching the Attention of Pass-Catcher
Sporting an Auburn backpack, the Tigers have the attention of a big pass-catcher, among others. Florida has also shown interest, and programs like Kentucky, Wake Forest, and USF could benefit from some premier programs passing on the versatile junior.
Oregon Commitment Fielding Interest
The longtime Oregon commitment is hearing from other programs despite his status with the Ducks. Miami, UCF, and others are hoping to continue to get more trips out of Thompson, but it’s the semi-local Knights who could be worth watching closely in terms of potential flip candidates.
Speedy Defensive Lineman Fielding Offers
A fast-riser out of the Florida Panhandle, McCloud made an early commitment to Mississippi State to join his 2024 teammate Josaiah Knight in Starkville. Since then, the offers have not slowed down, and LSU is the program to keep an eye on while Georgia, Tennessee, and Miami continue to push for visits.
Tampa Native Drawing Interest
Tampa native Blanchard is trending up as an interior offensive line prospect. Clemson has hosted him extensively and has his attention, but programs like UCF, Miami, and Purdue have also prioritized Blanchard ahead of the official visit season. A commitment is likely to come down before the 2024 season kicks off.
Wide Receiver Fielding Offers
An early combination of Power Four and Group of Five offers are in for Johnson, but the newer programs in communication could go a long way in this recruitment, with Penn State and Syracuse among those keeping tabs on the lengthy wideout from the Tampa area.
Versatile Player Drawing Interest
Keep an eye out for Florida if the offer comes in for the two-way talent who most are projecting at linebacker due to his ability to play in space. In the meantime, Ole Miss, Iowa, and USF are the programs that have significant interest, with Dean’s goal being to come off the board this offseason if possible.
Versatile Talent Considering Options
Already in with offers from UCF, FAU, and Charlotte, more programs are beginning to up communication with the versatile talent, including Duke and UCF, among others. There is no rush to make a decision at this time.
Crafty Cornerback Close to Decision
The crafty cornerback recruit is close to double-digit offers but may not be on the board very much longer. He is zeroing in on a top group of UCF, Tulane, and Liberty and plans to visit each of them in the next two months to try to narrow the process further ahead of what is likely a spring verbal commitment.
Recruit Fielding Multiple Offers
More than a dozen programs are in on the Floridian at this time, with Cincinnati, Iowa State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Georgia Tech holding his attention. Looking like a lean to leave the state, trips to most of the contenders could go down in the coming months, and an early decision becomes that much more likely.
Orlando Star Considering Top Programs
The towering sophomore is high on the football and non-football aspects in big cities surrounding campuses like Miami and UCF, but Florida State and Ohio State also have the Orlando-area star’s attention early on. Smith doesn’t envision making a commitment prior to his junior season in the fall, as he wants to hit the visit trail harder in the coming months, with Oregon and USC on the dream itinerary.
Blue-Chipper Considering Top Schools
The next step for the young blue-chipper is naming top schools, a tougher task considering all the new programs in the mix for him. Florida offered in mid-January and will have some staying power for the Orlando-area native, who has been to many campuses of late. Notre Dame, Miami, and Oklahoma also appear to be among those in good position early on for the productive passer.
Underclassman Fielding Offers
Oklahoma recently offered the young passer, and to say the Sooners have his attention would be an understatement. Expect a visit to Norman as soon as possible, and it could go a long way in his recruitment. Many other programs are entering the picture after a breakout sophomore season, so the timeline for Coleman will become its own storyline.
Underclassman Rack Up Offers
Another 2026 prospect in Florida who is racking up offers at the game’s most important position is looking to again hit the road for closer looks at several stops. LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, and Ole Miss are all on the list of potential visits, and an early decision would be a bit of a surprise here.
Rising Quarterback Considering College Options
The emerging quarterback recruit holds double-digit offers as his recruitment gets going. Arkansas and Miami have gotten him on campus, but he is planning to expand his experiences at Ole Miss and Virginia Tech as soon as he can.
Programs Building Early Relationships with Sophomore Pass-Rusher
Nearly 20 programs are in on the pass-rusher as of the New Year, and the communication is picking up with several. Oklahoma, Duke, and UCF are building early relationships with the sophomore, and he has already visited Norman in particular. Duke’s new staff has done a good job sharing its message, and the hometown program continues to show consistency with his status.
These early commitments, verbal commitments, and widespread interest in underclassmen demonstrate the high stakes and intense competition in the world of college football recruitment. As the spring camp circuit continues, all eyes will be on Florida and the talented crop of young football stars emerging from the region.