Florida defensive coordinator visits two 5-star recruits

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Florida’s coaching staff has remained busy evaluating talent over the last couple of weeks, and co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Sean Spencer is no exception. Coach Chaos was in Alabama on Tuesday to visit a pair of Carver High (Montgomery, Alabama) recruits, according to 247Sports.

He stopped by Madhouse Fit to see five-star defensive lineman James Smith and four-star edge Jaquavious Russaw in action. Neither has made it to Gainesville yet, but sending out the co-defensive coordinator is a pretty strong indicator that Florida is pushing to get them in town for a visit. UF’s other co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Patrick Toney also paid them a visit a week ago.

There’s no timeline for a decision just yet, but Florida won’t be considered a serious contender until they get the defensive duo on campus. Other Southeastern Conference programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M are better positioned to land the pair of elite recruits.

Another team to watch out for in the hunt for these two is Miami. The Hurricanes hosted them on March 21 and 22 after getting into the race late with a January offer. The Gators are still waiting on extending an offer, but that’s likely just a timing thing and will come once they get on campus for a visit.

Smith is the No. 15 recruit overall in the class of 2023, according to the 247Sports composite, and is the No. 2 defensive lineman as well. Carver is No.37 overall and No. 5 among edge defenders.

While it’s not guaranteed, these two seem likely to follow one another throughout the recruiting process. Both are among the most-coveted recruits in the country, so expect Florida to keep pushing over the summer.

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