Tyreke Johnson recruiting update as of Friday, February 10. The No. 9 prospect for 2018 is reportedly checking out the Florida Gators this weekend.
The Florida Gators are expected to play host to a big-time visitor this weekend in 5-star athlete/defensive back Tyreke Johnson, one of the most versatile recruits in the 2018 class. Johnson checked in at No. 9 in the initial CI25, which ranks the top 25 recruits in the country.
According to SEC Country’s Zach Alboverdi, Johnson is supposed to be heading to Gainesville on Friday.
Johnson is from nearby Jacksonville, Florida, a once-lucrative recruiting area for the Gators that has tapered off in recent years. He plays his high school ball for Trinity Christian Academy.
Florida has been hot on his trail, making no secret that they intend for him to step in and play as a true freshman.
“They are telling me to come be a three year starter,” he told Fightin’ Gators in January. “They think I have the potential to be a three-and-out guy and make an immediate impact.”
“They play with a lot of swagger,” Johnson said of the Gators.
“They’re doing the right thing and producing.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the loss of defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, whom Johnson was high on, to the NFL will impact his recruitment with the Gators.
Johnson plans to take his time and evaluate all options across the country. He does not currently have a leader, and doesn’t plan to announce until next December.
“It’s all the way open, 100%,” he said. “To be honest I can’t even tell you (favorites) right now.”
Johnson is listed at 6’2″ and 185 pounds, and is ranked the No. 9 overall player in the country for the 2018 recruiting class. He has size, range and can contribute at all levels on the defensive side of the ball.
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