The Gators are gearing up for one of the biggest recruiting weekends they’ve had in a long time. Ten players will visit this weekend, but that number was originally supposed to be 11. On Thursday night, four-star safety from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Jacoby Mathews, decided to postpone his visit until the weekend of March 21. January.
Instead of Mathews visiting the Swamp, defensive coordinator Patrick Toney flew to Louisiana to see him Friday morning. It is the first day of the contact period after the end of the dead period following the day of early signing.
Mathews, the 36th overall recruit in the country according to the 247Sports Composite, has never visited Gainesville but has been a top target for new staff since he arrived. LSU’s unique commitment previously told 247Sports that his relationships with coach Billy Napier, who spent the last four years coaching in Louisiana, and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond, who initially recruited him for Baton Rouge, make him feel comfortable.
“I love it because even though they went there (Florida), they still stayed with us,” Mathews said. “They just recruited us. When Coach Napier left ULL, the next day he hit me. Coach C-Ray contacted me the day after he left LSU. I just knew that they still loved me and I can trust them too. They just let me know every time we get on the phone that I have a great opportunity to get started and how they are making beautiful changes so I can get in and get better. I know for a fact that I can trust those guys. The two guys from Louisiana are trying to get me out of Louisiana.”
The Gators are in a good position for Mathews, who plans to announce his decision on national signing day on Feb. 2.
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