Top 100 Crystal Ball DL Derrick LeBlanc
Four-star defensive lineman Derrick LeBlanc will return to Gainesville on Thursday for his second visit of the month to the swamp, according to 247Sports. LeBlanc’s interest in Florida was sky high after his March 5 visit, and his quick return has convinced pundits he’ll eventually end up a Gator.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports and On3’s Corey Bender submitted crystal ball predictions to their respective departments for LeBlanc in favor of Florida on Wednesday. LeBlanc told Wiltfong that Florida was in the lead and he “loved them the most” with a commitment date set for July 23.
With more than 30 offers on the table, UF’s proximity to Kissimmee plays a significant role in recruiting LeBlanc. He was able to see most of the team’s home games last fall, and short-notice trips like Thursday’s visit are easy to arrange.
UCF and Miami are the other schools in the state in the mix. The Knights host LeBlanc on Saturday as they look to cut Florida’s apparent lead. ohio state and Penn State are the two primary out-of-state options LeBlanc is considering.
A top-100 recruit by consensus, LeBlanc’s recruiting could take a turn at any time if the right school decides to place him at the top of its board. But the Gators are the team to beat right now, and the crystal balls don’t come so soon so often.
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