Florida Football Recruitment Hosting IMG Academy Underclassmen Pair

Billy Napier’s first big moment as Florida’s head coach came when he landed one of the nation’s top safeners, IMG Academy’s Kamari Wilson, during the early signing phase.

Wilson immediately brought star power to the Gators’ recruiting class of 2022, and his signing broke a decades-old IMG Academy curse, even though the elite high school program was based in Bradenton. After the announcement, Napier said the plan was to maintain a relationship with IMG Academy and bring in more recruits from the state gold mine.

Napier took another step in building that relationship this weekend by hosting two of IMG’s finest recruits. Four-star defenseman of 2023 Will Norman and top cornerback in the class of 2024 Desmond Ricks were unofficial visitors to Florida over the weekend before the dead-time begins Monday.

Norman wants to be signed by the start of his senior year and he has no shortage of offers. Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are just a few of the names competing for him, but Norman claims no one has come out on top just yet.

Landing a four- or five-star recruit from IMG in each of his first three years would be quite an achievement for Napier given Florida’s track record with the school. He’ll have help from Wilson, who loves recruiting high-profile talent to play with him, especially when they’re from his alma mater.

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