The list of 2023 edge rushers being targeted by Florida continues to grow as Venice, Florida, four-star Damon Wilson becomes the latest in-state recruit to develop a relationship with Orange and Blue.
Wilson has heard from the Gators more often in recent weeks, according to a report from 247Sports’ Blake Alderman. Defensive coordinator Patrick Toney has checked in a handful of times, but outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson and defensive analyst Jamar Chaney have been his main contacts at Florida.
Although he’s never visited UF, Wilson is well aware of what the expectations are in Gainesville being an in-state recruit.
“They are a pretty good program,” he said. “They were playing for national championships a couple of years back. They have always been a pretty good team. They had that end, Zachary Carter, who was in the combine this year. They are just a good program.”
Florida and Miami are the first two stops Wilson is considering taking. Many of his offers are from out west or up north, so he wants to see what the local programs have to offer before loading up his schedule.
Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC are just some of the schools he plans on taking a look at, so Billy Napier has his work cut out for him. Fortunately, Wilson says he’s nowhere near naming any leaders and that his recruitment is really just getting started. He plans to take official visits in the fall which typically means a winter decision.
Wilson is the No. 79 overall recruit in the class of 2023 on the 247Sports composite. He’s also ranked No. 7 among edge rushers in his class.
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