Florida recruiting: Gators in contention for several top defensive linemen https://www.seccountry.com/florida/florida-recruiting-2019-defensive-line-targets Defensive line is one of Florida’s biggest needs in the 2019 class and the Gators are in contention for several elite prospects at the position. The Gators have offered more than 50 combined ends and tackles, including 5-star DT Ishmael Sopsher (Amite, La.) and 5-star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Westlake Village, Calif.). Both linemen are considering Florida among their out-of-state options, but in-state programs LSU and Southern Cal will be tough to beat for Sopsher and Thibodeaux, respectively. Florida’s chances are much better with 4-star defensive tackles Tyler Davis (Apopka, Fla.) and Jaquaze Sorrells (Largo, Fla.), a former Gators commit. Sorrells reopened his recruitment on New Year’s Eve and has all options under consideration, but Florida is viewed as one of his top schools along with Alabama and Clemson. Ohio State is Florida’s biggest competition for Davis, who was offered by the Gators on Jan. 18 and recently received offers from Clemson and Georgia. Top-100 overall recruit Nathan Pickering (Seminary, Miss.) and 4-star defender Derick Hunter (Fort Myers, Fla.) appear to be Florida’s most attainable top targets at strongside defensive end, while 4-star pass rushers Khris Bogle (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Lloyd Summerall (Auburndale, Fla.) are seemingly the best bets for the Gators at weakside defensive end. Hunter attended Florida’s junior day last month and the Gators are one of his top teams, but UGA holds the edge in his recruitment. Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss lead the pack for Pickering, but he plans to visit Florida and has a relationship with the coaches from their time at MSU. The Gators will have to contend with Miami and Florida State for Bogle and Summerall, who will both visit Gainesville this spring.