This story originally appeared on SECCountry.com.
DAVENPORT, Fla. — Florida is still in search of a quarterback recruit for the Class of 2018.
Two potential options were in action Sunday at the Orlando regional for The Opening, an annual summer combine for the nation’s top recruits that culminates with The Opening Finals at Nike world headquarters in Oregon.
Justin Fields and Joe Milton don’t hold offers from Florida, but that could change soon. Fields, a 4-star prospect from Kennesaw, Ga., won the camp’s QB MVP and earned an invite to the Elite 11.
“It feels great,” Fields said. “It really shows how much hard work pays off. Of course, you have to come in with confidence, but I’m (not) going to lie, at first I was kind of nervous. Then I started having fun and getting into my groove.”
The 6-foot-3, 221-pound passer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds on Sunday. He is ranked the nation’s No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 33 overall recruit.
Fields is a Penn State pledge and said he’s “100 percent committed” now. However, Gators coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier have heavy interest in Fields, and there’s mutual interest from the player.
“I’d like to check out Florida. They’re a good school,” Fields said. “Coach Nuss is doing great things on offense. I saw them play against Tennessee (last) year. I like coach McElwain.
“He just got there, and they were the first coaching staff to make it to the SEC championship in their first two years, so I’m looking for big things in the future from them.”
Another standout from Sunday was Milton, a 3-star quarterback from Orlando, Fla. Miami offered him earlier this month, and he’s hoping to hear from two more in-state schools.
“Right now, I’m waiting on Florida and Florida State,” Milton said. “I’ve liked Florida since I was 3 years old. That’s always been my dream school. I fell in love with the colors at first. I’ve been to a couple games, and I see the coaching staff really loves the kids.”
The 6-5, 222-pound prospect heard from McElwain last week, and the Gators came by his school twice in January. Milton also just found out he’s related to Gators running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider.
“He texted me a couple days after he got the Florida job and said, ‘Joe, I think we’re related.’ I was like, ‘How?’ Then my dad told me that’s our cousin,” said Milton, who’s originally from Pahokee, Fla. “So that was surprising, but it’s a good thing. I see that he’s a great coach.”
It appears the Gators have cooled on 4-star quarterback Artur Sitkowski (Old Bridge, N.J.) from IMG Academy. He was offered by Florida last summer after Friday Night Lights.
“I haven’t talked to coach Nuss in a while,” Sitkowski said. “I spoke to him when he stopped by IMG in January, but I haven’t talked to Florida much lately. I still love the Gators, and I should get up there for a visit this spring.”
The 6-4, 220-pound prospect said LSU, Miami, Rutgers, UCLA and Wisconsin are recruiting him the hardest. With Florida backing off, the Hurricanes now are considered the team to beat in his recruitment.
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports composite.