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250 days until Gator football! A look back at the past recruiting classes

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    The 2020 Florida Gators have not yet been formed, but it is worth a look at the past few recruiting classes in order to get an idea of who may be returning.

    The 2016 class finished with a #13 ranking and was Jim McElwain's first full class after going 10-4/ 7-1 in his first year. There will be at most 7 from the recruiting class of 2016.
    1. RJr WR Rick Wells 6-1 185 Raines High School, Jacksonville FL. 3*
    2. RJr CB Christopher McWilliams 6-0 170 Southwest Miami Senior High School, Miami FL. 3*
    3. RJr OT Stone Forsythe 6-6 315 West Orange High School, Winter Garden FL. 3*
    4. RJr DB Quincy Lenton 6-0 195 of Meridan High School, Meridian MS. 3*
    5. RJr C/OL Brett Heggie 6-4 290 of Mount Dora High School, Mount Dora FL. 3*
    6. RJr OLB Jeremiah Moon 6-4 205 of Hoover High School, Birmingham AL. 4*
    7. RJr/Gr QB Kyle Trask 6-6 212 off Manvel High School, Manvel TX. 2*
    The 2017 class finished with a #19 class and was Jim McElwain's final class after going 9-4/ 6-2 in 2016, but getting fired in 2017 after going 3-4/ 3-3 before he could finish out the 2018 class. There will be at most 14 from the recruiting class of 2017.
    1. RSo Kemore Gamble TE 4-star 6'4" 220 Miami Southridge Miami FL
    2. Jr Kadarius Toney ATH 4-star 6'1" 185 Blount Prichard AL
    3. RSo Zachary Carter DL 4-star 6'5" 250 Hillsborough Tampa FL
    4. RSo Ventrell Miller LB 4-star 6'1" 225 Kathleen Lakeland FL Suspended 9/1/17 (credit card fraud). Reinstated 2018.
    5. RSo James Houston LB 3-star 6'1" 225 American Heritage Plantation FL Suspended 9/1/17 (credit card fraud). Reinstated 2018.
    6. RSo Marco Wilson CB 4-star 6'0" 180 American Heritage Plantation FL
    7. Jr Shawn Davis DB 4-star 6'0" 185 Southridge Miami FL
    8. RSo Malik Davis RB 4-star 5'11" 190 Jesuit Tampa FL
    9. Jr Kyree Campbell DT 4-star 6'4" 310 Wyoming Seminary Kingston PA
    10. RSo TJ Moore OT 4-star 6'5" 290 Mallard Creek Charlotte NC
    11. Jr Donovan Stiner S 3-star 6'2" 185 Bellaire Bellaire, TX
    12. Jr Elijah Conliffe SDE 4-star 6'4" 305 Hampton Hampton VA
    13. Jr Tedarrell "TJ" Slaton OG 4-star 6'6" 341 American Heritage Fort Lauderdale, FL
    14. RSo Lacedrick Brunson LB 2-star 6'2" 210 Jackson Miami, FL
    The 2018 class finished at #18 in Dan Mullen's first class. There will be at most 16 from the recruiting class of 2018.
    1. RB Iverson Clement 6-0 190 of Rancocas Valley High School, Mount Holly NJ. 4*.
    2. S Amari Burney 6-1 215 of Calvary Christian High School, Clearwater FL. 4*
    3. TE Kyle Pitts 6-5 235 of Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster PA. 4*
    4. TE Dante Lang 6-5 220 of Boca Raton High School, Boca Raton FL. 3*
    5. OLB David Reese 6-3 213 of Vero Beach High School. Vero Beach, Florida. 4*
    6. RB Dameon Pierce 5-11 210 of Bainbridge High School. Bainbridge, Georgia. 4*
    7. OL Richard Gouraige 6-5 250 of Cambridge High School. Tampa, Florida. 4*.
    8. K Evan McPherson 6-0 165 of Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, Alabama. 3*.
    9. DB John Huggins 6-1 198 of Daytona Beach, Florida. 4*.
    10. QB Emory Jones 6-3 200 Heard County High School of Franklin, Georgia. 4*.
    11. DB Trey Dean 6-2 180 of Dutchtown High School, Hampton, Georgia. 4*.
    12. C OL Griffin McDowell 6-4 280 of Lee County High School. Leesburg, Georgia. 3*.
    13. DE/OLB Andrew Chatfield 6-2 221 of Plantation High School, Miami, Florida. 4*.
    14. WR Jacob Copeland 6-1 181 of Escambia High School (Home of the Fightin' Gators), Pensacola, Florida. 4*.
    15. SDE Malik Langham. 6-5.5 263 of Lee High School, Huntsville, Alabama. 4*.
    The 2019 class finished at #9. This class rose to #2 in 2017 and fluctuated between #16 and #9 in 2019. There will be at most 20 from the recruiting class of 2018.
    1. DB Trent Whittemore 6-3 185. Bucholz High School. Gainesville FL. 3*.
    2. OT Wardrick Wilson 6-4 295. Norland High School. Miami FL. 3 *
    3. ATH Ja'Markis Weston 6-3 195. Clewiston High School. Clewiston, Florida. 3*.
    4. WR Dionte Marks 5-11 178. Deland High School. Deland, Florida. 3 *.
    5. OT Ethan White 6-5 315. Superior Collegiate Academy. Clearwater, Florida. 4 *.
    6. OLB Tyron Hopper 6-2 205. Roswell High School. Roswell, Georgia. 4*.
    7. DT Jaelin Humphries 6-3 303. Mountainview High School. Lawrenceville, Georgia. 4*.
    8. OG Riley Simonds 6-4 324. Buford High School. Buford, Georgia. 3*.
    9. OLB Jesiah Pierre 6-2 220. Christian Home and Bible School. Mount Dora, Florida. 3*.
    10. CB Chester Kimbrough 5-11 170. Warren Easton High School. New Orleans, Louisiana. 4*.
    11. OLB Mohamoud Diabate 6-4 215. Auburn High School. Auburn, Alabama. 4*.
    12. OT William Harrod 6-5 315. National Christian Academy. Fort Washington, Maryland. 4*.
    13. CB Jaydon Hill 6-0 174. Bob Jones High School. Madison, Alabama. 4*.
    14. RB Nay'Quan Wright 5-9 188. Carol City High School, Miami, Florida. 4*.
    15. OT Michael Tarquin 6-5 290. North Marion High School, Citra, Florida. 4*.
    16. OG Kingsley Eguakun 6-3 295. Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, Florida. 3*.
    17. DL Lloyd Summerall. 6-5 220. Lakeland High School. Lakeland, Florida. 4*.
    18. TE Keon Zipperer. 6-2 240. Lakeland High School. Lakeland, Florida. 4*.
    19. DE Khris Bogle 6-4 212. Cardinal Gibbons High School. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 4*/ 5*.
    20. CB Kaiir Elam 6-1 185. The Benjamin School. North Palm Beach, Florida. 4*/ 5*
    As of January 1, 2020, the roster is projected to have at most 57 returning players from the recruiting classes of 2016-2019. At this time, the following is the projected recruiting class of 2020.
    1. DL Gervon Dexter 6-6 260 of Lake Wales High School. Lake Wales, Florida.4*
    2. ATH Jaquavion Fraziars 6-4 185. Dunnellon High School. Dunnellon, Florida. 4*
    3. S Rashad Torrence 6-1 195. Marietta High School. Marietta, Georgia. 4*
    4. WR Manuel Leonard 6-2 200. Vanguard High School. Ocala, Florida. 4*.
    5. DT Johnnie Brown 6-2 250. Middleton High School. Tampa, Florida. 4*.
    6. QB Anthony Richardson 6-4 213 of Eastside High School. Gainesville, Florida. 4*
    7. CB Avery Helm 6-2 170 of Marshall High School, Missouri City, Texas. 4*.
    8. TE Jonathan Odom 6-5 250 of Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida. 3*.
    9. OG Jovens Janvier 6-3 350 of Miami Christian School, Miami, Florida. 4*.
    10. OT Gerald Mincey 6-5 325 of Cardinal Gibbons High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 3*.
    11. DT Lamar Goods 6-4 290 of St Thomas Moore High School, Oakdale, Connecticut. 4*.
    12. DB Tre'Vez Johnson 5-11 185 of Bartram High School, Jacksonville, Florida. 3*.
    13. OLB Derek Wingo 6-2 210 of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 4*.
    14. CB Fenley Graham 5-9 171 of Lakeland High School, Lakeland, Florida.
    15. WDE Antwaun Powell 6-3 235 of I.C. Norcrom, Portsmouth, Virginia.
    16. OL Richard Leonard 6-2 320 of Cocoa High School, Cocoa, Florida., 3*.
    17. CB Jahari Rodgers 6-0 170 of Arlington High School, Arlington, Texas. 4*.
    18. P Jeremy Crawshaw 6-3 190 of ProKick Australia High School, Emu Plains, New South Wales, Australia.
    19. OT Isaiah Walker, Jr. 6-4 309 of Norland High School, Miamia, Florida.
    20. ATH Marc Britt 6-2 190 of Miami Christian High School, Winter Park, Florida. 4*.
    21. CB Ethan Pouncey 6-1 160 of Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Florida. 4*.
    22. DT Jalen Lee 6-3 294 of Live Oak, High School, Watson, Louisiana. 4*.
    23. OT Joshua Braun 6-6 335 of Suwannee High School, Live Oak, Florida. 4*.
    24. DB Mordecai McDaniel 6-1 195 of St. John's College High School, Washington, D.C. 4*.
    As of January 1, 2020, it is assumed that the Gators will have 81 players recruited for the 2020 class, plus 2 transfers (Brenton Cox and Jordan Pouncey), and a couple preferred walk-ons.
     
  2. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    The following players have left the program since 2016:
    • Graduated seniors 2019
      • Sr S Jeawon Taylor 6-2 192 Park Crossing High School, Montgomery AL. 4*

      • Sr WR Freddie Swain 6-1 174 North Marion High School, Citra FL. 4*

      • Sr RB Lamical Perine 5-11 211 of Theodore High School, Theodore AL. 3*

      • Sr OLB David Reese 6-1 238 Farmington High School, Farmington MI. 4*.

      • Sr WR Joshua Hammond 6-0 180 of Hallandale High School, Hallandale FL. 4*
    • Transfers 2016-2019
      • DB/ATH McArthur Burnett 6-1 180 Pahokee High School, Pahokee FL. 4* Transferred to USF in 2018.

      • DE Antonneous Clayton 6-4 220 Dooly County High School, Vienna GA. 4* Transferred to Georgia Tech in 2018.

      • CB/S Antonio Nelson 6-3 190 Carver High School, Montgomery AL. 3*
        Failed to academically qualify. Transferred to Coahoma CC.

      • QB Feleipe Franks 6-6 220 Wakulla High School, Crawfordville FL. 4* Transferred at end of 2019.

      • DE Jordan Smith 6-6 220 of Lithonia High School, Lithonia GA. 4* Suspended 9/1/2017 (credit card fraud). Transfer 1/22/2018.
    • NFL Draft 2018-2019
      • DB Joseph Putu 6-2 195 Providence, R.I. Mount Pleasant JUCO. 2.4.2016 signee. 2019 NFL draft. UDFA.

      • WR Vosean Joseph 6-2 210 Norland High School, Miami FL. 3* 2.18.2015 Commitment. 2019 NFL Draft, 5th round, Buffalo Bills.

      • S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson 6-0 197 Cocoa High School, Cocoa Beach FL. 4* 3.14.2015 Commitment. EE. Outback Bowl 2017 MVP. 2019 NFL Draft, round 4, New Orleans Saints.

      • RB Mark Thompson 6-2 230 of Dodge City Community College, Dodge City KS. 4* 5.13.2015 Commitment. EE. 2018 NFL Draft, UDFA, Baltimore Ravens.

      • DE Jachai Polite 6-4 230 Mainland High School, Daytona Beach FL. 3*

        11.11.2015 Commitment. 2019 NFL Draft, 3rd round, New York Jets.

      • OL Jawaan Taylor 6-5 350 Cocoa High School, Cocoa FL. 3* 11.29.2015 Commitment. 2019 NFL Draft, 2nd round, Jacksonville Jaguars.

      • WR Dre Massey 6-0 185 Holmes Community College, Goodman MS. 3* 11.29.2015 Commitment. EE. 2019 NFL Draft. Undrafted. Arrested in 2019.

      • K Eddy Pineiro 6-1 180 of ASA College, Miami FL. 3* 12.15.2015 Commitment. EE. 2nd team All-American 2017.2018 NFL Draft, UDFA. Signed with Oakland.


    • Transfers and medical retirements 2017-2019
      • Brad Stewart CB 4-star 6'0" 194 McDonogh New Orleans, LA 1/28/17. Entered transfer portal in 2019 after suspension.

      • Jake Allen QB 4-star 6'3" 195 St Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale FL 7/1/15.Transferred to Dartmouth in 2018.

      • Kadeem Telfort OL 4-star 6'6" 300 Norland Miami FL 7/7/15 EE. Suspended 9/1/17 (credit card fraud). Transfer to Garden City CC 1/22/2018

      • Daquon Green WR 4-star 6'1" 186 Tampa Bay Tech Tampa FL 7/24/15. Transferred to Murray State in 2019.

      • Zechariah Byrd TE 4-star 6'6" 235 Stenhope Millbrook AL 8/6/16. Failed to academically qualify. Transferred to Garden City CC in 2017. Transferred to East Carolina in 2019.

      • Nick Smith OLB 3-star 6'3" 198 Dr. Phillips Orlando FL 1/30/17. Medically retired from football in 2019.

      • Brian Edwards CB 3-star 6'3" 195 Miramar Hollywood, FL NSD. Dismissed from team after being accused of sexual assault. Transferred to Central Michigan in 2019.

      • Adarius Lemons RB 4-star 6'1" 195 Clearwater Clearwater, FL NSD. Dismissed from team after sexual assault in 2018. Transferred to East Mississippi CC in 2018. Transferred to Garden City CC in 2019.
    • NFL Draft 2020
      • Jr CJ Henderson CB 4-star 6'0" 175 Columbus Miami, FL NSD. Declared for 2020 NFL Draft.
    • Transfers and medical retirements 2018-2019
      • DB Randy Russell 5-11 180 of Carol City High School. Miami Gardens, Florida. 4* Medically disqualified 1.7.2018.

      • WR/ ATH Justin Watkins 5-11 173 of East Ridge High School, Clermont, Florida. 4*. Kicked off team 7/27/2018 after 2nd aggravated assault charge.

      • OT Noah Banks 6-7 305 of West Florida Technical High School, Pensacola, Florida via Iowa Western Community College transfer. 3*. Medical retirement due to epileptic seizures.

      • OT Chris Bleich 6-6 305 of Wyoming Valley West High School, Plymouth, Pennsylvania. 3*. Transferred to Syracuse at end of 2019 season.
    • Transfers and medical retirements 2019
      • ILB Diwun Black 6-4 216. Forest High School. Forest, Mississippi. 4*/ 5*. 8.2.2018 commitment. Failed to academically qualify. Transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast.

      • OL Deyavie Hammond. 6-3 353. Lakeland High School. Lakeland, Florida. 4*. 12.19.2018 commitment. Early Signee. Failed to academically qualify. Attending JUCO.

      • QB Jalon Jones 6-3 180. Saint Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland. 4*. 4.7.2017 commitment. Left team April 2019 after being accused of sexual assault. Transferred to Jackson State in May.

      • WR Arjei Henderson. 6-1 180. Fort Bend Travis High School. Richmond, Texas. 4*/5*. 1.3.2019. Committed at Under Armour All American Game. Failed to academically qualify. Attending Jackson State.

      • CB Chris Steele. 6-1. 187. St. John Bosco High School. Bellflower, California. 4*/ 5*. 1.5.2019. Committed at US Army All American Game. Left team April 2019. Transferred to USC in May.
     
  3. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    Losing Green sucked because I was happy someone from my HS Alma Mater went to the Gators and sadly he left (though I saw he had a great against UGA in Murray State). Plus it hurts they lost depth because some WRs are going to graduate and/or the NFL Draft. Green staying would have helped but good luck to him in Murray State.
     
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  4. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    Here are some interesting statistics on the class of 2016. This class will be the 2020 senior and redshirt senior leadership. This class already has a few NFL players, but it could add a few more in the 2020 draft.
    • 4 transfers (16%), with one being after a year-long suspension. The other 3 transfers were due to lack of playing time or other personal reasons.
    • 5 players signed through 2019 NFL Draft (20%), 1 unsigned (and later arrested).
    • 36.00 % graduated (3 with BA in Sociology, 2 with BA in Sports Management, 1 with BA in Telecommunications, 1 with BA in African studies, 1 with BA in criminology)
    • Class attrition (relative to 2016):
      • 4.00 % in 2016 (failed to qualify academically)
      • 8.33 % in 2017 (2 suspensions and one transfer from 2016)
      • 16.67 % in 2018 (1 NFL UDFA, 3 transfers, plus the previous)
      • 75.00 % in 2019 (2 NFL draftees, 2 NFL UDFA, 1 unsigned)
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2020
  5. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    Here are some interesting statistics on the class of 2015. This class has a few potential free agents remaining if they are not drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft: LB Rayshad Jackson, DE Jabari Zuniga, DE Luke Ancrum, and OT Nick Buchanan.
    • 9 transfers (40.91%), including 2 dismissals for behavior and 1 who failed to qualify academically (note that the one who failed to qualify academically at UF transferred to FAU, then FSU).
    • 1 medical retirement
    • 40.91% graduated (not counting the players who transferred in)(1 BS in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, 3 BA in African American studies, 1 political science, 1 sports management, 1 Spanish)
    • Class attrition (relative to 2017):
      • 9.09 % in 2015 (1 academic disqualification and 1 transfer after early enrollment)
      • 10.00 % in 2016 (1 medical, 1 transfer due to lack of PT)
      • 36.84 % in 2017 (3 transfers, 4 suspensions)
      • 25.00 % in 2018 (1 grad transfer, 2 dismissals, 1 NFL 4th round)
      • 87.50 % in 2019 (1 grad transfer, 1 NFL 5th round, 2 NFL UDFA, 3 unsigned)
     
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  6. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    The 2014 recruiting class was a complete mess. Over a third of the class transferred out, 1 was imprisoned, 3 were medically retired, and most of the NFL entrants were undrafted. Both QBs from this class eventually transferred out.
    • 9 transfers (37.50 %), 1 imprisoned
    • 3 medical retirements
    • 37.50 % graduated (1 Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, 4 African American studies, 1 mechanical engineering, 1 anthropology, 1 family & community services)
    • 11 NFL entrants (5 drafted, 6 undrafted)
    • Class attrition (relative to 2014)
      • 8.70 % in 2014 (2 medical, 1 immediate suspension)
      • 17.39 % in 2015 (3 suspended for at least half the season, 1 dismissal)
      • 39.13 % in 2016 (1 medical, 2 dismissals, 3 transfers)
      • 65.22 % in 2017 (3 transfer, 3 NFL draft)
      • 82.61 % in 2018 (2 NFL draft, 2 NFL UDFA)
      • 100.00 % in 2019 (all NFL UDFA)
     
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