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Recruiting Update: Summer 2022 Edition

Escambia94

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Going into the recruiting "dead period" the Gators have the number 13 class with 16 commitments.
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Notre Dame 23 Commits 93.04 1 19 3 292.03​
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Alabama 18 Commits 94.79 4 11 2 289.32​
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Ohio State 19 Commits 93.25 1 16 2 281.41​
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Georgia 18 Commits 93.05 2 12 4 279.07​
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Texas 21 Commits 91.91 2 13 6 278.30​
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Oklahoma 19 Commits 91.72 1 10 8 267.31​
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Clemson 19 Commits 91.78 2 14 3 265.77​
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LSU 18 Commits 92.10 1 12 5 265.60​
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Miami 17 Commits 92.09 1 8 8 264.50​
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Penn State 17 Commits 91.63 1 12 4 252.77​
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Tennessee 19 Commits 90.26 1 7 11 252.22​
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USC 15 Commits 91.96 2 7 6 246.38​
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Florida 16 Commits 91.14 0 14 2 238.42
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Arkansas 23 Commits 88.65 0 8 15 235.97​
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Oregon 13 Commits 91.60 1 8 4 223.98​
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Baylor 24 Commits 88.09 0 3 19 219.64​
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Texas Tech 24 Commits 87.47 0 3 21 217.69​
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Louisville 13 Commits 91.01 1 6 6 217.21​
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South Carolina 17 Commits 88.71 0 8 9 216.79​
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Cincinnati 21 Commits 87.61 0 3 18 212.41​

The next batch of commitments from the Florida offer list will be from RB Cedric Baxter, DL Kelby Collins, and DL Kamran Jones. Hypothetically a commitment from all three would add 25.11 points and bump the class close to the top 10 (assuming Penn State, Tennessee, or USCw do not add similarly ranked 4-star athletes as well). Texas is in the lead for Baxter. Collins and James have been crystal-balled to the Gators, which would add 15.59 points and maybe move the Gators up 2 spots (same assumption as above).

The key observation is that the Gators have been adding plenty of blue chip athletes with ratings around 93, which adds at least 20 points to the overall rating as calculated using the 247 recruiting class calculator. Florida is the highest ranked team so far without a 5-star athlete. For comparison, if Florida were to add just one 5-star right now it would bump the class ranking to #10 above Penn State. Adding one 5-star and the two 4-star commitments CB'd to Florida would bump the class to about #6 or #7. Miami's recruiting is slightly better than Florida's due to the 5-star, but their 4-star recruits are slightly lower in rating. Florida also has the fewest number of commitments in the top 15 other than Oregon.

There are some rumors of a surprise commitment over the next few days from one of the following:
- Tomarrion Parker DL 6-4 250 95.2209 + 25.07
- Will Norman DL 6-5 290 93.8811 + 23.30
- Kayden McDonald DL 6-3 310 90.4428 + 9.69
- Jaden Robinson LB 6-0.5 215 89.3333 + 9.16

Parker just decommitted from Penn State and has been rumored to be a Georgia lean. Normal has been CB'd to Florida, but he has interest from Jackson State (and former Gator coach/ recruiter Tim Brewster). McDonald has been CB'd to Clemson, but he has interest from Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Robinson is a South Carolina commitment, but for some reason there are rumors of him flipping. If I had to guess, Will Norman is not the surprise commitment, and he is a silent commitment that I would add on "the list" along with Parker, McDonald, or Robinson. In my opinion, getting Parker or McDonald would be a good surprise. Normal flipping to Jackson State would be a negative surprise. My prediction is that Florida gets commitments this week from Collins, Jones, and either Parker or McDonald; and a September commitment from Norman. If the Gators have a good week, then the class may eke into the top 10 temporarily with 19 commitments and a rating of 265.78. The worst case would be if the Gators whiffed on a couple of these commitments and remained around #13.
 
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DRU2012

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( @Escambia94, )
So, based on your latest "consolidation", E--, how are we currently doing, in your view?
I mean, from a comparative P.O.V., it seems we are at the very least "on the come" now--especially measured against how things were trending a coupla months back!
But I suppose I'm looking for a more objective, placed-against-a-more-historically-empirical analysis of "what it takes to build a WINNER"!
(For eg, a coupla 5-star "big uglies" on EITHER line, O- or D-, would go a long way towards improving MY view--never MIND how it'd affect where we stand among the "media rankings"!)
 

Escambia94

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( @Escambia94, )
So, based on your latest "consolidation", E--, how are we currently doing, in your view?
I mean, from a comparative P.O.V., it seems we are at the very least "on the come" now--especially measured against how things were trending a coupla months back!
But I suppose I'm looking for a more objective, placed-against-a-more-historically-empirical analysis of "what it takes to build a WINNER"!
(For eg, a coupla 5-star "big uglies" on EITHER line, O- or D-, would go a long way towards improving MY view--never MIND how it'd affect where we stand among the "media rankings"!)
I think the Gators are doing well. Slow and steady.
 

Escambia94

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7/7/2022 - #26
7/8/2022 - #19
7/30/2022 - #12
8/10/2022 - #13
8/14/2022 - #10
NameRatingSchool
Cormani McClain Lakeland (Lakeland, FL) CB 6-1.5 / 165 0.9992​
99.92​
TBD​
Keon Keeley Berkeley Prep (Tampa, FL) EDGE 6-6 / 242 0.9955​
99.55​
Notre Dame​
Francis Mauigoa IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) OT 6-5 / 330 0.9954​
99.54​
Miami​
James Smith DL 6-4 310 99.1450 + 29.15​
99.15​
TBD​
Tony Mitchell Thompson (Alabaster, AL) CB 6-2 / 180 0.9903​
99.03​
Alabama​
Duce Robinson Pinnacle (Phoenix, AZ) TE 6-6 / 225 0.9902​
99.02​
CB (USCw)​
Samson Okunlola Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA) OT 6-5 / 305 0.9887​
98.87​
CB (Miami)​
Peter Woods DL 6-4 265 98.7468 + 28.75​
98.75​
Clemson​
Richard Young Lehigh Senior (Lehigh Acres, FL) RB 5-11 / 200 0.9874​
98.74​
Alabama​
Samuel M'Pemba IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) EDGE 6-3.5 / 240 0.9864​
98.64​
CB (Miami or Georgia)​
Jaquavious Russaw Carver (Montgomery, AL) Edge 6-2 230 98.5878 + 28.41​
98.59​
TBD​
Joenel Aguero St. John's Prep (Danvers, MA) S 6-0 / 195 0.9840​
98.40​
Georgia​
Johntay Cook II DeSoto (DeSoto, TX) WR 6-0 / 170 0.9839​
98.39​
Texas​
Troy Bowles Jesuit (Tampa, FL) LB 6-1 / 205 0.9797​
97.97​
Georgia​
Cedric Baxter Jr. Edgewater (Orlando, FL) RB 6-1 / 215 0.9791​
97.91​
Texas​
Damon Wilson Venice (Venice, FL) EDGE 6-4 / 230 0.9783​
97.83​
TBD​
Malik Bryant Jones (Orlando, FL) LB 6-2 / 235 0.9778​
97.78​
Miami​
Jaden Rashada QB 6-4 185 97.7422 + 27.74​
97.74​
Miami​
Monroe Freeling Oceanside Collegiate Academy (Mount Pleasant, SC) OT 6-7 / 283 0.9699​
96.99​
TBD​
Kelby Collins Gardendale (Gardendale, AL) DL 6-5 / 280 0.9685​
96.85​
Florida​
Aidan Mizell Boone (Orlando, FL) WR 6-2 180 96.5821 + 25.15​
96.58​
Florida​
Raylen Wilson Lincoln (Tallahassee, FL) LB 6-2 / 213 0.9645 -- Michigan​
96.45​
Georgia​
Derrick LeBlanc Osceola (Kissimmee, FL) DL 6-4 / 270 0.9634​
96.34​
Oklahoma​
Keldric Faulk Highland Home (Highland Home, AL) DL 6-5 / 240 0.9604​
96.04​
FSU​
Dijon Johnson Wharton (Tampa, FL) CB 6-1 190 95.6037 + 25.45​
95.60​
CB (UF or tOSU)​
John Walker Osceola (Kissimmee, FL) DL 6-3 / 310 0.9537​
95.37​
UCF​
Lucas Simmons Clearwater Academy International (Clearwater, FL) OT 6-7 / 300 0.9504​
95.04​
FSU​
Zavion Hardy Tattnall Square Academy (Macon, GA) DL 6-5 / 262 0.9480​
94.80​
CB (South Carolina)​
Will Norman IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) DL 6-5 / 290 0.9468​
94.68​
Florida​
Raul Aguirre Whitewater (Fayetteville, GA) LB 6-2 / 220 0.9454​
94.54​
Miami​
Roderick Kearney Orange Park (Orange Park, FL) IOL 6-4 / 300 0.9425​
94.25​
FSU​
Eugene Wilson III Gaither (Tampa, FL) ATH 5-11 / 165 0.9365​
93.65​
Florida​
Tyler Williams Lakeland (Lakeland, FL) WR 6-3 / 180 0.9354​
93.54​
CB (Georgia 9/27/2022)​
T.J. Searcy Upson-Lee (Thomaston, GA) DL 6-5 / 250 0.9344​
93.44​
Florida​
Jordan Hall Westside (Jacksonville, FL) DL 6-4.5 / 300 0.9337​
93.37​
CB (FSU)​
Treyaun Webb Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) RB 6-1 / 205 0.9324​
93.24​
Florida​
Xzavier McLeod Camden (Camden, SC) DL 6-4 / 324 0.9323​
93.23​
CB (South Carolina 8/18/2022)​
Daquavious Sorey Chipley (Chipley, FL) WR 6-2 185 92.6885 + 21.46​
92.69​
CB (UF)​
Tyree Adams St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA) OT 6-5 285 92.3312 + 15.04​
92.33​
LSU​
Isaiah Nixon Lakewood (Saint Petersburg, FL) Edge 6-4 215 92.2422 + 22.11​
92.24​
Florida​
Sharif Denson Bartram Trail (Jacksonville, FL) CB 5-11.5 / 170 0.9204​
92.04​
Florida​
Jordan Castell West Orange (Winter Garden, FL) S 6-2 / 195 0.9187​
91.87​
Florida​
Grayson Howard Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville, FL) LB 6-3 / 223 0.9119​
91.19​
South Carolina​
Ja'Keem Jackson Osceola (Kissimmee, FL) CB 6-1 / 180 0.9117​
91.17​
Florida​
Kamran James Olympia (Orlando, FL) DL 6-6.5 / 265 0.9115​
91.15​
Florida​
Gavin Hill F. W. Buchholz (Gainesville, FL) DL 6-3 / 255 0.9108​
91.08​
Florida​
Payton Kirkland Dr. Phillips (Orlando, FL) OT 6-6 / 345 0.9100​
91.00​
Texas​
Justin Jefferson Pearl River C.C. (Poplarville, MS) LB 6-1 / 215 90.666 +8.5​
90.67​
Alabama​
Kayden McDonald North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA) DL 6-3 / 310 0.9045​
90.45​
CB (Clemson)​
Andy Jean Northwestern (Miami, FL) WR 6-1 / 180 0.9037​
90.37​
Florida​
Aaron Gates Trinity Christian (Sharpsburg, GA) ATH 6-0 180 90.1401 + 18.25​
90.14​
Florida​
Karmelo Overton Caroll (Caroll, AL) LB 6-0 200 89.5482 + 6.89​
89.55​
TBD​
Michael Mitchell Middleburg (Middleburg, FL) RB 6-0 195 89.2016 + 4.79​
89.20​
Utah​
Knijeah Harris IOL 6-3 335 89.1568 + 16.42​
89.16​
Florida​
Marcus Stokes Nease (Jacksonville, FL) QB 6-2 185 89.0586 +15.26​
89.06​
Florida​
Caden Jones De La Salle (De La Salle, LA) OT 6-7 305 89.0000 + 3.91​
89.00​
TBD​
Samuel Omosigho Crandall (Crandall, TX) LB 6-1 208 88.8611 +11.44​
88.86​
Oklahoma​
Creed Whittemore Buchholz (Gainesville, FL) ATH 5-11.5 175 88.3598 + 14.70​
88.35​
Florida​
Bryce Thornton Milton (Alpharetta, GA) S 5-10 185 88.2593 + 3.76​
88.26​
TBD​
Bryce Lovett Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) OT 6-5 330 87.5833 + 12.99​
87.58​
Florida​
Tyree Patterson Eustis (Eustis, FL) WR 6-2 175 86.5278 + 11.13​
86.83​
Florida​
Tommy Kinsler Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL) IOL 6-6 330 86.1389 + 0.62​
86.14​
Miami (UF decommit)​
 
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DRU2012

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"Slow and steady"--like the tortoise, right?
I'd STILL like to see us grab some 5-stars along either line, though.
(But seeing that near-500 lb "immoveable object" they brought in as a "project" continue to shed weight while adding mobility and athletic prowess might still turn out well.)
 

Escambia94

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"Slow and steady"--like the tortoise, right?
I'd STILL like to see us grab some 5-stars along either line, though.
(But seeing that near-500 lb "immoveable object" they brought in as a "project" continue to shed weight while adding mobility and athletic prowess might still turn out well.)
Keon Keeley just de-committed from Notre Dame and placed Florida in its top-3 with Ohio State and Alabama. Rumor has it that Jaquavious Russaw is also in the mix. Getting one of those two along with Cormani McClain puts Florida in the top 5.
 

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Keon Keeley just de-committed from Notre Dame and placed Florida in its top-3 with Ohio State and Alabama. Rumor has it that Jaquavious Russaw is also in the mix. Getting one of those two along with Cormani McClain puts Florida in the top 5.
All in all, we certainly seem to have "turned a crucial corner" here under Napier & Co., at least as far as the admittedly important recruitimg game is concerned. If this indeed turns out to be the way things are henceforth done out there, that'll be a huge change that will pay dividends (something everyone in Gator Nation EXCEPT Dan Mullen seemed to understand over the last season or two, by the way; I still find that all so frustratingly strange...Did he just lose interest in college football in general? Or just in being Coach of the Florida Gators? Oh well; this will be the last time I mention it--or HIM, for that matter. I apologize, and will move on).
Meanwhile though, Game 1 2022 rushes upon us now, and frankly I don't know WHAT to expect against Utah, even at home. I want to take heart and courage from the reports trickling back about our performances in summer practice on BOTH sides of the ball--but these are sketchy at best, I fear: We'll have to go by "early onfield results" ALONE--so who knows??!
What's the over/under on our eventual record? Something like 7 wins, give or take .5?
But that's a pure "safe guess", drawn from a crowd of so-called experts who know more about general arithmetic than Gator football in particular. I don't even wanna GUESS til I see them play a game or two. But for now, heading into a season that is now crazily just DAYS away, I guess the most I can say with any "certainty" is that we may start out with some "promising uneveness"--maybe even losing a coupla close ones early--but showing more and more strength, even pulling out a couple/few surprises as the season goes on. I think we'll beat the "mendoza line" drawn by the media prognosticators--and deep down burns a small spark of hope that, with spirit and a coupla breaks our way we COULD do even better than that, and set ourselves up in the "Gators are BACK!" ROLE by bowl season.
 

Escambia94

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All in all, we certainly seem to have "turned a crucial corner" here under Napier & Co., at least as far as the admittedly important recruitimg game is concerned. If this indeed turns out to be the way things are henceforth done out there, that'll be a huge change that will pay dividends (something everyone in Gator Nation EXCEPT Dan Mullen seemed to understand over the last season or two, by the way; I still find that all so frustratingly strange...Did he just lose interest in college football in general? Or just in being Coach of the Florida Gators? Oh well; this will be the last time I mention it--or HIM, for that matter. I apologize, and will move on).
Meanwhile though, Game 1 2022 rushes upon us now, and frankly I don't know WHAT to expect against Utah, even at home. I want to take heart and courage from the reports trickling back about our performances in summer practice on BOTH sides of the ball--but these are sketchy at best, I fear: We'll have to go by "early onfield results" ALONE--so who knows??!
What's the over/under on our eventual record? Something like 7 wins, give or take .5?
But that's a pure "safe guess", drawn from a crowd of so-called experts who know more about general arithmetic than Gator football in particular. I don't even wanna GUESS til I see them play a game or two. But for now, heading into a season that is now crazily just DAYS away, I guess the most I can say with any "certainty" is that we may start out with some "promising uneveness"--maybe even losing a coupla close ones early--but showing more and more strength, even pulling out a couple/few surprises as the season goes on. I think we'll beat the "mendoza line" drawn by the media prognosticators--and deep down burns a small spark of hope that, with spirit and a coupla breaks our way we COULD do even better than that, and set ourselves up in the "Gators are BACK!" ROLE by bowl season.
 

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Bit of an "upbeat non-answer"--But with little more than "hope and fingers-crossed" myself, I'll take it and "run out there to the roar of the crowd", come game day.
 

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...and they keep on ROLLING IN?
I cannot say I am keeping up on the details here, the finer aspects of how well we are "filling holes" and/or preparing ourselves especially for eventual GREATNESS (?)...Unless YOU further note such things, and call our attention to it, that will have to wait for next spring when we see what we actually HAVE IN HAND, and closely scrutinize what it adds up to and how it'll all begin to come together--what it'll LOOK like, what are we BECOMING?
 

Escambia94

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Oddly enough, today’s commitment did not come from the visitor list vs USF. Chauncey Bowens must have made last-minute changes to his plans and taken an unofficial visit. Rumors were that Johnny Walker was going to finally commit, but we got Bowens instead.

- Knijeah Harris (IOL) | 2023 | 4-star | National: 405, IOL: 24, FL: 79 | Florida Commit
- Ja'Keem Jackson CB) | 2023 | 4-star | National: 168, CB: 19, FL: 38 | Florida Commit
- Jaden Robinson LB | 2023 | 4-star | National: 382, LB: 31, FL: 71 | Florida Commit
- Kamran James DL | 2023 | 4-star | National: 190, DL: 28, FL: 39 | Florida Commit
- Jordan Castell S | 2023 | 4-star | National: 200, S: 13, FL: 40 | Florida Commit
- John Walker DL | 2023 | 4-star | National: 102, DL: 13, FL: 23 | UCF Commit
- Jordan Hall DL | 2023 | 4-star | National: 123, DL: 16, FL: 29 | 247: 100% FSU / On3: UGA 76.8%
- Charles Lester III CB | 2024 | 5-star | National: 22, CB: 3, FL: 8 | 247: No CB / On3: Bama 83.7%
- Jerrick Gibson RB | 2024 | 5-star | National: 8, RB: 1, FL: 4 | 247: No CB / On3: 33.9% UF
- Adarius Hayes Edge | 2024 | 4-star | National: 40, Edge: 7, FL: 11 | 247: 100% UF / On3: 90.0% UF
- Jaylen Heyward S | 2024 | 4-star | National: 43, S: 5, FL: 13 | 247: No CB / On3: 89.7% UF
- Kendall Jackson DL | 2024 | 4-star | National: 422, DL: 36, FL: 70 | 247: 100% UF / 99.3% UF
- Armondo Blount DL | 2025 | 5-star | National: 5, DL: 2, FL: 1 | 247: No CB / On3: 40.4% UF
- Taevion Swint ATH | 2025 | N/A | N/A | 247: No CB / On3: 79.6% UF
 
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