The Florida Gators finished this summer with a bang on the recruiting trail, becoming the hottest team in the country for the final two weeks of July.
UF has landed 12 total commits in the last two weeks and now has a top-10 class in the 2018 cycle. With the targets remaining on the board, this year could be Jim McElwain’s best class yet.
Where Florida’s class ranks
Florida’s 2018 class is ranked No. 7 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC. Eight of the Gators’ 17 commits are 4-star recruits or higher. UF has the SEC’s second-highest average star rating (89.88) behind Alabama (91.07).
For the third consecutive week, Florida landed a commitment last Sunday with the the huge addition 4-star running back Dameon Pierce. He visited UF twice in late July and surprisingly pulled the trigger.
He was expected to take his time with the recruiting process and had a top 5 of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Pierce’s pledge moved the Gators past LSU in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Florida’s Brad Davis has ’embedded’ Baton Rouge bond with 5-star LSU commit Kardell Thomas
- Impact analysis: Dameon Pierce gives Gators another monster RB class
- Florida’s recruiting to-do list
- 5-star QB Matt Corral, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
- 4-star RB Dameon Pierce, Bainbridge (Bainbridge, Ga.)
- 4-star RB Iverson Clement,Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.)
- 4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)
- 4-star WR Ja’Marr Chase, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.)
- 3-star WR Corey Gammage, Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla.)
- 3-star WR Tyquan Thornton, Booker T. Washington (Miami)
- 3-star WR Jalynn Williams, Saint Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
- 4-star TE Kyle Pitts, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
- 3-star TE Dante Lang, Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.)
- 4-star OL Curtis Dunlap, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
- 3-star DE Taylor Upshaw, Braden River (Bradenton, Fla.
- 3-star LB David Reese, Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.)
- 3-star CB Divaad Wilson, Northwestern (Miami)
- 4-star S Amari Burney, Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
- 3-star S Randy Russell, Carol City (Miami)
- 3-star S Deontai Williams, Jones County J.C. (Ellisville, Miss.)
Top 5 targets
4-star OL William Barnes, Apopka (Apoka, Fla.)
4-star OL Richard Gouraige, Cambridge Christian (Tampa, Fla.)
4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) — Ohio State commit
4-star OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
4-star DT Nesta Silvera, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) — Miami commit
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 1/1 (Corral)
- RB: 2/2 (Clement, Pierce)
- TE: 2/2 (Lang, Pitts)
- WR: 5/5 (Chase, Copeland, Gammage, Thornton, Williams)
- OL: 1/4 (Dunlap)
- DL: 2/3 (Upshaw)
- LB: 1/1 (Reese)
- CB: 1/2 (Wilson)
- S: 3/3 (Burney, Russell, Williams)
Here’s a breakdown of Florida’s commits by state:
- California: 1 (Corral)
- Florida: 12 (Burney, Copeland, Dunlap, Gammage, Lang, Reese, Russell, Thornton, Upshaw, D. Williams, J. Williams, Wilson)
- Georgia: 1 (Pierce)
- Louisiana: 1 (Chase)
- New Jersey: 1 (Clement)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Pitts)
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