Florida recruiting: Latest updates on the Gators’ class

Florida’s recruiting class had some moving parts this week with the hiring of new Florida coach Dan Mullen.

The Gators lost a total of five recruits, including three 2018 de-commitments, but also dipped into the state of Pennsylvania for another offensive addition.

Where Florida’s class ranks

Florida’s 2018 class is ranked  No. 11 nationally and  No. 4 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite. Eight of the Gators’ 16 commits are 4-star recruits. Florida has the SEC’s fourth-highest average star rating (90.11) behind Alabama (91.37), Auburn and Georgia .

Latest news

Florida’s 2018 class fell out of the top 10 after the losses of 4-star wide receiver  Jacob Copeland, 3-star defensive end  Taylor Upshaw and 3 -star cornerback  Divaad Wilson.

It wasn’t all bad news, however, as the Gators convinced 3-star offensive tackle   Chris Bleich to flip his commitment from UCLA to UF. He is Florida’s second pledge from Pennsylvania, joining 4-star TE Kyle Pitts.

Here’s the latest Florida recruiting news:

Commits (16)

Top 5 targets

5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 

4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)

4-star OL William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.)

4-star OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 

4-star LB Richard Jibunor, Athens Christian (Athens, Ga.)

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed at the position:

  • QB: 1/1 (Corral)
  • RB: 2/2 (Clement, Pierce)
  • TE: 2/2 (Lang, Pitts)
  • WR: 2/5 (Gammage, Thornton)
  • OL: 2/5 (Bleich, Dunlap, Gouraige)
  • DL: 1/3 (Upshaw)
  • LB: 1/1 (Reese)
  • DB: 2/4 (Russell, Williams)
  • ATH: 3/3 (Bethel, Burney, Williams)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Florida’s commits by state:

  • California: 1 (Corral)
  • Florida: 11 (Bethel, Burney, Dunlap, Gammage, Gouraige, Lang, Reese, Russell, Thornton, D. Williams, J. Williams)
  • Georgia: 1 (Pierce)
  • New Jersey: 1 (Clement)
  • Pennsylvania: 2 (Bleich, Pitts)

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