Florida Gators Football Recruiting: 10 Commits Who Could Flip

    Florida Gators football recruiting analysis of commits who could flip with National Signing Day approaching.

    January 19, 2016

    Florida Gators football recruiting analysis of commits who could flip with National Signing Day approaching.

    It’s hard to believe how far Jim McElwain has taken the Florida Gators in just one season on the job.

    A year ago, at this time, the Gators were barely hanging on to a top 100 recruiting class. Will Muschamp had been fired, and high school prospects had cooled off on the idea of wearing orange and blue.

    McElwain somehow reached right past the rabbit and pulled a top 20 class out of his hat.

    Now, with a lot more time to be evenly distributed on the recruiting trail, the Gators are staring right down the barrel of a top 10 class, maybe even top five. Florida is very much in it for some big-time recruits.

    But with two weeks left until National Signing Day, let’s take a step back from the uncommitted prospects. Let’s, instead, examine the ones who are already committed but might be swayed.

    Below are five recruits who could flip from Florida, as well as five committed recruits who could flip to the Gators.

    Florida Commits Who Could Flip From The Gators

    1. Jeawon Taylor, 3-star safety

    Biggest Threat: Georgia

    Kirby Smart has been making some big moves since he became the head coach of Georgia. He’s looking to make an impact right out of the gate. With Jacob Eason and Isaac Nauta already on board, Smart is eyeing another big recruit: Lyndell Wilson. Wilson is good friends with Jeawon Taylor, and landing one could mean getting the other.

    2. Rick Wells, 3-star wide receiver

    Biggest Threat: Virginia Tech

    Rick Wells has been committed to Florida since Jan. 26, 2015. That’s a long time to be solid to one program. With the Gators’ class reaching its limit, it was assumed someone would flirt with the idea of flipping. And Virginia Tech would love to sway Wells away. He’s going to visit the Hokies on Friday, and that may be all he needs to flip from the Gators.

    3. Vosean Joseph, 3-star linebacker

    Biggest Threat: Alabama

    The Gators locked in Vosean Joseph’s commitment on Feb. 18, 2015, knowing they desperately need to add linebackers. Joseph received an offer from Alabama in mid-December, and he took an official visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala. last weekend. The Crimson Tide could easily flip Joseph, and losing linebackers is something Florida doesn’t need.

    4. Aaron Robinson, 3-star cornerback

    Biggest Threat: Alabama, Miami and USC

    In the past two months, Aaron Robinson received offers from Miami, Alabama and (most recently) USC. He committed to the Gators on June 5, and Florida does need depth at cornerback. But it might be a couple years before he has a chance to see some significant playing time if he stays with Florida.

    5. Christopher McWilliams, 3-star cornerback

    Biggest Threat: Miami and UNC

    Mark Richt is now in charge down in Miami. The Hurricanes are moving in a new direction, and they need cornerback depth just as much as Florida needs it — probably more so. Miami sent Manny Diaz and Mike Rumph to visit Christopher McWilliams on Monday, and he’ll take an official visit to North Carolina before he heads to Gainesville, Fla. for his last official visit. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels will each make a strong push.

    Commmitted Recruits Who Could Flip To Florida

    1. Tyrie Cleveland, 4-star wide receiver

    Committed: Houston

    Houston landed a commitment from Tyrie Cleveland on Dec. 10, but the status of that commitment has been shaky ever since then. Florida needs playmakers on the outside, and Cleveland can certainly stretch the field. There has been a lot of rumored (mutual) interest, and it will culminate with Cleveland taking an official visit to Florida on Jan. 29.

    2. Jaleel Laguins, 4-star linebacker

    Committed: Georgia

    Should you bet on Kirby Smart losing a linebacker commit? No, probably not. But Jaleel Laguins did just take an official visit to Florida last weekend, and he really enjoyed his trip to Gainesville, Fla. We already know the Gators need linebackers, and Laguins knows he can play early.

    3. Sam Bruce, 4-star wide receiver

    Committed: Miami

    The Gators, for a long time now, have been trying to flip Sam Bruce from the Hurricanes. But with Mark Richt in Miami, it doesn’t seem as likely as it once did. He’s taking an official visit to Florida this upcoming weekend, but he’ll also visit the Hurricanes on Jan. 29. Jim McElwain needs to convince Bruce that playing with 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks in “The Swamp” will be better for his career than playing in Miami with 4-star quarterback Jack Allison. Both quarterbacks will take over their respective programs sooner rather than later.

    4. Landon Young, 4-star offensive tackle

    Committed: Kentucky

    This would definitely be a huge move for McElwain if he can somehow convince Landon Young to head to Gainesville instead of Lexington, Ky. Young has been committed to the Wildcats since June 14, 2013. That’s dedication. But Florida is always looking for offensive linemen, and Young could play right away with the Gators. It’s definitely something for him to think about because McElwain has made it known he’s wanted at Florida.

    5. Eli Stove, 4-star wide receiver

    Committed: Auburn

    This seems like another long shot, but it’s no secret the Gators have serious interest in flipping Eli Stove from Auburn. As mentioned before, the Gators need weapons to surround Franks with, and they feel Stove would fit in nicely. He’s been committed to Auburn since May 30, 2015, and it would certainly take a lot to flip him from the Tigers.

    MORE: 5-Star Recruiting Predictions


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