Florida Gators Football Recruiting Update: UF Rising Up Ranks

    Florida Gators football recruiting update as of Dec. 21, 2015. The Gators are trying to retool one of the nation's top defenses.

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    As much as Florida fans might have been disappointed with Jacob Eason’s decision to stay committed to Georgia or Will Grier’s transfer, it’s not the end of the world.

    In fact, both might be blessings in disguise. Grier was going to miss the first six games of 2016 with a suspension anyway. With 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks coming in, Jim McElwain can start fresh and mold the young quarterback, who may have the highest ceiling of any quarterback recruit in this year’s class.

    Franks has a big arm, an excellent touch, and he may be way ahead of the game when it comes to pre-snap offense and reading defenses. His coaches have raved about him. The only thing that needs a significant amount of attention right away is his footwork in the pocket.

    Even 3-star quarterback Kyle Trask is worthy of getting excited about. He’s not as highly-rated and has spent his high school playing career behind another top quarterback, but he will at least fill depth on the roster, which the Gators severely need. Trask, who has a big arm and is a pure pocket-passer, could even surprise given the proper coaching and development. 

    The quarterback position will get taken care of soon. The future seems pretty bright. The real concern right now is retooling the defense — a.k.a. the Gators’ bread and butter.

    Florida recently picked up a commitment from 3-star linebacker David Reese, from Farmington, Mich. Reese plays with solid pad level and takes excellent angles to the ball. His anticipation in plugging gaps and stopping the run is impressive, but he’ll need to improve in pass coverage.

    Snagging 4-star defensive end Jordan Smith was also a big win, and partial credit goes to 4-star Chauncey Gardener for helping recruit the 6-foot-5, 220-pound recruit from Lithonia, Ga. With CeCe Jefferson building off a solid freshman season and Alex McCalister leaving for the 2016 NFL Draft, Smith can find some early playing time.

    Jim McElwain still has his eyes set on 5-star linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, though. Wilson, the No. 1 outside linebacker, according to 247Sports, has Florida and Alabama atop his list. The Gators are also locked onto 4-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel.

    Defense has been the calling card for Florida recently, but that doesn’t mean McElwain isn’t trying to fill up the playmaking positions on the offense, specifically at wide receiver. Florida is in the hunt for 4-star wideouts Nate Craig-Myers and Binjimen Victor.

    The Gators also pulled off a huge recruiting coup last week when they flipped the nation’s No. 1 kicker, Eddy Pineiro, from Alabama.

    Below is a look at where Florida Gators football recruiting stands as we head into the new year. Florida’s class moved up from No. 10 to 8 in the latest 247Sports Composite rankings.

    Florida Gators Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Top Recruiting Commits

  1. Feleipe Franks, 4-star QB
  2. Chauncey Gardner, 4-star CB
  3. Antonneous Clayton, 4-star DE
  4. Freddie Swain, 4-star WR
  5. Joshua Hammond, 4-star WR
  6. Jeremiah Moon, 4-star OLB
  7. Jordan Smith, 4-star DE
  8. Mark Thompson, 4-star HB
  9. David Reese, 3-star ILB
  10. Eddy Pineiro, 3-star K

  11. Top Recruiting Targets

  12. Lyndell Wilson, 5-star OLB
  13. Nate Craig-Myers, 4-star WR
  14. Kristian Fulton, 4-star CB
  15. Shavar Manuel, 4-star DT
  16. Brian Burns, 4-star DE

  17. Current Class

  18. Total Commits: 25
  19. 5-Star Commits: 0
  20. 4-Star Commits: 8
  21. 3-Star Commits: 17

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