Since Dan Mullen has arrived at Florida, he has landed and kept some of Florida’s top targets and commits. The Gators currently have 13 signees and two other who have yet to sign. Mullen has also landed two transfers in Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes. The Gators class is pretty good right now but there is still a lot of work to be done. Mullen has six weeks to fill Florida’s 2018 recruiting class. He has done a terrific job on the recruiting trail and will look to stay hot down the final stretch. Here are the remaining targets and needs for the Florida Gators 2018 recruiting class.
Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators got an early Christmas present on Wednesday when Emory Jones signed with Florida. Jones de-committed from Ohio State and committed to Florida after taking an official visit to Florida. Even with Jones in the class, Mullen still wants to add another QB to the class. The Gators need depth at QB with Luke Del Rio and possibly Malik Zaire out at Florida. Adding another QB to the class isn’t a priority but they will go after one if they have enough scholarships to offer. JUCO QB and former Auburn QB Woody Barrett is a player that could be a possibility.
Targets: Woody Barrett
Wide Receivers: 2-3
Dan Mullen and his staff have a lot of work to do at wide receiver. Three-star WR Corey Gammage is the only receiver committed to the Gators and he didn’t sign this week. Gammage isn’t a very solid commit and could be on his way out. Luckily, the Gators have landed two big transfers in Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes. Both will apply for waivers to be eligible for the 2018 season. Even if both are eligible, Florida still needs to sign a few more receivers. Jacob Copeland is Florida’s biggest wide receiver target. He was originally committed to the Gators but de-committed once McElwain was let go. Mullen and Florida’s wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales need to make up for lost time and try to get Copeland back in the class. Florida will also target other big time receivers like Tommy Bush and JaMarr Chase.
Targets: Jacob Copeland, JaMarr Chase, Anthony Schwartz, Tommy Bush, Warren Thompson, Marquez Ezzard and Antoine Green
Offensive Line: 2-3
Florida’s offensive line coach John Hevesy has done a good job coming in and landing a few offensive lineman. Three-star OT Chris Bleich and JUCO OT Noah Banks both signed on Wednesday but still have a lot of work to do. Florida’s highest rated OL commit, Richard Gouraige, didn’t sign last week which means Florida has to some ground to make up. While trying to keep Gouraige in the class, Florida is also still trying to sign two or three more offensive lineman. The Gators have a ton of in-state recruits that are looking at Florida hard and are top tier recruits. Hevesy needs to hit the road and try to snag some offensive line and add them to the class.
Targets: Nicholas Petit-Frere, William Barnes, Christian Meadows and Ed Montilus
Defensive Line: 2
Mullen has done a pretty good job of filling up his staff but he is still missing a defensive line coach. The Gators need to sign a defensive line coach soon because they need to sign a few defensive lineman. The Gators don’t have any D-lineman in the class as the only one flipping to Michigan not too long ago. Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson is the name that is popped up the most. If Wilson is the coach, he will have a short period of time to get recruits in the class. With the defensive line board being so thin, Florida will look at some JUCO recruits to sign. Florida is in good shape with a few and one has already named Florida his leader.
Targets: Nesta Silvera, Malcolm Lamar, Andrew Chatfield, Dorian Gerald, Noah Jefferson and Malik Langham
Another position of need is linebacker. Florida needs to add to a very thin linebacker core. They won’t lose any starters like linebacker but they desperately need to add more players for Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. Florida has only signed one linebacker in David Reese and may move four-star safety Amari Burney to LB. The Gators have targeted on a few recruits but Florida needs to get these recruits if they want any chance on signing more than one linebacker this class. There isn’t much left but Florida will go after the top remaining linebackers in the 218 recruiting class.
Targets: Otis Reed, Nik Bonitto, Xavier Peters and Quin Williams
The Florida coaching staff did a terrific job of signing all of their safeties commits. With the safeties over with, Florida must focus on signing some cornerbacks. Florida doesn’t have any corners committed to the class but some of the safeties committed could play corner. Trey Dean and John Huggins are two safeties that could move to corner if Florida needed them to. Florida is in play for some of the top corners in the country but defensive back coach Charlton Warren needs to get them on campus quickly Florida’s only corner commit, Divaad Wilson, de-committed from Florida because Randy Shannon was not retained and signed with Georgia.
Targets: Noah Boykin, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell