The early National Signing Day period is less than a month away. Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators have been pretty successful on the recruiting trail. The 2020 Florida Gators recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the country. Florida also has 20 commits in their class including twelve four-star commits. They will most likely land four or five more commits in their 2020 recruiting class. Some of the top in-state recruits are still up for grabs as Florida looks to end the early signing period on a high note. Here are the top 10 most wanted 2020 recruits for the Florida Gators.
WR Xzavier Henderson
The Florida Gators will be looking to add more receivers to their 2020 recruiting class. Four-star wide receiver Xzavier Henderson is Florida’s biggest remaining target. The Gators expect to lose at least four receivers to the NFL Draft. Florida already has two receivers committed but would like to add one or two more wide outs in the class. Henderson is one of the top uncommitted ranked recruits in the country. On 247 Sports, Henderson is the 52nd ranked recruit and tenth ranked wide receiver in the country. Florida is competing with Clemson and Alabama for the instate receiver. He’s schedule to take an official visit to Florida this weekend for the FSU game.
RB Jo’Quavious Marks
The Florida Gators still do not have a running back committed in the 2020 recruiting class. Four-star running back and Mississippi State commit Jo’Quavious Marks might be their best shot. Lamical Perine’s Florida career will end after the bowl game so the Gators will be searching to add a running back. Marks might be Florida’s best shot at signing a running back but there are also in on Jaylan Knighton and E.J. Smith. On 247 Sports, Marks is the 145th ranked recruit and 12th ranked running back in the country. Marks has scheduled his official visit to Florida on December 13th-15th.
DT Timothy Smith
Four-star defensive tackle Timothy Smith is currently committed to Alabama. The Gators currently have three defensive tackles committed but would like to add at least one more in the class. Smith is Florida’s top defensive tackle target and is being recruited very hard by the Gators. Defensive tackle has been one of Florida’s weaknesses on defense and adding a recruit like Smith would help a ton in the future. On Rivals, Smith is the 88th raked recruit and fifth ranked defensive tackle in the country. The Alabama commit is expected to make an official visit to Florida on December 13th-15th.
S Avantae Williams
Another instate recruit, who is committed elsewhere. The Deland defensive back is currently committed to Oregon. Florida and Georgia have been the two teams trying to flip Williams. Florida has struggled recruiting safeties and Williams in the class would be a huge pickup and addition to their secondary. On ESPN, Williams is the 44th ranked recruit and the #1 safety in the country. The biggest key for Florida to flip Williams is by getting him on campus for the FSU game and then scheduling an official visit. Williams has only taken one official visit so far and it was to Oregon.
OT Marcus Dumervil
The Florida Gators offensive line has been their biggest weakness this season. They’ve landed four offensive lineman in the class including Under Armour All-American Issiah Walker. St. Thomas Aquinas offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil would make their offensive line class the best in the country. On ESPN, Dumervil is the 65th ranked recruit and tenth ranked offensive tackle in the country. LSU seems to be the favorite right now but Florida is still in the mix. Florida would need to bring him back on campus for an unofficial visit for the FSU game to increase their chances.
TE Darnell Washington
Five-star and Under Armour All-American tight end Darnell Washington is still in the mix for the Florida Gators. Washington already used his official visit to Florida for the Auburn game. Georgia is considered to be the favorite for the Las Vegas native but the Gators are still one of his top schools. The emergence of Kyle Pitts has helped Florida’s recruitment for Darnell Washington. It’ll be tough get for Florida but Larry Scott and the Florida coaching staff hasn’t given up on him. On ESPN, Washington is the sixth ranked recruit and #1 ranked tight end in the country.
WR Malik Heath
Out of high school, Malik Heath was one of the top wide receivers in the country and an Under Armour All-American. Heath is now one of the top JUCO recruits in the country. Heath was committed to Mississippi State out of high school and is currenting committed to Mississippi State again. Mullen has a second chance to flip the Mississippi native. With all of the receivers leaving, Heath has a shot of becoming an immediate starter at Florida. On 247 Sports, Heath is the 11th ranked recruit and the second ranked wide receiver in the country. Malik Heath will take his official visit to Florida this weekend for the FSU game.
RB Jaylan Knighton
Another running back Florida is in the mix with is Jaylan Knighton. The former Florida State commit visited Florida during the Vanderbilt game and has Florida has one of his top schools. Knighton is being heavily recruited by both Florida and Miami. The Gators have already locked in official visit with Knighton as he’ll be there on December 6th. The Gators will also try to bring him on an unofficial visit for the FSU game. On ESPN, Knighton is the 88th ranked recruit and eleventh ranked running back in the country.
WR Bryan Robinson
Another instate recruit that is high on Florida’s board is Bryan Robinson. The Palm Beach Central wide out is one of the top remaining wide receivers in the country. On Rivals, Robinson is the 94th ranked recruit and 21st ranked wide receiver in the country. Florida has made a lot of strides in Bryan Robinson’s recruitment. He was considered to be a Florida State lean but without a head coach, Florida is closing the gap on the Noles. Robinson will take an official visit to Florida this weekend for the FSU game. This will be a recruit to watch for in the next few weeks. Robinson is expected to be an early signee and enrollee.
DT Jalen Lee
In recent news, four-star defensive tackle Jalen Lee announced his de-commitment from the LSU Tigers. The Louisiana native backed off his pledge to the Tigers last Thursday and Florida is one of the teams to watch for. Lee is a 6’3” 295 pound defensive tackle that would fill a need in the Gators 2020 recruiting class. Florida defensive line coach David Tuner is the primary recruiter for the former LSU defensive tackle commit. Jalen Lee is planning on taking an official visit to Florida on December 13th-15th. On Rivals, Lee is the 219th ranked recruit and the 16th ranked defensive tackle in the country.