LIVE BLOG: Florida’s 2017 Early Signing Period

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.

The first early signing period in college football, which gives recruits in the 2018 class an opportunity to lock in a spot and sign early with a university, begins today and runs through Friday.

We’ll be following all the action here, and updating this post with each new signee, so make sure you keep refreshing this page.

12:47 p.m.: Vero Beach High linebacker/defensive end David Reese has signed his letter of intent, giving the Gators 12 signees in the span of 6 hours.

11:57 a.m.: Florida fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as four-star QB Emory Jones has signed with the Gators. Jones flipped his commitment from Ohio State, and was considering signing with Florida State and Alabama, but the Gators have emerged victorious in his recruitment.

10:39 a.m.: Carol City defensive back Randy Russell has signed and delivered his letter of intent.

10:30 a.m.: Boca Raton tight end/defensive end Dante Lang has signed his letter of intent. That makes 9 signees for the Gators so far today, and they’re not done yet.

8:25 a.m.: The No. 2 kicker in the nation, Evan McPherson, has signed his letter of intent. With the departure of Pineiro, it’s safe to say he has big cleats to fill.

8:17 a.m.: JUCO mid-year enrollee Noah Banks has signed his letter of intent. He’ll report to campus in just two weeks.

8:03 a.m.: The Gators have received letters of intent from Iverson Clement, Amari Burney and tight end Kyle Pitts.

7:28 a.m.: Mainland safety John Huggins, who committed to Florida just a few days ago, has signed his letter of intent with Florida.

7:25 a.m.: Bainbridge (Ga.) running back Dameon Pierce has sent in his signed letter of intent. He also plans to enroll early at Florida.

7:22 a.m.: The first signed letter of intent is in. Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) offensive lineman Chris Bleich, who flipped his commitment Nov. 29 from UCLA, has signed and faxed in his letter of intent.

7:20 a.m.: Burney, decked in Gators gear, is set to put pent to paper and make it official.

7:03 a.m.: Calvary Christian LB Amari Burney and Rancocas Valley Regional High RB Iverson Clement are expected to sign their letters of intent at 7:10 a.m.

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  • Very nice start since it's only 12/20/17 and this many good kids have signed. Getting Jones in at QB, the kind of run/gun that Dan likes to script his offense for, was HUGE. So glad we got Mullen, and even more happy we are out from under the yoke of Mac-Nuss incompetence. GO GATORS!!!

  • Nice that the Gators just picked up 4* DB Trey Dean. Glad he's a Gator.

    Maybe Graham will add it after he returns from lunch ;)

  • Great job recruiting so many that can enroll in January; means the students are into books. I have had enough of the negative against Franks! New system, maybe someone that will finally work with him fundamentally. I think our fans forgot that he has raw talent and was a freshman. New S&C coach; some mammoth O-line prospects; If you ever played the game; you could appreciate some adversity and bumps and bruises. Winners stick it out! I am salivating for the moment a Gator team can go through the year without off the field issues. That would be a winning season!

    • @ Ultimate Fan - Emory Jones just signed with us today, you are talking about Franks...Franks doesn't fit our new system; he was afraid to run most of the time, panicked and when he did, he ran backwards and out of bounds. He doesn't have the "IT" factor, and I don't think he will get it. Just saying...But, may the best QB win.

  • This is a fantastic start to the recruiting season, and it is important to remember this is a start for's not over like in past years. We signed 15 and have a lot of room for more over the next 6 weeks (don't know the ceiling on signees this year but likely in the mid 20's). According to Scout / 247Sports we're #14 ranked even with the low volume and almost everybody ahead of us is nearly full. They're mostly in the 20's already so don't have many spots left (if any). That means we will be in much better shape to grab remaining recruits, whereas other top teams will have to say "sorry, we're all full this year".

  • Recruit some more big nasties on both sides and a few more big time wide receivers. To be honest you just need one guy who is a threat whenever he touches the ball. A guy like
    Powell is aNice dude perhaps but he isn't a top flight caliber wr.