Florida adds Summer B enrollees to roster

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Florida tight end Dante Lang, at last year's Friday Night Lights, is enrolled. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida’s 2018 recruiting class is now complete and all together on campus for the first time.

The seven true freshmen who did not enroll early or for the Summer A semester have arrived and are enrolled for Summer B, the school announced Tuesday.

The seven catching up with the rest of the class are wide receiver Jacob Copeland, tight end Kyle Pitts, tight end Dante Lang, defensive end Malik Langham, defensive back Justin Watkins, defensive back John Huggins and kicker Evan McPherson.

UF also announced the enrollment of three preferred walk-ons — linebacker Umstead Sanders, athlete Jaylin Jackson, who played quarterback in high school, and long-snapper Marco Ortiz.

Copeland and Langham are two of the highest-rated members of the class and are expected to challenge for immediate playing time when camp opens in August.

Copeland likely will start his UF career at slot receiver. During his high school career at Pensacola Escambia, Copeland caught 104 passes for 2,261 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 685 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Langham is one of the top prospects coming out of the state of Alabama. He was a Class 5A All-State selection his senior season at Huntsville Lee after recording 104 tackles and 11 sacks.

The three preferred walk-ons all have interesting back stories.

Sanders comes from Hinds Community College in Mississippi. He is the brother of running back Trey Sanders, a five-star recruit in the 2019 recruiting cycle. He turned down scholarship offers to Jackson State and Murray State to walk-on at UF.

Jackson is a versatile athlete who played cornerback, wide receiver and quarterback during a standout high school career at Tampa Cambridge Christian.

As a dual-threat quarterback, he passed for 5,621 yards and 66 touchdowns and rushed for 1,858 yards and 30 TDs during his high school career. He could get a look at several positions at UF.

Ortiz, who is from Richmond, Va., was rated one of the nation’s top long snappers coming out of high school. The 6-5, 230-pound Ortiz was ranked a five-star prospect and the No. 6 long snapper in the country by Rubio Long Snapping.

 

30 COMMENTS

  1. Welcome to glory! Join your team mates as you will forever be remembered as the team that restored honor to our program and began a new run of dominance. The Third Age of The Gator Begins Now!!

  2. Keep a close eye on Jaylin Jackson. He is a heck of an athlete. Savage may just be able to build him into a very productive player at Florida. He is just too small right now. Reminds me of a smaller version of Toney.

  3. excellent that everyone got here, sometimes these classes, particularly the ones the newspaper rates highly, lose players before they start. Just a little thing like all the guys arriving on time is one more reason to like the start Mullen has had.

  4. TampaGator, totally agree, Jaylin Jackson has crazy feet–the “it factor” for making people miss–and speed to burn. And, yes, he appears to need to bulk up. He reminds me of Dexter McClusky who always made me think, due to his size, that he was one play away from serious injury. I’m not sure he has close to the speed of Dexter McClusky though. Being a lefty QB, he also reminded me of Michael Vick.

    • DrG8r. Did you watch his season’s highlights video on his twitter page? Yes, he was playing against weak competition every week, but his speed and moves (video game like) are for real, and likely why Mullen offered him the preferred walk-on deal. For a little guy, he also played some mean CB and safety in high school, and he laid out some serious hits on that video. It will be interesting to see what position he plays at Florida. But he is most likely a top redshirt candidate this year and will likely play a lot of QB in practice the weeks Florida plays quick spread option QBs.

    • Everyone. Someone on here said I do not have a sense of humor. I was trying to be funny with that post, “compound it!” Not academic. Guess I don’t have a very good sense of humor after all.

  5. I guess at 230 lbs nobody wanted Ortiz at center even thogh he was a 5*. Thats tiny at the college level on the offensive line. Hopefully he can bulk up and play by next year. From others comments looks like size is Jacksons problem too. Came to the right school to get bigger!

      • Gator-6—July 4th greetings to you and all them fightin’ gators. But that’s no way to eat a Krystal. First off, you don’t put cheese on it! What you do is chop up a little onion and put it on a plate, get the French’s mustard and jar of sliced dill pickle out of the fridge and pour up a large glass of iced tea; you then take all that to the dining table. Next, you hightail it to the K., get at least four of ’em per person at the drive thru, get back home fast, put the whole bag in the microwave for 31 seconds. When they’re done…well, any old timey gator knows what to do then.

        • Well I’ll sure try that, Leland. Now you know that the closest Krystal to me here in Salado, Texas is Pensacola on I-10, or Vicksburg, Ms on I-20. Used to be one right at Ft Hood in Killeen, but it was the worst location in town for in and out, and they hauled off and closed it after about 2 years. I gave ’em all the business I could until I got fat, then my wife put her foot down.

          I always get 18 on the road, save the alibis for later. Good for a couple hundred miles usually, but I did have one left over once all the way to Ocala—-it was still delicious! Like Elvis said, “….you don’t know what you’ve got ’till you miss it”.

          • Gator-6—I was wondering what I was going to eat for supper; now I got it. Me, I’m going to Vicksburg come Fall–won’t be no Krystals with hot tamales in town. And then up 61 for more tamales and fried catfish before heading back. What a life, and what a time to be a gator!

      • 6, God gave us freedom. Men and women, drafted or volunteer do what most can’t or won’t. With that freedom there is football to watch in the best country on earth. That might be opinion to some fact to me. Went to some of those other countries.

        • I hear you brother….like you, I’ve had too many muddy boots on the ground in real socialist or marxist countries to buy into the cultural marxism-socialism so popular here now. Some good men and women have left it all on those particular fields to give us what we sometimes take for granted…..from a sack of Kystals in front of the TV on a Saturday afternoon to a warm seat in the Swamp on a hot fall day, yelling our brains out for the Gators. And like you, I can’t help but dwell on that at certain days of the year either.

  6. What amazes me is that when Dan Mullen took MS to a #1 ranking and a double digit season, with a bowl win….he did it with just two 4 star players starting . Dak Prescott was one of them. The rest were just 3 star or less. Coach knows how to draw out the best of the talent his players possess. That’s why I don’t get all caught up in those star #’s. We gonna be alright… Go Gators !!