Florida’s sign of day: Class of 2019

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Jalon Jones, the 2019 quarterback commitment, throws in a drill during Friday Night Lights, the annual University of Florida football camp, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on July 27. Jones made it official Wednesday with his letter of intent. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Gators football signees for the 2019 Class who have been validated by the UF compliance office:

MOHAMOUD DIABATE

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-3.5

Weight: 215 pounds

Ranking: No. 8 outside linebacker, No. 215 nationally

Hometown: Auburn, Ala.

High School: Auburn

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Diabate could end up playing several spots at UF, but the early plan is to use him at the ‘Buck’ position once he steps on campus. Diabate has an opportunity — and the talent — to play early at UF.

KINGSLEY EGUAKUN

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 293 pounds

Ranking: No. 41 offensive guard

Hometown: Jacksonville

High School: Sandalwood

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Eguakun is one of seven offensive linemen signing with the Gators this cycle and he’s poised to slot in at guard. UF will look to replace both starters at guard after the Peach Bowl, meaning Eguakun gives Florida some much-needed depth at the position.

DEYAVIE HAMMOND

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 353 pounds

Ranking: No. 12 offensive guard, No. 174 nationally

Hometown: Lakeland

High School: Lakeland

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Hammond is a highly touted prospect formerly committed to Alabama, but the Gators were the first SEC program to extend him an offer. He may be the most collegiate-ready of Florida’s offensive linemen signees.

WILLIAM HARROD

Position: Offensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 312 pounds

Ranking: No. 27 offensive tackle, No. 307 nationally

Hometown: Fort Washington, MD

High School: National Christian Academy

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: UF needs a true tackle or three, and Harrod should contend for a role in the rotation strictly due to the numbers. Getting him on campus in January is big for UF’s depth in the spring on the line.

JAYDON HILL

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 174 pounds

Ranking: No. 29 cornerback, No. 276 nationally

Hometown: Madison, Ala.

High School: Bob Jones

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Landing Hill was huge for the Gators considering their need for depth behind CJ Henderson and Trey Dean. Like Marco Wilson, Hill is recovering from a torn ACL, although indications are he’s progressed well in his recovery. He won’t be ready for spring, but he’ll enroll early and begin learning the playbook regardless.

TYRON HOPPER

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 205 pounds

Ranking: No. 7 outside linebacker, No. 151 nationally

Hometown: Roswell

High School: Roswell, Ga.

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Signing Hopper was huge for Mullen, especially considering the aggressive push from South Carolina late in the cycle. Hopper won’t enroll until the summer, but his talent still makes him a candidate for early playing time.

JAELIN HUMPHRIES

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 303 pounds

Ranking: No. 17 defensive tackle, No. 272 nationally

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.

High School: Mountain View

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Humphries marks the first defensive tackle signed by Mullen — meaning the Gators had to sign a top one to make up for the drop-off at the position. The Gators have depth waiting in the wings, however, so Humphries won’t be rushed along.

JALON JONES

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 205 pounds

Ranking: No. 11 dual-threat quarterback, No. 313 nationally

Hometown: Richmond, Va.

High School: Henrico

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Jones will likely benefit from the redshirt rule, meaning he’ll see the field in 2019 in four games. UF now has four scholarship quarterbacks, but it seems inevitable the Joneses will battle for the job sooner rather than later.

CHESTER KIMBROUGH

Position: Defensive back

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 167 pounds

Ranking: No. 47 cornerback

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

High School: Warren Easton

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: The Gators have depth at the position, although Kimbrough’s athleticism and sound tackling makes him a candidate to play on special teams from Day 1. And Mullen has been a proponent of rewarding those who make plays on special teams with playing time.

DIONTE MARKS

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 180 pounds

Ranking: No. 105 wide receiver

Hometown: Deland

High School: Deland

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Marks can play either on the outside or in the slot, and he also gives the Gators a potential returner down the road. His talents were on full display during a stellar season at Deland, and Marks’ skill-set could see him hit the field in some capacity sooner rather than later.

JESIAH PIERRE

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 220 pounds

Ranking: No. 42 outside linebacker

Hometown: Mount Dora, FL

High School: Mount Dora Christian Academy

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Pierre is part of Florida’s dynamic linebacker class, and he’s going to slide right inside for the Gators. He’ll work to carve out a role when he arrives in Summer.

RILEY SIMONDS

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 300 pounds

Ranking: No. 29 offensive guard

Hometown: Buford, Ga.

High School: Buford High

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Simonds wasn’t expected to sign with the Gators until February, but the guard prospect couldn’t wait to put pen to paper. He’s a top-30 offensive guard in this class and gives Florida more depth in the future at a position of need.

LLOYD SUMMERALL

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 220 pounds

Ranking: No. 15 weakside defensive end, No. 237 nationally

Hometown: Lakeland

High School: Lakeland

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: The addition of Summerall is huge for the Gators. He’s a true defensive end, and they’re bound to lose several after this season. He could earn himself a spot in the rotation, but he’ll be a critical cog after the 2019 season.

MICHAEL TARQUIN

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 290 pounds

Ranking: No. 24 offensive tackle, No. 281 nationally

Hometown: Citra, Fla

High School: North Marion

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Tarquin became the first prospect to send in his signed letter of intent Wednesday, ending a commitment that seemed set to finish in Miami. Florida flipped him on Nov. 30 and he’ll be on campus come January to contribute to a UF offensive line in for a significant overhaul.

JA’MARKIS WESTON

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 205 pounds

Ranking: No. 72 wide receiver

Hometown: Clewiston, FL

High School: Clewiston

Early Enrollee?: No

Early Analysis: Florida has an abundance of wide receivers, meaning Weston will have time to learn the ropes from UF’s upperclassmen next season. He’ll likely land outside rather than in the slot.

TRENT WHITTEMORE

Position: Safety/wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 190 pounds

Ranking: No. 65 safety

Hometown: Gainesville

High School: Buchholz

Early Enrollee?: No

Early Analysis: Whittemore seems poised to end up at wide receiver — one of several positions he played for the Bobcats this season. He won’t arrive on campus until just before the summer, meaning he’ll have a more narrow window to carve out a role in 2019.

WARDRICK WILSON

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 305 pounds

Ranking: No. 20 offensive guard

Hometown: Opa Locka

High School: Miami Carol City

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early Analysis: Despite being listed as a guard, Wilson’s future may be at the tackle position. The position was a point of emphasis for Florida, and getting seven offensive linemen to sign early is a victory for Florida.

NAY’QUAN WRIGHT

Position: Running back

Height: 5-foot-8

Weight: 188 pounds

Ranking: No. 15 running back, No. 264 nationally

Hometown: Opa Locka, Fl

High School: Miami Carol City

Early Enrollee?: No

Early Analysis: Florida needed to add at least one running back in this class, and Wright gives the Gators a dynamic one. He had a standout season for Miami Carol City after coming back from injury and will certainly be a candidate for early playing time.

ETHAN WHITE

Position: Offensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 360 pounds

Ranking: No. 48 offensive tackle

Hometown: Clearwater

High School: Clearwater

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early Analysis: Let’s not mince words here: White is massive — which also means he may need to put in more work in the weight room than the other six offensive line signees in Gainesville. If the next nine months go according to plan, White could crack the rotation. But early indications are he’s a project in Year 1.

KEON ZIPPERER

Position: Tight end

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 240 pounds

Ranking: No. 4 tight end

Hometown: Lakeland

High School: Lakeland

Early Enrollee?: No

Early Analysis: With the addition of Zipperer, the Gators went 3-for-3 in Lakeland — a huge coup in an area Florida looked to re-take. Zipperer could score each time he touches the football, and only the future will tell just where he ends up. Beating out Miami for his services will pay dividends for Mullen sooner than later as well.

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. As a proud Lakelander I am excited about all three of Lakeland’s finest joining the Gators in 2019.
    In the proud tradition of the Pouncey twins, Chris Rainey and Amare Black these Dreadnaughts are destined for greatness. They are state champions this year, next year it will be national champions.
    GO GATORS!!!

  2. A very good signing class so far. We all saw what CDM did in his first year with the athletes that were already here. This is his second recruiting class and we got some beef for the O-line. We had an awesome class of LB’ers too. Our defense will be getting better yearly and we have had pretty good defenses as it is anyway. Just think about what the SEC is going to be over the next many years with the coaches that these schools now have. We will have, from my opinion, these schools that will be very good. U of F, Ga., Tenn., Bama, T A&M, LSU, and Auburn. These teams are going to be better this year and it will be a gauntlet to survive after beating up on each other. I must also state that who knows which other SEC schools might surprise everyone. I already want next season to be here. GO GATORS!!!

  3. no one knows the actual ranking for about 4 years and add in transfers, injuries and players that do not stay and preferred walk-ons. if we get some leaders, thats worth more than any star from a newspaper. im excited, we will know on the field in time.

    • Stars are only important in the night sky. CDM and his staff have proven in 1 year that they can create SEC type players and any # of stars have no real correlation to the product being created. The biggest issue is team chemistry with losing players and bringing in the new guys. I know we are in good hands and the GATORS future is brighter than all of the stars in the night sky. GO GATORS!!!

  4. What makes me the happiest about this class is that there are no throw something at the wall and pray it sticks scholarships given to 1 star project athletes from East Muckitymuck, NH. It appears that all the players signed today are proven athletes that should contribute to the team in a year or two if not immediately. I got so tired of the last two coaches signing pig in a poke players from 1500 miles away with no ties to the state while there are hundreds of athletes within the state that could have benefited from the same offers.

    • I actually though about making a mock post at how disappointed I was we didn’t steal any one star players away from Akron and Texas ElPaso this year! The Foley Boys made so many weird and stupid decisions over the years, but the freakish recruiting decisions were as bad as their game management!

  5. A most excellent early signing class – many needs have been filled. Guessing we could use at least one more linebacker. Yet, we landed three, including the #7 and #8 rated outside linebackers. Truly impressed with the seven total offensive linemen who have signed on with the Gators. Each and every one of them is an asset with great upside potential. We missed out on a top defensive tackle last year but landed one this year, as well as two defensive ends. A dynamic QB and tight end also signed, as well as great wide receivers and cornerbacks. I am intrigued by our new tailback – reminds me of another Gator who was tough to tackle (built low to the ground with great lower body strength). If I missed anyone in this post, please accept my apology. Every recruit who signed is a huge plus for the Gator football program. GO GATORS!!!

  6. Getting Diatebe away from Auburn was huge. This guy will gain 20 pounds with the new weight training program at Florida. A LB who is 6 ft. 3 in., 235 pounds. Awesome! Of course there will never be another FREAK but maybe this guy comes close if he can be LB, edge rusher and cover backs and tight ends. A good class that will only get better.

  7. Ja’Markis Weston is a slightly under the radar player mainly because he didn’t attend many camps during his high school days. Had he been able to get more camp exposure, I think he would be rated as a four star recruit rather the three stars with which all the rating services have labeled him. He was a two way player at Clewiston, playing both DE and WR there. At 6’4 and 200 lbs. he is a large athletic target who can go up and get the ball with strong sure hands. He is also a good blocker. I think he is destined for big things at UF as a WR. Since he won’t be an early enrollee, he’ll have some catching up to do. Given that we are loaded at WR, he might have to redshirt his first year at UF; but I believe he will be a significant piece of our offense in future years to come.