Florida signed 20 football prospects during the early signing period, and the Gators have one prospect in the 2019 class — five-star linebacker Diwun Black — currently committed.
Coach Dan Mullen’s first full recruiting cycle could crack the top 10 (UF’s early class is ranked No. 16 by ESPN) — if the Gators were to land several of the following prospects. Take a look at five prospects still in the mix to sign Feb. 6 with Mullen and the Gators on National Signing Day.
4-star Chris Steele, defensive back — St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California.
Steele has long had the Gators on his radar, and almost committed to Florida before pledging to the University of Southern California on July 7. But Steele de-committed during his senior season and has seemingly narrowed his choices to Oregon, UF and USC. He’ll announce his decision Jan. 5 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and current projections on 247Sports predict Steele will make the cross-country trip and sign with Florida.
4-star Kaiir Elam, defensive back — The Benjamin School, North Palm Beach
Elam, the son of former NFL safety Abram Elam and nephew of former Gator safety Matt Elam, has seemingly narrowed his commitment down to Miami, Florida and Georgia. He took an official visit to Miami on Dec. 7 before the early signing period, and he’ll take visits to UF and UGA in January. Those visits are still being set up, and the Gators will likely look to push for his final visit. Those close to the situation believe that, despite familial ties to Florida, Kaiir hasn’t been pushed to UF by his father or uncle, meaning Georgia could be the team to beat.
4-star Nathan Pickering, defensive tackle — Seminary HS, Seminary, Mississippi
He’s long been on Florida’s radar, and there’s little reason to believe he doesn’t sign with Mississippi State in February, but Pickering has received significant interest from Florida and Alabama despite his commitment to the Bulldogs. The Gators will prioritize defensive back and defensive linemen during January, so expect Mullen to continue pushing Pickering to flip to Florida.
4-star Khris Bogle, defensive end — Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale
Bogle is down to Miami, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee, and, like Steele, he’ll announce his commitment Jan. 5 during the Army All-American game. Florida isn’t the team to beat here, not by any stretch, but UF’s need for depth along the defensive line could make the Gators a dark horse candidate in the next two weeks to land Bogle.
4-star Quashon Fuller, defensive end — Lehigh Senior, Lehigh Acres
Fuller, currently committed to Florida State, is reevaluating all options before signing Feb. 6. The Gators will get an official visit in January, and they’ll prioritize recruiting his entire family — a factor that initially led him to commit to the Seminoles. Auburn has also pushed hard for Fuller, so the Gators may have to stave off an SEC competitor if they hope to land the highly recruited defensive lineman.
What: Peach Bowl
Who: No. 7 Michigan (10-2) vs. No. 10 Florida (9-3)
When: Noon, Saturday
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850