Florida expecting top 2020 prospects at Junior Day

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Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun]

The final weekend before Wednesday’s National Signing Day won’t be spent wooing a full slate of highly valued 2019 prospects, but the final Saturday before Feb. 6 will feature plenty of talent in Gainesville.

Dan Mullen and Florida’s coaching staff will host a “Junior Day” on Saturday, featuring multiple highly recruited prospects in the 2020 class, including four-star Alabama commit Carson Beck.

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class out of Jacksonville Mandarin High, Beck as of late has entertained the possibility of flipping from the Crimson Tide and remaining in-state. He’ll visit Miami on Sunday after camping with the Gators, but Florida coach Dan Mullen has made his interest in Beck clear. Although the Gators hold a commitment from fellow four-star quarterback Anthony Richardson of Eastside High, it appears Mullen is keen on boosting Florida’s quarterback room after the 2019 season.

The Gators remain in contention for 2019 running back Mark-Antony RIchards, and UF also appears to be the frontrunner for five-star running back Demarckus Bowman. Ranked the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2020 class, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Bowman stirred up speculation about committing to the Gators in December after UF landed fellow Lakeland stars Deyavie Hammond, Lloyd Summerall and Keon Zipperer, but Bowman’s recruitment has shown no signs of slowing down. He visited defending national champion Clemson on Jan. 26, and the list of suitors should only grow over the next year as Bowman camps across the country.

Four-star offensive tackle Joshua Braun will camp at Florida on Saturday, and the Gators will also look to make an impression on his older brother, Georgia Tech graduate-transfer offensive lineman Parker Braun, over the weekend. Braun, named first-team All-ACC the past two seasons, is considered one of the top transfer targets remaining and his presence would provide much-needed depth to a UF offensive line looking to replace four starters from last season’s team.

Chantz Williams, one of the top defensive linemen in the 2020 class, is expected to make the trip from Orange Park to Gainesville for UF’s Junior Day. Williams is ranked the No. 6 prospect from the state of Florida by 247Sports, and his offer sheet shows it. The weak-side defensive end picked up offers from Oregon and Texas on Jan. 15 and Jan. 17, respectively, and UF’s in-state rivals have upped their pursuits of Williams after his standout junior season, too.

Furthermore, it’s possible Florida continues to gain momentum as the list of 2020 prospects expected to attend Junior Day increases prior to Saturday.

The Gators are enjoying the fruits of their labor when it comes to the 2019 class; therefore, the weekend will give Florida an opportunity to continue building on a promising start to the 2020 class.

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  1. Signing day is almost here and our class is strong. Some are going to say the cool aid has been drunk but I think we’ll be fine. I know some think we are going to take a step back but the last group was a one trick pony and when they ran out of tricks the pony went lame. CDM isn’t a one trick pony.

    • No he isn’t 65, and he has both the boots and the hat!

      I think Mveal updated his initial concern after the bowl game, and that’s all it was — a concern. So sure, I’m paying attention when he expresses something like that because the guy doesn’t say stuff randomly…..but those other jokers who are predicting major setbacks next year? They’re the one trick ponies! We’ll be fine, and maybe not next season, but we’ll be back in Atlanta most ricky-ticky. Hot damn, it’s great to be a Gator, isn’t it?

        • Toward the last part of the season, when it became clear that Mullen was going to keep winning and we were starting to opine about what things would look like next (now this) year, based on some historical trends he had apparently researched, he foresaw a possible step back in 2019 — before things really got rolling in the later years. I thought it was an interesting take, mainly because Mveal is pretty astute and bases things more on logic than emotion — kind of like Sly does too — so I really gave it some thought. As time went on tho, especially after the bowl game, he didn’t mention it too much….so I imagine he changed that opinion somewhere along the way. I’m sure he can explain it better than me tho.

      • Not so fast & wipe that smiley face emoji from your face because the narrative now has evolved and now the “problem” is Mullen can’t land any 5* recruits. And even though he has surpassed FSU and slick Willie in recruiting rankings he is still way behind Master Kirby of the Two Year Dynasty. So slow your roll.

        • 2017 NFL pro bowl, 37 of the 88 players were 3 stars or lower recruits for college. Tom Brady was not even rated.. The point being, it is the quality of the person and their work ethic that counts more than the simple athletic abilities. I hope & believe that Coach Mullen is recruiting quality humans, not just athletic phenoms. Go Gators!

          • CO agrees with you, I know for a fact. He speaks a dialect of sarcasm in which you have to know the ongoing back story to follow.

            You just made a stellar comment tho, one which reminds me of the great movie, “The Hustler” in which George C. Scott’s character says of Fast Eddie Phelps (played by Paul Newman),

            “I’ll put my money on the Fat Man, this other guy is a born loser — all skill and no character.”

            The Fat Man, of course, played by Jackie Gleason, aka, Minnesota Fats.