Florida’s National Signing Day arrivals with a huge surprise

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

These are the football players signed, sealed and delivered for the Gators, who entered the day with 21 signed from December’s Early-Signing Period, on National Signing Day:

DIWUN BLACK

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 215 pounds

Ranking: No. 9 inside linebacker prospect in the 2019 class by 247Sports. No. 5 overall prospect from Florida.

Hometown: Forest, Mississippi

High School: Osceola

How he fits: Black can realistically play multiple spots for Florida. He could play inside linebacker, where he excelled as a junior at Forest High before transferring to Osceola for his senior year. But Black also has potential at the nickel and dime positions, and he has the vision and hands to play safety at the next level. The Gators are likely salivating at their new multi-tool on defense.

KHRIS BOGLE

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 215

Ranking: No. 49 overall prospect in the 2019 class by 247Sports. No. 3 weak-side defensive end

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale

High School: Cardinal Gibbons

How he fits: Widely regarded as the top pass rusher out of the state of Florida in the 2019 class, Bogle gives the Gators an absolute unit on the defensive line. With elite size and speed for the position, Bogle boosts a defensive line looking to replace several starters. Dan Mullen has now stolen elite defensive ends from the Crimson Tide in consecutive classes. That’s seemingly how you retake the state.

KAIIR ELAM
Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 185 pounds

Ranking: No. 10 defensive back in the 2019 class by 247Sports. No. 9 overall prospect from Florida.

Hometown: North Palm Beach

High School: The Benjamin School

How he fits: Elam gives the Gators another top-10 defensive back in the 2019 class, in turn keeping him out of the clutches of Kirby Smart and Georgia. After defensive backs coach Charlton Warren was hired away by the ‘Dawgs, it appeared the Gators could lose one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects. But Mullen’s hiring of Torrian Gray, coupled with his strong relationship throughout the cycle with Elam, results in the Gators landing the dynamic defensive back.

ARJEI HENDERSON

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 185 pounds

Ranking: No. 23 wide receiver by the 247Sports composite ranking. No. 22 overall prospect out of Texas by 247Sports.

Hometown: Richmond, Texas

High School: Fort Bend Travis

How he fits: Henderson committed to the Gators on Jan. 2, rounding out a wide receiver class that lacked a dynamic talent despite signing three wide receivers who are highly regarded inside the UF program. Henderson stuck to the very end despite multiple programs pursuing him, and he’ll arrive in June with an opportunity to crack Florida’s deep wide receiver rotation.

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  1. Great to see Gators having success in the talent rich south Florida area, with this one being especially sweet coming at the expense of Alabama! With the current state of FSU and UM programs, this is an open window for UF to aggressively pursuit the best of the best. Go Gators.

  2. Great class! Sorry so many Florida players left the State that has taken care of them throughout their high school years. Kudo’s to those players that showed how important loyalty and family are by sticking with their home State! Best of luck to All… Grats to the HS coaches that supported the State of Florida! Go Gators!