After signing 21 football prospects in the Early Signing Period, the Gators will look to complete the 2019 class during National Signing Day — and possibly rise into the top-10, too.
The signing of two committed prospects — linebacker Diwun Black and wide receiver Arjei Henderson — is all but guaranteed Wednesday, and Florida coach Dan Mullen has the Gators firmly in the mix to land up to four uncommitted prospects by the day’s end.
Ranked the No. 3 weak-side defensive end in the 2019 class by the 247Sports composite, Khris Bogle will put pen to paper at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday during a ceremony at Cardinal Gibbons High. Bogle visited the Gators on Jan. 25 and Miami this past weekend, although most expect the 6-foot-4 prospect to spurn the advances of both the ’Canes and Gators and stick with his Jan. 5 commitment to Alabama.
Florida could potentially add a dynamic offensive weapon in Mark-Antony Richards, who has seemingly narrowed his decision to Auburn, Penn State and Florida. Ranked one of the top athletes in the 2019 class, Richards, whose brother, Ahmmon, played wide receiver at Miami until suffering a career-ending injury, has been trending in the direction of Auburn as of late, yet many believe the Gators are still a player in his recruitment. He’ll announce his collegiate destination at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at Wellington High.
Before Mullen takes the lectern at 1:30 p.m. to recap his first complete recruiting cycle as UF’s head coach, the Gators will await the announcement of highly regarded defensive back Kaiir Elam. It appears to be a Florida-Georgia battle for Elam, the nephew of former Gators defensive back Matt Elam, and UF remains optimistic about its chances to keep Elam in-state and out of the Kirby Smart’s locker room.
Mullen has emphasized the need for defensive linemen, and the Gators did address the position this class by adding defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries and Louisville transfer Jon Greenard, yet UF may be in play for another defensive lineman.
Charles Moore, a former five-star defensive lineman who committed to Mullen while at Mississippi State in August of 2017, has narrowed his decision to Auburn, Florida and LSU after a whirlwind conclusion to his recruitment. Moore has been hard to read throughout the month of January, as each official visit has led him to reassess his decision. He told reporters on Jan. 13 that UF’s stature as a top-10 public university would heavily factor into his decision, although the SEC offers no shortage of elite academic programs from which Moore will choose.
The Gators currently have 71 scholarship players on campus and in classes, including nine early enrollees and Greenard. The 12 other prospects who signed in December will bring the total to 83 this summer.
If you add the two prospects who have already committed and are expected to sign Wednesday — Black and Henderson — UF will be at 85 scholarships, the NCAA limit.
Still, UF could sign three or four prospects Wednesday as long as there is further attrition, possibly/likely after the spring. The Gators will have to be at 85 scholarship players for the start of preseason camp in August.
One thing’s for certain: Florida’s 2019 class will grow by the end of the day Wednesday. Just how high the class will rise remains anyone’s guess.