UF football program’s 2020 signees

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Gervon Dexter, Lake Wales, Large School Defensive Player of the Year All-County Football. [PIERRE DUCHARME/THE LAKELAND LEDGER]

Florida’s official 2020 signees who have submitted their national letters of intent to UF on Wednesday:

JOSH BRAUN

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 335 pounds

Ranking: The No. 22 offensive tackle and No. 284 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Live Oak, Florida

High School: Suwannee

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: One of three Gators already practicing with the team during preparation for the bowl, Braun flipped to Florida from Georgia at the last minute and is quickly making an impact. Described by someone close to the team as the most collegiate-ready offensive lineman of the bunch, Braun seems the most likely to contribute along the offensive line as a true freshman. 

 

JOHNNIE BROWN

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 250 pounds

Ranking: No. 23 defensive tackle and No. 226 

Hometown: Sebring, Florida

High School: Sebring

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Brown is a critical piece of Florida’s 2020 class, considering UF’s lack of depth on the interior of the defensive line moving forward. He’s advanced physically, and really would have put himself in position to play in a reserve role as a freshman if he were to enroll early after registering seven sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, seven fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles as a senior. 

 

JEREMY CRAWSHAW

Position: Punter

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 190 pounds

Ranking: The No. 7 punter in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Emu Plains, New South Wales, Australia

High School: ProKick Australia

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: With no more Townsend brothers on the horizon, the Gators were in need of a punter, and they’ve found their guy in Jeremy Crawshaw. One of the top-10 punters in the 2020 class, Crawshaw comes to Florida by way of ProKick Australia, which was founded in 2007 to help Australian athletes reach the NFL. He should compete with former walk-on Jacob Finn for UF’s starting punter role this season.

 

GERVON DEXTER

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 285 pounds

Ranking: The No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 31 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Lake Wales

High School: Lake Wales High

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: A man among boys at the high school level, Dexter is unquestionably one of the more collegiate ready prospects in the 2020 class. He’ll have to continue getting into shape, but UF’s lack of depth on the interior of the defensive line could see Dexter push for playing time as a true freshman despite not enrolling early at Florida. Recorded 103 solos, 18 sacks and 53 tackles for a loss as a senior. Oh, and he also recorded 23 pancake blocks on offense. 

 

JA’QUAVION FRAZIARS

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 195 pounds

Ranking: No. 32 wide receiver and No. 191 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Dunnellon, Florida

High School: Dunnellon

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: After having an impressive junior campaign that continued for much of his senior year, Fraziars is set to continue his career at Florida when he arrives in the summer. The Gators needed to reload at wide receiver, and UF’s coaching staff believes they’ve landed an underrated one in Fraziars. An Under Armour All-American as well, Fraziars is the next man up in a long line of heralded pass-catchers bound for Florida. 

 

LAMAR GOODS

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 310 pounds

Ranking: No. 34 defensive tackle and No. 349 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

High School: St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CT.)

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: An early enrollee, Goods gives the Gators a sizable defensive tackle prospect who could become a force as he develops physically. Competition at the high school level did come with some questions, but Goods has consistently met each challenge throughout his recruitment. He could bolster UF’s depth on the defensive line rotation if all goes according to plan in spring.

 

FENLEY GRAHAM

Position: Cornerback/returner

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 170 pounds

Ranking: The No. 40 cornerback and No. 551 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

High School: Lakeland

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Graham will compete in Florida’s defensive back rotation, but he may possess the most promise as a return man. He had a pair of kick-return touchdowns last season, including a 99-yarder in the state title game, and showed his two-way capability with three interceptions and eight pass break-ups as a senior. 

 

AVERY HELM

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 170 pounds

Ranking: No. 33 cornerback and No. 399 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

High School: Fort Bend Marshall

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Don’t let Helm’s ranking fool you: he’s a legitimate Power Five cornerback. A sound tackler with 15 pass break-ups over his last two seasons of high school ball, Helm gives the Gators a defensive back unafraid of contact — and one ready to prove the naysayers wrong. He’ll need a year of development when he arrives on campus in June, but Helm should only help continue Florida’s “DBU” tradition.

 

TRE’VEZ JOHNSON

Position: Safety

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 175 pounds

Ranking: The No. 36 safety and No. 470 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

High School: Bartram Trail

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Safety is another area the Gators lack depth, and Johnson could end up pushing for playing time as a sophomore. Great ball instincts and a sound tackler who would have benefited from enrolling early at Florida. He should see action in at least four games next season while continuing to develop. 

 

JALEN LEE

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 295 pounds

Ranking: No. 21 defensive tackle and No. 265 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Watson, Louisiana

High School: Live Oak

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Another late addition to UF’s 2020 class, Lee is a critical piece at a position of need for the Gators. Expected to sign with LSU until several weeks ago, Lee signed with Florida over offers from Alabama and Georgia, and he should be physically ready to play in at least four games next season before competing for significant minutes in 2021. 

 

RICHIE LEONARD

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 320 pounds

Ranking: The No. 45 offensive guard and No. 761 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports

Hometown: Cocoa, Florida

High School: Cocoa

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Leonard’s already on campus and practicing with the Gators, giving him a head start on the typical head start for early enrollees. As a young offensive lineman, his early development will center around learning UF’s blocking scheme and playbook while developing in the weight room, but Leonard could one day be a starter on UF’s offensive line. 

 

MORDECAI MCDANIEL

Position: Safety

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 195 pounds

Ranking: The No. 15 cornerback and No. 204 overall prospect by 247Sports.

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

High School: St. John’s College HS

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: McDaniel flipped to Florida from Tennessee late in the process, giving the Gators three of the top-15 ranked cornerbacks in the 2020 class. However, there’s a strong chance McDaniel’s future is at safety rather than cornerback. With his position in flux, it’s hard to put a gauge on McDaniel’s short-term potential. Considering he possesses an elite combination of athleticism and football IQ, however, and McDaniel could be set to see the field sooner rather than later. 

 

GERALD MINCEY

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 320 pounds

Ranking: The No. 83 offensive tackle and No. 137 prospect from the state of Florida by 247Sports.

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale

High School: Cardinal Gibbons

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: As an offensive lineman, Mincey will spend much of his first year on campus developing and learning the playbook, especially considering he isn’t an early enrollee. He was dedicated to the game throughout his high school career, however, meaning Mincey will push those in front of him from the minute he arrives on campus. 

 

JONATHAN ODOM

Position: Tight end

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 250 pounds

Ranking: The No. 29 tight end and No. 95 prospect from the state of Florida by 247Sports.

Hometown: Tampa

High School: Jesuit

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: Florida’s lone tight end in the 2020 class, Odom, the son of former Gators standout offensive lineman Jason Odom, gives UF another tight end to back-up Kyle Pitts next season. Recorded eight touchdowns on just 19 catches as a senior. With the Gators seemingly set at his position next season, Odom can focus on refining his blocking while developing in Florida’s strength and conditioning program. 

 

ETHAN POUNCEY

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 160 pounds

Ranking: The No. 9 cornerback and No. 128 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Winter Park, Florida

High School: Winter Park

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Pouncey is a lockdown corner who recorded eight interceptions and 21 pass break-ups as a junior. The Gators will get his brother as well, giving UF another set of Pouncey brothers. As an early enrollee, Ethan has a chance to earn playing time from the jump in Florida’s secondary.

 

ANTWAUN POWELL

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 235 pounds

Ranking: The No. 10 weak-side defensive end and No. 180 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

High School: Indian River

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Considering his ranking, position and status as an early enrollee, Powell is one of the more important additions to UF’s class. One of the top rush ends in the 2020 class, Powell gives the Gators a potential contributor as a true freshman — that is, if he can take advantage of UF’s offseason training program and the ensuing spring camp. He’s also one of several Gators still set to participate in the upcoming Under Armour All-American game. 

 

ANTHONY RICHARDSON

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 225 pounds

Ranking: The No. 5 dual-threat quarterback and No. 190 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

High School: Eastside 

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: The area’s most promising prospect is now a Gator. Richardson’s recruiting profile has continued to grow over the past two years, leading him to participate in some of the nation’s top development programs and camps. He’s met every challenge along the way and now turns his attention toward excelling at Florida as a true freshman. One of three early enrollees already practicing with the Gators, Richardson gives Florida a competitive and mature freshman under center to build around in the future. 

 

JAHARI ROGERS

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 170 pounds

Ranking: No. 7 cornerback and No. 120 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

High School: Arlington

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: One of the highest rated recruits in the 2020 class, Rogers is fairly new to the defensive back position, having played quarterback during his first three seasons of high school football. But after an impressive senior season, and after showcasing his lockdown ability at numerous camps, Rogers appears to have the makings of a starting cornerback at the Power Five level. Arriving on campus early should bolster Rogers’ chances of earning minutes in UF’s rotation in spring camp. 

 

RASHAD TORRENCE II

Position: Safety

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 195 pounds

Ranking: No. 32 safety and No. 335 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

High School: Marietta

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: Safety was a high-priority position for the Gators to address in the 2020 class, and Torrence gives the Gators a high-IQ prospect with the ideal frame for the position. What Torrence lacks in height he makes up for with athleticism and physicality; he registered 111 tackles and seven pass break-ups as a senior despite already being committed to Florida since Dec. 16, 2018. 

 

ISSIAH WALKER JR.

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 310 pounds

Ranking: The No. 14 offensive lineman and No. 140 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Miami, Florida

High School: Norland

Early Enrollee?: Yes

Early analysis: The highest-ranked offensive lineman in UF’s 2020 class, Walker was pursued by all in-state programs before ultimately committing to Florida. He never wavered in his pledge and is set to arrive in Gainesville in time for the spring semester. With playing time readily available on UF’s offensive line rotation, Braun and Walker should be the likeliest contenders to earn early minutes. He signed Wednesday night.

 

DEREK WINGO

Position: Outside linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 210 pounds

Ranking: The No. 7 outside linebacker and No. 81 overall prospect in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas

Early Enrollee?: No

Early analysis: One of the nation’s top prospects at outside linebacker, Wingo should push for playing time as a freshman despite UF’s depth at the position as of late. Recorded 14 sacks as a senior en route to a state championship and was an aspiring quarterback early in his high school career. The Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Florida, Wingo is ahead physically and has a high football IQ that should help him see the field sooner than later. 

17 COMMENTS

  1. Great haul and more to come.

    Too bad about Emmitt Jr not being among legacy Gators, but he’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last youngster not to follow in his Dad’s footsteps — at some level you’ve got to respect that. Either that, or for a kid from Dallas Stanford is a lot more woke than Hogtown. 🙄 🤐😢

  2. This recruiting class follows CDM’s pattern of annual improvement. They’re currently ranked #8 by 247Sports with 21 signees by tonight, 3 remaining hard commits, plus 3 more potential prospects to be landed by February signing day.

    That’s an improvement over the 2019 class, which finished at #9 and lost 5 signees to academic ineligibility and transfers out. It also has the potential to finish 7th, or even 6th, depending on how Auburn and Texas A&M do between now and February.

    BTW 6, E.J. Smith is just verbally committed to Stanford. Don’t give up on CDM selling him on becoming a Gator legacy….. yet.

  3. Thanks St Louis and Gator-6 for sticking around. It’s sure lonely around here. I tried out a “real”
    recruiting site. Even paid ten bucks to become a “Gold Member”. I’ve learned many things. Dan Mullen is a terrible recruiter. This class is trash. The coaching staff needs a complete over haul. Etc. Etc. Etc. I think I’m not sufficiently advanced in recruiting expertise to perceive the disaster that is befalling us. Therefore I have renounced my Gold Membership and have determined to just stick with whatever we call our little group.
    All joking aside. I don’t post much, but I appreciate the insight and humor of the little group around here. Go Gators!

    • Hey Galvez…….this is the place to be, and I’m sure glad you decided to come back. We certainly missed you, although judging by the overall number of posts to this eventful day in Gator football, if I was an alien from outer space who just landed — I’d be wondering if the Gators even fielded a team!

  4. A seemingly “nice class” and far better than most. My hope is Dan’s staff has recruited young men with character and not the wild bunch that has no intentions of going to school. I’d rather have all 4/3s that are real men than 5/4s which stay in trouble. What a grand opportunity in life for these guys!

    Yes, the media is giving us little to no recruitment love. LSU is their current darling. I believe they are fearful UF is about to bust up the LSU/BAMA/UGA party. As a father of two sons, based on my TV vantage point, I would be advising to not consider the emotional ridden K Smart (always hate the scene of his staff having to pull him back off the field, appears just stupid) or the violent tempered Saban. Coach O scares me the most, because he really appears to be a leader that young men are attracted to. Dan and staff may appear “plain”, but they have brains and a real plane!

    • Dewayne, I agree totally, and I my opinion Dan Mullen will turn out to be one of the greatest Gator head coaches ever. Now as far as Coach O — he really is scary if you’re an opponent. I’d say he’s the real deal too…….he played at NSU in Natchitoches, La, a few years after I was there for grad school. Now, I don’t know him personally for that reason, but I taught a lot of coon-asses just like him while I was there and if there’s one thing you can take to the bank it’s that he doesn’t know how to be anybody but who he is. No hidden agendas, honest as the day is long and simple values……and the troops love him. They also play their guts out for him.

    • BSCE, CDM and staff are following the Dabo Sweeney Clemson model of recruiting solid classes that fill team needs every season and coaching them up to excellent team performances. It’s a model that works very well IF you have excellent coaching and a little patience.

      Take a look at the 2019 4-year 247Sports composite recruiting team ranking at the link below:

      https://247sports.com/season/2019-football/collegeteamtalentcomposite/

      The 1st thing that jumps out at you from this site is how much the top 15 in their recruiting composite ranking resemble the top 15 in the CFP Committee’s finan ranking last week. The second thing that jumps out at you is the value of excellent coaching in developing the recruits’ potential into real performance.

      USC and FSU ranked 4 and 6 in 247 composite recruiting, yet due to mediocre to poor coaching, ended up #22 and out of the top 25 in the final CFP ranking. Clemson and UF ranked 9 and 15 in 247 composite recruiting, yet due to great coaching, ended up #3 and #9 in the final CFP ranking (and we here agree the Gators should be ranked higher in the CFP.)

      Also, note that due to losses to academic disqualification and the transfer portal, the Gators only had 78 scholarship players in their 2019 #15 composite class, compared to others ranked higher that had their full complement of 85. That highlights how much better a coaching job CDM and staff had to do to end up in the CFP top 10 this season. It won’t be that bad in 2020 and beyond, when the Gators get to have their full complement of 85 scholarship players on the team.

      So, let the trolls on other sites continue to chase the shiny objects. We on this site know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is a NC team!

  5. I am happy with the class. The recruiting services used to be a good barometer of the class rankings but now, its just a business. Think about it….a recruiting service hires a group of writers to evaluate and rank every high school player in the country. It’s an impossible task. So how do they do it…they look at Bama, LSU, Clemson and see who is on their board. If the player gets an offer from an elite school, they jump. If they get an offer from multiple schools, they jump.

    Next they look at these invitational camps. Well coaches decide who gets invited and, of course, they evaluate the talent. The recruiting services look at who the schools get hot and cold on afterward and adjust the stars.

    And recruiting services tout that 5*s win championships and the number on each national championship. Well, of course that’s true, because they use the top national championship contenders to evaluate talent. Also, only the top 20-30 kids in the country get 5*s and EVERYBODY knows they are good. Predicting they will be successful is about as easy as saying “I believe Duke will be good at basketball most years.” or “Alabama will play good football.” or having the #1 pick in fantasy football and then picking a good player.

    Overall, most universities have more people focused on recruiting than the entire recruiting service. Football coaches need to win games to keep their jobs. Recruiting services need to sell $9.99/month VIP memberships. Coaches rely on talent and need talent, recruiting services rely on controversy so you will hold on to that membership for just one more month.

    Basically, you need a blue chip roster of 4s, high 4s and a 5 sprinkled in there. 3s will work if you see something in them. The biggest thing is a balanced roster. Therefore RB and WR is concerning but I trust Mullen over a bunch of bloggers who are watching highlight tapes of high school football posted on Twitter.

  6. I remember a time when someone on this board didn’t believe Jalen Lee was going to sign and his commitment didn’t mean anything. I gave that person life changing advice to think optimistically and calm down a bit. He took that advice and seems to be happier now. Glad I could help.