UF football recruiting update

UF coach Jim McElwain talks with Matt Corral, one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, during Friday Night Lights on campus earlier this summer. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

While the current Gators spent the Summer training and participating in organized team activities, much of Florida’s coaching staff spent the offseason recruiting across the country. After building strong relationships with many top prospects in the 2018 class, Florida’s recruiting took off in July.

Thanks to momentum from Florida’s annual recruiting showcase in mid-July, Gators coach Jim McElwain and UF’s 2018 class landed verbal commitments from 10 prospects in the span of four weeks, which boosted the team up from No. 62 all the way to No. 8 nationally in 247Sports’ 2018 class rankings.

Now, Florida’s recruiting efforts will be focused on bringing the remaining targets to Gainesville in the Fall for official visits. With National Signing Day just months away, here are the 17 prospects verbally committed to Florida’s 2018 class.

Matt Corral

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 196 pounds

Location: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA)

Committed: 7/22/2017

Ranking: No. 3 pro-style QB by 247Sports


Jacob Copeland

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 192 pounds

Location: Escambia (Pensacola, Fl.)

Committed: 8/2/2017

Ranking: No. 7 WR by 247Sports


Ja’Marr Chase

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 195 pounds

Location: Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.)

Committed: 7/23/2017

Ranking: No. 12 WR by 247Sports


Amari Burney

Position: Safety

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 215 ponds

Location: Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fl.)

Committed: 6/1/2017

Ranking: No. 14 S by 247Sports


Dameon Pierce

Position: Running Back

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 205 pounds

Location: Bainbridge (Bainbridge, Ga.)

Committed: 8/6/2017

Ranking: No. 9 RB by 247Sports


Curtis Dunlap

Position: Offensive Guard

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 365 pounds

Location: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fl.)

Committed: 7/18/17

Ranking: No. 7 OG by 247Sports


Kyle Pitts

Position: Tight End

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 235 pounds

Location: Archbishop Wood (Warminster, PA)

Committed: 7/20/2017

Ranking: No. 11 TE by 247Sports


Iverson Clement

Position: Running Back

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 199 pounds

Location: Rancocas Valley Regional High (Mount Holly, N.J.)

Committed: 4/13/2017



David Reese

Position: Outside Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 215 pounds

Location: Vero Beach High (Vero Beach, Fl.)

Committed: 7/29/2017

Ranking: No. 20 OLB by 247Sports


Divaad Wilson

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 180 pounds

Location: Northwestern (Miami, Fl.)

Committed: 2/3/2017

Ranking: No. 39 DB by 247Sports


Randy Russell

Position: Defensive back

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 180 pounds

Location: Miami Carol City (Opa Locka, Fl.)

Committed: 7/22/2017

Ranking: No. 35 S by 247Sports


Jalynn Williams

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 188 pounds

Location: St. Petersburg High (St. Petersburg, Fl.)

Ranking: No. 94 WR by 247Sports


Deontai Williams

Position: Safety

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 175 pounds

Location: Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, MS)

Committed: 6/12/2017

Ranking: No. 2 JUCO safety by 247Sports


Corey Gammage

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 188 pounds

Location: American Heritage-Delray (Delray Beach, Fl.)

Committed: 4/8/2017

Ranking: No. 104 WR by 247Sports


Taylor Upshaw

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 240 pounds

Location: Braden River (Bradenton, Fl.)

Committed: 6/10/2017

Ranking: No. 26 DE by 247Sports


Tyquan Thornton

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 170 pounds

Location: Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fl.)

Committed: 7/24/2017

Ranking: No. 115 WR by 247Sports


Dante Lang

Position: Tight end/Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 220 pounds

Location: Boca Raton High (Boca Raton, Fl.)

Committed: 7/21/2017

Ranking: No. 42 DE by 247Sports