4* WR Justin Watkins commits to UF’s 2018 class


Florida’s 2018 class picked up a verbal commitment Saturday from an in-state wide receiver on an official visit in Gainesville.

Justin Watkins, a 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver out of Clermont (Fl.) East Ridge, verbally committed to the Gators and coach Dan Mullen while taking an official visit at UF.

Watkins, ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 21 wide receiver in the 2018 class by 247Sports, is the first wide receiver to commit to in this recruiting cycle.

Watkins’ commitment, which is non-binding until he signs a letter of intent Feb. 7 on National Signing Day, gives the Gators their 15th prospect committed in the 2018 class, and he becomes just the second recruit who has yet to enroll early or sign a letter of intent.


    • Dean, the author of the article was Graham Hall (not Justin). Tampa Gator, the article is about Justin Watkins (not Wilkins). And the other committed but unsigned player is Richard Gouraige (not Couriage), OT from Tampa. Please proof your comments gentlemen. This is all very frustrating. Just kidding.

      Could we maybe cut Graham some slack? He has shown tremendous growth in his coverage of UF football recruiting over the last year or so. So much so that it may be hard for The Sun to keep him. Just as Zach A. grew into the job before him, Graham has become a true recruiting guru as well. Keep up the good work Graham. Your last two video posts were tour de forces.

    • Made a syntax error, as I was originally referring to Watkins becoming UF’s second commitment in this class that hasn’t signed a letter of intent or early enrolled. Forgot to fix it in the first sentence and didn’t catch it until it went up, my apologies for any confusion.

  1. I do see Watkins as potentially contributing more on the defensive side of the ball, such as at cornerback or at safety. His experience as a wide receiver (and his instincts and athletic ability) would probably make him into a shutdown corner, which would be an awesome addition to the Gator D. Regardless of whether he ends up on the defensive side of the ball, he is a very valuable addition to the Gator team. GO GATORS!!!