Gators land 4* OL William Harrod


The first weekend of the 2018 season has already paid dividends for Florida on the recruiting trail.

William Harrod, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman out of National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland, verbally committed to Florida’s 2019 class after taking an official visit to UF on Saturday.

Harrod, who holds offers from the likes of North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida State, was trending in favor of Michigan prior to last week before a late push from UF offensive line coach John Hevesy brought the four-star prospect on board.

Harrod is ranked the No. 31 offensive lineman in the 2019 class by the 247Sports composite ranking.

With Harrod’s commitment, which is non-binding until he signs a letter of intent, the Gators have 14 commits in the 2019 class.


    • That would be the logical thing to assume and may I add the fact that the other schools on his list looked pretty bad on the field last Saturday. Then again we have been told by the recruiting experts on these boards that on field performance has no bearing on recruiting. In fact ole Willy @ Tallycrappy has been touted as killing us on the trail even though his team had a bad season last year. However, logic and common sense will trump those experts and as long as we put forth a good product on the field we will do just fine on the trail as well.

      • Yeah pretty hard to argue on field performance has no bearing on recruiting, when just a couple days ago Trey Sanders was pretty much a heavy Bama lean. After being at this game and talking about how smooth the offense looks and how much better it is than last season, he now says the Gators have a really good chance. If this offense can keep producing like that, then you’re going to see a lot more studs starting looking the Gators way.

  1. In all seriousness if these recruits stay with us as they haven’t signed anything yet, we are on the way to a solid class. Our OL is a concern and picking up the 31st ranked OL is a great get. These young players are looking at a lot of teams to see where they would fit and want to play. They see a team that was as predictable as the sun rise now look like a real team with potential. (said look like as they have to show us this is not a flash in the pan.) Leadership training says Mullen is doing everything right in turning the program around. All need to result in points on the board with W’s when the gun goes off. (Do they even fire a gun anymore?) W Harrod I hope you want to be a GATOR and be a part of the new era.

    • G 65 that is exactly why getting all bent out of shape about recruiting rankings this early in the season is so asinine, none of these kids have signed anything yet and won’t do so until Dec or Feb. If FSU continues to be so inept some of their “commits” will not sign with them. Same thing is happening in Miami. It’s much more than just wins and losses and it looks like Mullen, his staff, and his system is going to be fun and competitive while Miami and FSU are trending the opposite way.

    • Agree totally with CO Jones – I have this cautious yet optimistic feeling that the Gators are going to compete for the SEC East this year. Good to excellent performances this year will translate into excellent recruiting for next year. Looks like FSU is slipping, and while Miami is a good team and has a good coach, their loss to LSU could play to our favor (we of course need to beat LSU this year at home). Gamecocks are rated ahead of us, but are they really better than the Gators (remember who there coach is)? Stay healthy, stay out of trouble, and the Gators could have anywhere from 8 to 12 wins this year (the latter would require an upset win against the Bulldogs, but then, we have always been their nemesis). GO GATORS!!!