The final weekend before Wednesday’s National Signing Day won’t be spent wooing a full slate of highly valued 2019 prospects, but the final Saturday before Feb. 6 will feature plenty of talent in Gainesville.
Dan Mullen and Florida’s coaching staff will host a “Junior Day” on Saturday, featuring multiple highly recruited prospects in the 2020 class, including four-star Alabama commit Carson Beck.
A 6-foot-4, 215-pound pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class out of Jacksonville Mandarin High, Beck as of late has entertained the possibility of flipping from the Crimson Tide and remaining in-state. He’ll visit Miami on Sunday after camping with the Gators, but Florida coach Dan Mullen has made his interest in Beck clear. Although the Gators hold a commitment from fellow four-star quarterback Anthony Richardson of Eastside High, it appears Mullen is keen on boosting Florida’s quarterback room after the 2019 season.
The Gators remain in contention for 2019 running back Mark-Antony RIchards, and UF also appears to be the frontrunner for five-star running back Demarckus Bowman. Ranked the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2020 class, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Bowman stirred up speculation about committing to the Gators in December after UF landed fellow Lakeland stars Deyavie Hammond, Lloyd Summerall and Keon Zipperer, but Bowman’s recruitment has shown no signs of slowing down. He visited defending national champion Clemson on Jan. 26, and the list of suitors should only grow over the next year as Bowman camps across the country.
Four-star offensive tackle Joshua Braun will camp at Florida on Saturday, and the Gators will also look to make an impression on his older brother, Georgia Tech graduate-transfer offensive lineman Parker Braun, over the weekend. Braun, named first-team All-ACC the past two seasons, is considered one of the top transfer targets remaining and his presence would provide much-needed depth to a UF offensive line looking to replace four starters from last season’s team.
Chantz Williams, one of the top defensive linemen in the 2020 class, is expected to make the trip from Orange Park to Gainesville for UF’s Junior Day. Williams is ranked the No. 6 prospect from the state of Florida by 247Sports, and his offer sheet shows it. The weak-side defensive end picked up offers from Oregon and Texas on Jan. 15 and Jan. 17, respectively, and UF’s in-state rivals have upped their pursuits of Williams after his standout junior season, too.
Furthermore, it’s possible Florida continues to gain momentum as the list of 2020 prospects expected to attend Junior Day increases prior to Saturday.
The Gators are enjoying the fruits of their labor when it comes to the 2019 class; therefore, the weekend will give Florida an opportunity to continue building on a promising start to the 2020 class.