Florida flipped a heavily recruited outside linebacker, and one of the top in-state prospects, from Penn State University on Saturday.
Derek Wingo, ranked the No. 24 overall prospect from the state of Florida by 247Sports, committed to the Gators just hours after de-committing from the Nittany Lions, according to Wingo’s Twitter account.
“I would like to thank Coach Franklin and the entire Penn State staff for giving me an opportunity, and I am thankful for all the relationships that have been built between friends and fans. At this time, I feel that I need to make the best decision for me and my family and recommit from Penn State University,” wrote Wingo. “Some people do not understand how hard it can be to make a college decision at such a young age, realizing that one choice will affect the rest of your life. With that being said I would like to officially shut down my recruitment and announce that I’m 100% committed to the University of Florida.”
Wingo, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder out of noted in-state powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, is ranked the No. 11 outside linebacker in the 2020 class.
With the additions of Wingo, Tre’Vez Johnson and Lamar Goods, Florida’s 2020 class has moved up from No. 11 to No. 7 in the 247Sports rankings in the span of 48 hours. The Gators now have a total of 16 prospects committed in the 2020 recruiting class.