Gators land Cocoa OG Richie Leonard IV

Florida football coach Dan Mullen. [ERNST PETERS/THE LEDGER]

Florida’s 2020 class picked up a commitment Friday from three-star offensive guard Richard “Richie” Leonard IV.

A 6-foot-2, 320-pound prospect out of Cocoa High, Leonard committed to UF over Florida State, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Leonard, a former Wildcats commit ranked the No. 45 offensive guard in the 2020 class by 247Sports, has seen his recruitment take off over the spring after being named the Offensive Line’s MVP at The Opening Orlando in February.

After de-committing from Kentucky on April 19, Leonard took official visits to Kentucky and Tennessee on June 5 and June 21, respectively, leading many to believe the in-state product was set to leave the state for another SEC program.

But area recruiter Greg Knox and offensive line coach John Hevesy were able to land Leonard’s commitment with a later-than-most offer and an ensuing unofficial visit to Gainesville on June 1.

With Leonard’s pledge, the Gators hold commitment from 18 prospects in the 2020 class.


  1. Welcome to the Gator Nation, Richie – you have big shoes to fill, as your fellow Cocoa High School lineman (who is a cross between a bull and a tank) was drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. I firmly believe that you will devote yourself to the Gator strength and conditioning program and become just as strong and have just as much stamina as Jawaan Taylor. We need your help ASAP as we lost several top offensive linemen. I bet you know JT and that he will be your offcampus mentor. GO GATORS!!!