Four-star DB Mordecai McDaniel flips commitment to UF from Tennessee

(Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer)

Florida’s 2020 class flipped four-star safety Mordecai McDaniel from Tennessee late Friday night, giving the Gators another commitment from a highly recruited prospect.

McDaniel took an official visit to UF back in April for the Orange and Blue game, and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray didn’t stop pursuing the Washington, D.C., native throughout the season despite his now-prior pledge to the Volunteers.

In addition to McDaniel, ranked the No. 15 cornerback by 247Sports, the Gators hold commitments from safeties Rashad Torrence and Marc Britt in a class ranked No. 6 in the nation with the early signing period less than a week away.

McDaniel’s pledge gives UF 24 commitments in the 2020 class.


  1. Tennessee is on the uptick, of that there is no doubt ……. but you have to strain to detect it. This youngster obviously detected it, saw where that program is going, liked what he saw and how he would fit in there. OK, nothing unusual there — but then, without straining, he sees where Dan Mullen has Florida in the same period of time. Smart young man, I’d say.

  2. Nice pickup for the 2nd day in a row. Safety is a position of need for this Gator recruiting class, just as OL is.

    The last 3 or 4 commits need to be DL’s, a RB and another WR. Make those pickups and this recruiting class will be solidly in the top 6 and solidly balanced, based on positions of need. That last condition is really important because coming up short of QB and OL recruits in multiple classes was what first got Jimbo Fisher in trouble in Tally and the Semis STILL haven’t recovered.

  3. David, I agree with you on the additional OL. As to why so many DBs, the Gator defensive alignment requires more DBs than typical, with the star position amounting to a 5th DB, leaving only 2 true LBs. They lose at least 3 DBs out of 12 they have now and Amari Burney will be a full-time LB next season, leaving them with just 8. If they want to have a full 3-deep in the back end, they’ll need 7 signees in this class.

  4. Dude, you oughta write the recruiting blog. No disrespect to Graham Hall, but when the time comes for me to decide whether to renew my Gatorsports sub, one factor that might lead me to drop Gatorsports and pay for another Gator-focused site is (in my very humble opinion) the weakness of the recruiting news on this site. Other sites have weekly mailbags, but beyond that, just basic news updates like this are often lacking. Simple example: In this update, we get the DB’s ranking. Great. Why didn’t we get the ranking of recent OL commitment Josh Braun? We got Braun’s size, which was great. We don’t get this DB’s size or speed, any of the very basic stat-junky stuff. Here, StL’s explanation of the need for eight DBs would have been a great piece of perspective to have passed along in the article (thank you, StL). Again, I’m not raising this to dump on Graham. But in case anyone at the Sun cares to know, the ongoing weakness that I perceive in the recruiting coverage is one reason — and a very important one — as to why I may say sayonara to Gatorsports when my subscription is up.

  5. I hope we don’t lose posters on this site. I find the posts on this site to be informative and great opinions. I find other sites to be informative, but a lot of posters on those site are often attacking each other, the staff and players. It gets old and a waste of time. I like reading the comments on this site and sports writers for the Sun.

    • Plus that, TM & PVB, the format is clearly superior. We’ve lost a lot of the old guys, but we still have you two, and guys like StL, Gi70x7, Joe Shiver, DeWanye and occasionally Daz and Sly will pop in along with a few others of the old guard like “no-priors”, “it’s always something” and more……so if Gatorsports calculated that they’d run everybody off by the way they pulled this stunt that most of the guys would’ve probably paid for with just a little lead in and explanation — well, clearly wrong. I sure hope it picks up tho.

    • I fourth that. We still have some negative posts but this site is not infested with them like the others. We do a pretty good job of taming the hatred and irrational doom and gloom before it feeds on itself.

      • I have a theory about that, Sly: Civility might be a function of age. That is to say, retired guys don’t have the energy to waste on foolishness like that! But I could be wrong since I don’t know how many of our regulars are old enough to be retired anyway.

        • You know, Doc, I got a good chuckle out of your theory. If I didn’t know better, it sounds like you are describing a bunch of old dogs…no bite and rarely a bark, probably from poor eyesight and hearing.

          • True dat, Sly. One caveat tho: Beware of the old man who carries a gun — he just might know and remember how to use the damn thing!

        • Ah…..disagree with me/us, I/we will destroy you. AKA, the politics of personal destruction.

          I don’t believe it is a sin to get angry, but to know why you are angry and to mediate that anger rationally is divine. And, that applies to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddists, atheists and agnostics equally.

          • OOO I’m telling. You managed to include personal attacks, politics, and religion in a couple three short sentences. If that doesn’t get you banned, I don’t know what will.

          • At least I will go content with the knowledge that in the end, Swampy-Tampa didn’t do me in — it was just my big mouth and rotten attitude! πŸ˜›

            Shame about losing that subscription fee tho. I wonder if I can donate the remainder to the Society for the Benevolent Protection of Grumpy Gators with No Redeeming Social Virtues?

          • Joe, one positive take away from lo, those many years in the Army, was that disagreement does not automatically mean disrespect. I had a Brigade commander back in ’97-’99 who mandated that with meaning, and we had the most civil interactions with our next higher and ourselves that you could imagine. Still lots of ways to skin a cat (if of course he wants to be skinned in the first place), still lots of passion and emotion, but we managed to find common ground nearly always.

            Now, that was before I got too big for my britches and went to Corps Hq — the bar room brawls in that place were legion. If you won as many as you lost, you were doing pretty good. Somehow it always worked in the end, but that’s probably because the Senior NCO’s just went about making it work in spite of the officers.

    • There’s more truth in that than most would like to admit, CSM, particularly when it comes to politics. My Dad was a CSM and I spent some time as a Junior NCO, so I was fortunate to realize if you ever wanted the definition of “Over-promoted PFC” all you had to do was open the dictionary to it and my picture would be right there.