Gators land 2021 QB Jalen Kitna, son of NFL’s Jon Kitna

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Florida’s 2021 class landed a commitment Tuesday from three-star quarterback Jalen Kitna, giving the Gators and coach Dan Mullen their second commitment from a signal caller in the current recruiting class.

Kitna, a three-star prospect by 247Sports currently playing in Burleson (Texas), committed to Florida following an offer in January from UF quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson and Mullen, just days after Kitna opted to de-commit from Boston College.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect is the son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, who served as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach before taking the Burleson coaching job in early March.

Kitna’s commitment should clear up any lingering uncertainty regarding Florida’s quarterback situation. Following the departure of Jalon Jones, the Gators flirted with the possibility of signing two signal callers in the 2020 class before zeroing in on highly regarded Eastside High quarterback Anthony Richardson, who joined the program in December as an early enrollee.

With Feleipe Franks now enrolled at Arkansas, the Gators appear set to enter the fall with just three scholarship quarterbacks – which meant adding a second signal caller to the fold in some capacity was a priority for Florida’s coaching staff.

Now, Kitna will join four-star pro-style quarterback Carlos Del Rio as next in line to develop under center at Florida.

Kitna’s commitment is the second in the span of 48 hours for the Gators following the addition of four-star wide receiver Charles Montgomery. With 17 commitments, Florida’s 2021 class ranks No. 6 according to 247Sports.

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  1. I’ve got to say something about Jon Kitna. After the end of his NFL career he was teaching and coaching at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington. Lincoln is a low income inner-city school, and Jon had a great reputation there as a teacher and a coach. During that time, towards the end of the season, he was picked up by the Cowboys as a backup quarterback. They had an emergency, and he knew the playbook. He was paid on a per-game basis, and he donated his salary to the school and its athletic program. It was no small piece of change for a school like that.

    I’ve also seen him speak about his experiences there. I have to believe that some of this has to have rubbed off on his son. So I’m thinking we’ve got a guy with character, and hopefully a pretty good quarterback too.