Gators moving up recruiting rankings

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Winter Park three-star safety Dakota Mitchell, IMG Academy four-star cornerback Kamar Wilcoxson, and Tampa’s Jordan Young, another cornerback, are promising young players for secondary coaches Ron English and Torrian Gray and project to push to see the field early in their collegiate careers. Plus, flipping Wilcoxson from Tennessee is always nice.

Now standing at an even 20 members, Florida’s 2021 recruiting class moved up one spot to No. 5 nationally in the latest ESPN rankings, released this past week. The Gators are No. 3 in the Rivals rankings.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, Tennessee Volunteers, Clemson Tigers and North Carolina Tar Heels were the only programs to receive higher marks than the Gators.

Owners of 19 commits, 16 of the Buckeyes’ verbal pledges ranked in the ESPN 300, led by Pickerington, Ohio’s Jack Sawyer, the No. 1 defensive end in the class.

Tennessee has eight ESPN 300 prospects of their own, with Hollywood, Florida’s Terrence Lewis, the No. 2 outside linebacker, residing atop the list.

Fort Lauderdale defensive end Tyreak Sapp is Florida’s highest-rated player on 247Sports, but he slots in third in the class on ESPN, with Loganville, Georgia pro-style quarterback Carlos Del Rio earning the top spot.

Baltimore, Maryland cornerback Clinton Burton, Jr., Carrollton, Georgia outside linebacker Chief Borders, and Ocala, Florida wide receiver Trevonte Rucker rounded out the Gators’ top-five commits.

Joining the aforementioned five, Del Rio’s teammate at Grayson High School, wideout Daejon Reynolds, Seffner, Florida offensive weapon Charles Montgomery, Tampa tight end Gage Wilcox, Wilcoxson, and Jacksonville, Florida tight end Nick Elksnis all rank inside the ESPN 300, giving the program ten players to achieve this status.

Other notable class rankings include the Michigan Wolverines at No. 8, Texas Longhorns at No. 9, LSU Tigers at No. 11, Georgia Bulldogs at No. 14, Wisconsin Badgers at No. 15, Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 17, Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 18, Auburn Tigers at No. 20, Florida State Seminoles at No. 21, and Texas A&M Aggies at No. 22.


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