This is the first in a 10-part series looking at the positional needs and early targets for Florida football in the 2015 recruiting class.
The Gators currently have 19 scholarships available excluding walk-ons. With potential juniors leaving early and inevitable attrition, UF will likely sign 28-30 prospects next year.
Here’s a breakdown of the quarterback position:
Returning players: Jeff Driskel, Will Grier, Treon Harris, Skyler Mornhinweg
Verbal commits: None
Top targets: Deondre Francois, Torrance Gibson, Dwayne Lawson
Others offered: Kelly Bryant, Kyle Murray, Jarrett Stidham
The skinny: With Driskel coming back as well as two highly-regarded underclassmen, quarterback is not a huge need for UF. Moreover, the Gators probably won’t be able to attract an elite prospect because of those returning players in 2015. Mornhinweg transferring seems like only a matter of time due to Florida’s new spread offense, so Will Muschamp needs to sign a QB in this class.
Gibson is his top target but appears to be a long shot. At this time, Francois (Orlando Olympia) and Lawson (Tampa Hillsborough) are the ones to watch out for. Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCF are the early leaders for the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Lawson, while the recruitment of Francois (6-1, 190) is shaping up to be an in-state battle with UF, UM and FSU.
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