One week into spring football, Florida is already gaining momentum on the recruiting trail.
Over the last 10 days, UF has landed four verbal commitments and hosted more than 30 prospects on campus, including 10 Rivals250/Top247 members.
The Gators now have seven pledges in their 2016 class, the same number Jim McElwain had for 2015 when he took over the program in December.
A month and a half removed from signing day, McElwain and his staff have already assembled a top-15 class and the momentum from last month has seemingly carried over into the 2016 recruiting cycle.
“There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the program,” said Florida linebacker commit Vosean Joseph, who visited this past weekened. “Recruits are looking at UF now and seeing this is a program that was on top, went down, but with the right players and coaches it’s going to come back up. Right now everybody thinks Florida will be back on top soon.”
If the latest visitors and commitments are any indication, there appears to be a high level of interest from recruits. With five or six wide receivers needed in this class, the Gators have secured a pair of pledges at the position and landed visits from some of their top targets, including Cavin Ridley, Eli Stove, Freddie Swain and Binjimen Victor.
The commitments of Rivals100 cornerback Chauncey Gardner and safety Spencer Perry gives McElwain more talent to stockpile in the secondary. The Gators also seem to have an early edge for several 2016 recruits on both sides of the ball.
“The momentum is going up,” UF defensive end commit Eric Mitchell said. “I actually see people committing to Florida early. I didn’t see that a year ago. Recruits weren’t even really visiting like they are now. With the guys being recruited on offense and defense and the players already there, we’re eventually going to have a great team at Florida.”
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