Gardner, Tisdale announce early enrollment plans

Rivals100 CB Chauncey Gardner (right) is one of seven UF commits planning to enroll in January. Florida RB pledge Lamical Perine (left) is considering early enrollment. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Florida coach Jim McElwain only had a pair of early enrollees for 2015, one of whom has since transferred.

It will be a much different story next year.

Half of the Gators’ 2016 class, currently at 14 members, is working to enroll in January.

The latest commits to make early enrollment plans are Rivals100 cornerback Chauncey Gardner and athlete Tyrek Tisdale, who announced their decisions on Twitter this week.

Gardner, an Under Armour All-American, was named by Rivals as the top defensive performer at the IMG 7-on-7 national championship last weekend. With Brian Poole entering his senior year and Vernon Hargreaves III expected to turn pro after this season, Gardner will be able to step in next spring and help fill the void at cornerback.

Tisdale will likely play in the secondary for Florida and worked out as a defensive back when he camped at UF earlier this month. The Gators have signed just a pair of safeties in the last two recruiting cycles, and with Keanu Neal and Marcus Maye now juniors, they could use depth at the position from Tisdale.

The other Florida commits who plan to enroll early are wide receivers Josh Hammond and Isaiah Johnson, offensive lineman Stone Forsythe and junior college prospects Mark Thompson (RB) and Branton Autry (OL).

UF running back pledge Lamical Perine is also considering early enrollment, and the Gators still have more six months to add midyear recruits to their class.