Florida coach Dan Mullen welcomes his first signee of the day.
Position: Wide receiver/Defensive back
Weight: 172 pounds
High School: East Ridge (Clermont)
Ranking: A consensus four-star prospect, Watkins is ranked the No. 17 wide receiver by 247Sports and the No. 28 overall prospect in the 2018 class by ESPN.
How he fits in: Watkins is a dynamic athlete, and he could be a multi-tool at Florida. Once he arrives on campus, the expectation is the UF coaching staff will give him a look on both sides of the field, and his hands coupled with a knack for finding the football have him pegged as a strong contender to become more than just a rotational player in 2018. Certainly one to watch from the get-go.
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Position: Outside linebacker
High School: American Heritage (Plantation)
Ranking: A consensus four-star prospect, Chatfield is ranked the No. 21 weak-side defensive end by 247Sports and the No. 17 defensive end by ESPN.
How he fits in: Although he played on the line in high school, Chatfield is expected to transition to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense, and his chances of seeing the field in 2018 are seemingly contingent upon his development at a new position. However, his athleticism and intelligence on the field could make him a breakout candidate early in his UF career.
Position: Offensive lineman
High School: Lee County (Leesburg, GA)
Ranking: A consensus three-star prospect, McDowell is ranked the No. 28 center by 247Sports and the No. 104 offensive guard by ESPN.
How he fits in: McDowell was a priority for UF coach Dan Mullen last season while at Mississippi State, and McDowell has the drive and work ethic to continue refining his craft. He’ll benefit greatly from a collegiate weight program, but McDowell has his work cut out if he’s to see the field as a freshman, although Florida’s lack of depth at center could make him a candidate for playing time in 2018.
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Escambia (Pensacola)
Ranking: A consensus four-star prospect, Copeland is ranked the No. 13 wide receiver by 247Sports and the No. 5 wide receiver by ESPN.
How he fits in: Considered by many to be the top wide receiver prospect in the state, Copeland gives the Gators a dynamic downfield threat with elite hands. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Copeland should compete for early playing time in Florida’s wide-open wide receiver depth chart from the minute he arrives on campus in June.
Position: Offensive lineman
High School: Cambridge Christian School (Tampa)
Ranking: A consensus four-star prospect, Gouraige is ranked the No. 13 offensive lineman by 247Sports and the No. 6 offensive lineman by ESPN.
How he fits in: Gouraige has the size and skill-set to become a candidate for early playing time, but, like all freshmen, he has his work cut out for him. Considering he arrives at UF ranked higher than any other offensive lineman and can play at multiple positions on the line, don’t be surprised when Gouraige has worked his way into the rotation in 2018.
Position: Strong-side defensive end
High School: Lee High (Huntsville, Ala.)
Ranking: A consensus four-star prospect, Langham is ranked the No. 9 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports and the No. 55 defensive end by ESPN.
How he fits in: Langham’s best quality is his ideal frame for the position, and he’ll benefit from refining his talents under UF defensive line coach Sal Sunseri. Florida is deep on the end, however, meaning Langham has his work cut out to crack the rotation in 2018. But there was reason Alabama fought until the end to land his signature, and Langham’s football intelligence could get him on the field sooner rather than later.