Gators at No. 6 in ESPN’s 2021 football recruiting class rankings

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The Florida Gators dropped one spot in ESPN’s 2021 Football Class Rankings, now slotting in at No. 6 overall in rankings updated this week.

This ranking is still good for the second-best mark in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), however, trailing only the No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers.

“A third consecutive top-10 class for Dan Mullen in Gainesville is a near lock coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons and top-10 Associated Press poll finishes, as well as the hiring of ace recruiting Tim Brewster,” the Bristol, Connecticut-based company wrote.

“Brewster immediately addressed the need at tight end with ESPN 300s Gage Wilcox and Nick Elksnis. There are two quarterbacks in the class in ESPN 300 Carlos Del Rio and four-star Texan Jalen Kitna.

“A pair of ESPN 300 WRs are in the fold in Trevonte Rucker from an hour’s drive away and Georgia playmaker Daejon Reynolds. ESPN 300 in-state ATH Charles Montgomery could play on either side of the (football).

“ESPN 300 Chief Borders is a versatile jumbo athlete who projects to (play) OLB. ESPN 300 Clinton Burton, Jr. starred at the Under Armour Future 50. ESPN 300 DE Tyreak Sapp will likely move to DT long-term.”

Currently consisting of 17 commits, this ranking is one spot higher than 247Sports, which pegs the Gators at No. 7 in the nation.

The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the way in ESPN’s standings, with the Clemson Tigers, North Carolina Tar Heels and Southern California Trojans rounding out the top-five.

Other SEC programs to make the top-25 were the reigning national champion Louisiana State Tigers at No. 7, Georgia Bulldogs at No. 13, Auburn Tigers at No. 19, Texas A&M Aggies at No. 20, and Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 23.


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