Gators 2020 & 2021 classes now ranked top-10

Florida coach Dan Mullen gestures as he speaks with members of the media during a news conference to announce the 2018 recruiting class on National Signing Day at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

When it comes to the 2019 class, Dan Mullen and the Gators are poised for a strong finish on the recruiting trail.

But the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes are shaping up to be something special.

On Sunday, Florida landed a commitment from Vanguard (Ocala) defensive end Bryce Langston, ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 overall in-state prospect in the 2021 class.

Langston, a five-star sophomore, is ranked the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2021 class, giving Mullen and the Gators a exemplary foundation with more than two years until the 2021 Class’ Signing Day.

Langston’s commitment comes less than a week after his teammate, Trevonte Rucker, opted to become the third member of Florida’s 2021 class.

Rucker, the No. 10 wide receiver in the 2021 class by 247Sports, is also considered a top-10 in-state prospect after helping lead Vanguard to a 13-1 season.

With the commitments of Langston and Rucker, the two highest-rated prospects in Florida’s class, the Gators are on track to finish with the SEC’s top-ranked class in 2021.

And Florida’s 2020 class cracked the top-10 Saturday when Ja’quavion Fraziars became the sixth prospect to commit to the Gators and Mullen, and the in-state prospect seemingly has a world of potential.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound athlete played both wide receiver and strong safety for the Dunnellon Tigers this season, and previously excelled at varsity baseball.

While the 2019 class rightfully brings much excitement, early indications are the next two classes appear to be even more promising for the Gators.


  1. Vision. Were we are now looking forward with a plan were we used to look at right now without regard to a future. Mullen took what we had and made a bunch of listless into unorganized talented players into a capable cohesive unit. Now with recruiting he can bring in players to fit the system he wants. Mullen will change his system over time as the game changes. There will be home runs and strike outs but Mullen seems like hell do it right. To use ask analogy of history we were Nat Champs them we entered the dark ages, it appears we have entered an age of enlightenment and prosperity. Can’t wait for signing days. Bowl, spring training, O&B and next season. Go Gators!

  2. The recruiting ball has begun to roll again at UF. The key to signing elite classes is to get at least half of our commitments before the prior season begins.

    The Gator coaching staff are off to a great start for 2020 and 2021!

    Go Gators!!!

  3. We are beginning to see the fruition of Mullen’s impact on the program this year. These recruits have seen from this year’s team that Mullen and his assistant coaches are going to develop them to their full potential. The Vanguard pipeline reminds me of the Lakeland Kathleen pipeline in the mid-2000s. Now we have 2 commitments from Vanguard to work on their teammate and top Florida WR prospect in 2020 Leonard Manuel. The bump class definition may have changed from the 2nd year to the 3rd year with the new early signing period. The other 2 current 2021 commitments are teammates at Stone Mountain, GA. New pipeline? Does anyone know which assistant covers Georgia?

  4. I just takes time and patience… and WINNING.

    Win on the field, and the top recruits will come. Coach Mullen told these recruits at various camps that UF will get back on the winning track again, and when they put together a solid 9 – 3 regular season record with wins over teams like Miss. St. and LSU, and then finishing off the season with a rout of fsu in Tally, I for one believe it sold a lot of recruits on what Mullen was doing at Florida.

    What I like about kids like these, is that they are usually the ones who stick with their commitments to a university.