Meet members of Florida's 2021 signing day recruiting class
Florida's 2021 football signing class after players sent the school their National Letters of Intent:
OLB DIWUN BLACK (6-4, 230)
Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 1 outside linebacker in JuCo
Commit date: Aug. 2, 2018
Twitter handle: @diwunblack
The final word: Black first signed with the Gators as a member of the 2019 class, but he’d have to wait nearly two years to finalize his UF commitment after going the junior college route. Black stuck with it to the end — while helping recruit for Florida along the way — and now joins Florida as a member of the 2021 class. He’ll arrive on campus in January as an early enrollee.
OLB CHIEF BORDERS (6-5, 242)
Heard County (Carrollton, GA)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 19 outside linebacker
Commit date: Nov. 10, 2019
Twitter handle: @ChiefBorders
The final word: An Under Armour game invitee, Borders is ranked one of the top-150 prospects by ESPN. Also received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. Participated in track and field events, including shot put and discus throw. Will enroll early at Florida.
DL JUSTUS BOONE (6-5, 250)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 21 strong-side defensive end
Commit date: Feb. 26, 2020
Twitter handle: @JustusBoone6
The final word: 247Sports writer Charles Power compares Boone’s game to that of Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Breeland Speaks. Signed with Florida despite significant interest from nearby University of South Carolina. Ranked the No. 2 prospect in the 2021 class out of South Carolina by ESPN. Will enroll early at UF.
WR MARCUS BURKE (6-3, 180)
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 32 wide receiver
Commit date: July 20, 2020
Twitter handle: @CERTIFIED_MB4
The final word: Burke was a second-team selection to the Florida Times-Union’s All-Area list after helping lead his team to the 3A state playoffs. He will compete in the state championship game just hours after signing with Florida over offers from FSU, Miami and Georgia. Will enroll early at UF.
S COREY COLLIER JR (6-2, 170)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 6 safety
Commit date: Aug. 10, 2020
Twitter handle: @_ccollierjr2
The final word: His father, Cornelius Collier, played defensive back at Florida State from 1999-2002. Signed with UF despite heavy interest from Miami and FSU. Collier, ranked a top-100 prospect by ESPN, also holds a scholarship offer from Clemson. Enrolling early at Florida.
QB CARLOS DEL RIO-WILSON (6-3, 215)
Cartersville (Cartersville, GA)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 11 pro-style quarterback
Commit date: July 26, 2019
Twitter handle: @QBCarlosDelRio
The final word: An Elite 11 finalist, which recognizes the top quarterback prospects each year. Transferred from Grayson to play his senior season. Committed to Florida after participating at Friday Night Lights in 2019. Del Rio-Wilson will enroll early at Florida.
TE NICK ELKSNIS (6-6, 220)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 14 tight end
Commit date: March 7, 2020
Twitter handle: @NickElksnis
The final word: ESPN has Elksnis in the top-300 and ranks him as a four-star prospect. A Times-Union All-First Coast first-team selection, Elksnis committed to Florida less than a week after backing off a commitment to Penn State. He’ll enroll early at Florida as well.
QB JALEN KITNA (6-4, 200)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 35 pro-style quarterback
Commit date: May 26, 2020
Twitter handle: @KitnaJalen
The final word: Kitna transferred to Burleson from Frisco Reedy for his senior season to be coached by his father, former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna. Holds offers from Boston College and Arizona. A four-star prospect by ESPN, Kitna will enroll early at UF.
DB JASON MARSHALL JR. (6-2, 180)
247 Composite: 5-star, No. 2 cornerback
Commit date: Aug. 9, 2020
Twitter handle: @JasonJr3
The final word: Florida’s top-ranked signee in the class, Marshall wasn’t just courted until the last minute by the ‘Canes. Alabama and coach Nick Saban kept calling, but Marshall stuck with the Gators in the end. 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins predicts Marshall “should develop into a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level.” Marshall will enroll early.
S DONOVAN MCMILLON (6-2, 193)
Peters Township (Canonsburg, PA)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 11 safety
Commit date: July 18, 2020
Twitter handle: @donovanmcmillo3
The final word: McMillon received more than 50 scholarship offers from Division I programs during his high school career. Barton Simmons, 247Sports’ director of scouting, says McMillon is a “big safety that appears to have the frame to land at linebacker or rover depending on development,” adding he “has a can’t-miss presence on the field.” McMillon is an early enrollee for the Gators.
S DAKOTA MITCHELL (6-0, 185)
Winter Park (FL)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 34 safety
Commit: June 18, 2020
Twitter handle: @NineDinero
The final word: The defensive back backed off an earlier pledge from LSU and had interest from Clemson and Arkansas prior to committing to Florida. There was a belief Mitchell would wait until February to sign with a program, but UF closed this recruitment on the final morning by getting Mitchell to sign early.
OL YOUSEF MUGHARBIL (6-5, 304)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 15 offensive guard
Commit date: Nov. 6, 2020
Twitter handle: @yousefmugharbi1
The final word: Florida’s highest-ranked offensive lineman in the 2021 class. Barton Simmons, 247Sports’ director of scouting, said Mugharbil is a “nasty run blocker that plays through the whistle” in his evaluation on April 21, 2020.
WR DAEJON REYNOLDS (6-2, 210)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 46 wide receiver
Commit date: Feb.3, 2020
Twitter handle: @DaejonReynolds
The final word: A Super 11 selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reynolds finished the 2020 season with 1,534 receiving yards on 88 receptions, 14 of which went for touchdowns. Early enrollee.
DL TYREAK SAPP (6-3, 255)
St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 8 strong-side defensive end
Commit date: Dec. 24, 2018
Twitter handle: @SappTyreak
The final word: Committed to the Gators during Dan Mullen’s first month as head coach. Received significant interest from Alabama and Miami until the end of his recruitment. Will enroll early at Florida, more than two years after committing. 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins predicts Sapp has “NFL potential given athletic profile.”
OL JAKE SLAUGHTER (6-4, 300)
Trinity Catholic (Ocala)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 10 offensive center
Commit date: July 24, 2020
Twitter handle: @JakeSlaughter5
The final word: Flipped from FSU to Florida. An Ocala Star-Banner All-County first-team selection, Slaughter also received offers from Auburn and Arkansas.
DL CHRISTOPHER THOMAS JR. (6-6, 290)
Dunbar (Fort Myers)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 27 defensive tackle
Commit date: Sept. 23, 2019
Twitter handle: @christhomas_850
The final word: Received scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida State and Miami, among others. A Tallahassee native, Thomas will enroll early at Florida.
LS JONATHAN ROCCO UNDERWOOD (6-4, 220)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 109 tight end
Commit date: July 24, 2020
Twitter handle: @rocco_4015
The final word: Recruited to play long snapper at Florida, Underwood is cousins with two former Gators punters, Johnny and Tommy Townsend. Underwood, who was invited to the 2020 Polynesian Bowl, also played tight end in high school.
DL DESMOND WATSON (6-5, 380)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 23 defensive tackle
Commit date: July 30, 2020
Twitter handle: @DesmondWatson12
The final word: Was recruited by Alabama, LSU, Miami and Florida State before committing to the Gators. 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins says Watson “has the looks of the ideal nose tackle for 3-4 defense that should be able to develop into a multi-year contributor for a Power 5 program.” Watson is enrolling early.
TE GAGE WILCOX (6-4, 228)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 12 tight end
Commit date: Feb. 28, 2020
Twitter handle: @GageWilcox12
The final word: An above average pass-catcher, Wilcox signed with the Gators over several SEC programs, including Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss. Brian Dohn, a national recruiting analyst at 247Sports, says Wilcox is a “big target who is rugged after the catch” who is also “physical and willing to take on contact.”
DL/OLB JEREMIAH WILLIAMS (6-3, 224)
Ramsay High (Birmingham, AL)
247 Composite: 4-star, No. 5 weak-side defensive end
Commit date: Oct. 26, 2020
Twitter handle: @officialscoob
The final word: A member of the All-American Bowl roster, Williams decided at the last minute to sign early with the Gators. He received interest until the end from the Crimson Tide and initially announced he’d sign in February before a late change of heart. The defensive end/outside linebacker is the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2021 class according to 247Sports.
DB JORDAN YOUNG (6-0, 185)
247 Composite: 3-star, No. 32 defensive back
Commit date: June 21, 2020
Twitter handle: @Jordanyoung_1
The final word: In-state defensive back committed to the Gators over offers from Alabama and Georgia. Young is the 178th ranked recruit and the 17th ranked CB in the country. Transferred from Tampa Jesuit prior to his senior season. Young will enroll early at Florida.