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Four-star DE Francois Nolton commits to Florida Gators

Zach Abolverdi
The Gainesville Sun
Four-star defensive end Francois Nolton committed to Florida on Friday.

Two days into the Class of 2022 cycle, four-star defensive end Francois Nolton ended his recruitment to be a Gator. 

The Rivals250 and Top247 member from Miami Edison High, committed to Florida over offers from 20-plus schools, including Alabama, Florida State, Miami, LSU and Southern Cal. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Nolton is ranked the No. 12 strongside defensive end in the 247Sports Composite. 

On his Twitter post, he thanked UF coach Dan Mullen, defensive line coach David Turner and assistant director of player personnel John Herron. Tight ends coach Tim Brewster, Florida’s new area recruiter for Miami, was also involved in Nolton’s recruitment. 

With his pledge Friday, the Gators will sign at least one recruit from Miami for the ninth year in a row. They didn’t land any 305 prospects from 2006-09 and 2011-13, but picked up their presence in the area under former coach Jim McElwain. 

Mullen and his staff have continued the trend, signing a player in each of his first three classes — safety Randy Russell (medically disqualified), tailback Nay’Quan Wright and receiver Xzavier Henderson — before the 2021 haul of five-star defensive backs and Miami Palmetto teammates Jason Marshall Jr. and Corey Collier Jr. 

Nolton is the first member of Florida’s 2022 class. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their letters of intent.