Florida Gators football to welcome 12 early enrollees from Class of 2016

By Adam Silverstein
January 3, 2016

If Florida Gators football needs one thing, it’s an influx of talent, and the program will be able to get started on that path this week as it welcomes 12 mid-year enrollees when spring semester classes start on Monday.

Ten of those players are already on campus at the University of Florida, three of which are junior college transfers.


Four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, FL) leads the group. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal caller is Florida’s highest-rated commitment at No. 37 in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite, and should compete for a starting job immediately. Franks, however, is one of those two players not on campus yet as he’s participating in the U.S. Army All-America Game.

Four-star cornerback Chauncey Gardner (Cocoa, FL) is the highest rated prospect on campus at No. 68 overall. At 6-foot, 194 pounds, he should be able to play immediately for the Gators.

Four-star wide receivers Freddie Swain (Citra, FL) and Joshua Hammond (Hallandale, FL) are ranked Nos. 131 and 218, respectively.

Four-star running back Mark Thompson (Dodge City, KS) and three-star kicker Eddy Pineiro (North Miami Beach, FL) headline the JUCO transfers but are joined by an intriguing three-star prospect in 6-foot, 185-pound WR Dre Massey (Goodman, MS).

Defensive end Jordan Smith (Lithonia, GA) is the only other four-star prospect enrolling early. The rest include three-stars QB Kyle Trask (Manvel, TX), linebacker David Reese (Farmington, MI), offensive lineman Stone Forsythe (Winter Garden, FL) and athlete McArthur Burnett (Pahokee, FL); Burnett, like Franks, is not yet on campus but has until Jan. 11 to arrive in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators have 13 other high school prospects committed as part of their Class of 2016. Head coach Jim McElwain believes Florida will ultimately bring in 28-30 new players this cycle as a combination of early enrollees, February signees and transfers.

National Signing Day is exactly one month away on Feb. 3.

10 Comments

  1. Mac_supporter says:

    Adam, is there a reason why Burnett isn’t on campus yet?

  2. Yeah, we’ve heard that before, only to find out the kid could not be admitted. Thats happened many times!

    • Ron says:

      Yeah, I heard Burnett was one of the guys who were a little iffy. Hopefully he enrolls at UF and doesn’t wait until signing day to pick another school.

  3. 305Gator says:

    The 2 QBs, kicker and JUCO RB coming in early is a great way to start off 2016. These are the guys we need to step up and play right away

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I might agree with you Thompson and Pineiro (assuming he can actually kick in a game like we hope he can), but I think you forget how many people are leaving on D and folks like Chauncy Gardner, Reese, and Smith are going to be huge.

      Also, playmakers on offense like Swain, Hammond, Franks.

      This EE class will be better than half the classes in the country and we have close to 50% of commits locked in without having to worry on NSD if someone will flip, we can focus on who will flip to us. I expect we will have a very good next month, not sure when people are set to announce, but 5-7 4 star+ I bet will commit over this time period. This staff is really filling needs with solid players.

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    adam, it looks like you have release the new version, seeing lots of good things like not getting lagged by so many autoplay ads, etc., but still noticing a couple of things – that screen shot I sent you a while back of the ad still shows up in the middle of the screen as I drill into an article, and the captcha doesn’t seem to work correctly (before logging in I tried to post seal times and respond to the captcha and it refused all)

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