Florida football recruiting: Gators class moves to No. 4 after 2020 defensive line commit

By Adam Silverstein
February 18, 2019
Florida football recruiting: Gators class moves to No. 4 after 2020 defensive line commit
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With eight months until the early signing period opens and 10 until the traditional National Signing Day commences, the Florida Gators are rolling with one of the top five recruiting classes in the nation for the 2020 cycle. The Gators moved up to No. 4 in the country on Friday after adding a eighth member to their Class of 2020.

Three-star defensive end Morven Joseph (Lakeland, FL) committed to Florida less than two weeks after attending Junior Day on campus. Joseph (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) picked UF over offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami and Texas A&M, among others, and he looks to be an underrated addition courtesy of tight ends coach Larry Scott.

Though the Gators did lose a pledge from local three-star quarterback Anthony Richardson (Gainesville, FL) a couple weeks ago, the class as a whole stands strong nationally — in large part due to wide receiver Leonard Manuel (Ocala, FL) being upgraded to a five-star prospect as the No. 33 player in the nation. Manuel (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) would be the first five-star prospect to sign with Florida since Martez Ivey and CeCe Jefferson in 2015. The Gators have not signed a five-star offensive playmaker since Kelvin Taylor in 2013.

Florida is currently ranked fourth in the 247Sports Composite team rankings, decently far behind Alabama and LSU but in striking distance of Miami.

Head coach Dan Mullen just hauled in the Gators’ first top 10 class since 2014. The team has not had a top five recruiting class since 2013.

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