Four-star CB Chauncey Gardner II, three-star DE JaQuan Bailey commit to Florida Gators

By Adam Silverstein
March 14, 2015

Nine months after originally committing to the Florida Gators – and three months after decommitting from the program – four-star 2016 cornerback Chauncey Gardner II (Cocoa, FL) recommitted to the team on Saturday.

A one-time pledge to Miami, Gardner (6-foot, 194 pounds) is listed as the No. 114 player overall and No. 10 cornerback in the nation by 247Sports.

“Proud To Say That I Will Be Committing Back To THE University Of Florida,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Gardner originally committed to the Gators moments after receiving a scholarship offer from the old staff last June, 20 months before 2016 National Signing Day. Now still 11 months away, there is plenty of time for him to change his mind yet again.

Tthe fifth player committed to Florida in the Class of 2016, Gardner joins three-star pledges including wide receiver Rick Wells (Jacksonville, FL), defensive end Eric Mitchell (Miami, FL), linebacker Vosean Joseph (Miami, FL) and DE JaQuan Bailey (Jacksonville, FL), who also committed to UF on Saturday.

Bailey (6-foot-2, 230 pounds), who is currently teammates with Wells at Raines High School, chose Florida primarily over offers from Cincinnati, Miami and North Carolina. His commitment was first reported by Blake Alderman of Rivals.

7 Comments

  1. Sgt. Friday says:

    Gardner is huge, and for all of you worried about FSU, he’s someone that FSU would love to have gotten. He’s the first of many four stars, or better, coming soon.a

  2. Razzlegator says:

    I would count on Chauncey Gadiner being there, until he is for sure being there.

  3. Razzlegator says:

    I wouldn’t count on Chauncey Gadiner being there, until he is for sure being there.

    • Michael Jones says:

      That’s true for every one of them. You lose some and you steal some in recruiting. That’s the nature of the game and the unpredictability of high schoolers . . especially those with big egos being courted like prima donnas. The whole deal with the kid from Armwood and even CeCe Jefferson was nauseating to watch, quite frankly.

      But I’m expecting that UF will get back to winning more recruiting battles than we lose very soon with this new regime.

      • ntcrze says:

        Gardner is one of the wins you are referring to. But it’s going to take a transformation on the field to bring UF back to being competitive with the big dog in the state right now, FSU. FSU was in the same position, as UF is in right now, when Fisher became the head coach. UF was clearly the big dog in the state. As of now, Gardner is the only recruit UF has that FSU wanted, but that’s to be expected because of the huge lead Fisher currently holds over McElwain. That can rapidly change if UF looks like they at least have a clue on offense this year. The record doesn’t necessarily have to be great to attract the top recruits, there just needs to be the hope that things are turning around. Regardless, it hasn’t been recruiting that’s been the problem at Florida, the “rankings” have continually been high, with a drop off last year. For whatever reason, many of the highly rated players have not lived up to the hype. On this year’s team, Hargreaves has been magnificent, while Taylor has been a disappointment. Let’s just hope McElwain gets the players he thinks can play, and not worry about the “stars.” Missouri doesn’t get many “stars,” yet they have achieved something UF hasn’t done in five years. They’ve went to Atlanta the past two years, McElwain needs to do win the East. I don’t thin it’ll happen this year, but if he doesn’t do it within three years, the hype about him will fade quickly.

        • G2 says:

          Things can change quickly. Just look when Urbs was the big dog, an NC, a top 3 finish the next year, then the wheels quickly came off at something like 8-5? Tebow left, now Winstons gone, Huh. Could be interesting.

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