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The Florida Gators‘ 2018 recruiting class is small in stature with 10 months to go until National Signing Day, but it just grew by 50 percent on Tuesday when four-star defensive back C.J. Smith (West Palm Beach, FL) committed to the Gators.
Smith, chose Florida over offers from Alabama, Michigan, Louisville and 16 other programs.
“I want to announce that I’ll be spending the next 4 years at the University of Florida!” Smith wrote in a note on Twitter.
New Gators running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider served as Smith’s primary recruiter and can claim him as his first commitment since joining Florida.
Smith (6-foot-2, 193 pounds) is projected as a safety in college and is immediately the highest-rated UF commit as the No. 209 player in the Class of 2018 per the 247Sports Composite. The pledge moves the Gators from 47th to 35th in the overall team rankings.
Florida’s 2018 class now has as many members as its 2019 class, which expanded to three on Saturday when wide receiver Frank Ladson (Homestead, FL) linked up with the program.
Ladson (6-foot-4, 170 pounds) has long been a Gators fan and looks up to current junior WR Antonio Callaway. He is currently unrated, as are most prospects in the Class of 2019. Florida currently has the No. 6 class in the nation for that cycle with 22 months to go.