2016 CB C.J. McWilliams commits to Florida

By Adam Silverstein
May 3, 2015

Unrated 2016 cornerback Christopher “C.J.” McWilliams (Miami, FL) verbally committed to the Florida Gators on Sunday, the player told OnlyGators.com.

McWilliams (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) received a scholarship offer from the Gators on Friday and jumped on the opportunity, as first reported by Luke Stampini of 247Sports.

A player at Southwest Miami High School, he was recruited by Florida co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Randy Shannon and chose UF over FAU, his only other offer.

McWilliams, a relatively unknown prospect, is the Gators’ ninth commitment for 2016. He joins CB Chauncey Gardner (Cocoa, FL), Florida’s only four-star pledge, in the class.

Update: McWilliams’ rating was updated following publication of this story. He is now listed as a three-star on the 247 Sports Composite ranking system.


  1. John says:


    • ryan says:

      Geoff Collins was a few points shy of playing for an SEC championship at MSSt with a bunch of 3 stars and no names. Let’s have a little faith.

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    We’re competing with FAU for commits now? I really hope they prove they know what they are doing in talent evaluation.

  3. kaput says:

    I’ve never really been one to come down hard against “undervalued” recruits, but come on. This is getting ridiculous. We’re the U of F, why are we settling on guys like this? The whole class is made up of guys with offers from places like FIU, Miami of Ohio and Drayton.

    What gives?

  4. Michael Jones says:

    I think the criticisms of our staff signing these recruits is ridiculous and whiny. None of you, nor I, have any clue as to whether this guy is the next superstar. It is also a reflection of our inferiority complex that we don’t think a recruit is any good unless Bama, UGA, FSU, etc., are after him. How about the possibility the WE are the ones who first discover a future superstar? How about us being proactive for a change instead of only recruiting guys that other programs go after first?

    I think we should give this coaching staff the benefit of the doubt unless and until the prove they don’t deserve it.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I am giving them the benefit the doubt. I hope they prove that they are excellent talent evaluators. The issue is that we are well into the 2016 recruiting cycle, and while many of the top players have already committed, Mac has shown he can flip them and the power of the brand is very different from that of CSU.

      That said, they are well into the 1016 recruiting cycle, and it is extremely unlikely that there are many stones unturned for talent with lots of upside out there.

      While this guy may be one that was overlooked and that is great, so far this class is rounding out to be half full and it has 1 4 star and a bunch of unrated, 2, or 3 star players. This is the kind of class someone like CSU would expect, not UF.

      Granted he came in late this recruiting cycle and already spoiled us somewhat by puling several rabbits out of the hat in 2015 at guys that were already UF interested, but people are fairly concerned that these kind of players may be getting the offer of a lifetime to play in the SEC, but playing in the SEC and competing in the SEC are 2 different things.

      Hopefully the relationships he is building by pulling in these players are filling horrible holes and building future relations for higher quality players that he can start reaching out to before they have already heard from the other big boys. I am hoping he is just building a Florida foundation for future recruiting success with key HS coaches and schools, more than what the recruits themselves will bring to the program. If that is the case, it will pay off huge dividends long term, but means we will have another 2-3 years of very lean times.

  5. 1974Gator says:

    Must not want to discourage any of the 3-5 stars from coming because of too much competition at their positions.

  6. Ron says:

    The question remains, why is he undervalued? Certainly, the 160 pounds could be a reason. If the coaching staff feel he has good instincts, decent speed, and can add 20 pounds to his frame, I’m all for recruiting him. If he is slow and struggles with the game, I’m not.

    I wonder how many current recruits are EEs?

  7. g8ter27 says:

    All of that being said, how about also the fact that he is another corner? I can think of every other position where we are in need, corner isn’t one of them.

  8. Blind Willie says:

    F needs corners. Hargreaves and Poole will be gone after this year, and Jackson may be a thug that will never play at UF. That’s three starters. The new staff at UF is not made up of superstar coaches and McElwain is not someone who’s name automatically has recruits anxious to hear him. The current class was in elementary school when UF was a great team with Tebow, they have probably only seen Florida when they were mediocre. I do wonder about this staff’s recruiting prowess. Usually a new coach is able to bring in a great class in his second year by selling hope and playing time. Butch Jones is the latest example of someone that took over a mediocre team and has successfully made that pitch. It works for a while, but if Tennessee doesn’t show vast improvement this year on the field, Jones will become akin to the boy who cried wolf. Let’s see if McElwain can get a top quarterback, like Haskins, this month. IF UF has to settle for someone like Culpepper, it may mean that UF won’t get the top players until a change happens on the field. That may happen this year if UF has a decent quarterback on campus, but if UF has sorry quarterbacks like they have since Tebow left, all bets are off if UF will ever be a great team. As seen at Tennessee, it’s not a given that UF will not continue to be mediocre for a long time to come.

    • 1974Gator says:

      Shannon offered the kid. There is no doubt that Randy Shannon is a GREAT recruiter. McElwain knows how to catch QBs. I don’t think we need a great QB recruit we need a coachable, quality QB with the right physical attributes. Great HS QBs are seldom all they are cracked up to be.