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The Florida Gators are taking their time building their 2017 recruiting class, but a pledge made Thursday could make worlds of difference for head coach Jim McElwain in two years.
Three-star athlete Kadarius Toney (Eight Mile, AL) committed to the Gators on Thursday, choosing Florida over a light offer list despite some recent interest from Auburn and Ole Miss.
Toney (6-foot-1, 185 pounds), a dual-threat quarterback rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 783 player in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, was recruited to the Gators as a quarterback and wide receiver, OnlyGators.com learned on Wednesday.
He is seen as a dynamic athlete whose speed and agility can be coached up in a major way. Toney has drawn comparisons to stud Houston signal caller Greg Ward.
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals, Toney is considered a four-star talent and the 278th ranked player in the nation per ESPN, which holds him in the highest esteem.
Toney is the fifth member of the Gators’ 2017 class, joining four-stars wide receiver Daquon Green (Tampa, FL) and quarterback Jake Allen (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and three-stars tight end Kenmore Gamble (Miami, FL) and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort (Miami, FL).