With the Florida Gators looking like they were done on 2016 National Signing Day, a late signing came in for the program as three-star JUCO cornerback Joseph Putu (Providence, RI) flipped from his pledge to Arkansas.
A last-weekend visit and the opportunity to return to his home state sealed the deal for four-star wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (Houston, TX), who on Wednesday backed off his commitment to Houston and signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Florida Gators in 2016.
Cleveland (6-foot-3, 189 pounds), the No. 33 player in the 2016 recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite, was Florida’s highest-rated target remaining and a player the Gators coveted as a potential impact player as a freshman. (He is now UF’s second-highest rated signee.)
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The Florida Gators are dragging into 2016 National Signing Day, especially compared to one year ago at this time. That’s what happens when a program looking to hold strong at the crest of a tidal wave of momentum instead crashes down with it, losing their last three games in embarrassing fashion.
That’s why one year after head coach Jim McElwain looked to be a miracle worker as the Gators hauled in an impressive crop of players on signing day – including two of their top three remaining prospects in five-stars defensive end CeCe Jefferson and offensive tackle Martez Ivey – Florida may get shut out on the day … and could even lose one or more of its committed players.
Indeed, with signing day less than 24 hours away, there appear to only be three players legitimately considering the Gators and none of them seem to have Florida as a true leader entering Wednesday.
Currently *26 members strong with 10 more commitments entering 2016 National Signing Day compared to this time last year, the Florida Gators’ recruiting class has only a few spots left and not many candidates to fill those potential scholarships.
Head coach Jim McElwain has done a good job filling some of his team’s needs, but the Gators also appear to be limping towards the finish, either being eliminated or not seriously in contention for some of the top remaining uncommitted players.
With National Signing Day set for Wednesday, Feb. 3, Florida does still remain a contender for some of the best players in the country. Whether the Gators will be able to lock up any of these prospects remains to be seen, but UF is absolutely in the hunt for at least a couple of these players, who will be making their decisions this week.
Be sure to visit OnlyGators.com’s live coverage of National Signing Day, which will kick off Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. It will feature a live blog that will be constantly updated throughout the day and a checklist to keep track of every signed National Letter of Intent (NLI) and new commitment.
For now, OnlyGators.com breaks down which players the Gators are still waiting to hear from and when they may learn of their respective decisions. This is everything you need to know ahead of the biggest day of the offseason for Florida.
Four-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel (Bradenton, FL), the No. 42 overall player in the Class of 2016, announced Tuesday that he has committed to the Florida Gators.
Manuel (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) chose Florida over Florida State, LSU and Alabama, among others after visiting the Gators twice this season, most recently on Nov. 28, 2015.
If Florida Gators football needs one thing, it’s an influx of talent, and the program will be able to get started on that path this week as it welcomes 12 mid-year enrollees when spring semester classes start on Monday.
Ten of those players are already on campus at the University of Florida, three of which are junior college transfers.
Recruiting has been booming for the Florida Gators as of late, and though three-star linebacker David Reese (Farmington, MI) is not a highly-rated prospect, he is most certainly one that was sought after during his process.
Reese (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) gave the Gators a verbal commitment on Friday, just five days after head coach Jim McElwain and linebackers coach Randy Shannon visited the prospect. It was Shannon’s second visit to Reese this month; the first came the day Reese decommitted from Michigan and three days before the player traveled to Texas for an official visit. Reese also took an official visit to Florida in late November.