The Florida Gators’ 2016 commitment list held at 25 members on Sunday as Florida added a pledge from four-star defensive end Jordan Smith (Lithonia, GA) only to lose one later in the day from three-star wide receiver Isaiah Johnson (Palm Beach Gardens, FL).
There will be no player that the Florida Gators will add in the 2016 recruiting cycle more important to the immediate future of the program than four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, FL), who made a verbal pledge to join the team Sunday evening.
“It’s great to be a Florida Gator! #Committed,” Franks wrote on his Twitter account.
The Florida Gators on Sunday accepted verbal commitments from two 2016 offensively players – three-star wide receiver Dre Massey (Mauldin, SC), a junior college transfer currently playing for Holmes Community College, and three-star offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (Cocoa, FL).
Despite being more experienced as a basketball player, Antonio Nelson (Montgomery, AL) has decided to continue his athletic career on the gridiron. As such, the three-star cornerback prospect has verbally accepted an offer to join the Florida Gators for the 2016 season, announcing his commitment to the program Monday evening.
“Blessed to say that I’ve talked it over with my family & that I would like to commit to the University of Florida,” Nelson wrote on his Twitter account.
Florida Gators basketball added its second commitment under new head coach Mike White as three-star power forward Dontay Bassett (Oldsmar, FL) pledged to join the program ahead of the 2016 season.
“I’m proud to say I’m committed to the University of Florida,” he wrote on his Twitter account early Monday night.
The Florida Gators‘ vastly improved offense obviously caught the eye of four-star 2016 wide receiver Freddie Swain (Citra, FL), who decided to end his recruitment and commit to the program during a ceremony at North Marion High School on Friday.
Swain, an incredibly talented playmaker who announced the ceremony shortly after Florida routed then-No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 last Saturday, is a 6-foot-1, 188-pound prospect who is rated as the No. 165 player in the nation, according to the 247 Sports Composite.
Three-star athlete McArthur Burnett (Pahokee, FL) obviously liked what he saw from the newly-minted No. 11 Florida Gators on Saturday night, choosing to make a verbal commitment to the program shortly after its 38-10 win over Ole Miss.
Burnett (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) was previously committed to Miami but chose to rescind his pledge back in June. He also holds verbal offers from Florida State, Georgia and Wisconsin, among others.
Four-star 2016 guard Eric Hester (Oldsmar, FL), a talented backcourt player and elite defender, committed to the Florida Gators on Friday.
Hester (6-foot-3, 175 pounds), whose commitment was announced by his school on Twitter, is rated as the 127th player in the nation in the 247Sports Composite, 89th overall by Rivals.
“Proud to finally be a Gator,” Hester later tweeted from his own account.