Three-star athlete Kylan Johnson flips to Florida

Adding to its recent recruiting haul on Monday, the Florida Gators picked up a commitment from three-star athlete/safety Kylan Johnson (Dallas, TX).

Johnson (6-foot-3, 210 pounds), who committed to Kansas State just three days ago, received an offer from Florida on Friday morning and took an official visit to see the Gators over the weekend, according to 247Sports‘ Ryan Bartow, who first reported Johnson’s latest decision.

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Florida Gators recruits and targets to watch through 2015 National Signing Day

Now *16 members strong (but likely to lose one of two four-star commitments), the Florida Gators’ 2015 recruiting class has a long way to go with very little time to make up ground. New head coach Jim McElwain has tried desperately to make up for lost time over the last few weeks by convincing recruits turned off by Florida’s recent losing history that the Gators are poised for a turnaround.

With National Signing Day set for Wednesday, Feb. 4, Florida is a contender – and was once the far and away leader for – some of the best players in the country. Whether the Gators will be able to lock up any of those prospects remains to be seen, but UF is absolutely in the hunt for at least 15 players that 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.

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Gators snag pledge from DE Luke Ancrum

Defensive end Luke Ancrum (Sebring, FL) is not a big name on the recruiting circuit, but the Florida Gators certainly see him as a potential program building block as the team accepted a verbal commitment from the prospect on Sunday.

Ancrum (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) is unrated on most recruiting services but considered a two-star player by Rivals. His coach at Sebring High School, Lavaar Scott, told the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays that Ancrum is much better than his star rating indicates.

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OT Fredrick Johnson commits to Florida

The Florida Gators doubled up on offensive line commitments Saturday as three-star offensive tackle Fredrick Johnson (West Palm Beach, FL) ended his recruitment by making a verbal pledge to the program.

Johnson (6-foot-7, 301 pounds), a former Virginia Tech commit, took an unofficial visit to UF over the weekend and subsequently chose Florida over Miami, though he also had committable offers from Nebraska, Tennessee and VT. LSU and Penn State were among the late-arriving parties interested in his services.

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Richerd Desir-Jones commits to the Gators

A three-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in South Florida, Richerd Desir-Jones (Fort Lauderdale, FL) announced his verbal commitment to the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Desir-Jones (6-foot-4, 285 pounds), a FIU commitment with a relatively modest offer sheet, was noticed by Florida, which ensured that the big-bodied lineman knew he had a place in the Gators’ class of 2015 while he was on his official visit on Saturday.

“UF COMMITTED,” Desir-Jones wrote on his Twitter account.

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Three-star DE Jabari Zuniga commits to Florida

Two weeks after visiting the Florida Gators, rising three-star defensive end Jabari Zuniga (Marietta, GA) decided to commit to the program and become the 10th member of its 2015 recruiting class.

A NC State pledge who was also evaluating an offer from Arkansas, Zuniga was recruited by Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who after taking over the Gators’ defense made the player a primary target.

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2016 WR Rick Wells commits to Florida Gators

The 2015 recruiting cycle may be moving at a snail’s pace for the Florida Gators, but the program added a 2016 prospect on Monday as wide receiver Rick Wells (Jacksonville, FL) announced his intent to sign with the Gators in one year’s time.

Wells (6-foot-2, 187 pounds) was just offered a scholarship Monday afternoon by Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper, according to Gator Country‘s Andrew Spivey, and obviously did not waste time in making his decision.

“Just Committed to University of Florida #ChompChomp” he wrote on Twitter.

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The Silver Lining for Monday, January 26: Florida coaching staff vacancy, Gators recruiting

Updated on Wednesday at 2:50 p.m.

Still missing: wide receivers coach

As was mentioned one week ago in this space, new Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain has been in no rush to fill the last position on his initial coaching staff with Florida still looking for its wide receivers coach 21 days (as of press time) after every other member of the staff was officially announced.

Nevertheless, a source close to the program reaffirmed to OnlyGators.com on Sunday that there is indeed a high level of interest in the position with at least two former Gators players, and one former Florida assistant coach, in the pool of candidates for the job. There are also a couple NFL assistants hoping to get the gig. McElwain has a few front-runners in the aforementioned grouping and will continue interviews this week between recruiting visits and phone calls.

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