Florida Gators football recruiting rolled along for head coach Jim McElwain on Friday as two prospects from Deerfield Beach High School decided to commit to the program after receiving offers stemming from the 7-on-7 camp held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.
Three-star wide receiver Joshua Hammond (Hallandale, FL), the brother of former Florida Gators wideout Frankie Hammond Jr., committed to join the same program Thursday night as a member of the Class of 2016.
“After talking it over with my family. I am truly blessed to announce that I am committed to the University of Florida #GoGators #Blessed,” Joshua Hammond tweeted.
Added his brother: “Lil Bruh on his way to be a Gator…!!! #HotLightHammond2”
For the second time this week, the Florida Gators have landed a verbal commitment to enhance their Class of 2016 with three-star running back Lamical Perine (Theodore, AL) pledging Friday to join the program.
Perine, who was offered by Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper on Thursday and committed to the Gators less than 24 hours later, was a former target of Skipper and head coach Jim McElwain while the two were at Colorado State.
A tumultuous offseason for Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley, one in which he had to hire new head coaches in his two top revenue-producing sports of football and basketball, did not carry over to the Southeastern Conference spring meetings this week where Foley and his new coaches were some of the least news-making people in attendance at the annual event.
Though the meetings will go on for two more days with new Florida president Kent Fuchs set to be in attendance, OnlyGators.com has decided to wrap up the first two days of the proceedings and provide a detailed look at five of the biggest topics actually discussed by the Gators’ representatives in Destin, Florida.
The Florida Gators on Wednesday added some much-needed experience at a shallow position when junior college offensive lineman Branton Autry committed to the team for the 2016 season.
Autry (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) plays offensive tackle for Coffeyville Community College and was named first-team all-conference last season. He chose Florida over offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Baylor, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Louisville and South Carolina, among others.
New Florida Gators head basketball coach Michael White has only been on the job a week but nevertheless managed his first signature win on Monday by ensuring 2015 four-star signee KeVaughn Allen (Little Rock, AR) will stick with his commitment and join the program ahead of next season.
Allen, a talented shooting guard rated as No. 60 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 51 overall on the ESPN 100, was Florida’s highest-ranked signee for next season but looked to be on the outs with the program after the departure of Billy Donovan.
Though the Florida Gators‘ 2015 signing class has been shaken by the departure of head coach Billy Donovan, it will only be split in half rather than completely lost.
Four-star forward signees Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, FL) on Wednesday reaffirmed their status as Gators signees as both players have decided not to ask for releases from their National Letters of Intent.
The Florida Gators on Wednesday added an important commitment when junior college running back Mark Thompson (Wyncote, PA), a four-star prospect, agreed to join the program in 2016.
Thompson (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) was offered by the Gators in late April and chose Florida over Arizona State, Iowa and Louisville. He was previously being recruited by head coach Jim McElwain and running backs coach Tim Skipper when the duo was at Colorado State.