Might the Florida Gators be in for a rude recruiting awakening on 2016 National Signing Day?

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.

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Florida Gators football to welcome 12 early enrollees from Class of 2016

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.

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Florida Gators sign five as 2016 early enrollees, including Chauncey Gardner and Freddie Swain

Updated on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Four-stars cornerback Chauncey Gardner (Coca, FL) and wide receiver Freddie Swain (Citra, FL), the highest- and third-highest rated Florida Gators commitments for 2016, made their bonds with the program even stronger by signing written offers of admissions” with the school, UF announced Tuesday.

Updates: Florida also announced the additions of wide receivers four-star Joshua Hammond (Hallandale, FL), three-star Isaiah Johnson (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and three-star offensive tackle Stone Forsythe (Winter Garden, FL) on Wednesday. The three players signed written offers of admissions, per the school.

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Florida Gators add commitment from CB Antonio Nelson; QB Feleipe Franks decommits from LSU

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.

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Top 4-star WR Freddie Swain commits to Gators

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.

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Previewing Florida’s 2015 Friday Night Lights


Mixing pomp and circumstance with football drills and relationship building, the Florida Gators use their annual Friday Night Lights camp at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as both a recruiting tool and means of evaluating some of the best high school football players in the country. The Gators often host top-tier prospects over the FNL weekend but also find diamonds in the rough while coaching up the recruits.

The Swamp will once again filled with some of the top young talent in the nation on July 24, so much so that covering every player that plans to step on the field is a near impossibility. Below are a list of 14 players (in no particular order) to keep an eye on either because of their talent or high level of interest in attending Florida.

All referenced ratings and rankings are from the 247Sports Composite.

WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, FL) –
The nation’s top-ranked receiver, Craig-Myers (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) is an impressive in-state prospect with a top two of Florida State and Auburn but growing interest in Florida. The Gators are not only after Craig-Myers but his brother, three-star cornerback Jayvaughn Myers (Dade City, FL), who also appears to be a Seminoles lean at this time. Craig-Myers will be visiting Gainesville for the second time in as many weeks; an impressive showing by Florida at FNL could turn his top two into a top three.

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LOOK: Florida commit Chauncey Gardner gets sweet ‘Gators’ logo shaved into his head

Four-star defensive back Chauncey Gardner II (Cocoa, FL) has been committed to the Florida Gators since March. Considering he was previously pledged to the school and actually decommitted before reupping his verbal confirmation with new head coach Jim McElwain, Gardner certainly did not hurt himself by proving his love for the team and its fans with a special gesture this week.

While at The Opening, a Nike-sponsored performance event in Oregon, Gardner was found wearing a brand new haircut with the script “Gators” logo shaved into the back of his head.

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Florida Gators add two commitments: 2016 DB Aaron Robinson, 2017 WR Lavarus Tigner

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.

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