Florida Gators recruiting, commitments: 2017 National Signing Day live blog

By Adam Silverstein
February 1, 2017
Florida Gators recruiting, commitments: 2017 National Signing Day live blog

Welcome to OnlyGators.com‘s live coverage of 2017 National Signing Day. We will be with you all day, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., updating every signed national letter of intent (NLI) and new commitment while reporting all of the breaking news in between. Keep visiting this page for a constantly updating list of the Gators’ 2017 commitments and announcement times along with viewing information (when applicable). Follow along with us live!

Breaking news

* Florida adds its top commitment on morning of signing day
* Randy Shannon gets his man in LB Lacedrick Brunson
* TE commit Zech Byrd will sign with Florida, just not today, per Montgomery Advertiser.
* Florida beats Miami for DBs Henderson, Edwards
* Shocker: Gators sign four-star wideout James Robinson after all

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  1. Joonas says:

    I’ve lost count on what consecutive year this is for me following OnlyGators on signing day but thanks again for all the hard work!

  2. Tom Ambrose says:

    Adam, whs up w/ Levi Jones?

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    What happened to the ability to type and ask questions/post updates?

  4. Brent Selhorst says:

    Where do you think this #Swamp17 class finishes?? 12-14 range?

  5. Sam says:

    Any chance we can get both henderson and edwards realistically

  6. cline says:

    any OL coach updates?

  7. Tut says:

    Any word on Adarius Lemons? Have you heard anything about his scores? Seems like a true underdog story of our class…I’m pulling for him!

    Thanks for another great year of coverage!

  8. Uf_84 says:

    Rumor going around about Chris Henderson wavering on his Miami lean. Wondering if you’ve heard any of the same talk from anyone reliable.

  9. Ross says:

    Do you see the same upside in Brunson that the coaches seem to see?

  10. michaelryan says:

    It seems like FSU has had a pretty rough morning missing on a couple of close big time recruits. What are your thoughts on how this NSD is starting to shape up for them? Did those misses hurt their class, or would they have just been icing on the cake taking them from good to great?

    PS – I hope I contributed correctly…my Paypal receipt says I paid Piano Software

  11. Mr2Bits says:

    Some rumblings about Ray leaning our way over Bama….any truth to this?

  12. Joe Fulford says:

    Are coaches allowed to contact recruits today to try to make that one last push?

  13. Dan says:

    The Slayton commit was a great way to start the day!

  14. Ed says:

    Any idea where Jarez Parks, Sebastian, FL is headed? The Rumor is that Bame will not have room for him and he was a UF lean early on but now, it looks like Jumbo will land him at FSU?

  15. Sam says:

    Its been since Jefferson and Ivey signed in 2015 i think the last time we were able to get a 5 star recruit I give Muschamp credit for those 2 more so than mac but what do we need to do be better at recruiting those top guys like lsu, fsu, and bama do every year?

  16. Mr2Bits says:

    Zech Byrd not signing today?

  17. 1974Gator says:

    What’s up with Conliffe? Is his fax broken?

  18. DC Gator says:

    Adam – first of all, you’ve been my go to site for all things Gators for years. I tend to not comment because I’m morally opposed to internet comment sections in general! lol However, I like to give Mac the benefit of the doubt because I think he his teams have outperformed expectations both seasons. Everyone gets hung up on ratings out of highschool, and class rankings each year. Bottom line, he’s winning with the players he has and they seem to be very committed to him and this coaching staff.

    An interesting note I wanted to share is of the players drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft, 16 were rated as 3-stars coming out of highschool. There was one 2-star as well. Four of those 3-stars were Top 10 picks.

    Link to article:

    Look at David Reese and Vosean Joseph last year. Two 3-stars that came in and produced when injuries started piling up on defense.

    Recruiting has become a huge industry and the ranking websites do a great job and we all love following them. It’s fun for the prospects coming up as well. But we’re talking about thousands of players. It’s not a perfect system. I think we should let the coaches, who interact with the players on an intimate basis, evaluate and make the decisions. If the winning stops, then maybe coaching changes are in order. Last I checked, we finished in the top 25 the last two seasons and we keep getting better.

    Slow progress might be slow, but it’s progress none the less.

    Sorry for being long winded, but I’m happy with where this team is heading and I like the class of players we have coming in. These are the guys who want to be here. And they’re going to play their hearts out for this team.

    Go Gators!!

  19. Robert says:

    What makes you think Ruggs to Florida? All picks on 247 sports indicate a commitment to FSU or Bama.

  20. Marc says:

    Is Parks now in play for us?

  21. james says:

    I follow OG and Adam on twitter. Love everything you do man!

  22. Doug says:

    Adam-noticed that we have only taken two OL. I consider this one our biggest areas of improvement. Any sleepers that may surprise us today on the OL?

  23. Joe Fulford says:

    Are coaches allowed to contact recruits today to try to make that one last push

  24. Jayden says:

    Are these times ET or CT?

  25. Ryan D. says:

    *timezones* Hahaha yes I’m in Cali. But forever supporting my Gators. Of course I always know you are referring to ET times.

    • MAR says:

      Haha! I’m in Alaska. Sometimes it’s hard to be a Gator out here. You know it’s tough when you have to set your alarm to wake up early enough for a football game. And beer doesn’t taste the same at 8am.

      • Ryan D. says:

        Try mimosas until about 10…then switch to beer. That helps me.

        • Spuntly says:

          That is very California of you. Haha. I can’t though, football and mimosas do not compliment one another, so says my belly and brain.

  26. Tom Ambrose says:

    Adam, have those twin linemen from VA committed? Thanks buddy

  27. cline says:

    Mac train is ROLLING!

  28. Tom Ambrose says:


  29. Joshua Denmark says:

    When does Ray announce?

  30. Jeremy says:

    Adam, any word on Malik Young?

  31. Mike says:

    Who are they greyshirting?

  32. Andy says:

    Any word on Malik Young?

  33. james says:

    I’d rather see that money donated to the Veterans myself. But that’s very kind of you. Thanks for caring and sharing 😀

  34. Mike says:

    Why would you donate $100 to the ACLU?

  35. cline says:

    Are you not IMPRESSED!

  36. Todd says:

    Who is left realistically that could be added today?

  37. Mr2Bits says:

    Wonder what Blades is thinking right now?

  38. Mr2Bits says:

    Sooo apparently the DB add might not be over, Blades just told a uf reporter a min ago he’s 50/50 and has talked to staff today

  39. Jay See says:

    I’m hearing Blades is still considering the Gators?! He’s torn on who to choose. Any truth to this?

  40. Marc says:

    Haven’t seen an official announcement on Toney, Houston, Telfort. Any reason or just formality? Think these are all EE anyway.

  41. FGD says:

    Anyone left that could reasonably be added to the class?

  42. Joe Fulford says:

    Do we know when Blades announces decision?

  43. Sam says:

    what are the rumors you are hearing about Jarez Parker? Heard he delayed his decision

  44. Jayden says:

    ANY word on Young?

  45. Sam says:

    if we end up getting blades as well will that put us over miami?

  46. Johndewey says:

    Lemons status?

  47. Tom Ambrose says:

    Great job today Adam…maybe now everyone will get off Macs ass…did it without some important coaches in place – It’s not how you start but how you FINISH…GO GATORS!!!

  48. Tut says:

    is there a live link to the press conference?

  49. james says:

    I don’t have a lot of money so could only do the 6month one… but I felt obligated since you support our veterans… not to mention I really appreciate your time and effort into being my favorite Gator news outlet. You da man!

  50. cline says:

    Agreed, Mac spot on with all his comments about us fans. Go Mac!

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