Florida football recruiting: Three new 2021 commits push Gators’ class to No. 2 in nation

By Adam Silverstein
March 9, 2020
Florida football recruiting: Three new 2021 commits push Gators’ class to No. 2 in nation

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The Florida Gators’ Class of 2021 has received a boost over the last couple of weeks, adding three new verbal commitments to push it to a No. 2 overall national rank. Chief among them was four-star tight end Gage Wilcox (Tampa, FL), who gave his pledge to the program on Feb. 28.

Wilcox (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) is rated as the No. 11 player at his position nationally and No. 248 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was a highly sought after recruit with offers from most of the top programs in the South.

Two days earlier, three-star defensive end Justus Boone (Sumter, SC) announced his commitment to UF. Boone (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) did not have as deep an offer sheet as Wilcox was but nonetheless coveted at his position by a number of SEC teams like Tennessee.

Florida doubled up at the tight end position Saturday when three-star Nick Elksnis (Jacksonville, FL) committed to the Gators while attending the team’s Junior Day. This came just six days after Elksnis (6-foot-6, 220 pounds) decommitted from Penn State and marks the second major get by new Florida tight end coach Tim Brewster.

With 14 verbal commitments in tow and no five-star pledges, the Gators’ class is now ranked No. 2 nationally and less than three points behind Ohio State, which has two five-star commits.

Florida’s average prospect rating is not overly high with eight four-stars and six three-stars in the class, but there is plenty of time to go and a number of big fish the Gators are attempting to reel in over the next 10 months before the early signing period.

Tyreak Sapp (96)
Clinton Burton (131)
Carlos Del Rio (174)
Trevonte Rucker (183)
Daejon Reynolds (205)
Chief Borders (254)
Gage Wilcox (278)
Justus Reed
Nick Elksnis
George Jackson
Javonte Gardner
Chris Thomas
Adrein Strickland

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