For all of the excitement and build up surrounding the second annual Early Signing Period, there has been very little to get excited for as we reach the end of day one. Of the 18 previously committed recruits, Florida signed 17 of them before noon.
This sealed up the foundation of the 2019 class and leaves only Diwun Black‘s letter of intent remaining to be signed. There is no cause for alarm there, as this has been the plan all along. Black remains firmly committed to the Gators.
Head coach Dan Mullen‘s first full year on the recruiting trail has produced a class that entered the day ranked 20th in the nation and 10th in the SEC. That rank slipped to 21st and then 22nd before surging forward 7 spots (247Sports) with the signing of the trio from Lakeland.
In just eight minutes time, Florida went from having zero commitments from the top 150 prospects to landing three of them. With the signing of Deyavie Hammond, Lloyd Summerall, and Keon Zipperer, Florida reestablished a pipeline that was once a mainstay of the Gators program.
The Lakeland three as I’ve been calling them, were enough to propel Florida’s class rank up to No. 15. However, the Gators missed on a few other high value targets that would have gone a long way to signing a top-ten class.
IMG standout, Trey Sanders chose Alabama over the Gators, while Siaki Ika and Derick Hunter chose LSU and Texas A&M, respectively.
The Gators are still in the hunt for a few more commitments and can still shore up a solid recruiting class for the cycle.
4-star CB Chris Steele has signed with his school today but won’t announce until halftime of the Under Armor All-American Game on January 5th. While it remains unknown who he signed with, crystal ball predictions have suddenly shifted in Florida’s favor.
If Florida does indeed get a commitment from Steele along with perhaps, Quashon Fuller and Kaiir Elam, this can still be a top-ten effort for Dan Mullen and company by the end of the cycle.