On the heels of Sunday evening’s commitment of five-star defensive back, Jason Marshall Jr., the Gators hit paydirt once again. Corey Collier announced his commitment to the University of Florida on Monday afternoon. Collier is the second commitment from Miami Palmetto in as many days and brings another massive victory to the Gators’ recruiting efforts.
— Corey Collier Jr. (@_ccollierjr2) August 10, 2020
The 6’2″ 170-pound safety is currently listed as a four-star prospect by 247Sports but boasts a composite score of 0.9640, meaning he is dangerously close to earning his fifth star. Collier is the third-ranked safety in the 2021 class and checks into the nation’s top 100 as the 83rd overall player in the cycle.
Forming a solid relationship with recruiters, Brian Johnson and Torian Gray, Collier chose the Gators from a list of thirty-five offers. Baylor, Miami, Clemson, and LSU were among the programs attempting to woo Collier to their respective campuses. The importance of Collier’s—and indeed, Jason Marshall’s yesterday—can not be overstated.
Historically, Florida has struggled to secure the top talent in Miami. In fact, Marshall’s commitment marks the first time in two decades that a five-star recruit from a Dade County high school has chosen the Gators. Even more than this, Florida had only signed a single Dade County top-100 player during that same timeframe. Now? They’ve earned the commitment of TWO top-100 players from Dade County in two days!
I don’t want to be too hasty and say that these commitments herald a shift in the hierarchy of the national recruiting powers. However, it certainly sends a message to the rest of college football… Dan Mullen and the Gators aren’t going away any time soon.