Florida recruiting: Latest updates on the Gators’ class

It’s been a busy week on the road for Florida coach Jim McElwain and his staff, conducting more than 30 recruiting evaluations during the bye.

One of the Gators’ top targets narrowed his recruitment to a pair of finalists after receiving a visit from McElwain.

Where Florida’s class ranks

Florida’s 2018 class is ranked  No. 9 nationally and  No. 3 in the SEC. Nine of the Gators’ 17 commits are 4-star recruits. Florida has the SEC’s third-highest average star rating (90.00) behind Alabama (90.88) and Georgia (90.10)

Latest news

McElwain & Co. visited several of their top targets in recent days, including offensive linemen William Barnes, Richard Gouraige, Nicholas Petit-Frere and Ed Montilus. Gouraige named Clemson and Florida his top 2 schools on Monday and also had his Under Armour All-America Game induction ceremony this week.

SEC Country traveled to California to visit with Gators QB commit Matt Corral and we’ll have coverage from his homecoming game Friday. Check out his video interview below.

Here’s the latest Florida recruiting news:


Top 5 targets

4-star OL William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.)

4-star OL Richard Gouraige, Cambridge Christian (Tampa, Fla.)

4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 

4-star OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

4-star DT Coynis Miller, Jackson-Olin (Birmingham, Ala.)

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed at the position:

  • QB: 1/1 (Corral)
  • RB: 2/2 (Clement, Pierce)
  • TE: 2/2 (Lang, Pitts)
  • WR: 4/5 (Chase, Copeland, Gammage, Thornton)
  • OL: 1/4 (Dunlap)
  • DL: 1/3 (Upshaw)
  • LB: 1/1 (Reese)
  • DB: 3/4 (Russell, Wilson, Williams)
  • ATH: 2/2 (Burney, Williams)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Florida’s commits by state:

  • California: 1 (Corral)
  • Florida: 12 (Burney, Copeland, Dunlap, Gammage, Lang, Reese, Russell, Thornton, Upshaw, D. Williams, J. Williams, Wilson)
  • Georgia: 1 (Pierce)
  • Louisiana: 1 (Chase)
  • New Jersey: 1 (Clement)
  • Pennsylvania: 1 (Pitts)

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