Florida Gators football recruiting reporter Kevin Gorman has compiled the latest recruiting news from Florida and Florida State, with more details to come.
Gorman joined ESPN Insider’s Scott Kacsmar and Kevin Seifert on the show on Tuesday and talked about the Gators’ recent recruiting push, the Gators coaching staff, Florida State’s recruiting class, and more.
Here are the Gators recruiting updates for the week of Sept. 23: Gators recruiters on Florida State: A national-title contender.
The Gators have been one of the nation’s top recruiting teams for several years now.
The Seminoles were No. 1 in 2016-17, with six-star tight end Anthony Miller leading the way.
They signed six-foot-seven defensive end Karrion James to a five-year, $36 million deal.
Florida also has five-star quarterback Jacob Eason, one-star running back Mike Davis, two-star cornerback Trevon Diggs, and two-stars linebacker Josh Liddell, all from South Florida.
Florida State also has six-stars cornerback Tyrele Woods, two high school wide receivers and three high school offensive linemen.
The Gators have added five-stars quarterback Malik Zaire, six-year veteran linebacker Deion Sanders, two three-star wide receivers in Jelani Jenkins and Jalin Marshall, four-star defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie and four-stars safety Josh Ruppert.
Florida has four- and five-point guard Tyler Davis and four five-and-point guards in Chris Clements and Elijah Campbell.
Florida is in the midst of a rebuilding phase.
The program has been rebuilding since the early 2000s.
The last three years have been rough on the recruiting picture.
Florida signed three four- or five-sport players from the state: five-footer Jaelen Strong from Hillsborough County; four-year senior wide receiver Kaelin Bracy from Pinellas County; and four four-and five-yarders in Deontae Jones and Zach Smith.
Florida was the only SEC team to sign five- and six-sports players from Florida in the 2016 recruiting class.
“We’ve got a lot of talent here,” Gorman said.
“They’re really good.
You just have to find a way to win football games.
Florida will be the biggest football program in the country.
It will be tough.”
Florida has also added three- and four, five-plus-star offensive lineman Marcus Foster and three four-, five- or six-man defensive tackles in Deion Stewart, Kahlill Brown and Jordan Poggi.
Florida and Georgia have a combined eight five-win seasons and are on pace for six-win campaigns this season.
Florida is in line for a 10-win season and has the nation at 12-1 entering the 2018 season.
Tight end Malik Zaidi and quarterback Jacob Poggis have been two of the best tight ends in the SEC.
The two are ranked No. 12 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 14 nationally in the USA Today Composite.
They joined fellow tight end Trey Hopkins and safety Isaiah Wilson as Florida’s top tight ends, and Florida’s three five-end starters in Davis, Jenkins and Davis and Jones have combined for 11 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in the 2017 recruiting class as well.
Dolphins, Gators and Seminoles in 2018: The Gators and Dolphins will be in the same division.
The Dolphins will host the Gators on Sept. 1, while the Gators will host Miami on Sept 4.
Florida’s last meeting in the BCS Championship Game was in 2015, a 34-31 loss.
Miami has won the last five meetings between the two teams, including a 34–14 victory in 2018.
Foster is Florida’s second-leading returning receiver in the 2018 recruiting class after being No. 11 in the class of 2018.
The 6-foot, 196-pounder is a consensus four-round prospect out of Jacksonville (Fla.)
High School and the No. 5 player in the state of Florida in ESPN’s 2017 rankings.
Florida still has a chance to get Foster in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Jaguars selected Foster with the ninth overall pick in the draft in 2018, but the Dolphins were able to trade up to select him with the 17th overall pick after he fell out of their top 10 in the final 2017 rankings and was considered the No, 1 player in Florida.
On the flip side, the Dolphins have been rebuilding their secondary for a while.
They have added defensive backs Jalen Robinson and Malik Hooker, safety Antwon Davis, safety Jamal Jackson and linebacker Darius White.
Robinson and Hooker are ranked as the nation, 247Sports and ESPN Composite Top 100 prospects.
Robinson was a consensus five-round pick by the Browns in the NFL Draft in 2018 and Hooking was a fourth-round selection by the Titans