With the 2019 season over, Dan Mullen and the Florida coaching staff turns their attention to recruiting. The Florida Gators 2020 recruiting class is just about finished with 22 of their 26 commits have signed. The only three commits that haven’t signed yet are wide receivers Leonard Manuel and Xzavier Henderson, athlete Marc Britt and offensive guard Jovens Janvier. Florida has also done a good job of landing elite talent in the transfer portal. On Friday, former five-star running back and Miami Hurricane Lorenzo Lingard announced he’d be transferring to Florida. The Gators still have some open spots for the remaining targets on their recruiting board. Here are the top five remaining targets on Florida’s recruiting board.
Four-star S Avantae Williams
The Florida Gators 2019 defense was one of the top ranked defenses in the country. They did an exceptional job of getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers. One weakness for the Florida Gators defense was the safety position. Outside of Shawn Davis, Florida didn’t have much production from the safety position and don’t have a lot of depth. Florida has signed some solid safeties to the 2020 class like Under Armour All-American Mordecai McDaniel. They still need to add more and Avantae Williams is their primary target. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Williams is the 55th ranked recruit and second ranked safety in the country. He’s also cousins with running back Lorenzo Lingard. Williams is down to Florida, Miami and Ole Miss with the Gators perceived to be leading. Williams will take his official visit to Florida on January 24th.
Four-star C Sedrick Van Pran
Another Under Armour All-American the Gators are very high on is Sedrick Van Pran. The Louisiana native is currently committed to the Georgia Bulldogs but didn’t sign his NLI in December. Florida is trying to make a late push for one of the top centers in the country. Van Pran still has three more official visits available as Florida is trying to get him to use one on the Gators. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Sedrick Van Pran is the 111th ranked recruit and the third ranked center in the country. Florida has already signed a really solid offensive line class but Van Pran would be the cherry on top to their recruiting class.
Four-star RB Ashaad Clayton
Another Warren Easton High School recruit that’s high on Florida’s recruiting board is Ashaad Clayton. The Louisiana native is currently committed to the Colorado Buffaloes but didn’t sign his NLI on December. Clayton has already used an official visit on Colorado and also visited Kansas last month. Clayton has already scheduled his official visit to Florida for January 24th. Florida is one of the biggest threats to flip Clayton but things might change with the addition of Lorenzo Lingard. Florida might not need to sign a running back this class with Lingard transferring in. If Florida does take a running back, Clayton will likely be their main target since Jahmyr Gibbs cancelled his plans to officially visit Florida. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Clayton is the 218th ranked recruit and the 18th ranked running back in the country.
Three-star ATH Damarcus Beckwith
During an unofficial visit to Florida, Damarcus Beckwith announced that the Florida Gators were his leader in his recruitment. Florida still leads for Beckwith but will need to recruit harder with other programs trying to swarm in. Beckwith has already set his official visit to Florida on January 24th. Beckwith is a big time athlete that would make a great fit in Florida’s offense. The Gators are currently recruiting Beckwith as a tight end and Florida’s tight end coach Larry Scott is his primary recruiter. At 6’4” 215 pounds, Beckwith has the size and strength to be a very good tight end at the next level. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Beckwith is the 385th ranked recruit and the 18th ranked athlete in the country.
Four-star RB Henry Parrish
Henry Parrish is an intriguing recruit and has made a huge jump in the recruiting rankings. Parrish started off the season as a three-star recruit ranked in the 700s. He’s currently a four-star recruit and the 300th ranked recruit and the 24th ranked running back in the country. Parrish was also committed to Pittsburgh but backed off his pledge once he started to receive more interest from some big name schools. Many believe Florida is leading in his recruitment but if Florida lands Clayton, Parrish would likely end up elsewhere. Ole Miss is a school that has started to become more involved in Parrish’s recruitment. Henry Parrish hasn’t schedule any official visit for January yet but Florida and Ole Miss are very likely to get one.