The Florida Gators ended their 2019 season on a high note in Dan Mullen’s second year as Florida’s head coach. Florida is 10-2 and will play the Virginia Cavaliers in the Orange Bowl. The Gators are the ninth ranked team in the country in the College Football Playoffs. The Florida Gators are just a day away from the Early Signing Period. As of now, the Florida Gators have the 7th ranked recruiting class according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Florida has 24 commits in their class including sixteen four-star recruits. The Gators can still sign 4-5 more recruits in their class. Here is the Florida Gators 2020 mock recruiting class 3.0.
Quarterback: Anthony Richardson
Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators got their quarterback commit last summer in four-star QB Anthony Richardson. The Gainesville native has had an interesting recruitment. Richardson had committed to Florida as a junior. He backed off his commitment in the summer and then re-committed to Florida that same summer. Richardson has all the tools to be a very successful quarterback in Dan Mullen’s system. He’s 6’4” 230 pounds with 4.64 speed. His arm talent started to blossom as he throws a tight spiral and showed off his arm strength over the summer. He can move very well in the pocket and beat defenses with his legs when necessary. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Anthony Richardson is a four-star recruit. He also the 190th ranked recruit and the fifth ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Running back: Henry Parrish
The Florida Gators running back room has a lot of talented underclassmen with Dameon Pierce, Iverson Clement and Nay’Quan Wright. Their running back recruiting board has suffered since five-star recruit Demarkcus Bowman committed to Clemson. Florida’s running back coach Greg Knox has missed on some of their top targets but still have some blue chip back available. Four-star running back Henry Parrish might be Florida’s best bet. He’s been one of the biggest riser in the 2020 cycle. Parrish decommitted from Pitts last week and Florida is the likely favorite here. Two other backs that Florida will be pushing for are E.J. Smith and Jahmyr Gibbs.
Wide Receiver: Leonard Manuel, Jaquavion Fraziars and Sam Brown
The Gators have had some nice production from their wide receivers like Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain and others. They are also expected to add a few more receivers for next season. Jaquavion Fraziars has been one of Florida’s most solid commits during his recruiting process. Fraziars is also having a terrific senior season at Dunnellon High School. Leonard Manuel was a huge pick for the Gators last January. Manuel was a former five-star recruit and Miami commit before committing to UF. The only way Leonard Manuel doesn’t make it to campus is if he doesn’t qualify academically. Three-star wide receiver Sam Brown is coming off an official visit to Florida. He announced Monday that he’s signing on Wednesday which could be very good news for Florida. Other wide outs to watch for are Xzavier Henderson, Kentron Poitier and Malik Heath.
Tight End: Jonathan Odom
Sophomore tight end Kyle Pitts has had a terrific season and has grabbed the nation’s attention. Florida has done a great job recruiting tight ends in the past two recruiting class. In the 2019 recruiting class, Florida signed Under Armour All-American, Keon Zipperer The true freshman tight end already has a touchdown reception and had a nice game against Towson. Jesuit tight end Jonathan Odom committed to Florida last summer and hasn’t wavered on his commitment. The Gators are done recruiting tight ends as five-star Darnell Washington might be their only other target.
Offensive Line: Issiah Walker, Gerald Mincey, Jovens Janvier, Richard Leonard and Joshua Braun
Florida’s offensive line has been a disappointment and is their biggest weakness on offense. The Gators have some young talented offensive lineman singed last class and have another good offensive line recruiting class. Issiah Walker was the most recent Florida commit as he announced his commitment before the Auburn game. Gerald Mincey was a former Kentucky commit before flipping to Florida. Mincey hasn’t visited any other schools since committing to Florida. Jovens Janvier committed to Florida last June and has been a very solid commit since. Richard Leonard committed to the Florida Gators over Miami and Florida State before the season started. Four-star offensive tackle Joshua Braun just flipped from Georgia to Florida last Friday. He’ll sign on Wednesday and has already practiced with the team.
Defensive Tackle: Gervon Dexter, Johnnie Brown, Lamar Goods, Jalen Lee and Tim Smith
The defensive tackle recruiting board has been one of the biggest boards for the Florida Gators 2020 recruiting cycle. Gervon Dexter is a monster that Florida has had committed for close to a year. Georgia made a big push for the blue chip defensive tackle but Dexter is fully committed to Florida. Johnnie Brown committed to Florida last February and hasn’t wavered on his commitment. Brown is a top 250 recruit in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Lamar Goods is a Canadian-born recruit and is currently out of Connecticut. Goods was a Kentucky commit before flipping to Florida. Jalen Lee flipped his commitment from LSU to Florida last month and will sign on Wednesday. Tim Smith is currently committed to Alabama but Florida has been recruiting him heavily for a long time. If Florida can flip Smith, they might have the best defensive tackle class in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
Defensive Ends: Antwaun Powell and Donell Harris
Florida signed two blue chip defensive ends in the 2019 recruiting class with Khris Bogle and Lloyd Summerall. In the 2020 recruiting class, Florida has another blue chip defensive end. Four-star weak-side defensive end Antwaun Powell committed to Florida last June, Powell picked Florida over Michigan, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. Powell’s commitment to Florida is very strong and plans to enroll early at Florida. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Powell is the 180th ranked recruit and the tenth ranked weak-side defensive end in the country. All-American defensive end Donell Harris could also flip to Florida. He’s currently committed to Texas A&M but Florida might have convinced him to stay in his home state. On 247 Sports, Harris is the 51st ranked recruit and the second ranked weak-side defensive end in the country.
Linebackers: Derek Wingo
Linebacker coach Christian Robinson continues to do a great job recruiting elite talent. The Gators flipped four-star outside linebacker Derek Wingo last summer. Wingo was a Penn State commit before surprising everybody with his commitment to Florida. Wingo took a few secret visits to Florida before making his commitment public. The St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker has been very solid to Florida and is expected to sign in December. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Derek Wingo is the 83rd ranked recruit and the seventh ranked outside linebacker in the country.
Cornerbacks: Jahari Rogers, Ethan Pouncey, Avery Helm and Fenley Graham
The Florida Gators 2019 cornerback class is already in good shape with three commits. Jahari Rogers is one of the best athletes in the country and committed to the Gators last July. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Rogers is the 120th ranked recruit and seventh ranked cornerback in the country. Ethan Pouncey committed to Florida with his brother after the FSU game. The Under Armour All-American will sign and enroll early at Florida. Another Texas cornerback commit to Florida is Avery Helm. Helm will sign his NLI on Wednesday. Fenley Graham has been a nice surprise for the Florida Gators 2020 recruiting class. When Graham committed to Florida, most people just thought of him as the kick and punt returner. In his senior season at Lakeland, Graham has also excelled on defense.
Safety: Rashad Torrence II, Tre’Vez Johnson, Mordecai McDaniel and Marc Britt
Safety has been a position Florida has had a hard time of landing top recruits. Rashad Torrence II has been committed to Florida for about ten months and has stayed solid. Torrence will take his official visit to Florida for the last game of the season versus FSU. Tre’Vez Johnson was an interesting commitment when he made his announcement. Johnson isn’t the highest ranked recruit but the Florida coaching staff still think very highly of him. Johnson has a lot of upside and has also been clocked running a 4.4 40 yard dash. Florida recently flipped Under Armour All-American safety Mordecai McDaniel from Tennessee. McDaniel may sign his LI to Florida on Wednesday. Marc Britt is committed to Florida but won’t sign until February. The only other safety Florida is really pushing for currently is Oregon commit Avantae Williams.
Athlete: Damarcus Beckwith
Damarcus Beckwith is a big athlete that has been on Florida’s radar for some time. Beckwith named Florida is leader after taking an unofficial visit for the Auburn game. The Alabama native has offers from some of the top SEC programs. Beckwith mostly plays quarterback in high school but Florida will likely be recruiting him to play tight end. On the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Damarcus Beckwith is the 380th ranked recruit and the 19th ranked athlete in the country.
Punter: Jeremy Crawshaw
With Tommy Townsend graduation after the season, Florida needed to look for a punter to replace him. There were no more Townsends available so, Florida has searched far and wide for their future punter. The Gators were able to land a punter from Down Under. Jeremy Crawshaw committed to the Florida Gators on September 23rd which was a few days after his official visit to Florida. Crawshaw is expected to sign and enroll early at the University of Florida.