10 2023 out-of-state prospects the Gator Nation needs to know

May 31, 2022 | 1 comment

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Back in March, Inside the Gators released a list of 10 out-of-state prospects that the Gator Nation needed to know heading into the summer months.

Off of the spring list, though they visited Florida, two committed elsewhere, two no longer have the Gators among their finalists, and six are still on the board to some degree.

To be clear, these aren’t 10 prospects Florida leads for or we are predicting will sign with the Gators, they are simply 10 out-of-state prospects in the Class of 2023 that the Gator Nation needs to keep an eye on over the next couple of months because they could see their rankings increase or decrease, garner more or less interest from Florida, move UF up or down their board, commit or de-commit or something else entirely different.

Basically, for various reasons, these 10 prospects bear watching.

Keldric Faulk‍ - The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder actually got his first taste of Florida three years ago when he camped with the Gators after his freshman season of high school. He impressed enough back then to make our post-summer list of the top camp prospects. He returned to campus this spring and will now officially visit in June. Normally you don’t love any program’s chances of pulling top kids out of the Yellow Hammer State, but he seems open to exploring his out-of-state options.

Jordan Hall‍ - For the purposes of these types of articles, if a Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy prospect didn’t transfer there from an instate school, we’ll consider them an out-of-state prospect. As for Hall, he told Inside the Gators last week that he will take his first two official visits in June to see Florida and then Michigan State. It doesn't feel like UF is the team to beat early on, we’ll see what he has to say comparing and contrasting his first two stops. 

AJ Harris‍ ‍ - Though he of course wasn't publicly named, he was the subject of a Billy Napier tweeted emoji back in the spring. He went from an impending public commitment to taking multiple other visits, to it doesn’t feel like UF is even the team to beat at this time. We’ll be watching to see if Florida can get him back on campus over the summer.

Justin Jefferson - Yes, the list is for Class of 2023 high school prospects, but we’ll make an exception for this JUCO linebacker, who has seen his offer list explode over the last month. He told Inside the Gators that he will officially visit Florida on June 24th, but didn't reply when asked who else will receive a visit. He is from Memphis and his latest offer is from Tennessee, so keeping an eye on what happens visit-wise with the Vols would be a good idea.   

Francis Mauigoa‍ - Hailing from America Somoa, early on many predicted that Mauigoa would ultimately end up signing somewhere west of the Mississippi, but being at IMG Academy has helped the south grow on him to the point that three SEC programs will be included when he releases his five official visit destinations the first weekend in June. Florida isn’t the leader, but multiple trips to campus have helped the Gators to get their foot in the door here.

Miles McVay‍ - He will be an interesting prospect to watch over the next two months because though he has been on campus before, and was an absolute camp standout (ranked as our top overall June Summer Camp Sessions performer last year), that was under the previous staff. He doesn't have a history with the current staff. Can Florida get him in on an unofficial visit this summer to begin working on building that relationship and strengthen their position heading into the season when he will officially visit or will they be forced to jam all that goes with that into a 72 hour window during a game weekend?

Reid Mikeska‍ - Florida’s lone national type target at the tight end position, he told Inside the Gators the night he decommitted from Clemson that he was seriously looking at four programs - Auburn, Florida, Miami, and Oklahoma. He has an official visit scheduled to see the Gators this month, but even more interesting - and perhaps telling - is how he feels after visiting the Sooners this weekend.

Will Norman‍ - Seeing him at IMG’s spring game last week, he looks like the most college-ready target on Florida’s board. After including him as part of our Mock Class earlier this month, he will officially visit UF next weekend. While the Gators are in very good shape here, keep an eye on Texas A&M and Penn State.

Jaden Rashada‍ - Florida has come out of nowhere to become a factor for the four-star quarterback out of California. After visiting Florida for two days last week, in an interview with Inside the Gators he raved about Florida’s coaching staff, vision for the program, and what could amount to an early opportunity for playing time. Don’t be surprised if the Gators get an official visit before he makes his announcement on June 18th.  

Peter Woods‍ - If we’re being honest, it was surprising that Florida made his final four and it would be absolutely shocking if the Gators were to pull him out of Alabama. To me, the least telling part of covering an official visit is what the prospect has to say while on campus leaving said visit, but in this case, I’ll make an exception for Woods. I want to hear how he compares and contrasts those first two visits to Clemson and Florida.

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