Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 5.0

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The biggest question on the mind of those who follow recruiting religiously is what will Florida's final class look like?

How will it all shake out?


The truth is, no one knows for sure.

Not Dan Mullen, not his staff, not you and to be clear, neither do I. There are too many variables in play. Multiple prospects, injuries, transfers, wins, losses new hires, new firings, etc…

You name it, and it could cause a prospect to look at a program differently – which in turn could throw everything into turmoil.

However, what we can do is we can draw on what we currently know to at least give the membership a pretty good idea of where things currently stand. 

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As of today, there are just over THREE MONTHS remaining until the start of the early signing period in late December and exactly FIVE MONTHS remaining until National Signing Day 2022.

Florida has 13 public commitments and currently has open scholarships for 18 signees overall (scholarship seniors, plus open scholarships) – but that number will certainly rise with attrition.

In the end, Florida will likely sign anywhere from 22-24 prospects in the Class of 2022.

The first Wednesday of every month from now until Signing Day Inside the Gators will post a mock class – consisting of the prospects they believe would sign with Florida if TODAY were National Signing Day.

Quarterback (1)

Solid as a Rock: Nick Evers‍ 
One to Watch: Davin Wydner 
Dream Signee: Nick Evers‍ 
Change from Before: None
The Bottom Line: The same as in the first four editions of our Mock Classe, this class is all but certain to include just one quarterback – and that is very likely to be Nick Evers. Realistically the only way that could change is if Florida was to lose an existing quarterback to injury or transfer, forcing them to take another in this cycle.

Running Back (1)

Solid as a Rock:  None
One to Watch: George Pettaway‍ 
Dream Signee: Trevor Etienne‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Jaylon Glover‍ from our Mock Class after he committed, of all places, to Utah. Plus George Pettaway‍ was added as the OTW to monitor if he actually makes his official visit this fall
The Bottom Line: Missing out on Glover may hurt the ego somewhat, but it’s not a huge loss overall. Florida should be able to do better, even if it means going back to the transfer portal after Dameon Pierce and Malik Davis leave after the season. Heck, there may even be another five-star former Florida target in there by then.

Wide Receiver (4-5)

Solid as a Rock: CJ Smith‍ 
One to Watch: Gentry Williams‍  
Dream Signee: Evan Stewart‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Jayden Gibsonfrom the Mock Class and replaced Evan Stewartat the OTW with Gentry Williams‍ 
The Bottom Line: In last month’s edition of the Mock Class we stated that it felt like Florida had lost some ground with Jayden Gibson‍ – and after speaking with him a couple of weeks ago, it is clear that they have not only lost momentum but are looking up at several other of his options. Luther Burden‍ is now back on the market after decommitting from Oklahoma, but Missouri and Georgia are in better shape. We’ll see if he visits this fall.  Speaking of the Sooners, they may be the team to beat, but Florida isn’t out of the picture with Gentry Williams‍. The same with Samuel Mbake‍, who said he is going to visit this fall. We’ll see. Really though, this receiver class, is going to come down to Evan Stewart‍. 

Tight End (2)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: De'Carlo Donaldson 
Dream Signee:  None
Change from Before: None
The Bottom Line:  Not much has changed here. There aren't currently any top uncommitted targets with offers, though Florida is still keeping an eye on De’Carlo Donaldson, and he is scheduled to visit for the FAU game.

Offensive Line (3-4)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch:  Malik Agbo‍ 
Dream Signee: Julian Armella‍ 
Change from Before: Added David Conner‍ to the class after his commitment and then added Julian Armella‍ as the DS
The Bottom Line: Jacob Hood came off the board with his commitment to Georgia, leaving very few targets remaining. Basically, for now, there’s Eston Harris, Jalen Farmer, Elijah Zollicoffer, Ja'Kavion Nonar, and Julian Armella. Nonar would have been included in the Mock Class if not for some off-the-field issues that may be giving Florida reason for pause.

Defensive Tackle (3-4)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch:  @Chris McCl">Chris McClellan‍ 
Dream Signee: Walter Nolen‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Walter Nolen‍ from the Mock Class for the first time in a few months. Replaced Isaiah Hastings‍ at OTW with Chris McClellan‍ ‍ and added Jordan Phillips‍  to the Mock Class
The Bottom Line: Walter Nolenmay have left Florida off of the latest version of his leaderboard, but it isn't anywhere near over with yet. Listening to someone who knows him is that Georgia surged and Florida fell in August because UF's contact fell off during fall camp, while UGA’s increased. That can be remedied. Quency Wiggins‍, Isaiah Hastings‍, Chris McClellan‍, Shone Washington‍, and Myron Green‍ are also still in play. If Florida pushes hard for Jordan Phillips‍ he can be flipped – that is why he is included in the Mock Class.

Defensive End (3)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: J'Mond Tapp‍ 
Dream Signee: Cyrus Moss‍ 
Change from Before: Removed J'Mond Tappfrom OTW after he committed to Texas 
The Bottom Line: At one time it looked like Florida could do no wrong at this position, even to the point that I questioned whether Francois Nolton Jr.‍ would have a place in this class, but now the pickings are looking slim. Both Cyrus Moss‍ and Marvin Jones Jr.‍ will officially visit this fall. Nyjalik Kellytold Inside the Gators just a little over a week ago that he was still interested in Florida, but it doesn't sound promising. That leaves DJ Wesolak‍ as one of the few remaining top targets.

Linebacker (2-3)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: EJ Lightsey‍ 
Dream Signee: Harold Perkins‍ 
Change from Before: Removed EJ Lightsey‍ as the OTW and added him to the actual class
The Bottom Line: It will be interesting to see if Florida keeps trying with Jaron Willis‍ or has that ship sailed. The Gators are still in pursuit of Jaishawn Barham‍ but we’ll have to see if they can get him on campus. If they have to go back and pick it up with any in-state linebackers, we’ll see if DeMario Tolan‍ or Devin Smith receive interest. Otherwise, it might just be these above-mentioned two.

Safety (2-3)

Solid as a Rock:  None
One to Watch: Devin Moore‍ 
Dream Signee: Kamari Wilson‍ 
Change from Before: None 
The Bottom Line: For the second month in a row, I still have the uncommitted duo of Azareyeh Thomas‍ and Kamari Wilson‍ included in the Mock Class. Right now, Florida's chances for Thomas are better than they are for Wilson, but I still feel good about both of them, going off conversations with them, not what I heard someone else heard.

Cornerback (2)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Jaheim Singletary‍ 
Dream Signee: Earl Little Jr.‍ 
Change from Before: None
The Bottom Line: The same as last month, I don't believe Julian Humphrey‍ would sign with Florida if he had to decide today. We are still watching to see if Texas A&M makes a push, and then there are still visits upcoming to Alabama and LSU, and Georgia might be in there as well. The good news is, for the second straight month Jaheim Singletary‍ remains on as our OTW at the position. After Singletary, there's a drop-off to the next level of in-state cornerbacks such as the Henderson twins, Nikai Martinez‍ (who can be flipped from UCF), and Jaquise Alexander‍. Though Florida reoffered him in August, JQ Hardaway‍ told Inside the Gators that he is solid with Cincinnati.

Kicker (1)

Solid as a Rock: Trey Smack‍ 
One to Watch: None
Dream Signee: None
Change from Before: None 
The Bottom Line:  Florida is one and done at the position.

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