Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 6.0

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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 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 18 public commitments and currently has open scholarships for 19 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: Nothing has changed here since our first Mock Class of the cycle. If there are no injuries or transfers, Florida is expected to take only one quarterback in this class. For the past couple of editions, Davin Wydner has been the OTW. He will be in the Swamp again this weekend. He could end up being a preferred walk-on when it’s all said and done.

Running Back (1)

Solid as a Rock:  None
One to Watch: Terrance Gibbs‍ 
Dream Signee: Trevor Etienne‍ 
Change from Before: After pledging to Utah last month, Jaylon Glover‍ has been removed from the Mock Class
The Bottom Line: Last month we wrote that if healthy, Gibbs is as good a back as Dan Mullen and Company have signed from the high school ranks. Seeing Gibbs in person when UF played Alabama, his recovery from his knee injury though is still a concern. Other movement at the position in the last month included  George Pettaway‍ committing to North Carolina, after unofficially visiting over the summer and insisting he would return for an official this fall

Wide Receiver (4-5)

Solid as a Rock: CJ Smith‍ 
One to Watch: Jayden Gibson‍  
Dream Signee: Evan Stewart‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Evan Stewart‍ from the Mock Class and also replaced him as the OTW with Jayden Gibson‍ – who will be making his announcement next week
The Bottom Line: After Florida lost some ground with Jayden Gibson‍ in late summer, the Gators regained momentum at the start of the season. That isn't to say he is a slam dunk to UF, there are still a couple of SEC East programs to watch out for. After being included in the last two editions of the Mock Class, Evan Stewart‍ was pulled this time around. Yes, there is still the allure of playing on the same team as Nick Evers‍, but his failure to make it to the Alabama game, I believe accentuated in his mind just how difficult it can be to be away from home. He is going to watch Texas, the program he was once committed to, each of the next two weekends. 

Tight End (2)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: De'Carlo Donaldson 
Dream Signee:  Jaleel Skinner‍ 
Change from Before: Added Jaleel Skinner‍ as the OTW
The Bottom Line:  There isn't much movement here from month to month because it appears as though Florida will only take one tight end this cycle. A person close to Mason Taylor‍ told ITG late last month that there is a disagreement on the UF staff as to whether they want him or not. Jaleel Skinnerwas a surprise visitor for the game against Alabama, but it’s doubtful that was enough to help propel Florida to the top when he announces this month.

Offensive Line (3-4)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch:  Malik Agbo‍ 
Dream Signee: Julian Armella‍ 
Change from Before:  Replaced Malik Agbo‍ as the OTW with Qae'Shon Sapp‍. Added Julian Armella‍ as the DS after his father told ITG that they want to visit Florida‍ 
The Bottom Line: In last month's edition we said that we believed UF was still a factor for Qae'Shon Sapp‍, and then he visited for the Alabama game. I would expect him to return later this year for the UF-FSU matchup. Though Armella may visit, Malik Agbodefinitely will when he comes to town for the UF-FSU weekend. Other than those two, there are no national targets on the board. What's left are targets such as Eston Harris and Ja'Kavion Nonar‍. Matthew McCoy told Inside the Gators that UF told him they had some good news for him – likely an offer – this weekend.

Defensive Tackle (3-4)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch:  Jordan Phillips‍ 
Dream Signee: Walter Nolen‍ 
Change from Before: Added Isaiah Hastings‍ to the Mock Class while also replacing him as the OTW with Jordan Phillips
The Bottom Line: I know, I know, I know, I may be in the minority, but I still get a Walter Nolento Florida vibe even after he left the Gators off his late summer top three. He visited for the Alabama game and was blown away. It also doesn't hurt that Tennessee and Texas A&M are having disappointing seasons as well. While there’s still a need to watch out for Alabama and Georgia, but UF is in good shape here. Another bit of good news since the last update is Florida's standing with fast-rising tackle Isaiah Hastings‍. When he first arrived in the Sunshine State from Canada, he seemed intent on heading back north. However, after speaking with him after he attended the UF-UA game, being in-state is really beginning to grow on him. Then there’s  Jordan Phillips‍, who it feels like UF could flip from UT if they put enough pressure on him.  Quency Wiggins‍ is visiting this weekend and UF still has Myron Green‍ and Shone Washington‍ as backups if they lose out on others. It feels like after making up ground on Chris McClellan‍, home-state Oklahoma has pulled ahead. Jamari Lyons‍ pledging today is why recruiting can be tricky for coaches. Do you take him or wait to see what happens with others? It isn't that he isn't a good prospect, but does taking him negatively impact your chances with others who may not see as great a need? After visiting Florida for the Alabama game Mykel Williams‍ said he will return for an official visit later this year. 

Defensive End (3)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Nyjalik Kelly‍ 
Dream Signee: Cyrus Moss‍ 
Change from Before: Changed OTW from J'Mond Tappto Nyjalik Kelly‍ 
The Bottom Line: In the last edition we talked about Florida not being in great shape with any of the South Florida trio of Marvin Jones Jr.‍, Nyjalik Kellyand Shemar Stewart‍. Since then Stewart has eliminated UF, Jones has set his visits, which doesn't include the Gators, but Kelly will visit this coming weekend, giving the Orange & Blue at least a hint of hope. Top 100 target Cyrus Moss‍ will also be in town Saturday. So, other than an outside chance (like way outside) with Kelly and Moss, UF doesn't have a lot of hope of significantly upgrading this position this cycle.

Linebacker (2-3)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Wesley Bissainthe 
Dream Signee: Harold Perkins‍ 
Change from Before: Added EJ Lightsey‍ to the Mock Class and replaced him as the OTW with Wesley Bissainthe
The Bottom Line: Unless it is a superstar type such as Jaishawn Barham‍ or Harold Perkins‍ (both the longest of longshots) you wouldn't think that the Gators would be interested in a third linebacker this cycle, but they brought in Jaron Willis‍ for the Alabama game and Wesley Bissainthe is coming in this weekend. It is at least of some concern that halfway through their home schedule and Shemar James‍ has yet to visit.

Safety (2-3)

Solid as a Rock:  None
One to Watch: Kamari Wilson‍ 
Dream Signee: Kamari Wilson‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Kamari Wilson‍ from the Mock Class and then added him to OTW, replacing Devin Moore‍.
The Bottom Line: After sending Devin Moore‍ an official offer in August, Florida was able to get him on campus last month for the Alabama game. Speaking with him though, he is still solid to the Irish. UF is going to need to get him back on campus. After him, we're still watching Azareyeh Thomas‍ and Kamari Wilson‍. We have had Thomas in our Mock Class the last couple of editions, and still, believe UF is the team to beat. Wilson on the other hand has been on and off our Mock Class and though the Gators are still very much in the picture, UGA is the best bet to land him as of today. That leaves Demari Henderson, who told the Orlando Sentinel he and his twin brother Ja'Cari Henderson are deciding between Florida, Miami and UCF.

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, if he had to choose today, I don't believe Julian Humphrey‍ would sign with Florida. Georgia, where he visited last weekend, along with Texas A&M, are strong bets. The Gators got Jaheim Singletary‍ to visit for the Alabama game, but they need to get him back on campus for the FSU game and an official visit to gain some momentum here. Other prospects still on the board at the position are Austin Ausberry‍, Chris Graves‍ , and the above-mentioned Ja’Cari Henderson

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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