Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 7.0

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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 TWO MONTHS remaining until the start of the early signing period in late December and exactly FOUR MONTHS remaining until National Signing Day 2022.

Florida has 13 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’ll remain that while we figure out if all four scholarship quarterbacks will return next season. 

Running Back (1)

Solid as a Rock:  None
One to Watch: None
Dream Signee: Trevor Etienne‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Terrance Gibbs‍ from OTW and replaced him with None
The Bottom Line: Nothing has really changed here. Florida’s lone commit at the position, Terrance Gibbs, is still recovering from a major knee injury and really Trevor Etienne is the only remaining available target. 

Wide Receiver (4-5)

Solid as a Rock: CJ Smith‍ 
One to Watch: Isaiah Bond‍  
Dream Signee: Evan Stewart‍ 
Change from Before: Jayden Gibsonwent from being in our Mock Class, to being part of the actual class after committing to Florida. Removed Jayden Gibson from OTW and replaced him with Isaiah Bond‍  
The Bottom Line: After having him as part of the Mock Class all summer long, for the second month in a row Evan Stewart‍ isn’t included in the Mock Class this time around. Inside the Gators has been told that though Florida is still very much in the picture, Texas A&M is now the Lone Star State program to keep an eye on instead of Texas. Florida should get him back on campus for the Florida State game. We were told that Shazz Preston‍ – a Top 100 prospect – made an inquiry through an intermediary a couple of months ago to gauge UF’s interest, but was told he is down the board. Considering how highly he is ranked and his other offers, I would take that to mean UF feels like they are set at the position.

Tight End (1-2)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Mason Taylor‍ 
Dream Signee: None
Change from Before: Added De'Carlo Donaldsonto the Mock Class. Removed CJ Hawkinsfrom the class and then changed the OTW from Jaleel Skinner‍ to Mason Taylor‍ 
The Bottom Line:  How do you go from Kyle Pitts being the highest-drafted tight end ever, to being down to two tight end prospects in Donaldson and Mason Taylor‍ – who you were basically willing to pass on until a month ago? Even though this isn't a position of great need, this is a complete failure. And don't bring up having a 2023 commit at the position. Great teams and recruiting staffs stock talent. 

Offensive Line (3-4)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch:  Matthew McCoy‍ 
Dream Signee: Julian Armella‍ 
Change from Before:  Replaced Malik Agbo‍ as the OTW with Matthew McCoy‍ and added Matthew McCoy‍ to the Mock Class
The Bottom Line: It went back and forth as to whether or not to add Matthew McCoy‍ to the Mock Class, and it came down to I do think Florida is the team to beat, even though he just got back from his Ole Miss visit.  The scary part about adding him is that UF has shown a propensity toward losing line targets they have looked to be in good shape to land. The board still has a couple of big names on it in Malik Agbo‍ and Julian Armella– but you wouldn't call Florida a leader for either of them.  Also, if the Gators press for Ramier Lewis, he could be in the class as well. If UF falls short on both Agbo and Armella, this is will another disappointing haul along the line.

Defensive Tackle (3-4)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch:  @Chris McCl">Chris McClellan‍ 
Dream Signee: Walter Nolen‍ 
Change from Before: Removed both Walter Nolen‍ and Isaiah Hastings‍ from the Mock Class while also replacing Jordan Phillips‍ as the OTW with Chris McClellan‍ 
The Bottom Line: I was told that though he hasn't officially released it, Walter Nolen‍ has a top four of Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida – likely in that order. I was also told that he could make some news this week, so be on the lookout. Florida was starting to trend upward for Isaiah Hastingsafter two visits to campus, but now that he's been getting some big offers, we’ll wait to see if he returns for an official visit. There are still top options available with Quency Wiggins‍, Jeffrey M'ba‍, Myron Green, and Shone Washington‍ as backups if they lose out on others.

Defensive End (3)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Nyjalik Kelly‍ 
Dream Signee: Cyrus Moss‍ 
Change from Before: None
The Bottom Line: There hasn't been a lot of movement here with Cyrus Moss‍ (official) and Nyjalik Kelly‍ (unofficial) visiting in the last month being the holdovers and then with new offers going out to James Pearce‍ and Eddie Kelly‍. 

Linebacker (2-3)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Wesley Bissainthe 
Dream Signee: Harold Perkins‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Shemar James‍ from the commitment list
The Bottom Line: Remember in last month's update we stated ‘It is at least of some concern that halfway through their home schedule and Shemar James‍ has yet to visit.’ Well, that concern proved to be justified. James is out of the class and likely off the board, and there's no real replacement lined up. They've hinted at it in the past, but unless Jaishawn Barham‍ and/or Harold Perkins‍ (both the longest of longshots) pull the trigger on setting an official visit, they’ll just remain names on a board, but with no real shot of actually landing them. Jaron Willis‍ was in for the Alabama game and said he was returning for an official visit. Then Wesley Bissainthe officially visited for the Vanderbilt game. I know it’s sounding like a broken record, but when you look at where UF once stood at the position to where they currently are, and no one would find fault with you if you felt like crying. Jimmy Rolder‍ has been offered. We’ll see if UF makes a play for in-state linebacker DeMario Tolan‍.

Safety (2-3)

  • None

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Azareyeh Thomas‍ ‍ 
Dream Signee: Kamari Wilson‍ 
Change from Before: Removed Azareyeh Thomas‍ from the Mock Class and made him OTW replacing Kamari Wilson‍ 
The Bottom Line: One month after removing Kamari Wilson‍ from the Mock Class, this time around we had to do the same with Azareyeh Thomas‍. Can you imagine a scenario where he goes from a top three of Florida, GT, and LSU – where the Gators should be the favorite with the firing of Ed Orgeron, to ending up at Oklahoma after one visit?  If Florida can get Jacoby Mathews‍, a player they were once in a very good position to land, on campus, that would be a big boost. We'll wait to see if he makes it before unleashing the balloons.

Cornerback (2)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: @Chris Grav">Chris Graves‍ 
Dream Signee: Jaheim Singletary‍ 
Change from Before: Replaced Jaheim Singletary‍ as the OTW with Chris Graves‍, while making Singltary the DS over Earl Little Jr.‍ 
The Bottom Line:  Despite his decommitment, we didn't have to remove Julian Humphrey‍ from the class because we hadn't included him the last two months, waiting and anticipating that he was going to do what he finally did, and leave the class officially. That bit of bad, though expected, news was trumped by Jaheim Singletary‍ telling Inside the Gators that he was officially visiting UF in December. The Gators have some ground to make up, but they are very much in the picture, just behind Georgia. Then you also have targets such as Austin Ausberry‍, Chris Graves‍, Emory Floyd‍ and Christian Harrison‍ in the mix as well.

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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