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Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 4.0

September 5, 2018
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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 under FOUR MONTHS remaining until the start of the early signing period in late December and exactly FIVE MONTHS remaining until National Signing Day 2019.

Florida has 11 public commitments and currently has open scholarships for 14 signees overall (five under the 85 man maximum, combined with nine scholarship seniors) – but that number will certainly rise with attrition.

In the end Florida will likely sign anywhere from 20-25 prospects in the Class of 2019.

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: Jalon Jones
One to Watch: None
Pipe Dream: None
Change from Before: None
The Bottom Line: Probably the only way Florida makes a run at a second quarterback at this point is if Feleipe Franks has such a great season that it in turn makes Kyle Trask reconsider his future with Florida - and thus transfers. 

Running Back (1)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Trey Sanders
Pipe Dream: None
Change from Before: Took Mark-Antony Richards‍ off of PD. It really feels at this point it is a two man board.
The Bottom Line: Florida won a bit of a battle this weekend in getting Sanders on campus. However, the prevailing thought is that he is still leaning to Alabama. Now, if the Gators can get him on campus a few more times this season, then you never know. 

Wide Receiver (3)

Solid as a Rock: Dionte Marks
One to Watch: TJ Jones ‍ 
Pipe Dream: Frank Ladson‍ 
Change from Before: No changes for the second straight month.
The Bottom Line: Florida's top competition for Elijah Higgins is Ohio State, so we are waiting to see how that plays out. At one time there was a question if Weston would make it in this class because despite his commitment, he had never stepped foot on campus. Now, he has visited twice in the last two months. Marks is off to a big start catching the ball his senior season. 

Tight End (1)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: None
Pipe Dream: None
Change from Before: It is time to take Ethan Rae‍ off the OTW list. He is solid with Southern Cal.
The Bottom Line: It really is Zipperer or bust at this point - and that is a scary proposition because whether he is playing games or just like that, he is all over the place from day-to-day, from week-to-week. I wouldn't put all my eggs in that basket, but luckily for Florida, they have a handful of returning tight ends if they miss out on Zipperer.

Offensive Line (5)

Solid as a Rock: Ethan White
One to Watch: Keiondre Jones‍ 
Pipe Dream: Evan Neal‍ 
Change from Before: Moved Neal from OTW to PD while taking Jonah Tauanu'u‍ off PD after he committed to Oregon. 
The Bottom Line: For the first time in our Mock Class predictions we were caught completely by surprise in that we didn't have Harrod on our list at this time last month. To be honest, a month ago I doubt anyone had him pegged to Florida. While Florida has some big boys committed and leaning to them, you would think Florida would make room for a Will Putnam‍ or Dontae Lucas‍ if they wanted to join in. As was posted last month, keep an eye on Wilson.‍

Defensive Tackle (2)

Solid as a Rock: Jaelin Humphries
One to Watch: Derick Hunter‍ 
Pipe Dream: Quashon Fuller‍ 
Change from Before: Nathan Pickering‍ was removed from PD and replaced by Fuller (who will be on campus for the Kentucky game)
The Bottom Line: Florida is still very much in the running for Florida State commits Hunter (who visited Florida for the opener) and Fuller. The Gators are also on D'Von Ellies‍ and Isaiah Gibson‍, but this is a position where Florida is furthest away from meeting needs. Add in the fact that Humphries has work to do in the classroom, and this position is one of worry for now. 

Defensive End (2)

Solid as a Rock: None
One to Watch: Justin Eboigbe
Pipe Dream: Kayvon Thibodeaux‍ 
Change from Before: Move Diabate from OTW to the commitment list. Both Eboigbe and Thibodeaux are scheduled to visit Florida, but have work to do for each, so they take the OTW and PD spots.
The Bottom Line: When you add in the likes of Khris Bogle‍ and Braylen Ingraham‍, Florida has enough top tier targets at the position to more than fill needs.  

Linebacker (1)

Solid as a Rock: Diwun Black
One to Watch: None
Pipe Dream: None
Change from Before: Changed the SAAR from Hopper to Black. In our last update ITG posted: The bigger news though, I don't feel like Jammal Abrams‍ will make it in this class after completely skipping working out at a June camp and then being limited for FNL. 10 days later he was gone from the class. Normally, you would think that Florida has gone above and beyond in filling their needs, but for safety's sake they would like to get Hopper back on campus and Black isn't out of the woods academically.
The Bottom Line: The bottom line this month is the same as last month and the month before, Florida doesn't need three linebackers in this class, but I don't think they could - or would - turn down any of the three I have listed.

Safety (2)

Solid as a Rock: Trent Whittemore
One to Watch: Jordan Battle‍  
Pipe Dream: None
Change from Before: Nick Cross‍ - who was a long shot anyway, went from OTW to off the board after his commitment to Florida State. Once again, as was posted last week, the board is barren for the most part.
The Bottom Line: As was touched on for the last three months, there simply isn't enough talented players with legitimate interest in Florida to fill the needs at safety with six months to go. If something happens with Urban Meyer at Ohio State, Battle might end up worth keeping an eye on. Florida is still recruiting Diamante Howard‍ - who is normally listed as a linebacker, but the Gators like as a safety.

Cornerback (3)

Solid as a Rock: Chester Kimbrough
One to Watch: Jarvis Brownlee‍ 
Pipe Dream: Tyrique Stevenson‍  
Change from Before: For OTW, despite his weekend visit Maurice Hampton‍ was replaced by Brownlee, who has visited twice in two months and could be back again this weekend.
The Bottom Line: For the second month in a row we have Jaydon Hill in our mock class, and he is set to make his announcement on Thursday (tomorrow). In addition to Hill, Florida has to land either Elam or Stevenson for this class to reach its once sky high potential. With his recent social media activity, while I wouldn't get overly excited, Southern Cal commit Chris Steele‍ deserves watching as well. 

 
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