Latest updates on the Gators’ class

After three consecutive weeks of commitments, Florida finally cooled off as the high school football season approaches.

One of UF’s top pledges had a dominant performance this week in a preseason scrimmage and the Gators still lead for a couple of their top targets.

Where Florida’s class ranks

Florida’s 2018 class is ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC. Eight of the Gators’ commits are 4-star recruits or higher. Florida has the SEC’s second-highest average star rating (89.88) behind Alabama (91.07).

Latest news

Florida wide receiver commit Ja’Marr Chase put on a show in his scrimmage Wednesday and discussed his recruitment with SEC Country after his three-touchdown performance (watch).

The top-100 overall recruit revealed that he visited LSU prior to the dead period and plans to officially visit the in-state Tigers, Florida and TCU this fall. Chase doesn’t appear to be wavering whatsoever, but those trips will be worth monitoring.

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:

Commits

  • 5-star QB Matt Corral, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • 4-star RB Dameon Pierce, Bainbridge (Ga.)
  • 4-star RB Iverson Clement,Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.)
  • 4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)
  • 4-star WR Ja’Marr Chase, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.)
  • 3-star WR Corey Gammage, Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla.)
  • 3-star WR Tyquan Thornton, Booker T. Washington (Miami)
  • 3-star WR Jalynn Williams, Saint Petersburg (Fla.)
  • 4-star TE Kyle Pitts, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
  • 3-star TE Dante Lang, Boca Raton (Fla.)
  • 4-star OL Curtis Dunlap, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • 3-star DE Taylor Upshaw, Braden River (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • 3-star LB David Reese, Vero Beach (Fla.)
  • 3-star CB Divaad Wilson, Northwestern (Miami)
  • 4-star S Amari Burney, Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • 3-star S Randy Russell, Carol City (Miami)
  • 3-star S Deontai Williams, Jones County J.C. (Ellisville, Miss.)

Top 5 targets

4-star OL William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.)

4-star OL Richard Gouraige, Cambridge Christian (Tampa, Fla.)

4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 

4-star OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

4-star DT Nesta Silvera, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) —Miami commit

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed at the position:

  • QB: 1/1 (Corral)
  • RB: 2/2 (Clement, Pierce)
  • TE: 2/2 (Lang, Pitts)
  • WR: 5/5 (Chase, Copeland, Gammage, Thornton, Williams)
  • OL: 1/4 (Dunlap)
  • DL: 1/3 (Upshaw)
  • LB: 1/1 (Reese)
  • CB: 1/2 (Wilson)
  • S: 3/3 (Burney, Russell, Williams)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Florida’s commits by state:

  • California: 1 (Corral)
  • Florida: 12 (Burney, Copeland, Dunlap, Gammage, Lang, Reese, Russell, Thornton, Upshaw, D. Williams, J. Williams, Wilson)
  • Georgia: 1 (Pierce)
  • Louisiana: 1 (Chase)
  • New Jersey: 1 (Clement)
  • Pennsylvania: 1 (Pitts)

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