Just two months removed from a dismal 4-7 season where the Gators missed playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2014, Florida wrapped up a top 20 ranking on National Signing Day with 18 recruits including 11 4-star signees.
East Ridge WR Justin Watkins headlined a class that looks to return to the SEC championship game after playing in back-to-back games in 2015-16. The Gators had already received commitments from 5 four-star players including dual threat QB Emory Jones who chose Florida after previously committing to Ohio State.
Florida's recruiting class currently ranks 15th in the nation and 5th-best in the SEC.
Joining Watkins from the Central Florida and Bay Area were S John Huggins from Mainland, OT Richard Gouraige from Cambridge Christian and S Amari Burney from Clearwater Calvary Christian.
Here's a complete list of Florida signees:
|Jacob Copeland||Escambia||4-star WR|
|*Richard Gouraige||Cambridge Christian||4-star OT|
|Emory Jones||Heard County (GA)||4-star QB|
|*Justin Watkins||East Ridge||4-star WR|
|Kyle Pitts||Archbishop Wood (PA)||4-star TE|
|*Amari Burney||Calvary Christian||4-star S|
|Trey Dean||Dutchtown (GA)||4-star S|
|Dameon Pierce||Bainbridge (GA)||4-star RB|
|Andrew Chatfield||American Heritage||4-star DE|
|David Reese||Vero Beach||4-star OLB|
|Iverson Clement||Rancocas Valley (NJ)||4-star ATH|
|Noah Banks||Iowa Western CC||3-star OT|
|*John Huggins||Mainland||3-star S|
|Chris Bleich||Wyoming Valley (PA)||3-star OT|
|Randy Russell||Carol City||3-star S|
|Dante Lang||Boca Raton||3-star TE|
|Griffin McDowell||Lee County (GA)||3-star C|
|Evan McPherson||Fort Payne (AL)||3-star K|
*Bay Area & Central Florida recruits