We are less than a week removed from National Signing Day, but programs already have done a lot of work on the 2019 recruiting classes.
The 2019 class will be an important one for Dan Mullen and Florida. The Gators’ 2018 class was a solid one, considering how little time Mullen and his staff were in place before the early signing period. But Florida’s 2019 class cannot be “solid.” Instead, it needs to be a top-10 effort; Florida hasn’t had a top-10 class since 2013.
Here’s a look at three top targets Florida fans should keep their eye on during the 2019 recruiting cycle.
OLB Ge’Mon Eaford
The particulars: Eaford (6 feet 1, 220 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High.
The skinny: Linebacker is going to be a top priority for Florida in its 2019 class, and Eaford is one of the top-15 outside linebackers nationally. Florida struggled in 2018 to keep top in-state prospects at home. The speedy Eaford comes from a talent-rich program in south Florida and already has more than 40 offers nationally; he has picked up offers from Florida State, Missouri and Tennessee in the past month.
SDE Nathan Pickering
The particulars: Pickering (6-5, 270 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Seminary (Miss.) High.
The skinny: Pickering is a big-time prospect from a small town; Seminary, which is about 30 miles northwest of Hattiesburg, is a town of about 325. Pickering is a top-50 talent nationally for the 2019 class. Mullen and his staff are familiar with Pickering from their time at Mississippi State. Pickering received a UF offer in September. Pickering has a nice mix of size and athleticism, and he figures to be a hot commodity. He has received offers from Auburn, Duke, Notre Dame and Texas A&M in the past few weeks.
DT Jaquaze Sorrells
The particulars: Sorrells (6-3, 270 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Largo (Fla.) High.
The skinny: Sorrells, from the Tampa Bay area, committed to Florida in June 2016, then decommitted in December 2017 But Florida remains very much in the hunt. When Mullen made his helicopter recruiting visit last month, Largo High was one of his stops. Defensive line will be a priority for Florida in the 2019 recruiting cycle and Sorrells, at this point at least, is considered the best in-state defensive tackle; he also is one of the 10 best nationally and is a top-100 prospect overall.
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