There is no denying the impact the firing of Jim McElwain had on Florida’s 2019 recruiting class.
At one time, Florida’s 2019 class was ranked No. 1 in the country, but since McElwain’s dismissal, the class has unraveled and suffered nine decommitments. Eight of the nine decommitments came from Florida high school players, with half coming from south Florida prospects.
Four of the decommitments were by national top-100 prospects from Florida – WR Frank Ladson of Homestead South Dade, DL Jaquaze Sorrells of Largo High, OLB Jaleel McRae from IMG Academy in Bradenton (originally from Daytona Beach area) and ATH Tyrique Stevenson of Homestead South Dade. Two others were from Florida recruits in the top 150 nationally – WR Maurice Goolsby of Dunnellon High and WR John Dunmore of Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.
The good news: Dan Mullen proved in a short amount of time in Gainesville that he is capable on the recruiting trail. Mullen secured a top-15 class in 2018 – heck, Florida’s class outranked LSU’s and was fourth-best in the SEC – despite being on the job just three weeks before the early signing period and a bit more than two months before National Signing Day.
With an entire year at his disposal, good things are expected from Mullen and his staff with the Gators’ 2019 class. And perhaps some of those notable decommitments will be brought back into the fold.
Linebacker, cornerback and the offensive and defensive lines are positions of need for the Gators in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
We’ve already talked about three top targets for Florida’s 2019 class. Here is a look at Florida’s three 2019 commitments.
ATH Ja’markis Weston
The particulars: Weston (6 feet 3, 195 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Clewiston (Fla.) High. He committed to Florida on July 28, 2017.
The skinny: A skilled wide receiver and defensive back, Weston is among the top-30 athletes in the country and a top-50 recruit in Florida. To this point, Weston has held firm to his Florida commitment. He is a playmaker on both sides of the ball, and Mullen would love to be able to keep him as part of the 2019 class.
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