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Florida’s recruiting class gains steam with commit from 4-star DB Chester Kimbrough

Chester Kimbrough

Things are starting to pick up for the Florida Gators on the 2019 recruiting trail.

After a quiet beginning to the summer which saw the team receive only three commitments total in June and July, Florida added its second August commitment for 2019 Monday when four-star defensive back Chester Kimbrough announced his intentions to head to Gainesville.

Kimbrough, (6-foot, 167 pounds) from New Orleans Warren Easton, is considered to be among the top-35 defensive backs in the country and is also a top-15 overall prospect in Louisiana for the 2019 class.

Kimbrough had offers from over 20 programs nationally including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Texas before committing to Florida on Monday night.

The commitment of Kimbrough comes less than two weeks after the Gators added one of the best inside linebackers in the 2019 class in Diwun Black (Forest, MS). Black de-committed from Ole Miss and committed to Florida back on August 2.

With the additions of Black and Kimbrough, Florida appears to be regaining traction on the recruiting trail. The Gators currently sit at 12 commitments for their 2019 class and six of the 12 are rated as four-star prospects by 247sports.com.

It is also interesting to note that of the 12 current Gator commitments, five different states are represented – Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia – proving the outreach that Mullen and his staff have to attract talent to Gainesville.

One final note on the Kimbrough commitment. He is now the second four-star defensive back from the New Orleans area to commit to Florida in the past three years. Defensive back Brad Stewart, also from New Orleans, was part of the Gators 2017 recruiting haul.

It was thought to be almost impossible to get prospects out of LSU’s backyard to come to Gainesville. Florida has now done it twice in the past three recruiting cycles.

RELATED: Gators 2019 QB commit Jalon Jones earns his fourth recruiting star.

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