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Gators adding commitments, but still trailing well behind rivals

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The month of June was a productive one for Dan Mullen on the recruiting trail. The Gators added three commitments in the past three weeks, including one that will be eligible to play in the 2018 season.

Here is a look at the newest prospects who have committed to Florida.

Defensive Lineman Jaelin Humphries

The particulars: Humphries (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Lawrenceville, (GA) Mountain View. He committed to Florida on June 5.

The skinny: Humphries is considered to be among the top-15 defensive tackle prospects in the country and a top-225 overall talent nationally in the class of 2019. Humphries had over 20 offers from across the country including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee before committing to the Gators.

Humphries is currently the only defensive lineman committed to Florida’s 2019 class.

Tight End Lucas Krull (class of 2018)

The particulars: Krull (6-foot-7, 255 pounds) is a four-star prospect originally from Shawnee, KS. He committed to Florida on June 14.

The skinny: Krull, who attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO in 2017, is considered to be among the top-five junior college prospects in the country in the class of 2018. Krull played baseball at Arkansas as a freshman and committed to Florida over Kansas State, Missouri, Maryland and SMU.

Krull becomes the third and final tight end to commit and sign with Florida in the 2018 class joining four-star Kyle Pitts, (Warminster, PA) and three-star Dante Lang (Boca Raton, FL).

Florida currently does not have a tight end committed for the class of 2019.

Offensive Lineman Riley Simonds

The particulars: Simonds (6-foot-3, 324 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Buford (GA) High. He committed to Florida on June 20.

The skinny: Simonds is considered to be among the top 20 offensive guard prospects in the country for the 2019 class. Simonds had over 25 offers nationally including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Nebraska and Virginia Tech, before committing to the Gators.

Simonds joins four-star offensive tackle Wardrick Wilson (Miami) and three-star offensive tackle Ethan White (Clearwater) as offensive linemen that are currently committed to Florida’s 2019 class.

Dan Mullen and the Gator coaching staff do appear to be gaining some traction on the recruiting trail, however Florida is still lacking when compared to its SEC rivals. The Gators are currently ranked 10th out of the 14 SEC programs in the latest 2019 recruiting rankings.

When you also consider that Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina all have 15 or more commitments to this point and the Gators currently sit at 10, you can see Florida is lacking in numbers as well.

There is still a long way to go on the 2019 recruiting trail and Florida is beginning to make things happen, but it will be a long climb to get to where Dan Mullen and the Gators need to be.

RELATED: What to expect from Dan Mullen in Year One at Florida.

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