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Will Gators 2019 recruiting class pick up speed after commit of LB Diwun Black?

Diwun Black

The struggles of the 2019 Florida recruiting class have been well documented. Dan Mullen has yet to coach a game at the University of Florida and already the rumblings around the Gator fan base were being heard regarding Florida’s woeful 2019 class. Coming into Thursday, the Gators were ranked 39th in the country according to 247sports.com.

Maybe more telling than the number, is the programs who were ranked ahead of Florida, which included the likes of Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest and Boston College.

Gator fans were beginning to panic, but as those who follow recruiting know all too well, one big commitment can change a lot.

Florida hopes that is true once again.

On Thursday, the Gators received a commitment from four-star inside linebacker Diwun Black. Black, de-committed from Ole Miss.

He released this on his twitter account.

Black, (6-foot-3, 216 pounds) from Forest (MS) High, is among the top-five inside linebackers in the country and is also a top 75 overall talent nationally in the 2019 recruiting class. He had received offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, USC and others before announcing his intentions to head to Gainesville.

Black’s recruitment has been an interesting one.

He originally committed to Dan Mullen while Mullen was head coach at Mississippi State back on September 20, 2017. He decommitted from the Bulldogs on March 4, 2018 after Mullen’s departure from Starkville. Black then committed to Ole Miss on April 7, before decommitting from the Rebels today and committing to Florida.

Florida hopes Black’s latest decommitment will be his last.

After adding Black, the Gators now have 12 commitments for their 2019 class and Florida jumped up from No. 39 to No. 26 on the 247sports.com recruiting rankings.

Black is now by far the highest-ranked commitment Florida has in its 2019 class and the hope for the Gator and their fans alike is a big pickup like this can start one of those classic recruiting chain reactions. Time will tell.

RELATED: Florida 2019 QB commit Jalon Jones earns his fourth recruiting “star.”

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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