A Florida Gators football recruiting update for the week of August 27, 2016.
Jim McElwain sure does know how to start a weekend.
Florida picked up two big commitments — one on Friday, one on Saturday — and both were on the defensive side of the ball. The first move came when 4-star prospect Fred Hansard, the No. 17 defensive tackle and No. 284 overall player in the nation, committed to the Gators Friday morning.
The Princeton, New Jersey native chose Florida over Rutgers and moved the Gators’ 2017 class up from No. 13 to No. 10 in the country — the Seminoles sat idly by at No. 12.
A day later, defensive backs coach Torrian Gray picked up another weapon to work with when 3-star recruit Shawn Davis committed to Florida.
Ranked as the No. 34 cornerback in the nation and the No. 6-ranked cornerback in the Sunshine State, Davis became the third defensive back to pledge to the Gators in 2017. He joins 4-star cornerback Elijah Blades and 4-star cornerback Marco Wilson, the younger brother of current Gator Quincy Wilson.
Davis’ decision moved Florida ahead of Clemson for the No. 9 spot in the class rankings, as the Gators now sit with 2,443 recruiting points.
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
Florida Gators Football Recruiting Update
No. 9 Overall Class
Total Commits: 16
5-Star Commits: 0
4-Star Commits: 9
3-Star Commits: 7
Jake Allen: 4-Star, No. 24 QB, No. Unranked Overall
Adarius Lemons: 4-Star, No. 19 RB, No. 214 Overall
Daquon Green: 4-Star, No. 41 WR, No. 298 Overall
Zachary Carter: 4-Star, No. 10 DE, No. 134 Overall
Fred Hansard: 4-Star, No. 17 DT, No. 284 Overall
Marco Wilson: 4-Star, No. 27 CB, Unranked Overall
Elijah Blades: 4-star, No. 28 CB, Unranked Overall
Kemore Gamble: 4-Star, No. 9 TE, No. 270 Overall
Kadarius Toney: 4-Star, No. 18 ATH, No. 235 Overall
James Houston IV: 3-Star, No. 26 ILB, Unranked Overall
Zechariah Byrd: 3-Star, No. 22 TE, Unranked Overall
Shawn Davis: 3-Star, No. 34 CB, Unranked Overall
Jordon Scott: 3-Star, No. 60 DT, Unranked Overall
Ventrell Miller, 3-Star, No. 42 ILB, Unranked Overall
Javier Edwards: 3-Star JUCO DT
Kadeem Telfort: 3-Star, No. 50 OT, Unranked Overall
Alex Leatherwood: 5-Star, No. 3 OT, No. 18 Overall (Alabama commit)
Devon Hunter: 5-Star, 1 S, No. 5 Overall
Deangelo Gibbs: 5-Star, No. 2 ATH, No. 12 Overall
Donovan Peoples-Jones: 4-Star, No. 4 WR, No. 34 Overall
Jarez Parks: 4-Star, No. 6 DE, No. 58 Overall
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Tweet Of The Week
Without skipping a beat, Jim McElwain celebrated Fred Hansard’s commitment in typical Coach Mac fashion.
Scouting The Enemy
3-Star CB Michael Nesbit committed to Kentucky (8/25/16)
3-Star DT M.J. Webb committed to South Carolina (8/19/16)
2-Star S Jordyn Peters committed to Auburn (8/19/16)
3-Star ILB DeCalon Brooks committed to Florida State (8/18/16)
4-Star S Hamsah Nasirildeen committed to South Carolina (8/16/16)
4-Star RB Ty Chandler committed to Tennessee (8/15/16)
3-Star DE Justin Thomas committed to LSU (8/13/16)
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