With the dead period now over, here’s a look at a mock 2017 recruiting class for the Florida Gators. Jim McElwain is looking to put the finishing touches on his third recruiting class in Gainesville.
We’re halfway through January, and the recruiting dead period is finally over.
Jim McElwain and his staff will be bouncing around, trying to wrap up another successful class in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Florida currently sits at No. 19 in the class rankings with 15 total commits, and a strong finish could propel the Gators up into the top 15 – possibly into the top 10.
With National Signing Day set for Feb. 1, here’s a mock recruiting class for the Florida Gators.
Jake Allen, 3-Star
His senior season has not been what many expected it to be. Allen hasn’t necessarily regressed, but despite another state championship, he’s lost a lot of luster. He’ll definitely need a redshirt once he gets to Gainesville.
Malik Davis, 3-Star
Easily one of the most undervalued tailbacks in the 2017 recruiting class, Davis has a shot to see early reps next season — especially with Jordan Cronkrite transferring. He shows great patience and balance when toting the rock.
Adarius Lemons, 3-Star
Once committed to Florida, Lemons can re-join the class if his ACT score and grades are in order. If all checks out, he’ll be a nice addition. He’s quite the opposite from Davis. Lemons runs like he’s on fire and is a tremendous athlete.
Daquon Green, 4-Star
He’s capable of stretching the field vertically and can grow into a true No. 1 receiver.
James Robinson, 4-Star
A nice complement to Green, Robinson isn’t afraid to go over the middle and is a very physical receiver.
Kemore Gamble, 4-Star
Gamble is a true receiving tight end and will fit in nicely with the rest of the Florida offense. He’s already enrolled in classes.
Zechariah Byrd, 3-Star
He’s not as fluid of a receiver as Gamble is, but he can help the run game by setting the edge and picking up blocks downfield.
Kadeem Telfort, 4-Star
Another early enrollee, Telfort is a tenacious blocker. He has all the physical tools you want in an offensive tackle but needs a lot of coaching.
T.J. Moore, 4-Star
There is a lot of potential for Moore to grow. He’s solid in pass protection and as a run blocker.
Kai-Leon Herbert, 4-Star
The Gators have been trying to flip Herbert from Michigan for awhile, and it looks as though they’re going to get it done.
Tedarrell Slaton, 5-Star
He’s listed as an offensive guard, but Slaton will likely play defensive tackle if he chooses the Gators.
Zachary Carter, 4-Star
He fires off the ball and can get around the edge in a hurry.
Tyrone Truesdell, 3-Star
Florida is in a great position to land the 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle.
Kyree Campbell, Unranked
He’s a big body at 6-foot-4, 310 lbs and will be trusted to stop the run.
Levi Jones, 4-Star
The battle for Jones will put Florida up against Florida State. But the Gators certainly have a chance.
Nick Smith, 3-Star
If they don’t get Jones, the Gators can welcome in Smith, who’s currently committed to NC State.
Ventrell Miller, 3-Star
Miller doesn’t just hit hard. He lays the wood and will quickly pick up a reputation at UF as a heavy hitter.
James Houston IV, 3-Star
Houston does a great job of getting off blocks and making a play on the ball.
Marco Wilson, 4-Star
Quincy Wilson is setting up to be a first-round pick, so Florida fans have to be excited about his younger brother, Marco.
Elijah Blades, 4-Star
Blades could easily be the most talented player in Florida’s 2017 class. If they can hold off Nebraska and USC, the Gators will have another stud in the secondary.
Brad Stewart, 4-Star
Florida holds the edge for Stewart, who’s from New Orleans.
Christopher Henderson, 4-Star
The Gators are also in the driver’s seat for Henderson, a former Miami commit.
Shawn Davis, 3-Star
It could be argued that Davis deserves a fourth star. He has great ball skills and wins one-on-one matchups at the line of scrimmage.
Kadarius Toney, 4-Star
One of the most explosive athletes in the 2017 recruiting class, Toney can do it all. There’s a chance Florida will let him play quarterback, but he’s most likely going to end up at wide receiver.
Class Ranking Prediction: 10-12