Class of 2019 wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. spoke with Campus Insiders and confirmed his commitment to the Florida Gators on Saturday.
It’s still extremely early in the 2018 recruiting cycle, but Jim McElwain’s Gators are playing the long game.
On Saturday, they added the third member of their 2019 recruiting class when Frank Ladson Jr. committed to Florida.
Ladson, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound wide receiver from Homestead, Florida, spoke with Campus Insiders and confirmed the news of his commitment.
“It feels great to be apart of it [Florida’s class],” Ladson said. “It felt like the right time for me after talking with my family and coaches.”
New defensive backs coach Corey Bell and on-campus recruiting director John Herron have done an excellent job of creating a relationship with Ladson, but the explosive wide receiver said he’s also developed chemistry with McElwain and the rest of the coaching staff.
Ladson can’t wait to get to Gainesville, and he also can’t wait to bring more highly-touted recruits with him — especially recruits who can get him the ball.
“[I’ll give Florida] a consistent receiver with a great ability to stretch the field,” Ladson said. “All the QBs I’ve seen at practice looked really nice, and I know I’ll push to get other great QBs.”
The other two commits in the Gators’ 2019 class are 4-star safety Jaleel McRae and defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells. Ladson hasn’t spoken too much to McRae but has been in contact with Sorrells, who was excited to hear of Ladson’s commitment.
The two of them are honing in on recruiting Ladson’s teammate at South Dade Senior High School, Tyrique Stevenson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete. If they can secure a pledge from Stevenson, the Gators will have a solid foundation set for the future, and it’s an added bonus that they will have dipped into South Florida to build it.
So, here we are, closing in on the end of March, and Florida now has three commits on its 2019 board — to go along with two commits in 2018.
After a strong, late push in the 2017 cycle, it appears the Gators are working hard to hit the recruiting trail sooner rather than later.