Florida recruiting: Latest updates on Gators’ class

The dead period is over and it’s now crunch time for the Class of 2018.

Florida coach Dan Mullen and his 10 assistants will be on the road recruiting throughout this month and they’re scheduled to host several official visitors in the coming weeks.

Where Florida’s class ranks

Florida’s 2018 class is ranked  No. 17  nationally and  No. 6 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite. Eight of the Gators’ 14 commits are 4-star recruits. Florida has the SEC’s third-highest average star rating (90.57) behind Alabama (92.51) and Georgia (93.40).

Latest news

The Gators welcomed eight early enrollees to campus this week, but one of them was dealt stunning news Thursday. Miami safety Randy Russell was diagnosed with a heart condition that will end his playing career.

Florida lost a pledge Wednesday from 3-star wide receiver Corey Gammage, who had been wavering on his commitment since the coaching changes. UF also added WR transfers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson to the roster.

Here’s the latest Florida recruiting news:

Commits (14)

  • 4-star QB Emory Jones, Heard Country (Franklin, Ga.)
  • 4-star RB Dameon Pierce, Bainbridge (Ga.)
  • 4-star RB Iverson Clement, Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.)
  • 4-star TE Kyle Pitts, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
  • 3-star TE Dante Lang, Boca Raton (Fla.)
  • 3-star OL Noah Banks, Iowa Western C.C. (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
  • 3-star OL Chris Bleich, Wyoming Valley West (Plymouth, PA)
  • 4-star OT Richard Gouraige, Cambridge Christian School (Tampa, Fla.)
  • 4-star LB David Reese, Vero Beach (Fla.)
  • 4-star LB/DB Amari Burney, Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • 4-star DB Trey Dean, Dutchtown (Hampton, Ga.)
  • 3-star DB John Huggins, Mainland (Daytona  Beach, Fla.)
  • 3-star DB Randy Russell, Carol City (Miami)
  • 3-star K Evan McPherson, Fort Payne (Fort Payne, Ala.)

Top 5 targets

5-star OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

5-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

4-star WR Jacob Copeland, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)

4-star OL William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.)

4-star DE Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed at the position:

  • QB: 1/1 (Jones)
  • RB: 2/2 (Clement, Pierce)
  • TE: 2/2 (Lang, Pitts)
  • WR: 0/3
  • OL: 3/5 (Banks, Bleich, Gouraige)
  • LB: 1/3 (Reese)
  • DB: 3/4 (Dean, Huggins, Russell)
  • ATH: 1/1 (Burney)
  • K: 1/1 (McPherson)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of Florida’s commits by state:

  • Alabama: 1 (McPherson)
  • Florida: 7 (Banks, Burney, Gouraige, Lang, Reese, Russell, Thornton)
  • Georgia: 3 (Dean, Jones, Pierce)
  • New Jersey: 1 (Clement)
  • Pennsylvania: 2 (Bleich, Pitts)

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