We wanted to take a look at the Florida football recruiting class for 2020, but it’s pretty big so we had to break it into parts.
As we’ve mentioned, the Florida football recruiting class of 2020 is big (20 total commitments), but it’s also one of the best — ranked No. 11 nationally by Rivals.com.
We wanted to look at the class, as it stands now.
We will try not to revisit those recruits we’ve already written about, but there could be some overlap. Here’s our first installment from yesterday.
Our information comes from a variety of sources, including Rivals.com, MaxPreps and others.
Here’s a look at today’s recruits:
Jahari Rogers, CB Arlington (Texas) High School
Texas has always been a fertile recruiting ground and the pickup of cornerback Jahari Rogers just reinforces that.
Rogers is a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Arlington High School in Texas. According to Rivals.com, he is No. 162 nationally among all recruits. He’s No. 14 in the country for cornerbacks and the No. 26 overall recruit in Texas.
He is listed as a cornerback but has the size and ability to pull over to a safety slot if needed.
Rogers took visits to Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor and Arkansas before committing to Florida football in July after a visit in May.
He’s athletic, with coverage speed and the ability to disrupt opposing receivers.
Richie Leonard, offensive tackle Cocoa (Florida) High School
Cocoa High School offensive tackle Richie Leonard originally committed to Kentucky in 2018 before changing his mind in April 2019.
Despite never making an official visit to Florida football, three months after de-committing from Kentucky, Leonard committed to the Gators.
Leonard is 6-3 and 295 pounds and is strong at the point of attack. The other good thing is he is adept at playing as a guard, tackle or even center. That kind of versatility is great to have.
He would be coming into Florida football at a perfect time to work with an offensive line that’s been taking its lumps this season because of inexperience.
Leonard could be one of those players that makes an immediate impact as a freshman.
Derek Wingo, inside linebacker St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) High School
St. Thomas Aquinas inside linebacker Derek Wingo is quite simply, a beast.
He is the No. 35 overall recruit for the class nationally by Rivals.com and No. 5 overall in the state of Florida. Wingo is ranked No. 4 nationally among all linebackers.
Florida football went after Wingo hard until he committed to Penn State on Christmas Day 2018. However, hope was restored when Wingo de-committed from the Nittany Lions and verbally committed to the Gators in June 2019.
To put things in perspective, Wingo had offers from 30 schools and he only visited Penn State and South Carolina.
However, something happened in the process that made him decide to stay closer to home and play for Florida football.
Again, this kid is a beast with big-time talent. He can be a potential game-changer for Florida almost immediately.
Remember, No. 11 Florida football will kick-off in Columbia against Missouri at noon Saturday.