Florida football: Gators get a big commit at wide receiver

Fresh off winning the Orange Bowl, Florida football keeps rolling in the good news. This time, it’s on the recruiting front.

It must be in the water with Florida football.

Head coach Dan Mullen picked up another big recruit on Saturday when Xzavier Henderson announced his commitment to Florida football during the All-American Bowl.

Henderson is rated as the No. 10 receiver in the country and the No. 59 recruit overall, nationally by 247Sports Composite.

The 6-foot-3 1/2, 180-pound Henderson from Miami Columbus High School, picked the Gators over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.

“First and foremost, I want to thank my beautiful family up here,” Henderson said before making the announcement.

After that, his mother revealed he would be playing for Florida football starting next season.

His older brother C.J. recently declared for the NFL Draft after completing three seasons with Florida football as a defensive back.

Xzavier Henderson will have a strong shot to see the field next season as Florida football is graduating four wide receivers — Freddie Swain, Josh Hammond, Van Jefferson and Tyrie Cleveland.

Florida football will be returning Trevon Grimes, who recently announced he was coming back for another season with the Gators. Jacob Copeland is also, presumably coming back. Kadarius Toney has yet to announce his plans and tight end Kyle Pitts — a favorite target of returning quarterback Kyle Trask — is also coming back to Gainesville next season.

Freshman Dionte Marks participating against UT-Martin and Towson this season, but had no catches. Fellow Florida football freshman Ja’Markis Weston did not play this season. Redshirt junior receiver Rick Wells saw no action in 2019, but did have a catch against Charleston Southern and was on special teams.

Besides Xzavier Henderson, the Gators also have commitments from Leonard Manuel, Jordan Pouncey and Ja’Quavion Fraziars for 2020.

According to Sports Illustrated, Xzavier Henderson is also a track star in high school clocking speeds of 11.06 in the 100-yard dash, 21.53 in the 200-yard dash, and a 46.77 in the 400-meter dash, which he won the 4A Florida State Championship in 2019. He ran a 4.55 40-yard dash last May.

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He’s tall and athletic, which fits the Florida football system under Mullen perfectly. His speed just makes him an all-around package at wide receiver for the Gators.

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