Florida football is all done with their spring game and the first wave of offseason practices, but that doesn’t mean they’re done trying to add to and bulk up their roster before the fall.
Billy Napier has already hinted that the Gators may be going after another quarterback in the portal, and UF has already secured a visit date from a huge lineman recently in the transfer portal.
Josh Simmons, a big body from San Diego State, has locked in a visit to Gainesville on May 5th.
Simmons has fantastic size, standing at 6’6”-305 pounds. He’ll be entering his second collegiate season this fall with his new team and has a very high ceiling as a player.
Coming out of high school, Josh was being recruited as an interior lineman but got lots of snaps as an offensive tackle with SDSU. 247 Sports Composite Rankings had him as the 25th-best IOL in the class of 2021, and the 30th-best player coming out of California.
Simmons has a great combination of both speed and strength, which allows him to excel on the exterior of the line. Greg Biggins of 247 Sports says that Simmons can “overwhelm an opposing defensive lineman with his size and strength” and “shows the feet to project as an excellent pass blocker”.
If he decides to come to play for the Gators, he’ll walk into an OL room with the experience and talent to take the pressure off of him and allow him to develop before needing to carry the bulk of the snaps.
Billy Napier has already collected a plethora of talented offensive linemen in the portal from the first transfer period, and he has the chance to almost totally remake the O-line with the recruitment of Simmons.
Sealing the deal here would be big for the Gators’ OL depth, and he just may be a future star at the position.
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