Florida football recruiting is on the road to completing a flip of a former FSU commit who dropped the Noles right before a visit to the Gators earlier in the spring.
4-star safety Jordan Pride released his top six schools yesterday, and the in-state Gators made the cut, as expected.
The other schools on his list are Texas A&M, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Tennessee.
As of right now, it’s a two-horse race between the Gators and the Aggies.
After his de-commitment, we broke down Pride’s film and what he could bring to Gainesville if he chooses to be a Gator.
Pride has a great ability to mirror routes and make a great jump on the ball, as well as tackle consistently on the perimeter to prevent big plays.
Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports compares Pride to former Gator Trey Dean, but given that Pride actually wraps up I’m not sure how accurate that is.
Regardless, Pride does have the intangibles to be successful at the college level assuming he’s able to add some weight to his frame, which shouldn’t be a problem.
He currently stands at 6’1”-175 but has the ability and time to put on some more muscle before he needs to be a consistent contributor in college.
Ivins also raves about his potential to be an impact player on special teams given his ability to “sift through traffic” and slice his way through the field.
That’s something that should really make Billy Napier’s eyes light up, as the Gators really struggled on kick returns last season, and their “game-changers” tended to shift the tides against UF rather than for them.
As I said before, this currently looks like a Gators vs Aggies battle for Pride. It would be pretty sweet if Napier could take Pride away from Jimbo, as well as make a run at flipping Daelyn Evans, which is looking very possible.
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