Florida football recruiting: The Gators lost Chauncey Bowens. Now what?

Dougherty’s quarterback Kameron Davis scrambles in the pocket to avoid a sack from the Cavaliers’ defense.
Dougherty’s quarterback Kameron Davis scrambles in the pocket to avoid a sack from the Cavaliers’ defense. /

Florida football recruiting took a hit on the trail yesterday when their top RB commit, Chauncey Bowens, flipped to Kirby Smart and Georgia.

Despite all the official visits that the Gators have been hosting over the past two weeks, they’ve only been taking hits on the trail. Yesterday it was Bowens, a few days ago it was TJ Moore.

But the Gators and Billy Napier still have plenty of targets left on the board. We talked about where they can go to replace TJ Moore on their board, and now we’ll look at what the Gators will do to fill the hole left by Bowens.

For starters, the Gators do still have Kahnen Daniels committed to run the rock, who’s ranked as the 28th-best running back in the country and the 10th-best player coming out of Mississippi.

Florida also has three backs on their board that they will likely go after now that Bowens is gone. The first is Tovani Mizell, who’s the cousin of Gators’ freshman wideout Aidan Mizell.

Tovani recommitted from Georgia a while ago, and On3 has the Gators in third place in his recruitment behind North Carolina at No. 1 and Kentucky at No. 2.

Out of Fort Lauderdale, Mizell is a big in-state prospect for Billy Napier who I expect him to start going after a little harder.

Napier may also go after FSU commit Kameron Davis, who will make his second trip to The Swamp in a few weeks.

Davis also plays QB but is an elite runner, and would be an awesome addition to the Gators class as the third-best RB in 2024 according to On3.

The final guy that we could see the Gators go for is Jerrick Gibson, who despite being a former Gator commit, is a heavy Texas lean with Florida’s chances shrinking.

Out of IMG and originally from Gainesville, Jerrick seems like a prospect the Gators should be in the run for, but they haven’t kept up with Texas to this point.

The Gators have tons of options at RB in the 2024 class, and any of these guys would be a great addition to UF.

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