Florida football recruiting had been at a bit of a standstill for a few weeks, not being able to build off early momentum in the cycle and missing out on some top targets.
And then we got the news of Austin Simmons flipping to Ole Miss, and things felt really bad.
But then all of a sudden, Billy Napier decided to turn things up a notch and get hot on the trail in just a matter of hours.
Yesterday, the Gators reeled in four commitments from some of their top priorities in the 2024 class.
Florida football recruiting: Turning the tides
Florida couldn’t have asked for a lot more last night than what they got.
The first guy to announce his commitment was Amir Jackson, a 4-star tight end out of Portal, Georgia.
He’s the 10th-best tight end in the country according to On3’s Industry Rankings, and a top-20 player coming out of Georgia.
Jackson was on campus this past weekend as part of Florida’s big weekend hosting official visits and clearly liked what he saw enough to not delay his commitment any longer.
Amir also fits a big gap on the Gators’ recruiting board after Walter Matthews chose USC.
The second guy to pop was Amaris Williams from Clinton, North Carolina. He’s the third-best player coming out of NC and the 21st-best DL in the ’24 class.
Jackson’s commitment was a little bit of a surprise, as the Gators were thought to be behind both NC State and Penn State.
Like Amir, Amaris was also on campus this weekend taking an official visit, and Napier and his staff impressed him enough to get his commitment now.
The third guy to commit last night, which happened almost immediately after Williams, was Nasir Johnson from Dublin, Georgia.
This was a battle between FSU and Florida, and On3 was giving the Noles a slight advantage before Nasir chose the Gators.
Johnson is a top-300 player in the country and the 26th-best DL in the class.
Also, guess where Nasir has been this weekend. In Gainesville, taking his official visit.
The best part is that I’m not even done yet.
Another guy on an official visit this weekend, and also the Gators’ fourth commit of the night, was Aaron Chiles.
Chiles, out of Olney, Maryland, had long been considered a Michigan lean. But after his visit this weekend, Billy Napier and Florida football were able to change his mind.
Aaron is one of the top defenders in the 2024 class, ranked as the 9th-best LB in 2024 and the second-best player coming out of Maryland.
After a few weeks of the OVs not yielding any results, this third weekend did just about as well as it possibly could have.