With the commitment of Teddy Foster, Florida football is now up to 20 commitments for their class of 2024. With the third-ranked class in the nation, there isn’t much left for the Gators to do to complete its monster class and continue its strong foundation building for the future.
But beyond the obvious statement that Billy Napier needs to ensure that all 20 guys make it to signing day with Florida still listed as their school of choice, there are a couple of areas the Gators want to shore up to round out the 2024 class.
Florida Football: Finish Strong
On offense, the Gators have their QB, two wide receivers, a running back, and four offensive linemen committed. However, if you are looking to nitpick, DJ Lagway is the only player on the offensive side of the ball rated in the top 150 of the 247 Composite ratings.
Jerrae Hawkins, who is an absolute speedster with verified track times that could compete today in college track, is the next highest-rated offensive player at 175th.
The Gators are still working on trying to flip wide receivers Jeremiah Smith, Chance Robinson, and Twaski Abrams, but it is hard to say with any certainty whether Napier will snag any of those three.
Florida also doesn’t have a tight end committed, and given the amount of two tight end sets that Napier likes to run, it seems like a position they would want to grab. The problem is that of the top 30 tight ends in the country, 26 have already committed.
The defensive side of this recruiting class has far fewer question marks. It is loaded at linebacker and loaded at safety.
The defensive line also has five players committed, led by Jamonta Waller. Depending on which recruiting publication you read, Waller is either a five-star prospect or his is a three-star prospect.
But, even with the commitment of Foster, the Gators would still benefit from another true cornerback in this class. While the Gators appear to be the favorite for four-star safety Zay Mincey, Jamari Howard is the one to keep an eye on after he decommitted from Michigan State in May. He’s another one where it is hard to say which way the wind is blowing.
All in all, this 2024 class is shaping up to be an all-time great class. It can become a legendary class if it rounds out the weak points by signing day.