Florida football recruiting: Gators make top ten for elite 2025 LB

Vero Beach linebacker TJ Alford celebrates an interception in the first quarter against Martin County on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 in Vero Beach.
Vero Beach linebacker TJ Alford celebrates an interception in the first quarter against Martin County on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 in Vero Beach. /
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Florida football recruiting is assembling one of the best classes in the 2024 cycle and boasts an elite haul of linebackers in the ’24 class that have committed to play for the Gators.

Billy Napier’s goal is to replicate that success again in 2025 and bring in another elite group of defenders.

Florida took a big step toward landing one of the best linebackers in the country last week when Tarvos Alford announced his top ten schools, which included the Gators.

Other schools on his list include Georgia, FSU, Ohio State, and others.

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Tarvos plays his high school ball at Vero Beach in Port St. Lucie, Florida, so he has always been on the Gators’ radar.

To this point, Alford has made eight trips to Gainesville, which is double the amount he’s taken to any other school. Florida will likely receive an official visit next season, but Tarvos has said that he plans to make his commitment in December of this year.

The Gators have the lead for Alford according to On3’s RPM with an 88.1% chance to land him currently, with Miami in second at 4.3% and South Carolina, who was left off of his top ten, third at 1.9%.

Tarvos is one of the best linebackers in the 2025 cycle, so it’s no wonder why so many top schools are pursuing him.

On3’s Industry Ranking has him as the 73rd-best player in the country, the 10th-best linebacker in 2025, and the 11th-best player coming out of Florida.

Over the summer we wrote about Alford’s abilities on the field and why he’s such a touted prospect for Austin Armstrong and the Gators’ defense.

If the Gators can hold off the other schools in pursuit of Tarvos, he can be an important piece that gets on board early on for them in the 2025 cycle.

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