Florida football recruiting has been in the news over the last week for all the wrong reasons, losing a pair of commits, Jamonta Waller and Wardell Mack to Auburn and Texas, respectively.
But they have a chance to get right back on the good side of the media in December when the best running back in the 2025 cycle makes his decision.
Harlem Berry, out of Metairie, Louisiana, is the highest-rated running back in the ’25 class and is going to make his decision between the Gators, Texas, and LSU.
While On3 says that Florida has a lot of ground to make up, they do have one advantage over the other two schools in Berry’s finalists.
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The edge that Florida has over the Longhorns and the Tigers is that the Gators’ running back coach, Jabbar Juluke, is Harlem’s uncle.
Berry has discussed what that relationship means to him in the past, but it hasn’t translated to Florida being favored in his recruitment.
His home state LSU Tigers have a huge lead per On3’s RPM with a 98.7% chance to land him, while both Florida and Texas are below 1%.
Florida has hosted Berry for two unofficial visits, most recently in June of this year, and Harlem is yet to take any OVs.
He’s rated as the top running back and the best player coming out of Louisiana, as well as the 17th-best player in the country.
Billy Napier has the chance to completely flip the narrative on his recruiting if he can close on Harlem. Despite getting the Gators as high as the No. 2 class in the country, the recent flips have put a big damper on his abilities.
Snatching Berry away from LSU to kickstart the 2025 class would be a great way to get a lot of fans back on your side.