Florida Football: Gators yet to gain commitment from transfer portal

12 of the 16 teams that will be in the SEC next year have had a commitment. The Gators are not one of them.

Nov 11, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier looks at the
Nov 11, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier looks at the / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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They say slow and steady wins the race, and Florida football is testing that theory to the max with the transfer portal. Billy Napier and crew were critiqued for their slow response to the portal last season, and many fans were hoping the Gators would hit the ground running this time around.

But almost two weeks after the transfer portal first opened for business, and fans are starting to look around wondering where all the new talent is coming from.

Florida Football: I Did It My Way

Napier's vision is to build a foundation similar to what Georgia and Alabama have. If a squad keeps stringing together top-tier recruiting classes, it won't need much from the transfer portal.

So in one regard it makes sense that Florida is one of only four teams that will be in the SEC in 2024 that have yet to have someone publicly commit out of the transfer portal, with Texas, Georgia, and Alabama being the other three.

But, um, let's play the game "One of these things is not like the other." Of the Bulldogs, Crimson Tide, Longhorns, and Gators, two of those teams will be in the college football playoff, one of those teams is the back-to-back national champion, and one of those teams can't stop 4th and 17.

The Gators have had some players on campus and seem to have good momentum with players like Joey Slackman and Chimere Dike, but for a team that just went 5-7 and has an array of holes it needs to fill, the slow and steady approach from the Gators is quite the gamble.

Because either Napier has a meta strategy that is better than 75% of the SEC and we as fans just need to let him cook (as the kids would say), or Napier is setting Florida football up to fall flat on its face and he is cooked.

Only time will tell.