Florida Football Recruiting: Chase Loftin is undervalued in the rankings

The tight end from Nebraska was offered by the Gators

Florida teammates stand arm in arm during the Tom Petty song    I won   t back down    at Steve
Florida teammates stand arm in arm during the Tom Petty song I won t back down at Steve / Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun / USA TODAY
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Russ Callaway may be the new co-offensive coordinator for Florida Football, but he still has work to do on the recruiting trail for the tight-end group he is responsible for.

As such, Florida offered a tight end out of Nebraska who should be on far more radars than he appears to be.

Florida Football: Loftin Ranking

Chase Loftin is listed at 6'6" and 215 pounds out of Omaha, NE. As part of our evaluation process here at Hail Florida Hail, when the Gators offer a prospect we like to look at their film first before taking a peek at their ranking to see if our evaluation matches what the big four services say.

And Loftin's film is great. When lined up on the outside, he uses an effective inside-out move to consistently beat guys downfield. He appears to have good speed, his catching radius is solid, and every clip of him blocking has him putting someone on the ground.

He has one clip where he moves inside to block, gets knocked back a half step, recovers, and still pancakes the oncoming defensive end.

At the end of his film, he felt like a top 200 overall prospect for the class of 2025.

But the only top 300 ranking he has is from On3, who grades him at 268th overall. Rivals see him as a four-star, 247 has him as a three-star, and ESPN doesn't rank him at all.

Size potentially plays into this as at 215 pounds he is on the lighter side among rated tight ends, but the fact he generates the power he does given his size also means that once in a college weight room his ceiling is sky high.

FSU, Auburn, and Miami are among the schools that have also offered Loftin. He is one we would definitely like Florida to stay in contact with and continue to pursue for the class of 2025.