Florida football recruiting: Gators flip target decommits from Arkansas

The Gators have been trying to flip Jadan Baugh for months, and may have just made a move

Nov 18, 2023; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier watches the scoreboard
Nov 18, 2023; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier watches the scoreboard / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Florida football recruiting has been trying to flip running back Jadan Baugh from the Arkansas Razorbacks for a few months.

Last night, Baugh took to Twitter to announce that he was decommitting from Sam Pittman and the Razorbacks, and reopening his recruitment.

Now, it seems like Billy Napier and the Gators were able to make a move on Baugh, and Florida is now one of the favorites to land the Georgia native.

Adding Jadan to the 2024 class would be a quality add, and would give the Gators some momentum back on the trail.

Florida football recruiting: Two horse race

Now that Baugh has left Arkansas, it seems that his recruitment could be down to two schools, Florida and Alabama.

Jadan has taken official visits to both of those schools over the past two weeks. He was in Gainesville on December 8th, and Tuscaloosa on the 15th.

On3's RPM hasn't been updated for Jadan since before he committed, and 247 has no official crystal balls in for him, so we don't have much intel as to what the insiders think.

One thing we do know is the kind of player that Baugh is on the field. Per On3's Industry Ranking, Jadan is the 26th-best running back in the 2024 class and the 357th-best player in the country.

In 13 games this season, he carried the ball 113 times for 1,583 yards (14.0 YPC) and 19 touchdowns, averaging 121.8 yards per game and seven games of 100+ yards.

At 6'1''-215, Baugh is an absolute machine with the ball in his hands, and is going to be a big add to whichever recruiting class he joins.

If Napier is able to close the deal, Baugh and Kahnen Daniels will be an elite 1-2 punch coming in, and will set the Gators up for success on the ground for years to come.