Florida Football Recruiting: Gators gain commitment of 2026 QB Will Griffin

QB recruit Will Griffin, a lifelong Florida fan with family ties to UF, committed to the Gators.
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In a major recruiting coup for the Florida Gators football program, elite 2026 quarterback prospect Will Griffin announced his commitment during an unofficial visit to Gainesville on Saturday.

Griffin, a 6'2", 225-pound gunslinger from Tampa's Jesuit High School, is rated as the No. 8 quarterback and No. 104 overall recruit in the 2026 class by the On3 Industry Rankings. While most of Florida's efforts over the weekend were focused on the class of 2025, Griffin provides a solid base to begin building the 2026 class.

The four-star recruit had a stellar sophomore season, completing 67.6% of his passes for 3,404 yards and 34 touchdowns. Griffin's potential drew early interest from powerhouse programs like Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Ohio State.

With a cannon arm and pro-style frame, Griffin possesses the physical tools and potential to develop into an impact player for Florida down the road. His family ties and lifelong Gator fandom only strengthen the belief he could be the program's quarterback of the future.

When we profiled Griffin last week we said:

"We would advocate that on film, Griffin feels like a no brainier to place in the top 100 overall. One thing we tend to see with top tier QBs is that they play on top tier teams. As a result, they often have clean pockets and minimal pressure in their face to make highlight reel throws.

What stands out for Griffin, is that while he plays on one of the better teams in the state of Florida (Jesuit was 10-3 last season), he didn't have all day to pick a target and throw.

In fact often he had pressure in his face, forcing him to either roll out or climb the pocket. He still kept his eyes downfield and kept his cool to deliver strike after strike.

The other component of his game we really like is that he has zero fear when he scrambles and is forced to greet a defender. In the third clip of his 2023 montage, Griffin scrambles out along the goal line, is met by a defender, and Griffin lowers his shoulder like he was Tim Tebow to plow into the end zone while still upright.

It's the type of play that no 7 on 7 camp is going to be able to measure and if he did it in The Swamp, the place would become an insane asylum."