Florida football recruiting: Gators hit with two flips in less than half an hour

Florida's recruiting class took a massive hit this afternoon, losing two highly rated commitments

Recruit Amaris Williams visits Ohio Stadium the day of the Ohio State, Michigan State football game
Recruit Amaris Williams visits Ohio Stadium the day of the Ohio State, Michigan State football game / Lori Schmidt / Columbus Dispatch / USA

Florida football recruiting was up as high as the No. 3 recruitng class in the 2024 cycle during the summer, and Billy Napier could do no wrong on the trail.

But during today's Early Signing Period, the Gators took a series of blows to their class, and have now dropped all the way down to the 15th-best class in the country.

This giant fall off is mainly because of two flips out of the class that happened within 30 minutes of one another.

First, Adarius Hayes made the switch to Miami, followed by Amaris Williams deciding to go to Auburn.

Florida football recruiting: Get off the mat

Every school deals with de-commitments and flips throghout the recruiting cycle. and those woes are amplified when they happen back to back like these two did.

If Napier doesn't want to lose even more trust from the fanbase, he's going to have to get off the mat and make some moves both on the trail and in the transfer portal to plug those holes.

Now, that isn't very easy. Hayes was rated as the 80th-best player in the country, and a top ten linebacker in 2024. Amaris was just as good, rated as the 83rd-best player in the country and the 12th-best DL.

These flips have made locking down the rest of UF's current commits even more important. LJ McCray has already delayed his signing, but now with Hayes and Williams gone, losing McCray might be the nail in the coffin for Napier.

This also makes the transfer portal much more important. Billy has landed Joey Slackman in the portal along the DL, but will need to grab a couple more guys on the defensive side of the ball as well to stop the bleeding.

We'll see how Billy and his coaches bounce back.